External Hard drive - Remove write protection

Somehow I have write protected my external hard drive. How do I remove it? Thank in advance


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Last updated May 20, 2020 Views 57,397 Applies to:

1. Click Start

2. Type regedit and click OK.

3. Save your registry settings by clicking file > Export > save. This is the bacup taken in case something messes up.

4. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE by clicking on the + sign next to it.

5. Open SYSTEM by clicking the plus sign next to it.

6. Open CurrentControlSet.

7. Open Control.

8. Open StorageDevicePolicies

9. Right click on WriteProtect and click modify.

10. If the value data is 1 change it 0 and click ok.

11. Repeat steps 7 to 10 for ControlSet001 and ControlSet002 .

12. Close Registry editor and its done. You might have to reboot.

Carey Frisch
Windows Expert - Consumer

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