“the disk is write protected”

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Thursday October 16, 2008
Last seen
May 12, 2009
 khaya -

I have a Dell laptop with Windows Vista. I have recently bought an external HDD. The problem is that when I try to save anything on it, it says: "the disk is write protected"
So I right-clicked on the drive and went to "properties" > "security" > "advanced" > "owner" and whenever I try to change the owner to my username it does not allow me!
The current owner is; Administrators but when I try to change it to my username I get this message:
"Unable to set owner on local disk"

Won't I be able to use the drive?

Please help!

2 replies

If done meticulously, this works :

The Disk is write-protected” problem Run Registry Editor (regedit). Navigate to the following registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control Right click on control and create new key. Name it as StorageDevicePolicies . (Copy and paste it from here if possible) Now click on StorageDevicePolicies and in right side pan right click and select create new dword and name it as WriteProtect. Double click on it and set its value to 0. Now restart your machine and try copying some files to your card
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I somehow went on control panel, then i went on computer management, then storage then diskk defragmentor, finally i analyzed, and defreagemnted, wait 4 mins to defagment then stop and it should work :)