Files Write Protected

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by johno7, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. RufusJSquirrel

    RufusJSquirrel New Member

    Aug 22, 2009
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    I continued to have the same problem and eventually moved all the data off the drive and decided to just use it as a (probably unreliable) backup. To be clear, I have 7 drives plus a system disk on this machine. 3 + system are internal connected via SATA and four are external all via USB. I have two 1TB externals that have had no problems and an older WD 250GB that doesn't have the problem. None of the internals - all WD - have had the problem either. I suppose it's conceivable that it's mobo related but it seems rather unlikely. Further, it appears that johno7 is running a Seagate (?) so it's happening across manufacturers.

    Can't wait to see this thread light up on October 23rd.
  2. Jaimerox

    Jaimerox New Member

    Oct 26, 2009
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    Further down the spiral...

    Hi guys and gals,

    I have spent the last week researching and troubleshooting this "Write Protected" problem. I am at a complete loss.

    First my laptop specs:

    Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2370 @ 1.73GHz 4.5 2.8

    Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
    Graphics Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
    Gaming graphics 358 MB Total available graphics memory
    Primary hard disk 28GB Free (149GB Total)
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
    Model Compaq Presario A900 Notebook PC
    Total amount of system memory 3.00 GB RAM
    System type 32-bit operating system
    Number of processor cores 2
    64-bit capable Yes


    Total size of hard disk(s) 447 GB
    Disk partition (C: ) 28 GB Free (149 GB Total)
    Media drive (D: ) CD/DVD
    Media drive (E: ) CD/DVD
    Disk partition (F: ) 298 GB Free (298 GB Total)


    Display adapter type Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family
    Total available graphics memory 358 MB
    Dedicated graphics memory 0 MB
    Dedicated system memory 64 MB
    Shared system memory 294 MB
    Display adapter driver version
    Primary monitor resolution 1440x900
    DirectX version DirectX 10


    Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
    Network Adapter Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter
    Network Adapter Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter

    I am now running Windows 7 build 7100

    Ok this is my problem:

    I have been using my Maxtor Basics Portable external USB Hard Drive(300GB) ever since the Windows 7 pre-release. I bought it brand new then.

    Everything has been working fine. I have used the Maxtor Basics Portable to transfer files and store files with no problems. Until last week. When transferring a file to the Maxtor Basics Portable I got the message, "Disk is Write Protected".

    I have tried all of the "fixes" in this forum and many other fixes as well. None of them worked. Ok here is the weird thing. On this laptop i cannot format, disk check(with fix errors checked), change permissions etc.

    However, on my Acer netbook with the exact same Windows 7 build, everything is fine. I was even able to format my Maxtor Basics Portable after backing up all of the files on another computer.

    I still am unable to write to my Maxtor Basics Portable and as this is my primary laptop it is necessary for me to resolve this issue.

    I am running out of space in my laptop.

    I look forward to your combined expertise and the solution to this ridiculous issue.


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