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Satyendra
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My 500GB (Seagate) Hard Drive, 32GB (Moserbaer)USB, 8GB (Kingston)USB is write protected and i am unable to write any data into it.
I try a lot of ways which already mentioned on internet like DISKPART, DEVICE MANAGER OPTION, FROM REGISTRY and OPEN SOURCE TOOLS.
If anyone suggest me Solution.

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Topic starter Posted : 05/11/2015 5:28 pm
MDCR
 MDCR
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Could be a physical write protect switch on the drive itself, could be a configuration setting in Windows

1. http//www.thewindowsclub.com/disk-is-write-protected

2. http//www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/registry-hack-to-disable-writing-to-usb-drives/?PageSpeed=noscript

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Posted : 06/11/2015 3:11 am
athena
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Hello Satyendra
Most likely your disk has ATA password which is stored in platters .Unless you remove it you will not get sector access.
If you don't have data you can securely erase disk which will clear password.

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Posted : 30/04/2017 6:23 pm
Satyendra
(@satyendra)
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I tried all these things but didn't not successful. Before Write Protect its work Normally.

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Topic starter Posted : 24/06/2017 11:44 pm
C.R.S.
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Another way to block write access to (unencrypted) devices in Windows is the Bitlocker policy.

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Posted : 24/06/2017 11:54 pm
RolfGutmann
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If all 3 devices, HDD and two USB drives are blocked to write, did you get ransomwared? I mean did you get a message of paying a ransom to unlock?

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Posted : 25/06/2017 12:49 am
kacos
(@kacos)
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Did you try the DISKPART “attributes disk clear readonly” command as mentioned here?

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Posted : 25/06/2017 5:05 pm
Satyendra
(@satyendra)
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NO, I'm sure my storage device is free from ransomware.
yes, i tried DISKPART but it did not work.

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Topic starter Posted : 26/06/2017 3:05 am
jaclaz
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What is not clear in the report is whether the 500 Gb hard disk is an internal one or a USB one. ?

If it is USB, it is likely that you have - maybe mistakenly - installed a filter driver or however a software intended to write protect USB connected devices, there was one free tool (software write blocker) around that (most probably because poorly coded or however non intentionally) once installed, even after having been uninstalled, "locked" USB connected devices to "read only", maybe it is your case.

Cannot really remember the name of that particular tool unfortunately. (

Which OS is it?
Cannot you install a second instance of the OS and test under this new install?

jaclaz

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Posted : 26/06/2017 7:56 pm
kacos
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.. If it is USB, it is likely that you have - maybe mistakenly - installed a filter driver or however a software intended to write protect USB connected devices, there was one free tool (software write blocker) around that (most probably because poorly coded or however non intentionally) once installed, even after having been uninstalled, "locked" USB connected devices to "read only", maybe it is your case.

Cannot really remember the name of that particular tool unfortunately. ( ..

You are probably referring to DISKPART's SAN policy
(https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg252636(v=ws.11).aspx)

eg
san [policy={OnlineAll | OfflineAll | OfflineShared}

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Posted : 26/06/2017 8:02 pm
jaclaz
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You are probably referring to DISKPART's SAN policy
(https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg252636(v=ws.11).aspx)

eg
san [policy={OnlineAll | OfflineAll | OfflineShared}

No, I am SURELY NOT referring to the DISKPART's SANPOLICY.

I am referring to a third-party freeware tool as stated.

That program installed *something* that remained "sticky" (cannot really remember if it was a service or a filter driver) even when the tool was uninstalled, that happened on XP.

jaclaz

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Posted : 26/06/2017 8:27 pm
kacos
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.. there was one free tool (software write blocker) around ..

There are two ways I know to block usb devices and one is san policy or attributes/read-only.
The only software write blocker I've seen used the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies\WriteProtect 'registry hack'.

The only other way I can think of to block/write protect would be with a proxy driver or by replacing MS's USB storage device driver. That, I haven't seen yet. Do you mean that this tool you refer to, did that?

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Posted : 26/06/2017 8:51 pm
jaclaz
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.. there was one free tool (software write blocker) around ..

There are two ways I know to block usb devices and one is san policy or attributes/read-only.
The only software write blocker I've seen used the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies\WriteProtect 'registry hack'.

The only other way I can think of to block/write protect would be with a proxy driver or by replacing MS's USB storage device driver. That, I haven't seen yet. Do you mean that this tool you refer to, did that?

I mean EXACTLY (as I have written BTW) that that particular tool (of which I don't remember the name oops ) EITHER used a Filter Driver OR an Auto-start service (again I don't remember which of the two, BUT NOT *anything else*).
In a list form

  1. NOT San policy
  2. NOT the WriteProtect 1 in the Registry
  3. EITHER a Filter driver
  4. OR a service
  5. NOT *anything else*
  6. NO, it did NOT replace the USB Storage Device driver
  7. Please see again points #3,#4 and #5 above
  8. [/listo]

    jaclaz

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Posted : 26/06/2017 10:59 pm
bntrotter
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Have you been safely ejecting the drives prior to physically removing of the device?

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Posted : 27/06/2017 12:00 am
jaclaz
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@Kacos
Maybe it was this one (but I am not at all sure about it ? )
http//kashu-sd.co.jp/en/wpservice.html#content2

This one seems "properly written".

jaclaz

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Posted : 27/06/2017 1:45 am
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