How to fix the “The disk is write-protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk” error
If you are trying to format a second disk on your computer (or server) and you are getting this error:
“The disk is write-protected.
Remove the write-protection or use another disk.”
Then this could be because the disk is write-protected.
To get around this, you can use the diskpart utility built into Windows.
Open up an elevated command prompt and type the following commands:
- list disk – this will show all the disks on your machine
- sel disk 1 – where 1 is the disk you need to edit
- detail disk – this will show all the information on the selected disk, including if the disk is write protected under the Read-only attribute
If the read-only attribute states yes, then you need to run the following commands:
- attr disk clear readonly – this will remove the readonly attribute on the selected disk
You should now be able to access the disk without any issue.
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