How to fix the “The disk is write-protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk” error

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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:

  • diskpart
  • 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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