Quick post with a solution I found…
I have several external drives that I rotate through for backups on a server. I put them in a USB cradle. Today, when I put the new drive in, Windows showed the drive to be write protected so I could do nothing with it.
- Go into Computer Management/Disk Management
- Right-click the drive and choose OFFLINE
- Right-click the drive and choose ONLINE
After that, the drive no longer shows write protected.