External USB Drive Shows Write Protected

December 6th, 2013

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.

The solution…

  • 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.

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