Windows 10: Can't access SSD as "media is write protected"

  1.    10 Sep 2016 #1

    Can't access SSD as "media is write protected"


    Hi there. I was looking for a solution to an issue I've been having and came across this forum. Maybe someone could help?

    I recently had a few problems with my PC, leading to me replacing and swapping different components. I originally had the SSD as my main drive, having windows 7 OEM installed on it. when I had to replace my motherboard, I couldn't get the SSD to work. So i installed windows 7 on my hard disk and just removed the SSD completely.

    Now I have purchased a full copy of windows 10 and a new CPU, and am basically looking to use my SSD as my main drive again. I plugged it back in, and tried to access the SSD in file explorer where i got the error "D:\\ is not accessible. Media is write protected".

    I googled the issue, and tried using Command Prompt to reset the readonly in DiskPart, but this still didn't work.

    When I look in Disk management, It says everything is OK, showing as healthy. As you may have guessed,I'm really pushing the limits of my knowledge at this point. anyone have any suggestions? I've taken screenshots of everything if that helps?

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  2.    10 Sep 2016 #2

    That must be a bad joke from MS - "Write Protected", "RAW", "READ-ONLY",- that all the problems a lot of people are facing with W10 Upgrade.
    I believe it is a W10 Problem and any attempt to "repair" it may lead to Data Lost. I lost 1TB of Data on that "russian-game"!
    So, what I suggest you very much is to Roll-Back to your previous OS. Insisting on resolve the issue may lead to Data Loss, as there is no problem with Hardware, definitely the OS is like a bad "Sherlock Holmes" that is seeing a Bandit every where.
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  3.    10 Sep 2016 #3

    Adalwar said: View Post
    That must be a bad joke from MS - "Write Protected", "RAW", "READ-ONLY",- that all the problems a lot of people are facing with W10 Upgrade.
    I believe it is a W10 Problem and any attempt to "repair" it may lead to Data Lost. I lost 1TB of Data on that "russian-game"!
    So, what I suggest you very much is to Roll-Back to your previous OS. Insisting on resolve the issue may lead to Data Loss, as there is no problem with Hardware, definitely the OS is like a bad "Sherlock Holmes" that is seeing a Bandit every where.
    Thanks for Replying dude. I've actually already got copies of all the files i need. I was looking to completely wipe the disks anyway. Do you know how I could do this? Data Loss would be awesome :P haha

    EDIT: also, it was an OEM copy of Windows 7 I had. As I have replaced my mobo, I don't think it would be possible to rollback would it?
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  4.    10 Sep 2016 #4

    As with "Wipe Disks" there is a Utility called SDelete from Mark Russinovich at Sysinternals. Very good and easy to use, but be carefull with Drive Letters, it will erase for ever the Data.

    About Licenses, it is some how complicated but so far as I can say, the Motherboard is the main Hardware piece that is bound to a License.
    So, if you changed the MB is likely Windows will not accept the Key any longer, will say it is assigned to other computer.
    But there Win 7 Licenses as refurbished around, I was looking for them and probably I will buy one.
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  5.    10 Sep 2016 #5

    Adalwar said: View Post
    As with "Wipe Disks" there is a Utility called SDelete from Mark Russinovich at Sysinternals. Very good and easy to use, but be carefull with Drive Letters, it will erase for ever the Data.

    About Licenses, it is some how complicated but so far as I can say, the Motherboard is the main Hardware piece that is bound to a License.
    So, if you changed the MB is likely Windows will not accept the Key any longer, will say it is assigned to other computer.
    But there Win 7 Licenses as refurbished around, I was looking for them and probably I will buy one.
    Hmm, I downloaded it, but it doesn't open...
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  6.    11 Sep 2016 #6

    wapistwithawisp said: View Post
    Hmm, I downloaded it, but it doesn't open...
    It is a Command Line utility.
    You have go to the Folder where it is and open an Elevated Command Prompt.
    Run sdelete /? to see the options. I am using the -z option.
    Be careful with the Drive Letter.

    For to wipe the entire Partition , first you have format that partition and then use Sdelete. It will Zeroing all Partition.
    Instead if want to wipe all HDD, you have to use Delete all partitions, and Format Drive and next use Sdelete.
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  7.    11 Sep 2016 #7

    Hi there

    Download ANY decent Linux Live Distro (Mint is probably the easiest), boot from a USB and change SSD properties to READ/WRITE.

    Failing that - try GPARTED on a USB drive and re-format the HDD.

    Another possible solution is to attach the SSD via a USB-->SATA connector to another Windows machine and using DISKPART type CLEAN, CREATE Partition Primary, format fs=ntfs,quick.

    Make sure you select the right HDD though. (LIST DISK, SELECT DISK nn)

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8.    11 Sep 2016 #8

    There is HDD Low Level Formatter 4.4 too , it is also free for Home Use.

    http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-LLF-...l-Format-Tool/

    However with an SSD it is way quicker ( and better for the SSD) to use the Manufacturer's SECURE ERASE Utility if there is one available ? ( you didn't say brand)

    KB.
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       11 Sep 2016 #9

    Try: Open command prompt and type:
    diskpart
    select disk 1
    clean
    exit

    Open Disk Management and initalize it, create partition(s)
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