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Windows 7: how do i format my hard drive

21 Jul 2012   #1
JH17

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 
how do i format my hard drive

my hard drive isnt showing up in my computer but shows up in Device Manager and when i have tried to reformat it, it comes up media is write protected. how do i fomat it so i can use it again?


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21 Jul 2012   #2
Arc

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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Welcome aboard, JH17 :)

You may follow the steps :
  • Open Command Prompt at Startup
  • Type: diskpart > enter
  • Type: list volume > enter
  • Type: select volume > enter (the volume that is write protected)
  • Type: attributes disk clear readonly > enter

It may work.

Edit: You may also see Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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21 Jul 2012   #3
JH17

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

thx but my hard drive isnt coming up in my computer so the first thing u sent didnt work but i tried the link u sent but the hard drive kept coming up as unallocated and when eva i tried to something it came up media is write protected
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21 Jul 2012   #4
Arc

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Hello JH17 . You said that your hard drive is showing up in disk management ?

  • Open a Command Prompt at Startup
  • Type : diskpart > enter
  • Type : list disk > enter
  • Type : select disk > enter
  • Type : attributes disk clear readonly> enter

Does it work now ? Or still write protected ?

EDIT : may we have a snipshot of your disk management window ?
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21 Jul 2012   #5
JH17

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

ok it comes up with the disk and i typed in; Disk 1 and pressed enter then it came up with a heap of stuff and one of them was format so i typed in that and it said no volume selected
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21 Jul 2012   #6
Arc

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You Type select disk 1 (not disk 1 only) and try again .
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21 Jul 2012   #7
JH17

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

it came up diskpart failed to clear attributes
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21 Jul 2012   #8
JH17

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

here is a print screen of my computer management hope it helps


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21 Jul 2012   #9
Arc

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Is the disk an external one ? If so, is it within the warranty period ?

You may try to recover the the partition table of the disk, by using TestDisk
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21 Jul 2012   #10
JH17

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

yeah it one of the portable ones and nah i have had it for years
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