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How to Format Read Only Disk to Normal Windows 11

Updated by Roxanne on May 10, 2022
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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
#1. Remove Disk Write Protection by CMD and Registry Editor  Step 1. Open the start menu. Then type "CMD". Press Enter to continue; Step 2. Now, you have to Type...Full steps
#2. Change Read-only Permission on Windows 11  Step 1: Open File Explorer and locate the USB drive you want to make writable; Step 2: Right-click on the USB...Full steps
#3. Format Read-only Disk to Desired File System Step 1. Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the hard drive partition you intend to format, and choose "Format"...Full steps

how to format read only disk to normal windows 11

Disk Shows Read-Only. This is a fairly common error that can occur on Windows systems. The disk shows as being in read-only mode, and you are unable to make changes to the files or folders on the disk.

There are a few possible causes for this problem. One possibility can be a problem with the file system on the disk. The cause can be errors in the file system or corruption of the file system. 

Another possibility can be a problem with one of the drivers associated with the disk. This can be caused by a corrupted driver or by a driver that has been installed incorrectly.

If you are experiencing this problem, there are a few things that you can do to try to resolve it. In this article, we will take a deep look at how to format a read-only disk to normal Windows 11. So, let us get started. 

Scenario - Disk Shows Read-Only?

scenario disk shows read only

  • File permissions: 

One of the most common reasons for a disk appearing as read-only is due to file permissions. If a file or folder is set to read-only, then you will not be able to make any changes to it. To fix this, you will need to change the file permissions accordingly.

  • Disk corruption: 

If the disk itself is corrupted, then it will often appear as read-only. In this case, you will need to format the disk and reinstall any necessary software.

  • Incorrect file system: 

If the file system on the disk is not set up correctly, then it can also cause the disk to show as read-only. Therefore, you will need to fix the file system to make changes to the disk.

  • Virus infection: 

A virus infection can also cause a disk to appear as a read-only medium. In most cases, you will need to scan the disk for viruses and remove them to make changes.

  • Hardware failure: 

If there is a hardware failure with the disk, then it will often appear as read-only. In this case, you will need to replace the disk to make changes.

How to Change Read-only USB on Windows 11? 

how to change read only usb on windows 11

We know that "Read Only Disk" can be frustrating for you. But do not worry, here is how you can solve it. Check out these 3 best methods to format a read-only Disk to a standard Windows 11 Disk.

#1. Remove Disk Write Protection by CMD and Registry Editor 

Step 1. Open the start menu. Then type "CMD". Press Enter to continue.

type cmd in run window

Step 2. Now, you have to Type "command Diskpart" and hit Enter. You will see a new command window.

Step 3. Here you have to type "list disk". Press enter button. Here make sure your storage device is listed. 

Step 4. Now, type the command "select disk x" and hit Enter. 

Step 5. Next, press Enter at the "attributes disk clear read-only". Again, press the Enter button.

run command diskpart

Congrats. You have successfully removed the read-only attribute. You can now simply exit the DiskPart utility.

#2. Change Read-only Permission on Windows 11 

There are times when you come across a USB drive that is labeled as read-only. And you wonder how to change read-only USB on Windows 11. Here is how it is done. To change a read-only USB drive to writable in Windows 11, follow these simple steps:

change read only permission in windows 11

Step 1: Open File Explorer and locate the USB drive you want to make writable.

Step 2: Right-click on the USB drive and select "Properties: from the menu.

Step 3: Click on the "Security" tab and then click on the "Edit" button.

Step 4: Find your username under the Group or user names section and check the Allow box next to Full Control.

Step 5: Click on "Apply" and then "OK". The USB drive should now be writable. Close File Explorer and safely remove your USB drive from your computer.

#3. Format Read-only Disk to Desired File System

Many storage devices such as USBs, SD cards, and Hard Disk Drive are preformatted. So, even if you try to format them, it gets tricky for you. Therefore, you cannot write anything on them. The only option you are left with is to buy a new one.

This is also one of the biggest reasons you get the read-only error. But now, you don't have to buy a new storage device. Instead, you can take advantage of the excellent tool available for this purpose, the EaseUS Partition Master.

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Step 1. Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the hard drive partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2. In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3. Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4. Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

As the name says, it lets you reformat your disk to any format. It can be FAT16/32, NTFS EXT2/3/4. So, download this fantastic software today to format a read-only disk to the Windows 11 standard.

Related article: NTFS or exFAT for External Hard Drive: Which Format is Better for External Hard Drive? 

Here is a snippet of what this software can do:

Conclusion

So, now you know how to format a read-only disk to a standard Windows 11 disk. See, it is not that tough. But, the real icing on the cake here is the EaseUS Partition Manager software. It is one easy-to-use, and practical that lets you deal with "Disk read-only" error. So, download it today and say goodbye to such errors.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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