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Remove/Fix 'Read Only' from Hard Drive/USB/SD Card/External Hard Drive

Updated on Aug 09, 2018 by Tracy King to Storage Media Recovery

Summary

Don't worry if your hard disk, USB drive, SD card or external HDD shows as 'Read Only' in your PC. If you can’t access saved data on the write-protected storage devices, relax. Do the following to apply CMD and data recovery tool to remove 'Read Only' error and release write-protection from SD card, USB drive, hard disk or external hard drive without losing any data in 2 simple steps now.

Hard disk/USB/SD card/external hard drive shows as 'Read Only' in Windows 10/8/7, help!

Question 1: My second hard disk which was used as data disk is showing up as 'Read Only' now on my Windows 10 PC. Do you know how to fix this problem? Please help me if you do know the solution. Thanks.

Question 2: Hi there, do you know what to do when an SD card data cannot be used as the card displays as 'Read Only'? I'm now having this problem that my SD card can only be read. I cannot access the data and use them. How to fix this issue?

Does your SD card or USB drive show up as write-protected and shows as ”Read Only” on your Windows 10/8/7 PC? Does the computer or laptop hard disk or external hard drive display as ”Read Only” when you try to save files? How do you fix a storage device's ”Read Only” error without losing any data? 

How to remove 'Read-Only' error from hard drive/USB/SD card/external hard drive?

If your storage device such as USB drive, SD card or external hard drive is write-protected now with 'Read Only' mark, don't worry. Here in the below, you'll find an effective method to remove write-protection and get rid of 'Read Only' error from your storage device within simple 2 steps. 

Step 1. Run CMD to remove 'Read Only' from hard disk/USB/SD card/external hard drive

It's quite simple to remove and fix storage device 'Read Only' error by applying the CMD command. 

The only thing that you need to keep in mind is to be very careful while following the CMD guide steps to remove the ”Read Only” error from an SD card, USB drive, hard disk or external hard drive. 

  • Connect the ”Read Only” storage device such as an SD card, USB, external hard drive  to your PC
  • Open a Command Prompt by typing: command in the Search tab, click Command Prompt
  • Type: diskpart and hit Enter
  • Type: list disk and hit Enter
  • Type: select disk 0 and hit Enter (0 will be the drive letter of your read-only hard drive/USB/SD card, etc.)
  • Type: attributes disk clear readonly and hit Enter
  • Type: exit and hit Enter to finish the process

After this, your storage device will be accessible again and you will be able to read and use the saved data on your SD card, USB or external hard drive. If you still cannot access the saved data on your storage devices or have lost some saved files/documents, don't worry. Here, in Step 2, you'll learn how to access your saved data.

The only thing that you shall keep in mind is to be very careful while following below CMD guide steps to remove 'Read Only' error from SD card, USB drive, hard disk or external hard drive. 

Step 2. Restore saved data from HDD/USB or external HDD after removing 'read-only'/write-protection error 

If you cannot access the saved data on your storage devices such as an SD card, USB drive or external hard drive after removing the ”Read Only” error, don't worry. We'll show you how to easily access and restore all saved data from your device with a powerful data recovery tool from EaseUS.
EaseUS data recovery tool supports you to retrieve data from inaccessible storage devices, RAW disk and it will even find hidden files for you with some simple clicks. Just  download and install it on your PC and follow the three steps below to get your data back now:

Step 1. Choose the external hard drive

Since you're going to recover data from the external hard drive, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and under the External Devices tab, choose the exact drive where you lost data. Click Scan.

select external hard drive

Step 2. Scan for lost data

The software will start immediately to scan all over the selected drive for all lost data. During the scan, you could see more and more data showing up in the results.

scan external hard drive

Step 3. Preview and recover data

After the scan is over, check the scan results for the desired data. You can preview the file by double-clicking on it. Click Recover and choose another location to save the recovered data.

preview and recover data

After this, you will have successfully restored all data on your USB, SD card or external hard drive. But don't rush into using your device to save data. 

1.Format the device and reset the hard drive, external hard drive or SD card file system to NTFS or FAT32
2. In order to make sure your storage device is highly secure for protecting and saving data, you need to format the hard drive, external hard drive, USB or SD card to usable again.

You can now use the device to store important data or backups again. If you are having a similar ”Read Only” or write protection/encryption issue on your hard drive partition, memory SD card or other devices, just follow the above two methods to get your problem solved right now.