How to Make an Iomega Hard Drive 500GB Writable

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Iomega produces computer storage such as jump drives and hard drives. If you have a 500 GB Iomega hard drive installed on your computer, you may receive a "Media is write protected" error or similar error when you attempt to write data to the hard drive. This is due to a read-only attribute set to the disk. Fortunately you can remove the read-only and hidden attributes from the Iomega disk using the Diskpart.exe utility in Windows.

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  1. 1

    Click on "Start" and input "cmd" into the search bar. Press "Enter" to launch the Windows command prompt.

  2. 2

    Type "diskpart.exe" into the command prompt and press "Enter." Click "Yes" to confirm you wish to run the utility. The DiskPart utility will appear, which resembles a second command prompt window.

  3. 3

    Input "list volume" into the DiskPart utility and press "Enter." A list of connected drives will appear. Locate the drive letter of your Iomega hard drive from the list.

  4. 4

    Input "select volume X" into the DiskPart utility and press "Enter." Replace "X" with the drive letter of your Iomega hard drive. This chooses your Iomega hard drive to make changes to.

  5. 5

    Input "attributes disk clear readonly" into the DiskPart utility and press "Enter." The system will remove the read only attribute from the disk and make it writable.

  6. 6

    Exit the DiskPart utility and the command prompt.

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