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Win7 64: Media is write protected - crosspost, apologies

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Hi all.

I'm in rather desperate need of an explanation for the behaviour of Windows 7 and my second hard drive.

It keeps setting the entire disk to write protected.

The first time it happened I was able to go in via diskpart and clear the read only status, however since then diskpart has reported the drive as non-read only (i.e. not write protected) but still Windows 7 insists the drive is write protected.

Last night I used disk manager to remove the drive from the system (and losing all data in the process) which, when I re-added the drive, allowed me to write to the volume. I thought all was sorted, although I was a bit sad about losing my data!

So, this morning, I fired up the PC. Tested to see if the drive was read only, and it wasn't. Happy days! Unfortunately, some time between 11am and 12 midday, the drive switched back to read only.

Diskpart claims the volume is not write protected. I've tried changing the properties of the subfolders/folders, but it's still write protected.

Can anyone help? It's driving me nuts. I've mucked about with ownership (got a hack off'f the internet that allows me to assume ownership of folders) but the issue seems deeper than that; Windows 7 seems to want to lock me out of my own danged drive.

Thanks, and +rep for anyone who can suggest the permanent fix that I know -must- be out there somewhere.

(sorry about the crosspost; there are an equal number of posts beign made int he general OS forum so I figured it might get noticed here too!)
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Sorry to bump this but my problem is sort of similar.
I just bought an internal HD today and transferred data to it via USB (i.e. hooked up as an external).
After I proceeded to hook it up internally, however when I rebooted my machine the drive is showing up as write protected.
After clearing the volume with diskpart it is working fine but after almost each reboot, it seems as Windows 7 is forcing the write protection on the drive.
Why is this happening and as the above poster asked, is there a permanent fix for this?
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Having the same issue here too.
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