delete write protect in dos

August 18, 2012 at 04:43:39
Specs: Macintosh
Message :cannot format. this volume is write protected. How do i get past this

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August 18, 2012 at 06:16:01

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#2
August 18, 2012 at 11:19:39
Hi Sakiuzo,

What exactly are you trying to format?

If it is a 3.5" floppy disc, there is a small 2 position plastic slide.

In one position this write protects and the other position allows writing.

Some thumbdrives/memory sticks have a similar slide.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#3
August 19, 2012 at 02:26:17
My buddy has a Sony vaio laptop that has vista and then was upgraded to ultimate. He turned it on one day and splash screen then just kept repeating "Operating system not found". I know enough to get lucky with this stuff and like, more like get obsessed, to figure things out. So I am trying to rid the system of Vista Ultra and install Vista-Retro (what I like to call XP when everyone started going back to it) OR Win 7. 7 will at least begin install where XP is hit and miss. BUT no hard drive. BIOS says none and i keep finding 'X drive' named boot. Not familiar with that, AND today i opened the regi, somehow, forgot what i did. But it seemed kinda bare, and I try not to mess around in there, unless I'm trying to screw with the people at Symantec, lol So if ya wanna throw something out there, i'll try it.
Thanks
Tim

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#4
August 19, 2012 at 12:50:45
What is the 'regi'? The registry? Not likely you got into that if the computer can't even find the drive it's on.

The hard drive is probably bad or at least not set up right in cmos/bios setup. The write protect message is probably because you're trying to format something else--maybe whatever drive you booted from.


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#5
August 20, 2012 at 08:56:05
Thats why i got a little hopeful when it did pop up. But it seems to react differently depending on where you are when you're communicating with it. In CMD Prompt X: , which I am assuming is the hard drive due to having computer, users, program files, windows..... can be seen but 'ACCESS DENIED'. XP install will run through the entire setup routine but at the last moment OH can't see your hard drive. WIN 7 install will see and seem to access most everything BUT doesn't see drivers. Even when I point it right at what it is asking me for.
So if it's a bad hard drive, it's a bad hard drive. Just run down and get one thats compatible with what is trying to be accomplished, and this thing should be happy, right? Theoretically.
The Easy way out. haha


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#6
August 20, 2012 at 11:03:43
Does the command prompt actually show as X:\> ? If so that's probably not the hard drive. You need to figure out which drive letters correspond to which drives.

Yeah, if the drive is bad then a new one should fix things. But you should probably run some diagnostics first to see if the drive is bad. The laptop might have some on-board diagnostics or you can download software from the drive manufacturer.

Also, XP doesn't understand SATA so if the drive is SATA you need additional drivers in order to install that OS.


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#7
August 20, 2012 at 21:15:09
So myself having only 1 exposure to Vista, and that being an 'out-o-box' setup and wanting to smash it by the time I was done. "Are you sure you want to install that driver?" "Are you REALLY sure?" AAAHH
but, sorry, So Vista may have used SATA and therefore the F6 SATA during XP setup

Also, an update, I now have the Sony booting to the XP Splash Screen "starting Windows X...cough cough" Blue screen of death


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