Access to hdd

I have a wdc wd 10ealx-759ba1 (ata) drive which I removed from a desktop to use as an external backup in a WD enclosure. When connected via usb2 the drive cannot be read. Error message says “windows cannot read the drive because it is write protected.” Returned to the desktop and working fine. Thoughts?

What OS are you using? Windows 7 and Vista can be a real pain with Sharing/Permissions. Go into the drive’s properties and try the sharing  and permission settings first. You might also have to Take Ownership.


If you don’t need the information in the hard drive, just write zeros with DLG and then format it.

Purchased a StarTech adapter (usb to ide or sata) and it seems to work fine. Problem must be associated with the external enclosure