Wednesday, August 18, 2010

How to fix an exFAT drive being write protected

Recently I connected an external Verbatim RAID HD to another Vista computer, while copying files to it the USB connection was broken and re-established (without touching anything).
After the drive again had mounted the drive I was coying files to was write protected! Huh?

Solution: run "chkdsk /F"

"Error 0x80071AC3: The operation could not be completed because the volume is dirty"
This is the message I got from Windows backup as I tried it to see if it would give any other message than "Write protected".
So the drive got "dirty" after the abrupted disconnection and running checkdisk on it to fix any errors will remove the "dirt".

At first I ran  "chkdsk /R" but that did not work so I ended up running "chkdsk i: /F /R /X" but it would probably be sufficient with only /F as is also worked for this guy "McoreD".

The checkdisk output: (fixes the problem even it states that there was no problem ;-) 
C:\Windows\system32>chkdsk i: /F /R /X
The type of the file system is exFAT.
Volume Serial Number is 80DA-01EE
Windows is verifying files and folders...
Volume label is exFat.
File and folder verification is complete.
Windows is verifying free space...
  2041292 free clusters processed.
Free space verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.


Bábi said...

Thanks, man! I had the same problem :)

GlosterOldPhart said...

Wasted hours of my life trying to sort this very problem. Tried everything including Registry changes. Had reached time for the sledghammer cure, found your site tried your suggestion - bingo! All sorted - Many thanks!

ARAbed Master said...

For me it didnt work

but all of errors was the same even your error code

after windows is verifying files n folders....


Do you know other ways?

my hard disk has problem with check disk I

Lephi Gau said...

thanks man! i had fixed for my hdd ext!

Mr. Peabody-Pumpernickel said...

Im trying this out on my Hitachi Touro Pro 2TB, and it's stuck at "Windows is verifying files and folders..."

Any clue how long this should take? There's only about 300gb of used space...

Mr. Peabody-Pumpernickel said...

BTW the HDD is formatted exFat, for cross-OS support.

The drive operates fine, but accidentally was unplugged a few days ago. Still works, but I get the chkdsk popup ever time I plug it up, and I can only read from now. Really annoying...

Eduardo Rocha Tavares said...

Thanks man! That did work indeed!

landashy sky said...

Great thank you again!!!
It worked~~!

John Arryon said...

My exfat 2tb hitachi touro drive experienced this same problem. I would try to alter read only and it would say "write-protected".

I tried the full chkdsk /f /r /x but it was taking AGES. Well days more like.

Canceled it and chkdsk /f worked just fine. Can change files now. Took minutes.....versus the days I was dreading.

Dot Guru said...

Perfect solution chkdsk i: /F

Thnx for ur contribution.

Ronald Ronind said...

Thanks man! It fixed my HDD. I was down to ground when I got this problem. But by luck or some means saw your post and it fixed the problem. Thanks again!

Bamidele Babayeju said...

I tried the chkdsk x: /F on my 64gb Flash drive and it worked like magic. Thanks a million. u saved my miserable life