write protected hard drive!?
Posted on 1998-06-25
I have a hard drive here which I cannot partition with Fdisk. Currently it has no partitions on it at all. I was able to delete the previous partition (FAT 32) but when I try to create a new one, Fdisk gives me this error: "Write protect error writing fixed disk,"
I did successfully remove the old partition, leaving the hard drive empty of partitions now, but I am unable to create a new partition on it. The error mentioned above occurs when I select "create primary DOS partition" It tries to verify the drive integrity and it goes from:
"verifying drive integrity: 0%"
"Do you wish to use all available space for this partition? (Y/N) Y
Write protect error writing fixed disk"
both messages appear simultaneously so I deduced that it is unable to verify the drive's integity due to a write-protect error on the drive. If I continue from there, it tries to make the partition anyway, has another write-protect error, but thinks that it was successful in creating the partition and says to reboot before formatting. When I reboot (from a win95 boot disk), DOS is unable to find the hard drive. I run fdisk again and it tells me that there are no partitions, but when I try to create one I still get the write-protect error.
I entered CMOS looking for a way to disable the write protection but there is no option for that in the CMOS on this machine.
This is a 515MB hard drive using LBA mode in a pentium 90
My real goal here is to format the hard drive and install windows 95. I don't care if I lose 3 MB by not using large disk support, I just want to create a partition so I can format the drive. Anybody know how to either unprotect the drive or get around it?