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Hard Drive Write Protected

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My computer locked up so I had to reboot and after the scandisk ran I now get the message:  Cannot write Scandisk.log file to C drive the drive has been write protected by another utility.  I cannot get the PC  to boot up now without getting this message.  How do I get rid of the write protection from C drive?  I have already tried to re-format C drive but the re-format won't work because of the write protection problem.  My hard disk in connected to the motherboard thru a controller.
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by:koskia
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you can format your harddrive through the sysmenu I think
press DEL when the computer logs on,
and do a low level format
(it sets all the bits on your hardisk to 0)
and should take a while :)
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by:koskia
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you can format your harddrive through the sysmenu I think
press DEL when the computer logs on,
and do a low level format
(it sets all the bits on your hardisk to 0)
and should take a while :)
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mark2150 earned 200 total points
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Use the LOCK program to unlock the system. You may have to run it twice. is part of windows. All else fails, boot from floppy.

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by:demarb
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Warning, if you do a low level format as suggested by koskia, then you may have problems afterwards reading the drive (I have in the past). Since it does change every bit on the drive it can make the drive unreadable (I had to find a utility to go back and fix my drive after doing a low level format). I don't know if mine was just a fluke, but I haven't ever tried doing it again, there are usually other ways around problems. mark2150's answer should do what you want.
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by:marcmaguyver
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Mark,

What do you mean the LOCK program?  Is this a program on the Win95 CDROM installation disk?
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by:demarb
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marcmaguyver, LOCK is a native windows command. At a command prompt type LOCK /? and check out the command.
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