External 2TB Sata USB drive suddenly is "read only"
Posted on 2011-03-10
Hardware: 2TB Seagate GoFlex External USB Sata
Software: Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Issue: For reasons unknown, the 2TB drive became “read only”. After trying numerous solutions, including registry entries, resizing, mbr fix, still “read only”. After formatting, the drive became fully functional. Then, once again became “read only”.
Pulled the drive out of it’s case (which plugs into a power cradle), and formatted it again using another power/usb connection. The drive became fully functional. Once it was hooked back up to it’s case and cradle, back to square one. But, outside the cradle’s connections, it was fine.
Finally pulled it again, and installed it in my Dell desktop. No problems. It replaced a 500GB drive that I installed into the GoFlex case with the power cradle. No problems. I’m guessing it’s a hardware issue with the cradle attachment, or something to do with the drives size. Any idea’s . BTW, the Web is full of people having similar problems with their external drive. T.I.A.