How do I remove the write protection from my FAT32 formatted external hard drive?

Norman Conley August 28, 2012
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I have a Toshiba 750 GB external hard drive, my PC has stopped recognizing it, so I hooked it to my Macbook Pro. It took a couple of hours but it mounted. I tried to format it to FAT32 using my Mac, it said it formatted the hard drive successfully, but my then my Mac stopped recognising it.

I tried it with my PC again, Windows 7 recognized it, but said it needed to be formatted before it could be used. When I tried to format it with Windows 7, it said the hard drive was write protected. How do I remove the write protection? Can I force the MacBook to mount the hard drive and remove the write protection? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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