Windows 10: Unable to read/write to External disk - Windows 10

Discus and support Unable to read/write to External disk - Windows 10 in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Hi Everyone, I am using Lenovo laptop with Windows 10. I am having 1 TB external drive and unable to read/write files to it. Please assist. I tried... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Vedansh2012Redd, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. Unable to read/write to External disk - Windows 10


    Hi Everyone,


    I am using Lenovo laptop with Windows 10. I am having 1 TB external drive and unable to read/write files to it. Please assist.


    I tried multiple options like changing permissions, change owners, regedit etc


    Regards,

    Siva

    :)
     
    Vedansh2012Redd, Sep 30, 2019
    #1
  2. Nikhar_K Win User

    Slow HDD read and write speeds

    Hi,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    We will require a few more information from you to help you further with the issue. Please reply with the following details:

    • In which device are you facing this issue?
    • Are you using an external HDD or internal HDD?
    • Are you getting the read and write speed issue on any particular application?

    However, you can Disk Defragment on your computer to optimize the drive. To run Disk Defragment please follow the steps from the article

    Defragment your Windows 10 PC
    .

    Alternatively, you can check for the read and write speed of the HDD in task manager. Please follow the steps mentioned below to check the read and write speed of the hard drive:

    1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc key together on the keyboard.
    2. Click on Performance tab.
    3. Click on Disk 0.
    4. You will find the Read speed and
      Write speed
      at the bottom of the window.

    Hope it helps.

    Please reply with the status of the issue, we will be glad to help you further.

    Nikhar Khare

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Nikhar_K, Sep 30, 2019
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  3. Rohit_R Win User
    The Disk Is Write Protected - How To Remove Write Protection

    Hi Fernanda,

    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.

    In regards to your concern, please help me with following questions:

    • Is the Hard drive external or internal?
    You can try following steps and check if that fixes the issue:

    1. Run Virus scan on the Hard Drive.
    2. Perform check disk commands on the Hard Disk to fix the Disk errors.
    Refer to this article.

    Note: Remove all the external devices before performing check disk.

    Data Loss Disclaimer:

    While performing these steps there might be a risk of data loss. You may take a backup of the data before performing the steps.

    Hope it helps.

    Let us know if you got the help you needed by clicking Yes or No.

    Rohit Raina

    Microsoft Community - Moderator
     
    Rohit_R, Sep 30, 2019
    #3
  4. Fernandz Win User

    Unable to read/write to External disk - Windows 10

    How To Format A Write Protected Flash Memory ?

    ¿You already tried this one?...

    Run CMD


    1. diskpart
    2. list disk

    Then in the 3º step, put the correct number of disk in the list for the usb flash (if it's listed in disk 3, then you'll have to write select disk 3).

    2. select disk #
    3. clean
    4. create partition primary
    5. select partition 1
    6. active
    7. format fs=fat32
    8. assign
    9. exit

    with that commands you will format the flash drive in fat32, if you have a large drive you can select also "format fs=ntfs" in step 7.

    good luck!
     
    Fernandz, Sep 30, 2019
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