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My Drive D: is locked into an attribute of Read-Only

  1. #1


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    WIN8.1PRO

    My Drive D: is locked into an attribute of Read-Only


    Hello:

    Actually the title above doesn't due this problem justice.

    I have a 1.5 yr. old ASUS notebook which has been upgraded from the initial WIN8.0 to 8.1 and then to PRO several months ago. The PRO was done in an attempt to install the encryption technology, Bitlocker. Shortly after the install of Bitlocker, I found it would not work and traced it back to a discussion with ASUS who said this particular notebook was not built with the ability to be encrypted. (This is the second notebook/laptop in several months that I ran across this!) In any case, Bitlocker is not turned on anywhere, and unfortunately, I can't find any tool to remove it from my harddrive as of yet. I only mention this as a possible bearing on the issue since apparently it embeds itself in the root directory, if I am correct. This problem recently started for some unknown reason I can't contribute anything to.

    My drive D: is an extension on the physical drive. When I try to manipulate and files or folders, it comes up with "the media is read only" or "the disk is write protected" all dependent on what I am trying to do and what application is open. It will, of course, allow me to copy files to C:.
    I have tried the following:
    -CHKDSK which found nothing
    -FILE CHECKER which found nothing
    -PERMISSIONS checked and everyone and everything has full permissions
    -DISKPART/ATTRIBUTES ran to check everything and according to the attributes on this volume, there is NO READONLY! I ran the CLEAN command 2X anyway which came up "successful" each time.
    -I also ran some quality DISK MANAGEMENT software which could not make any modifications since it views the drive as "Read Only".

    Help!

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  2. #2


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    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Shot in the dark here, this site shows how to remove Bitlocker although written for Win 7, it should work in Win 8

    how to remove bitlocker

    Also any help here

    Unlock a BitLocker-protected drive - Windows Help
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    Posts : 151
    Win8 Pro


    Does the machine have a TPM?
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    Posts : 10
    WIN8.1PRO


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Shot in the dark here, this site shows how to remove Bitlocker although written for Win 7, it should work in Win 8

    how to remove bitlocker

    Also any help here

    Unlock a BitLocker-protected drive - Windows Help
    Unfortunately no help here .
    The machine apparently does not have TPM.
    I'm not sure if "locked" is the proper word. With all the things that have been tried including the suggestions from all the helpful respondents on this and other sites, what really comes up is the drive is write protected or read only. The read only has not been able to be removed no matter what. So the real issue is trying to remove the write-protection. I don't believe Bitlocker was ever properly or completely installed. I have limited ability to manage Bitlocker and removing it is not one of them. It could never encrypt Drive C:, only D:.
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    WIN8.1PRO


    Quote Originally Posted by lastof View Post
    Does the machine have a TPM?
    It lacks TPM. Due to this and the manufacturer failking to offer encryption even with WIN8.1PRO, I could never encrypt drive C: and believe a limited functioning Bitlocker exists. It is only on D: and is not turned on. It cannot be turned on in C:
    But everything points to the fact that my machine had D: write protected, but nothing allows me to remove it. All permissions are set.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 151
    Win8 Pro


    Did you check the policy editor?

    Windows Key + R > gpedit.msc > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Public Key Policies

    Check the policies under all three nodes (Encrypting File System, Data Protection, Bitlocker Drive Encryption)

    Also, try to copy something to D: to force the error, then check Event Viewer to see if you can find any more details
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    Posts : 10
    WIN8.1PRO


    Thanks for the suggestions, Lastof.
    I checked all 3 as requested.
    No Encryption file system policies defined
    No data protection policies defined
    No bitlocker drive encryption data recovery agents defined
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    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7


    Maybe 'mountvol' can be useful? Examples of it's use (you need to figure out the "reverse engineering" of these examples) >
    Yes, you can make a Windows disk partition read-only
    How to mount an NTFS partition read-only in Windows? - Super User
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  9. #9


    Posts : 151
    Win8 Pro


    techguy,

    Go back into the policy editor, to this node specifically : Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Bitlocker Drive Encryption>Fixed Data Drives

    Is this policy enabled? : "Deny write access to fixed drives not protected by Bitlocker" ?

    If it is, disable it and reboot. If that doesn't work, change it to 'Not Configured', reboot. The setting will depend on whether or not bitlocker is active in the system. If it is "not configured"

    Check all the nodes (Operating System Drives, Removeable Data Drives) and their policies, and reset everything to 'Not Configured'

    Let me know.
    Last edited by lastof; 14 Jul 2014 at 23:36.
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    Posts : 10
    WIN8.1PRO


    Lastof, you are a genius! YES, it worked! I was a little skeptical due to many trying and this being rather complex with remnants of Bitlocker as a possible issue. I was able to write to the drive now. You were correct. Many Kudos!
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