Hi,

I have an odd problem...well an annoying problem. My internal hard drive is read only which is O.K. unless you need to write to it or say boot it.

So what happened? I really don't know, I sent my computer to get some maintenance done on it because it won't boot, won't power up, it won't even go so far as post any POST errors. It was dead...Wait a minute, I think the power supply fan worked anyways the Acer maintenance people said I had a bad RAM module and they replaced it and said the computer is now fine. Well its fine except now the internal hard drive is read only? I tried accessing the drive via PartedMagic but couldn't delete/format or write to the hard drive(I could read the hard drive with PartedMagic). What can cause a hard drive to be read only?

Maybe they mistakenly locked your HDD when checking it. I'm not really sure how that happen as well but if try to format fails, might as well check the HDD for bad sector...

Maybe they mistakenly locked your HDD when checking it. I'm not really sure how that happen as well but if try to format fails, might as well check the HDD for bad sector...

Now I was suspecting maybe they locked the hard drive to prevent any data loss from diagnostics but I'm not even sure if you can make a hard drive read-only. Can you set a hard drive to read-only?

Well it's possible but I don't know how to do it... On flash drive, SD Card etc., yeah I can do that but not on HDD