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Server 2008 R2 Disks are Read Only

by Jón Ólafsson

 

I recently had problems with one of the servers I am running Server 2008 R2 on. Everything is working on that server except I could not safe any files to the shared drive. So I logged onto the server and quickly realized that the drive was write protected. I don’t know when, how or why that happened, but the solution is fairly simple.

The steps are as follows:

    1. Open a command prompt (ie. Start > Run > cmd) with administrative privledges.
    2. Type in the command: diskpart
    3. Run the command: list disk
    4. Select the problematic disk using the following command: sel disk 2
    5. Enter the following command: ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY
    6. Exit diskpart with the command: exit

(I ran the commands above on all the disks on the server..  cycle step 4 and 5)

    This should work “out of the box” although I had to reboot the server.

That’s all folks.

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