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You can write protect a flash drive or an external hard drive to prevent accidental erasure.

Write Protect Disk

Open the command prompt as an administrator. Type cmd into the search field on the bottom left of your screen, then select “run as administrator” from the search results.

Open command prompt as administrator in windows 10

First type the following to start the disk partition utility.

diskpart

Type the following to list all the disks on your computer

list disk

Find the disk you want to write protect then type the following.

select disk ?

Replace the ? with the disk number. For example, in the screenshot above, the disk I want to write protect is disk 12. So I’d type select disk 12

To set the disk to read only type

attributes disk set readonly

Type exit when you’re done.

Clear Write Protect on USB Disk

Open the command prompt as an administrator, then type

diskpart

Type the following to list all the disks on your computer.

list disk

Find the disk you want then type the following. Replace the ? with the disk number

select disk ?
select disk diskpart

To removce the write protect attribute, type

attributes disk clear readonly 

Type exit when you’re done.