My Computer Crashed and Now Won't Boot Back Up. How to remove write protection?

Stuart Young 5 Reputation points
2023-06-01T13:41:44.8433333+00:00

My computer crashed and now won't boot up. I'm using Windows 10. I've tried booting up from a USB to repair it, but that just restarts the computer. I've tried using command prompt, in the repair advanced options, to scan and fix using chkdsk, but that leads to it saying "Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected". Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Since posting I have tried the System restore from an automatic restore point option, but that comes up with The disk Local Disk (C:) has errors. When I click check disk errors it it gives the option to repair disk errors. Clicking this creates the prompt box saying the disk is write protected. Does anyone know how to remove the write protection?

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  1. Docs 15,491 Reputation points
    2023-06-02T05:43:13.7233333+00:00

    The write protected error message may be related to a failing or failed drive.

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    Run Sea Tools bootable > Long Generic test > take pictures > post images or share links into this thread using one drive, drop box, or google drive.

    https://www.seagate.com/manuals/software/seatools-bootable/

    https://www.seagate.com/content/dam/seagate/migrated-assets/old-support-files/seatools/USBbootSetup-SeaToolsBootable.zip

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  2. Wesley Li-MSFT 4,401 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2023-06-05T01:16:04.9133333+00:00

    Hello

    There are two common reasons for getting this error message:

    The disk volume attribute is set to read-only

    The partition's file system is damaged or damaged.

    Try removing write protection with CMD:

    In the Command Prompt window, type chkdsk E: /f /r /x, and then press Enter. Here, you should replace "E" with the drive letter of your PC hard drive, SD card or USB drive.

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