Accidental Cancel of Format Doesn’t Show The Drive

Drive Not Showing Up After Unintentional Cancellation of Format? Here’s What to Do

“I was doing a full format of drive D. It was half-way through the completion process that I was shocked to see I was formatting drive E instead of drive D. I panicked and in the heat of the moment, I hit the cancel button and shut down the system. Now, when I turn on my PC, the hard drive seems to be raw and all the space appears as unallocated. Is there a way to fix my hard drive and get the data back?”

When a hard drive formatting process is cancelled half-way, whether intentionally or accidentally, there are chances that your hard drive may turn RAW and that’s exactly what has happened here. Often, the drive may not show up in My Computer listings, causing the system not to work partially. So, what can be done in the very situation? Is it required to format the drive completely? Don’t worry, there is a viable solution provided here that answers all your queries.

Here’s The Solution

Since the entire drive shows as unallocated space, you cannot format the drive without creating partitions. That’s because, the information of the partitions stored in the partition table will be wiped off and hence a huge lump of unallocated space on your drive. The drive behaves almost like a new disk where you need to assign the file system and create partitions all over again.

However, it is also important to avoid loss of vital data from the drive that was unintentionally tried to format. Once you try to allocate partition table and create partitions again, the data that is still residing on the drive will be no more available. So, basically the solution is a two-step procedure; firstly – to recover data and secondly – to fix the hard drive that doesn’t show up.

Step 1) Data Recovery from unallocated Hard Drive:

To get your data back from the drive that was half formatted, you have to use finest data recovery software. But, be aware that, since you have cancelled the format mid-way, the file system might be affected hence, 100% data recovery might not be possible in this case.

However, I would recommend you to use Yodot Recovery tool, which assures maximum data retrieval from formatted / reformatted drives. The software does a deep scan of the affected drive and restores the data in same hierarchical tree with zero damage. It also comes with a ‘save recovery session’ which allows you to pause and resume the session whenever you want without having to scan the drive for partitions all over again. Refer this article on how to get data back after formatting laptop drive for the detailed step-by-step guide.

Step 2) How to Fix Hard Drive whose format was cancelled mid-way:

Since the drive is RAW and the space is unallocated, you have to format and create partitions through Disk Management Tool. Below is the detailed instructions;

  • To launch Disk Management Tool, from Start menu, open Run dialog box and type msc and hit Enter.
  • Now, right-click anywhere on the unallocated space and select ‘New Simple Volume’
  • In the ‘New Simple Volume’ wizard click Next.
  • Enter the volume size in megabytes (MB) or accept the default size and click Next.
  • Choose a drive letter or accept the default drive letter to recognize the partition and click Next.
  • In the Format Partition window select the option to format and assign the file system to NTFS In the same window check the box which says ‘Perform a quick format’.
  • Repeat the steps to create multiple partitions

Now that you have fixed the drive and have your partitions back, you can now securely restore the rescued data. And make sure that you always keep a backup of files on an external hard drive or you can even use any cloud services as well. Also, check twice on which drive you are formatting. Or you can write down the drive letter to avoid confusion before formatting.

How to Repair Damaged External Hard Disk?

“Hi, I am facing an issue with my external hard disk. The drive takes quite longer to get detected each time I plug it into my computer. And, if I try to access the drive, it will freeze. I guess the drive’s internal structure is damaged, as I used it on several systems (without formatting since a long time). Reformatting the drive may fix this issue, but I have important data saved on it. So, is there any other way to repair my damaged external hard disk? I need to fix this corrupted disk without losing even a single bit of data. Please guide me.”

Well, you can find various helpful techniques to repair a damaged external drive rather than formatting or reformatting. Here, I have listed out some effective troubleshooting methods to fix damaged or corrupted portable drive, with complete step by step procedure. Just follow these fixes till your removable drive becomes normal.

Note: If you have already formatted the external drive and want to know data recovery chances then visit the link.

Methods to Fix Damaged External Hard Disk:

Method#1: CHKDSK via CMD

  • Connect your damaged external drive with computer
  • Hold Windowsand R keys together
  • Type cmd in Runbox
  • Press Enter key
  • Type e: where e is drive letter of your damaged external drive
  • Press Enter key
  • Type cd\
  • Press Enter key
  • Type chkdsk /r
  • Press Enter key
  • Type y and press Enter key (this is to run CHKDSK after next system restarts)
  • Next, type exit and hit Enter button
  • Restart your computer

Note: It is recommended to run CHKDSK for the second time if you noticed any error or bad sectors during the first scan. And, continuously run CHKDSK till you find no errors or bad sectors on your external hard drive.

Method#2: Disk Management

  • Attach your damaged portable drive
  • Right click on My Computer (W7 and earlier) This PC (W8.1 and above)
  • Choose Manage option
  • Opt for Disk Management
  • Find your external drive in left side panel
  • Right click on its partition box (lined space)
  • Click on Properties
  • Go to Toolstab
  • Hit Check now… button
  • Wait for the completion of repair process
  • Close Disk Management

Method#3: Change Drive Letter

  • Right click on My Computer/This PC
  • Opt Manage option
  • Switch to Disk Management from Storage tab
  • Find the connected damaged external hard drive from right side list
  • Right-click on it
  • MakeChange Drive Letter and Paths selection
  • Select Change
  • Choose new letter from the shown list
  • Hit OK button and complete the process

Now go to your external drive and move entire data from it to a safe location onto system’s internal drive. Finally, format/reformat the damaged external drive. In case, if you fail to access the external drive’s data even after above fixation then read Yodot’s editorial to know how to access corrupted external hard drive data, recover entire files from your damaged external drive and format it.

Precautionary Tips:

To shun damage or corruption of your external hard drive in future, follow some safety measures such as –

  • Avoid usage of same portable drive on several systems
  • Ejecting the drive from computer after you see the message “safe to remove hardware”
  • Regularly formatting the drive on your system, often scanning the disk using suitable mechanism like chkdsk
  • Running antivirus scan before using the external disk

How to Detect Potentially Unsafe File Types in ZIP?

Sometimes when you try to click a Zip file, or try downloading one from internet, Windows and WinZip categorizes them as suspicious to download and warns you that you are working with a file type that could potentially contain a virus. Meaning, Zip file may contain potentially unsafe file types!

So which file types are said to be potentially unsafe?

The very good instance for potentially unsafe file type is EXE file type. Well, most of the times EXE files are proved to be safe, but sometimes malicious software write programs that can infect the computer and distribute them through .exe files. Some of the other file types include –

The above list is not definitive and it doesn’t mean that there is something suspicious or wrong with the files mentioned in the list. But still it is suggested not to work with such kind of files until and unless you are sure about source that the file has come from.

How WinZip deals with potentially unsafe file types?

Well, it is already mentioned in this article that you will be displayed with a dialog warning when you attempt to double click a file with a potentially unsafe file type. Remember that you will get the warning message only when you double-click a file (within a Zip file) and open it with WinZip.

WinZip, world’s most known ZIP or ZIPX extractor, will also put a warning when you try to install software present within Zip file. However, you can ignore this warning and still continue to unzip files to a folder on your disk.

Note: All of the warning dialogs have check boxes that you can use to stop them from displaying again.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to extract files from Zip, then there are chances that the Zip file might have got damaged due to the presence of potentially unsafe files. In such case, to easily extract contents of Zip, use Yodot ZIP Repair Software. Not just .ZIP format, this tool is even helpful when you cannot open 7z as archive or when ZIPX file shows multiple errors failing to extract content.

Next, in order to safeguard Zip files from being a victim of potentially unsafe files and protect from being corrupt, Yodot recommends you to follow some tips. Have a look…

  • Don’t open a Zip file which you received from an email of an unknown source
  • Don’t download Zip files from un-trusted sites
  • When an unexpected Zip file is attached to e-mail from someone you know, consider verifying with the sender that the attachment is legitimate.
  • Configure your system with good anti-virus program to scan all the files that you deal with in real time
  • Disable hidden file name extensions on your Windows so that you can easily get to know about the file extensions of the files you are working with

Of course, these guidelines don’t apply only to Zip files; they apply equally to any file type.

Further, the attack on Zip files with potentially unsafe files has become so popular that the versions of Internet Explorer and email clients like Outlook will also make you to be cautious when you are about to collaborate with such kind of file types.

Can Opening A Zip File Give You Virus?

Well… the answer could be yes! Opening a Zip file can bring viruses!

The very famous approach to send .exe file from one person to another through an email is to Zip it first, then email the resulting Zip, and then the receiver has to unzip at his end. That’s where the planning of hackers and spammers start to get materialized!

Why Spammers use Zip file to spread virus?

Zip file contain collection of files inside it. Simply knowing that you have a Zip file doesn’t tell you what resides inside. You really need to unzip it to look at the files that have been compressed. Due to this, the contents of Zip file are always hidden and unclear. This is the reason why hackers hack Zip files to spread viruses. Most of the potential hackers can even hack encrypted Zip files and spread virus; wherein you try to extract password protected Zip files contents and use the files without having mere knowledge about hacking.

Zip as unclear mystery

It is easy to double click an email attachment or a file within Zip file without knowing what lies under the mask. This is how your computer gets infected with potential malware when you actively make the virus to run, without realizing the file being double clicked could contain a virus.

But you can’t get a virus just by double clicking on a Zip file, as double clicking a Zip file has a different story!

When you get a Zip as an email attachment, double clicking that compressed file will just open it. If the file is a real Zip and it contains a malware, your computer will not get infected by virus until and unless you try to execute virus contained files. For instance, just assume you have a Zip file containing executable files along with virus inside it, called virus.exe. Under such case, double clicking just a Zip file doesn’t bring virus, but double clicking virus.exe will cause you to get virus.

From one of the forum users,
Is it possible to get virus just by trying to uncompress the Zip? Can Zip extension be manipulated so it is not actually a Zip file but a virus?”

Well, it is already said in the above part that a Zip file can contain virus, and in fact it is a common way of putting malware into a compressed file and spread virus. But the error message in the above scenario is not a symptom of virus or malware, but it is a standard error that you may receive when the file is either corrupted or if it has been incompletely downloaded.

Tip: You can know if compressed ZIP file contains any virus by knowing the file types that it holds. Follow the link here to have knowledge on potentially unsafe file types associated in ZIP.

Then how to know if Zip contains a virus?

When you double click an EXE file compressed within Zip file, WinZip will warn you in some situations with a message that you are working with a file type that may potentially bring viruses into your computer.

WinZip consider the file type that could harm your computer as “Potentially Unsafe File Types”. Here, EXE refers to potentially unsafe file type. Some of the other examples include, ADE, ADP, APP, ASA, ASP, BAS, BAT, CER, CHM, CMD, COM, CPL, CRT, CSH, DLL, EXE, FXP, HLP, HTA, HTM, HTML, HTR, INF, INS, ISP, ITS, JS, JSE, KSH, LNK, MAD, MAF, MAG, MAM, MAQ, MAR, MAS, MAT, MAU, MAV, MAW, MDA, MDB, MDE, MDT, MDW, MDZ, MHT, MHTM, MHTML, etc.

So be careful while extracting a Zip file compressed with any of the above mentioned file types. Remember, regardless of the file types involved, it is still possible to extract Zip file by ignoring the warning message or when the caution message is turned off, as a result your computer might get harmful viruses. Consequently, below security tips may help you in preventing viruses.

Better to know your source –
If you get any Zip attachments from Banks, governments, delivery services, the postal service, etc. remember all these companies should simply never send you a Zip file. The information they want to convey you will be either in the body of the mail, or they’ll tell you to log in to your account with their service directly.

Keep your system protected and Up-To-Date –
Zip files are incredibly useful, but due to spammers they have been used to trick you in installing malware. So it is worth always you keep your system protected by installing good antivirus software and update the system with new WinZip updates or maintenance releases.

To help in avoiding viruses or malware entering into your computer, you must be aware with the useful information provided on this article. A little knowledge on which possible file types are safe/unsafe and some sensible security tips will let you to be comfortable working with the Zip files that you receive.

Why Is Windows Not Booting After Deleting EFI Partition?

“I was messing around with partitions and created a test partition that was, unfortunately, the same size as my EFI partition. I went to delete my test partition but deleted the EFI partition by mistake and now my computer won’t start. How do make my computer to boot again? Can I get my data back?”

You can surely restore EFI partition and the data and make your computer work normal again. But before we go to restore procedure, let’s first understand why deleting an EFI partition makes Windows unbootable.

What Is EFI Partition and Why Windows Won’t Boot After Deleting It?

When Windows is installed on a clean disk, an EFI partition which uses GUID Partition Table (GPT) is created during Setup. An EFI partition contains kernel images or boot loaders for every installed OS which are enclosed in different partitions on a different or the same local storage device, device driver apps used at boot time by the firmware, system utility tools that run before the OS is booted. When a PC is turned on, UEFI firmware loads EFI partition stored files to start the operating system and other tools. So, if an EFI partition is deleted, naturally Windows will not boot because of lost boot files.

Luckily, you can restore the deleted EFI partition using diskpart. But first, you need to recover the data from the hard drive as a wrong diskpart command might erase the drive and its content.

Data Recovery from Unbootable PC After EFI Partition Deletion:

To get your data back from non-bootable system drive, reply on trustable and reliable recovery software capable of retrieving data from hard disk partitions seamlessly. Yodot software not only recovers data from unbootable drives but also from corrupted, damaged, failed and error-prone internal and external hard drive. Its specially designed algorithm does a deep scanning of the drives and restores the data in its original structure. The program comes with an interactive GUI which makes data recovery easy for non-techy users too. Remember, you have to connect this drive as a slave to another computer where you have installed the recovery utility.

Note: The software is well renowned for safe and secure data recovery of partition on Windows 8, 10, 7, Vista and major Windows platforms. Once you have your data restored, now let’s see how to revert deleted EFI partition.

Solution: Create Deleted EFI Partition using Diskpart
The default EFI configuration is: Windows RE Tools, a system partition, followed by MSR or Microsoft Reserved Partition and lastly a Windows partition.

Boot your computer with Windows Installation Disc and press F10 upon start up, to open the command prompt.
Now run the below-mentioned commands and press Enter after every command

  • Diskpart
  • List disk

Now, note the disk number from which you deleted the EFI partition.

  • Select disk # (replace # with the disk number)
  • Convert gpt
  • Create partition EFI size=100
  • Format quick fs=fat32 label=”System”
  • Assign letter=S
  • Create partition msr size=128
  • List partition
  • List volume

Note down the volume letter where you have installed the OS.

  • Exit
  • bcdboot #:\windows (replace # with the volume letter)

This command copies the boot files to EFI system partition from Windows partition.
You can now remove the installation disc and restart your computer.

Reboot Windows System that Crashed after System Recovery

System Recovery is carried out when there is problem or errors in your Windows. It reformats the system drive and reinstalls the OS. It should be performed carefully, otherwise you might get into other consequences. System recovery might sometimes result in Windows crash making your computer unbootable.

It happened with me when i tried to fix my computer using system recovery. Due to some unknown reason my Windows got crashed and later it declined to boot. Then, I tried some handy methods which helped me to reboot the crashed computer. So, I will explain here all those methods, which might be helpful for you if you are in same situation.

Method 1:Reboot using System Repair DVD (Startup Repair)

  • Insert Windows System Repair DVD and press any key to boot from CD/DVD
    Note- Watch the video tutorial to create a System Repair Disk
  • Then, select ‘Repair your computer’ option
  • The System Repair tool searches for a valid OS and prompt a message that –
     “Windows found problems with your computer’s startup options. Do you want to apply repairs and restart your computer?”
  • Then, click on ‘Repair and Restart’, it will show you the Windows System Repair environment window
  • Press ‘Next’ at the keyboard selection prompt
  • when ‘System Recovery Options’ screen appears, make sure that the “Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows” is checked
  • Now choose ‘Command Prompt’ option from the drop down list
  • When command prompt appears, type following commands
    1. bootrec.exe  /fixmbr
    2. bootrec.exe  /fixboot (It may show an ‘Element not found’ message)
    3. bootrec.exe  /RebuildBcd
  • Exit from the command prompt and select ‘Startup Repair’
  • Wait for the process completion, it shows window with these two messages-
    “Windows cannot repair this computer automatically” and “Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically”
  • Close this message window and click on the ‘View advanced options for system recovery and support’ option
  • Once again select ‘Startup Repair’ option from the main menu
  • When “Startup Repair could not detect a problem” message appears, click on ‘Finish’
  • Again run “System Repair” option and click Finish button
  • Finally, remove the System Repair DVD and click ‘Restart’ to reboot the computer

Method 2: Reinstall Windows OS using Installation Disk

If you don’t have System Repair Disc, then follow this method. First, remove your hard drive from the unbootable computer and connect it to healthy computer as a secondary device. Using recovery software, recover all your data from hard drive that is unbootable and save it in any device.

You can also use above mentioned method to recover data from corrupted or unreadable hard drive.

Now, put it back to the crashed computer. Then, insert the installation disk and reinstall the OS by following the below mentioned steps-

Before starting installation, create installation disk. To know How to Create a Windows Installation Disc watch this video:

  • Start your computer and insert the Windows installation disc
  • Then shut down your computer and restart it
  • When it asks, press any key and then follow the instructions
  • When it shows Install Windows page, click Install now button and follow the onscreen instruction

Please Note:
Many a times, when Windows system restore put your data at risk and if no backup is available, then Yodot is the right choice for data recovery. It helps to retrieve lost data after system restoring Windows 7, 8, 10 and other major Windows OS.

Computer Fails to Boot When External Drive Is Connected

“I have an external USB hard drive. When it is connected, my PC won’t boot. If I disconnect the drive, the PC boots just fine. If I then connect the external drive, it works just fine too. Any idea why this happening, and how it can be fixed?”

Yes, this issue can be fixed without much trouble. With little tweaks in the operating system configurations and with some changes on how you handle your computer can definitely solve the problem. Now, let’s see the causes and fixes for ‘computer failing to boot when external drive is connected’ issue.

Possible Causes for Boot Failure When an External Drive Is Connected

The operating system may get confused, when you connect the external hard drive to your device before turning it on leading to boot failure. It can also be because of computer’s configuration or the external hard drive conflicting with the operating system’s boot procedure.

Below are some methods that you can work around to fix an external HDD that’s stopping the operating system to boot.

Here we are talking about system boot failure. But in case you have booting problem with external drive, you can find out what are the causes and solution for external hard drive wont boot up issues.

Let’s begin with the fixes.

Plug It After Turning On the System

The external hard drive need not be plugged in before you turn on the computer, unless you are booting from it. One of the fixes for boot failure issue is to unplug the external HDD before turning on the computer and plug it in after the OS has loaded.

Boot Through BIOS

The PC’s BIOS can alter some of the issues that’s stopping your computer to boot when an external hard drive is connected.

To access to BIOS mode from Windows 7 – turn on your PC and in the first screen that appears, look for the message that shows you which key to press to enter into BIOS. The notification can be something like this: BIOS settings: Esc; Setup=Del or System configuration: F2 or Press DEL to enter SETUP.

For Windows 8 – go to Settings > Change PC Settings,” click General > Advanced Startup Restart Now. Then Select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings and Restart your computer to boot into BIOS.

Windows 10 – press and hold “Power Button” for 5 or more seconds to turn-off your PC. Now ON the PC and as soon the logo appears, press F2 key immediately.

Disabling USB Legacy Support

Disabling USB Legacy Support may help your computer boot correctly. USB Legacy Support allows the PC to use USB-peripherals minus OS drivers and may result in system hanging upon boot when an external HDD is plugged in. You can turn off USB Legacy Support via BIOS. With the help of keyboard keys look through the menu until you find Legacy USB support and turn it off.

Change Boot Sequence

Your computer might have changed the boot order. Meaning, booting from USB devices might have been prioritized than from internal drives. While you are in BIOS, under the BOOT tab, search for “USB-HDD” or USB and with help of on-screen guide and arrow keys move it to the bottom of the list to fix the boot failure.

Remove hidden files

There may be some files in the root directory of external hard drive that are confusing the PC on boot. These files can be removed without any damages to the device. To see the hidden files, go to Control Panel > View tab, click on the radio icon next to Show hidden files and folders and press OK. Now go to File Explorer and delete all the hidden files in the root directory on the external hard drive.

All the above methods would make your computer to boot normally even if external hard drive is connected.

Why Doesn’t Video Files Moved to SD Card Play Correctly?

Even though digital cameras, mobile phones come with enough internal memory we create an extra room via external storage devices to enhance our digital gadgets capacity. And, to increase these devices’ data storage ability most of us typically opt SD cards.

Secure Digital card (in short SD card) is a tiny device, which is not even larger than a postage stamp; but can hold enormous amount of data. Its petite dimension and outstanding data storage competence made it as a must need thing. However, any issue crops up with this teeny storage piece will be a disaster.

Even, little problems arise with SD card bothers us a lot. Then, what would be your response for unresolved SD card issues! Confused? Well, let’s assume that you are in a situation, where your important videos fail to play on SD card or the video playback is poor. You can perfectly play those videos on your phone and camera. But, your SD card is not at all playing them or it plays partially. Definitely, you can’t suggest any precise solution for this dilemma. Yes, it is the reality. Numerous aspects are responsible for a video file not playing/performing improperly on SD card.

Let’s go through few of the key factors, possible troubleshooting to answer- why videos moved to SD card doesn’t play correctly?

  1. It is an accord that SD card’s compatibility is measured in terms of its speed in concern with media files. If you store high-quality video files on an outdated card, then chances of high definition videos not playing are likely to happen. So, always use latest SD cards to store your HD videos.
  2. SD card size matters a lot. Some SD cards (of course fake cards) shows different size than its actual capacity. When a video file of bigger size (than card’s capacity) is moved to the card, the card cannot hold the file completely. So, the video file fails to transfer fully onto the card, thus you cannot play it.
  3. Sometimes SD card gets corrupt due to recurrent deletion and restore of data either by computer or digital gadgets like camera, mobile etc. Due to frequent and fast delete-restore rate, an open and close tag will accumulate on SD card. So, try removing this open-end tag on SD card by deleting all data and then defrag the card in the computer.
  4. Last but not least, even creation of bad sectors or bad blocks on SD card could be the major cause behind unplayable videos. Bad spots on affected SD card could make saved videos unplayable. So, make a habit of regularly formatting the card. Formatting resolves most of SD card issues.

Before I finish, let me tell you something about SD cards. It is sensible to buy top rated, good class and speedy cards instead of being paid for recovery or repair solutions and throw the SD card finally, which you bought (by regretting yourself).


When manual ways of troubleshooting an unplayable video fails, you can rely on relevant video repair applications. Yodot is one such tool providing fixtures for corrupt and non-playable videos without causing any data change to the file.

Why My Time Machine Is Stuck On Preparing Backup?

We all know that Time Machine is a built-in backup mechanism available in Mac. Almost every Mac user relies on TM to preserve their data. It is an easy as well effective way to maintain data backup.

Time Machine facilitates enhanced data restoration i.e. when you need to restore specific file from TM backup, restoration of entire hard drive is not required. So, it is far better than other backup techniques like cloning or cloud storage.

All these assets go fruitless, if you fail at first step of Time Machine. If TM stuck at data backing process then what is the use of it? Yes, many Mac users have experienced this issue. Time Machine hangs at preparing backup phase and takes long time to finish/never start backup process.

Generally Time Machine takes long hours to backup data if,

  • Mac drive is fairly large
  • You are employing TM for the first time or after long period
  • Running Time Machine after doing major modifications on drive

In all above cases you will experience delay in backup process. But, if you are facing Time Machine delay at all times or it permanently stuck at preparing backup point then really you have to do some troubleshooting.

So, how to solve this problem? Here is the answer.

  • First check, whether or not Time Machine is really taking long time to backup. To do this,
  • Go to System Preferences and open Time Machine
  • You must see any one of these messages:
  1. Scanning xxx items
  2. Preparing xx items
  3. Preparing backup
  • Observe the object count in message

If, count is growing then your TM is normal. The count should increase even if Time Machine works at lower speed. If the count remains fixed for more than half an hour then it indicates that TM is stuck. In your case, if you feel Time Machine is stuck then give another 30 minutes to ensure.

After above verification, if you feel Time Machine is not operating normally and it is stuck then solve the problem via these methods.

How to fix when Time machine stuck at preparing backup?

Stop current Time machine backup attempt.

Method 1: Sometimes, malware protection tool may interrupt TM. Few AV programs don’t allow Time Machine to backup specific disk volume. So, in that case eliminate Backups.backupdb folder of Time Machine backup volume from malware protection.

Method 2: Stop Spotlight from indexing TM backup volume, as it interrupts backup process. To do it,

  • Open Spotlightand select Privacy
  • Drag your Time Machine backup volume
  • Drop it to un-index list

Or use mdutil -i off /Volumes/X command, where X is name of your Time Machine backup volume.

Method 3: Remove Time Machine place holder file

  • Open Time Machine drive
  • Go to backupdb folder
  • Find the file having .inProgress extension
  • Delete the file
  • Reboot your Mac without detaching Time Machine drive


Time Machine’s catalog file gets corrupt due to abrupt shutdown/freezing of Mac, improper handling of external volumes etc. That is why, TM need new catalog file.

Time Machine creates this new file when you reboot the Mac whilst TM backup drive is connected. Thus, TM requests extended time to set up new catalog file and accomplish backup process. Once TM creates healthy catalog file then later backups will be normal.

Additional Info: Errors or issues crop up in TM lead to corruption of Time Machine backup. As a result, your TM backup may go missing or get delete. If you are one who is searching ways to recover lost/deleted TM backup then read the context here, which describes a proven and simple method.

“Disk Is Write Protected” Error Solution for Windows

User 1: “When I tried to format my USB an error message popped up that states “The disk is write protected”. It says “The operation did not complete because the media is write protected”, even after 100% format. Is there any way to format my USB?”

User 2: “I was attempting take some pics onto my SD card using camcorder. But, the process failed to complete due to an error “The Disk is Write Protected”. How can I solve this error and save my data on card?”

User 3: “I wanted to save some set files on my external hard disk as a backup. But, the error “Disk is Write Protected” is preventing me from doing so. So, anyone have any idea on what this error is and how to fix it?”

Well, removable drives are the most used devices in our day-to-day activities. Issues that you experience on these portable devices increase by its usage. You may face various errors or complexities in accessing your data or security issues etc on external storage spaces like SD card, USB flash drive, portable hard disk and more.

Generally, when one comes across problems on their removable disk then they make a decision that the disk is malfunctioning. But, in most of the cases there exists some little troubleshooting you can give a try.

Well, talking about the error “Disk is Write Protected”, Windows OS has in-built analytic mechanism that examines issues of internal hard drive, USB flash drive, media card, Pendrive etc storage devices. When it finds any glitches then it prompts an error message. So, The Disk Is Write Protected is one such typical sign that means you are no longer allowed work on the drive. Hence, delete, edit, paste, format etc functionalities are denied on write protected drive. Users are not allowed to add new files, edit or delete existing data on the device when it is write protected.

The main intention behind Write protection functionality is to ensure data security of drive against intentional as well accidental deletion or overwrite

Apart from intended write protection, there arises situation where the drive is “write protected” due to many reasons like malware intrusion, exhausted storage, corruption etc and thus making you unable to work on it.

“Disk is Write Protected” – Error Solution:

Try below troubleshooting one after the other until the Error “Disk is Write Protected” vanishes.

  1. Scan the drive: Scan your device completely using updated AV tool
  2. CHKDSK: Run CHDSK on affected removable device
  3. Check drive’ capacity: Make sure that your removable drive is not loaded with its full capacity
  4. Read Only File: Check, the drive is not holding any Read-only files
  5. Remove Write Protection via command prompt
    • Type diskpart in command prompt
    • Then type below codes without quotes and hit enter
      “list disk”
      “select disk X” (X: drive letter)
      “attributes disk clear readonly”
    • Exit command prompt
  6. Edit drive’s registry
    • Unplug the removable device
    • Run regedit from Start menu
    • Got to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Currentcontrolset\control folder
    • Find StorageDevicePolicies
    • If you fail to locate the folder, right click on Control
    • New -> Key
    • Rename the created key as StorageDevicePolicies
    • Select StorageDevicePolicies
    • Right click on blank space
    • New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value
    • Set WriteProtect as Value Name
    • Set Value data as 0 and hit OK
    • Re-plug your portable drive

If you are still facing the error “disk is write protected” especially on specific drive, then it seems the drive is nearing to fail. So, backup entire data present on the drive using efficient recovery program like Yodot. This tool easily scan write protected drive to retrieve data with no data damage or loss. Later on, format it via Disk Management/Command Prompt (if you wish to use it further).