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SSD is read only

Some SSD users report that they have failed to install programs on the disk and the SSD is shown as Read Only in Disk Management. Don’t worry, you can try the following solutions provided by MiniTool to fix “SSD is read only”.

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As we know, an SSD runs much faster than HDD, which makes a lot of users give up the later one and choose the former one.

However, many of them complain that they couldn’t download anything to the SSD. They checked the Disk Management and found that the SSD is shown as Read Only. Read only is a file system permission that only allows users to read or copy stored data. So, they cannot write new information or edit any files.

If you are also bothered by SSD read only issue, you can follow the solutions below to solve it.

Solution 1: Modify Registry Key

An effective way to remove SSD read only issue is to edit the registry key. You can follow the step-by-step guide to solve the problem.

Step 1: Press Win + S to open Search. Then type Registry Editor in the box and select the app.

Tip: Please back up the registry keys before you make any changes. You just need to click File and select Export. You can choose to back up all keys all the selected branch in Export range. Then choose a location to save the backup.

Step 2: In the pop-up window, copy the following path and past it to the address bar:


Tip: If you can’t find StorageDevicePolicies in your Registry Editor, you need to create one. Please right-click Control folder and select New > Key and then name the key with StorageDevicePolicies. Then right-click any black spaces and click New > DWORD (32-bit) value and name it as WriteProtect.

Step 3: Double-click the WriteProtect key from the right pane to open its properties.

Step 4: Change the Value data from 1 to 0.

change value data to 0

Step 5: Click OK to save the changes you have made.

Then you can restart your computer and check if the problem has been solved. If this solution doesn’t work, you need to move on to the next one.

Solution 2: Run CHDSK

If there are bad sectors on your SSD, you may also encounter problems related to “SSD is read only”. In this case, you can run CHDSK, a built-in utility in Windows, to check and repair disk errors.

You just need to:

Step 1: Press Win + R to invoke Run window. Then input cmd and press Shift + Ctrl + Enter to run Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Type the command chkdsk #: /f (# is the drive letter of your problematic disk).

Tip: If you receive “Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected” error message in the process, you can check this post to get solutions.

Step 3: Restart the computer.

Then you can check if your SSD runs without any problems.

Solution 3: Remove SSD Read Only Issue via Diskpart

If your SSD is read only, you can use Diskpart to solve the problem. You should be careful when you perform the operation because any mistakes may bring damage to your disk.

Here is how to remove SSD read only issue.

Step 1: In Run window, type cmd and press Enter to open Command Prompt.

Step 2: In Command Prompt, type diskpart and press Enter.

Step 3: Input the following commands and remember to press Enter after each command:

  • List disk
  • Select disk * ( * refers to the drive number of your read only SSD)
  • attributes disk clear readonly

run attributes disk clear readonly command

Now you can exit Command Prompt and restart your PC. Then check if SSD read only issue is solved.

Solution 4: Format your SSD via MiniTool Partition Wizard

When your SSD is read only, the file system may be corrupted. An effective way to solve the problem is to format your SSD. MiniTool Partition Wizard will be a grate helper.

Step 1: Download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard by clicking the following button.

Free Download

Tip: All data stored in the partition will be deleted if you format it. So, you’d better back up your SSD before the operation.

Step 2: When you get the interface, select a partition on your SSD and click Format Partition from the action panel.

click Format Partition

Step 3: Set Partition Label, File System and Cluster Size in the pop-up window and click OK.

Step 4: Click Apply.

Then you can check if your SSD read only issue disappears.

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