I had been getting a number of messages stating "The media is write protected" for a hard-drive that is connected to the GIGABYTE SATA2 controller on the GA-P35C-DS3R. The storage setup was as follows:
Controller 1: GIGABYTE SATA2 controller (BIOS set to IDE mode, GIGABYTE drivers
C: 250GB WD SATA hdd (system)
D: PATA DVD
E: PATA DVD
F: 250GB WD SATA hdd <---- affected drive
Controller 2: Intel ICH9R (BIOS set to IDE mode, Microsoft generic IDE drivers)
G: 250GB Maxtor SATA hdd
H: 250GB Maxtor SATA hdd
I: 250GB Maxtor SATA hdd
J: 250GB Maxtor SATA hdd
The issue had been intermittent but appeared to occur quite often while attempting to do a backup using shadow copying while also reading and writing files to the same disk. Rebooting the machine always cured the issue, but it would later remanifest.
Some searching led me to the diskpart answer but Diskpart showed no "readonly" status. I also found the suggestion that folders had been marked as read-only, but while the folders on the drive did have the grey tick in the readonly box, this was not a black tick and so did not suggest that the folders themselves were readonly (besides, they are files no "media").
In Device Manager, under Storage Controllers, I right-clicked, Update Driver
Software, clicked on the Browse, the List option, and chose the "Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller".
So far, several reboots, backups and file operations later and the issue has not recurred.
Interestingly, this issue follows on from a total failure of the 4 disk RAID 0 array I had on the Intel ICH9R 6 port SATA controller in the same machine. This had been running fine for several months, and then resulted in the crippling of the machine. The computer posted fine, but got to the RAID BIOS screen and hung, and did so until 2 of the drives from the RAID array were removed. If the BIOS was re-entered and the RAID turned off in favour of "IDE mode" those 2 drives could be placed back into the machine and windows could boot, after which point the 2 drives could be reinitialised. However, although the RAID array could be rebuilt in BIOS, on the next reboot the enter machine was crippled again in the same way. Updating the BIOS to the latest version did not resolve this, but reinstalling windows completely fixed the issue - that is until a certain number of windows updates had been applied.
On this basis, I wonder if a recent windows update has created an issue for some storage controller drivers.
Are other people getting "media is write protected" messages have manufacturer specific storage controller drivers installed?