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iPod hard drive is write protected when used in an external enclosure


I have just replaced the hard drive of my 5.5gen 80gb ipod with a new 240gb 1.8" hard drive and all is swell!

I wanted to use the old 80gb hard drive as an external drive so I purchased a ZIF 1.8" enclosure The problem is that I can not "see" the drive in 'My Computer" (Windows 7). In Disk Management when I try to initialize the drive it says that "the request could not be performed because of an I/O device error".

I have also tried EaseUS Partition Master with no luck as it says that the drive is write protected. I have tried through DISKPART (Windows 7) and used the "attributes disk clear readonly" command with no luck either.

Any suggestions please?


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freeman, looks like your enclosure is SATA interface, whereas your hard drive is most likely a PATA interface, so they are incompatible. Your enclosure may support ZIF socket drives, but not the PATA interfae To confirm this, we would need to know which drive you have.

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Hi there,

I connect this drive: (it came from my ipod 5.5th gen 80GB) with this enclosure:

The enclosure is compatible with the drive as I have already used it with a 240GB ZIF/PATA hard drive (

I have just found a similar case here: Able to "unlock" a Toshiba 1.8" hd from a 5th gen iPod?

and it seems that my problem cannot be resolved...

Thanks for your answer.


Check the physical block size of your drives. I do believe that those have a 4kb physical block and due to that are not useable as regular hard drives . It will give you read/write errors and will not be accessible.


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