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I have recently have had issues with my external HD's becoming "read-only". Not sure why yet, but here is the fix.
Open the command prompt box "CMD" at Run
Type each of these commands one at a time in this order:
select volume n (where n = the problem volume)
attributes disk clear readonly
attributes volume clear readonly
After each of the last two you should get a response that it was successful.
Your drive should now be both read and write capable.