I wiped a 180GB not that long ago and I recently went to use it again; it is attached to my computer as an External HDD. When I bring up Disk Management in Windows (7) I receive a message stating that the device must be initialized; when I try and do this it throws an error: The Disk is write-protected.
I have seen numerous articles on this topic but none of the suggestions so far have helped; specifically a method involving editing the registry in an effort to disable write protection. It has occurred to me that it may be feasible to boot into a Linux boot DVD and use Linux to wipe the drive; however I have not attempted this yet. I have tried connecting this to another machine and same error.