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Q: the file system check tool will not run due to write protected drive

My newly created and updated Norton Bootable Recovery Tool scan fails with it on a USB flash drive on my Windows 7 system. And when I use the command prompt to run the NTFS file system check tool, ( chkdsk /f ), it says unable to run due to that drive partition is write protected, so then read only. So do I need to boot to a partition tool to fix this issue or what can cause this problem. ?

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 8191 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76801 MB, Free - 25038 MB; D: Total - 66560 MB, Free - 12498 MB; E: Total - 30721 MB, Free - 13326 MB; H: Total - 20479 MB, Free - 20388 MB; I: Total - 32548 MB, Free - 32456 MB; J: Total - 22527 MB, Free - 22114 MB; K: Total - 218880 MB, Free - 218782 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5QL PRO
Antivirus: Norton Security, Updated and Enabled

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A: the file system check tool will not run due to write protected drive

I think you can remove write protection via Control Panel --> Device Manager --> somewhere in the properties of usb stick[s]. I do not remember exactly where.

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I have 256MB pen Drive and I am trying to write or copy paste any file it says that disk is Write Protected. The same pen Drive is working fine on another system. I found two file on the pen drive which seems to be garbag and i try to delete or rename but same message show( Write Protected)
 

A:Win Xp system says Pen Drive is Write Protected

Try Unlocker
 

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I get the error message that "cannot write to the reports file" when I change any settings in McAfee 4.5.1....what's the problem???
 

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I bought a 64GB Iron Man USB from eBay the other day (THIS)

It worked perfectly for a day, I put 3 films on it which didn't even scratch the size.

Now, It won't format

I've tried several ways such as:
Right click > Format - Doesn't work
Disk Management > Right Click > Format greyed out

I've also tried formatting programmes and it says the disk is protected.

Searching around somethings todo with command prompt to remove the protection and still nothing.

Also the list (can't remember name) to set a value from 1 to 0 to remove the protection and that doesn't work.

Please, any idea's will help !

Also added some screen shots.

A:64GB USB/Pen Drive - RAW File System - Protected - Won't Format HELP?!

Ok so some how I got it to start formatting, But after 12 HOURS I got a little annoyed at it only being at 17%!
So I disconnected it but back to square one.

Still RAW file, can anybody even explain what the best thing todo is?

Send it back?

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I am operating on WindowsXP and one of my spyware programs has write protected my System 32 files. Now I can't uninstall any of the spywares to un write protect my system nor can I unclick the write protection button without it resetting to protected.

Does anyone know how I can fix the write protection. I can't install any program with dll's to the system 32 files until I can get this fixed...and I really dont want to have to scrub the whole drive and restart!

Thanks for any and all suggestions.
Jenn
 

A:System 32 write protected

Carcanague said:

I am operating on WindowsXP and one of my spyware programs has write protected my System 32 files. Now I can't uninstall any of the spywares to un write protect my system nor can I unclick the write protection button without it resetting to protected.

Does anyone know how I can fix the write protection. I can't install any program with dll's to the system 32 files until I can get this fixed...and I really dont want to have to scrub the whole drive and restart!

Thanks for any and all suggestions.
Jenn Click to expand...

Running hijackthis

http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html

and posting the log would be a good start.

That way we could take a look look at any possible unfreindlies that may be causing this.

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Hello, I have been downloading mp3 files from the internet, and when I try to transfer them to an SD card, it comes up with an error described on the attached picture: please explain to me how to remove write protection.

 

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Hi there, I have a file on my 'puter which is almost 52megs in size. It is a media file and was downloaded from IMesh. Now, I cannot play the file nor can I delete it. I get a message that says it is write proteced and access is denied. I am the administrator on this 'puter, how can I delete it? Is there software I can get to assist in this? Can it be done?

Thanks for you help in advance..

Ct4033
 

A:Deleting a write protected file...

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Can someone explain to me how to delete a puper.dll trojan????
My McAfee security program says it can not be deleted because it is write protected. Any ideas?
Thanks!

A:How Do I Delete A Write Protected File?

HelloTry starting up in Safe Mode and then going to where the file is - if you are unsure then maybe try a Start > Search and enter the file nameTo start up in safe mode press F8 when booting up your pcFor more info on starting in safe mode in XP see this ...Click Here to see the tutorial about safe modeIf it doesnt work come back and we will try see what else we can do :0

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Hi everyone.
Hope I'm posting in the proper area.

So what I need is to write protect a file on my laptop, so it is not overwritten.

I'm not sure if I just right click it and make sure the file inside the folder is at "read only" does the job.
I need to update my files but don't want this one replaced.
I see the box under "general" tab has to be clicked until the check mark is on.

And ...please help me understand this part, if I do the above, does it matter if I'm logged in as a a "standard user" or admin.

I understands the permission of the admin has full control so just wandering if using "admin" to login it overrides the "standard user" settings when making changes or update to files...the read only still works ?

Thanks so much.

A:Help please with making file write protected and read only.

You could convert the document to Adobe pdf format. (keeping the original read/write document separately, in a secure location). Just about everybody has Acrobat Reader installed on their computers these days.

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i accidently downloaded a virus today and when norton AV detected it, it was unable to delete the file and prompted me to quarantine it. being that i dont want a virus just sitting on my computer, quarantined or not, i opted not to and went to tey to delete it myself. i was unable to because its write protected so i went into the properties and tried to change the write protection but there was no option for that. so then i went into safe mode and ran norton AV again. that didnt work so i tried deleting it myself again and i got the same write protection message. the damn thing just wont go away! i most likely am just overlooking sumething really mundane but can someone help me with this?
thanks
 

A:(Resolved) cant delete write protected file...

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I would go ahead and have norton quarentine the file. It would be much safer than trying to delete it yourself. I belive that once you quarentine the virus there is an option to delete the quarentine file.

Since this is actually about a virus and how to get rid of it, I'm going to request a moderator move this to the security forum. They should be able to provide you with possibly a better answer than what I can.

Good Luck.
 

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Hi to all

I was wondering if anybody can supply me with a solution to this. I have had this problem for a while now when I try to delete large video files, the files still show up in the recycle bin even after I have tried to shred them using Mcafee shredder. I then do a manual deletion with the files that remain in the recycle bin and they disappear but the system hasn't really deleted the files, I know this because I then click empty the recycle bin and the error message "Cannot delete file DC Access denied make sure the disk is not full or write protected and the file is not currently in use" appears. The DC usually has a number With it like DC1 or DC10 sometimes I get DE.

I am getting the occasional error message when I try to move files from one drive to another or delete folders it usually tells me to makesure the files are not being used by another program or they are write protected. I have to reboot before I can get rid off unwanted large or medium size video files. When I cut certain files and paste them into another drive the file doesn't move into the other drive it just copies into it and again I have to reboot for it to disappear or to delete it from the original drive. It is a real pain in the rear!

I have been in touch with Mcafee and Dell about this and no solution has been put forward . Dell want me to cross their palms with cash and Mcafee checked all their software to makesure their Security Center wasn't the blame. So some know... Read more

A:Write protected file error DC1 DC10 DE etc. etc.

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Hey, I tried searching the forums but couldn't find any posts that have my exact issue. Basically, I have a disk with a file on that I require and when I try and copy it onto my new computer it says that it is write protected. The odd this is that I have copied the same file onto my laptop and it works perfectly fine. I have also tested the same file on my dad's Vista laptop and yet again it works perfectly fine. I just wondered if anyone could offer any solutions to why this is happening on only one computer?

Thanks.

A:[SOLVED] Write protected file oddity

This could be a driver issue or just a computer fault.
I assume you're computer is clean.
Please run a hijackthis log as here
http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/...lp-305963.html
Please DO NOT reply here but in the main forum found on this site's homepage.
When did this become a problem (when was it first noticed?)
Were able to copy before?
Did you install or upgrade any new software or updates?
I commend you on trying this on other computers.
That means that it's the computer's problem and not the CD's or the file is not correct.
Hope this helped and hope this gets solved.

wolski888

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I recently started getting the following error message when trying to save to my Floppy 3.5" - "Cannot save file. The location is you are trying to save to is write protected." this occurs from any program. But this does not occur ALL the time, sometimes it does allow me to save to it. And it ALWAYS allows me to read & open from it. I'm wondering if there is a way to lock the Floppy Drive?? Because the message isn't that the "Disk is write protected." it's that "The LOCATION is write protected." Is this possible?? How do I clean the drive??

I'm running WIN98 on a PII 450Mhz PC.
I can still FORMAT floppy's in the drive.
I checked the Device Manager & supposedly the Drive is working properly. I ran SCANDISK & found no errors; I DEFRAG once a week, with no problems.

WHAT TO DO???
 

A:Cannot save file. The location is write protected

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I have the same problem. I am using an 8GB Transcend pen drive which shows as write protected. My OS is Windows XP. Pl help resolve

A:my usb pen drive is write protected

Which brand of flash drive do you have? How old is it?

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i have a 4gb pen drive which is not formatted it shows that "this disk is write protected "
can anyone help me to format this disk.

A:write protected pen drive

give this a shot:

1. click Start.

2. type in diskpart

3. wait for the black screen to apear, and type in "list disk"

4. find out which disk is your pen drive then type "select disk (pen drive number)"

5. type format.

try that and post results

Thanks

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i am not able to find storage device police in My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDeviceP olicies
 

A:Write protected in my pen drive

From here: http://www.w-tweaks.com/html/sp2_external_usb_sticks_proble.html




In case the key StorageDevicePolicies does not exist, right-click on the Control key and select New/Key. Name it StorageDevicePolicies. Open this key and right-click on an empty spot in the right-hand side of the window. Select New/DWORD Value and name it WriteProtect. Enter 0 to deactivate the write protection.Click to expand...

Mind you, it's not in mine either, and USB are fine
You haven't just flicked the little switch on the pen drive, that write protects it have you? (some don't have this though)
 

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Hello all. I need your help. I have a USB drive and it is write protected. I cannot format it with windows advanced boot option, I am not able to change the registry value for storage policies even. I have tried multiple PCs to format it. No luck

Please help guys...it is imp.

Thanks.

A:USB drive is write protected.

Hi,

Have you tried to perform a CLEAN or CLEAN ALL command from DISKPART in order to wipe the drive?

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Then attempt the format after that.

Regards,
Golden

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Hello,
This is my first login and first topic , I see on this category thousands of topic at this time , my problem is error message "The disk is write protected" , I am wondering what is this mean and how to solve this error?
Sincerely Yours,
Have a wonderful day
 

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Dear Sir,                   I h've HP Pendrive 8 GB (HP V -220 W). It has Disk Write Protected problem...i've tried all the possibilities. but, i can read & copy that data 's from that device. i can't  FORMAT my Device. pls send me any solution to resolve this. I'm WAITING..... for your reply. Thanks Regards,     sundar J 











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A:My Pen Drive (HP V-220 W 8 GB ) has write protected....

Hi, Please try to disable write access to USB drives: Run Registry Editor (regedit).Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\ControlCreate a New Key named as StorageDevicePolicies.Highlight StorageDevicePolicies, and then create a New DWORD (32-bit) Value named as WriteProtect.Double click on WriteProtect, and set its value data to 1.or return it and get a new one. Regards.

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I have a Sandisk 16GB flash drive that is write protected, cant find any solution!
After trying to format the drive I tried to remove the write protection with diskpart and now the drive wont appear in my computer but is still detected in disk management. Also it keeps coming up as local disk G for some reason.

All suggestions appreciated
 

A:USB drive Write protected

Is there a partition for it in Disk Management? You need at least 1 partition on the drive.
 

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registry edit (Change the "Value data" entry to .0) but not resolve..
using diskpart method but not resolve... please help me..
 

A:usb pen drive is write protected

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Good day, I do hope someone can help. I have a Lenovo B50-45 Laptop that I successfully replaced the motherboard. I remember from my Lenovo training that I need to restore the serial Number and Machine Type Model after System Board replacement with the Maintenance Diskette/USB key. I have already successfully download and created the Maintenance Diskette/USB key (HMD Version 1.89). But when I boot the laptop with the Maintenance Diskette/USB key, and select ?Set System identification?, ?I get the message 'EEPROM is write-protected? as shown in the attached picture. I pressed the ?Enter? key then restarted the laptop. Then pressed ?Esc? key when the factory logo is displayed and still the message EEPROM is write-protected is displayed. I?ve been trying for two days now with no success. Is there something that I should do first that I might not be doing correctly? Also attached is a picture of the BIOS at the current moment.?? Any help would be appreciated, Thank you in advanced.

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Alright, I'm at my wits end with this. There is absolutely no switch for write protection on my PNY 4gig flash drive, but there are certain files that are damaged, and I want to do a reformat. Can't do this because it says the disk is write protected. Tried the low level format and HP format programs suggested, but neither work. HP says the disk is formatted, and the other gets low level format errors and erases nothing.

Also tried the registry edit solution, but could not find the Storage Device Policies string. Please help!
 

A:Flash Drive is write protected

You may get lucky, but to save time, toss that drive, and go with something that has not been damaged. 4 GB flash drives are only $4 to $6.95 now days.
 

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My HP v220w pen drive of 16 GB is write protected and i am allowed only to copy from it and nothing else, so i have tried all the possible methods to format it like "registry editor, command prompt, using disk manage, safe mode, also using bootable OS DVD". I think i have 2 options now, one to exchage it using warranty card and the other to try formatting using Open Source Operating System. If some one have any solutions for this please reply me...!













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A:HP v220w pen drive of 16 GB is write protected

Thankx problem resolved 

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my Hp pen drive is write protected ..i tried dos ,diskpart ,regedit and many formatting tools ..but nothing work ...plz help me ...thanks

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i Bought a HP 16 GB thumbdrive (TD) to use as a system backup.I made the BIG  mistake of using it to backup 2 other important files, which overloaded the thumbdrive's capacity. I copied those files to another location without issue.I attempted to delete those files and was notified that they were write protected. I then attempted to format the TD, which also stated I couldn't format because it was write protected. It has made the TD totally useless. I'm not a computer expert, but do  know how to move around the machine. I don't know how to turn off the write protection. HELP, PLEASE!

A:write protected HP-Thumb drive

Hi there @scooter-c, Welcome back to the HP Support Forums!  I understand that you have a USB thumb-drive that is write protected, and you need help to make it writable again. I am happy to help with this. With the USB flash drive connected to your computer try this:1. Press Win key+R and type "cmd" to open the command prompt. When the command window opens, type "diskpart" followed by <Enter>. This will likely launch in a separate window, and you may be prompted to start it.2. In that window, type "list volume"  then <Enter>. This should display a list of the drives connected to your computer.3. Find your USB thumb-drive in the list, the size column should help with identifying which is the drive you need.  Make note of the number of the drive in the list, in the first column.3. Type "select volume x" <Enter> where x is that first column number.4. Type "attributes disk clear readonly" <Enter>. 5. Then type "exit" <Enter>,  which will close diskpart. 6. Now test whether you can write to your thumb-drive. You may have to eject and then reinsert the drive again to get it working after this process. Please let me know whether that works for you, and if it does resolve your issue, please mark this post as a solution. Kudos would also be appreciated. 

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We bought a super-cheap 128mb flash drive off eBay. It said it featured "write protection" - this is evident, as it seems I cannot write to it at all or adjust the security. There is no security tab on properties and I have tried on lots of systems.

I have even tried using a program called XPSecurity to force enabling to write to the drive but with no luck...you cannot format it there isnt anything to do. I have also ran the PC in safe mode to try and find this security tab but nothing.

Any advice would be appreciated, would love to use my super-cheap flash drive! =D
 

A:Flash Drive is Write-Protected

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I've read a lot of forums about this topic, and none of them have an answer.
I have a 32GB 3.0 flash drive from Micro Center (local store). It has been write protected, though not on purpose. It was just suddently protected one day.

There is no manual WP switch on the drive
Formated FAT32
Safetly removed, restarted, plugged back in -- no fix.
added storagedevicepolicies in the registry with a value of "0" and also deleted it -- no fix.
there are no other "storage device" entries in registry -- no fix.
there is no write protection in BIOS -- no fix.
used several pieces of software (HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool, and another one similar for a different flash drive company) There is no software for this specific flash drive -- no fix.
Microcenter does not support it's products in the manner of fixing stuff like this...they'd just replace it, which would be great except there is extremely sensitive work data on the drive -- no fix.
Obviously you cannot reformat it, as it is write protected -- no fix.
I've used ATTRIB and FORMAT in command line (in safe mode, as well) -- no fix.
I've used appropriate utilities (steps above, disk utility, etc.) on 3 Windows 7 machines, 1 XP machine, and an Apple -- no fix.
It DOES show up in Disk Management: Healthy (Primary Partition).
Whenever it is plugged in, the "Do you want to scan and fix Removable Disk (G?" window pops up. I can actually run the scan, as long as I uncheck both boxes ... Read more

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Hi. I am having aproblem with my integral 2.0 gb flash drive. When i try to format it, windows says that its write protected. There is no switch on it just in case your wandering. Really annoying because use every day to transfer files.
 

A:Usb flash drive is write protected

Im not sure.... i have had two jump drives. My first had a little lock on the side that would write protect it. It was easy to lose it because it would come out of the caseing and i would slide it back in backwards and loose the the lock on the wrong slide. The new one i have now is password protected, you can't open, write or do anything with it until you have the pw. If you don't have any of these features than im not sure what to tell you.
 

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Hey all

I've been searching on Google for the past hour and I can't find any answers to this whatsoever. I'm trying to get into the USB disk (8GB). The make is Verbatim.

When I try to open the USB stick, it says that I need to format the disk before I can use it. So I try formatting it through Windows, but it fails, telling me that it's write protected.

I've tried looking under disk management (which tells me that it has a healthy primary partition). I've tried downloading the HP tool, which fails as it still tells me that the disk is write protected. I've tried downloading the famous Repair.zip file (which loads of people recommend on Google), yet it throws an error code saying: "preformat not supports this ic".

I've also tried going into command prompt and deleting the partition, but that doesn't work either. I really don't know what to do with this any more. Any help would be greatly appreciated - thanks!
 

A:Can't Format USB Drive - Write Protected

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Hi, I have an 8gb flashdrive and it's almost full so i want to delete some files but then there is a popup that says i cant delete it because it is a write protected and i search in the internet and i found some answers like going to cmd and diskpart and then when I listdisk i dont see my flash drive.
 

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Hello I have a USB flash drive (JetFlash Transcend 8 GP) that has its file system changed to RAW and is not readable anymore. When I try to format the device an error occurs because it is "write protected" and the format is not possible. I have another flash drive that works fine on the same computer (PC running on W7) and the problem is only with this one. I have already tried the registry editor method,command prompt,command prompt in safe mode,low level format,the device has no switch on it,has not been physically traumatized,has not suffered power outages,write caching is disabled so no problem from safe removal(I used to remove it safely anyway),it is recognized by my PC and designated by its full name plus the little blue light lead me to think it is not corrupt,I also used testdisk to retrieve all files stored on the device and it was successful,it was purchased a year ago.

My question is this: Is there any other way to try and remove write protection from this device?
 

A:USB flash drive is write protected

Usually when this occurs it means the device has failed.
 

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downloaded ufix from pny sitebut how to format with this help

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I was trying to run CHKDSK today when DOS told me the drive was write protected and could not be written to. The drive is the administrator drive. How could this be? Is it a Win 10 problem, or a disk problem?

The system hasn't booted for three days... I can't help thinking they must have the same cause. It started while running Automatic Repair.

Any ideas?

Thanks fellow geeks!

A:Root drive write protected?

Hi, not sure from your post (never heard of "the administrator drive") however since you get this trying to run chkdsk on the diagnostic, RE (recovery environment) drive (same for vista, seven and eight) I assume that's where you are.

At the prompt type :-

bcdedit | find "osdevice" (press enter), the | is called a pipe and is found above the \ key, please type this cmd exactly as shown. It will return:- os device .... partition=x: (where x is a drive letter)

Use this drive letter in your chkdsk cmd, assume it is D:

type:- D: (press enter) the prompt will change to D:> at this type chkdsk /r (press enter) 5 stages of chkdsk will run, as no event logs are available it will give error 50 when finished, do not worry about this.

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Hi there,

I have recently bought a SanDisk Cruzer Micro USB Flash Drive 1.0GB, when inserted into the USB port the software installed correctly, computer recognised the new drive and i rebooted the PC.

The problem i have is that i can't copy any files onto the flash drive (The reason i bought it!) i get the error message stating the drive is Write Protected ! i have checked the unit for any switches, which there are none, i have also tried formatting the drive and get the same error message....

I have googled the problem and can see i am not the only one with this problem on Flash drives but i cannot see how to resolve the problem....

Any idea's?...

Thanks
 

A:Write Protected Flash Drive

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Hello all,

I seriously need some help. I have this USB stick that is write-protected somehow. There is no switch on the stick and I can't format it, the system displays the message "the disk is write-protected". I went to disk management and tried the same thing, but it simply won't work.

Any suggestions? I am out of time and patience.
 

A:Format a write-protected USB drive

Write protection means exactly that - you cannot alter the contents of the drive, including formatting it.

Unless there is some software that came with the stick that lets you lock/unlock the thing, there is nothing you can do.
 

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Hello all,

I have a hard disk that I took out of a computer that failed (MB). The disk has all my addresses on it in an address book for Printmaster. Unfortunately I never backed it up. I put this drive into another computer as a slave and was hoping to get the information off of it. Every time I try to move the file or copy it or open it with the program, it either tells me that the file is in use by another person or that the file is write protected. I have tried to change permissions and properties as the administrator and the folder the file is in keeps geting back the read only attribute. So I cannot import to the program. Both the old drive and the new drive have xp professional on them. Any help or suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Reentering all that information would be very time consuming and I would lose some addresses. Thank YOU

Ken

A:files on old drive write protected

You could try booting up with a Linux Live CD.

Linux Mint 7 works well for me
and displays everything on my computer and all drives connected.

Just a thought.

(No interference from Windows, which generally seems to prevent copying, etc.)

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Hi there. This isn't specifically Windows 7, but I hope I have more possibilities with Windows 7. My thumb drive, which I hate to have to throw away, has become write-protected. It's a 16 GB thumb drive, so nothing to toss easily. It has no physical switch on it. I read about all sorts of solutions, like low-level format or registry editing. Nothing helps. I always come back to square one: Can't format because of write-protection. Registry doesn't do a thing. I also found out that there is a virus on it. Maybe it caused the problem. However, the virus program can't remove it, because of the write-protection or because it is a 'non-local disk'. Vicious circles...
Does anyone have a fool-proof solution? I'd love to hear it.
Thanks in advance.

A:thumb drive is write-protected

have you tried it (carefully) in another computer?

or even better, in another os?

you could try downloading something like ubuntu, booting off a disc, and inserting your drive then - that way you're much less likely to pass on any infection.

or try downloading an antivirus boot-disc.

good luck - we are here if you need more help.

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I have an "LGear" 16 gb usb flash drive, when I transfer files to it eventually I'll get a pop up telling me the disk is write protected. I've tried formatting it many times, whenever I transfer files to it after a while I get a "dish is write protected" message. When I check it's properties I see it's write protected.
When I remove it from my laptop (running Vista 64) and then plug it into a USB port windows detects the problem and "fixes" the problem, I format it but have the same problem every time I try to use it.

I'm just about ready to chuck it in the garbage, before I di is there anything else I could try?
I have this problem on our Vista and XP computers, only with this one stick, I have 3 others thatt work fine.
Thanks
Will
 

A:Write protected flash drive?

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I have a transcend 16 GB flash drive that should up the other day as being write protected when I went to put something on it. I am able to access and copy the data but not add data or remove data. I've been to the transcend website and their fixit tool didn't and doesn't work on my drive. I've searched the web and keep running into dead leads. Please help.
 

A:Write Protected USB flash drive

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if you can copy the data off it, try doing a format on it...
 

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basically its transmogrified after a format attempt into a write protected raw format. Evidently its "healthy" according to disk management. all attempts to format to another format are obivously thwarted by write protection.
Theres nothing on it so recovery isnt needed, essentially i just want to be able to format it.
 

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went to copy over some files when my pen drive has become write protected and cannot be wrote to, deleted or formatted (same i know).
googled it and looked at previous posts on here, tried all the things online that i came across.
hard disk low level format tool. fail
sdformatter. fail
hp usb formatter. fail
disk managment:fail

regedit.HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > StorageDevicePolicies
do not have folder StorageDevicePolicies
cmd. format G: /fs:fat32 get this result.
Invalid media or Track 0 bad - disk unusable.
tried a few software to fix but still nothing.
running XP SP3
4GB pen drive (unknown manufacturer)
apart from binning it any help appreciated.
 

A:Solved: USB pen drive has become write protected

By any chance does the drive have a physical write protection switch hat may have been moved?
 

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Hey guys,
I have been having this problem with my 128MB SAHARA flash drive for sometime now. Whenever I try to plug it into my system[OS: Windows xp service pack 2], I receive this message that my disk is write-protected and that I should remove the write-protection or use another disk. The only problem is that whenever I try to open,copy,move files or format the disk, the same message re-appears!! I have even tried low-level formatting the disk only to receive a "read error" when it's halfway through and the formatting never ends even when I leave it to continue for a long time! I even tried using "computer management" under "administrative tools" in control panel to remove any restrictions on its access but all's in vain.I also tried formatting using the command prompt but it didn't help with the message!Anybody out there knows what I can do to solve my problem, please help me.
Kevinn.
 

A:Write-protected flash drive!

Get a new flash drive? You can try some of the stuff here: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic45834.html but there's a good chance that the drive has simply gone bad.
 

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How to remove write protection of USB Flash Drive with no visible lock/unlock?
 

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How to remove write protection of USB Flash Drive with no visible lock/unlock?Click to expand...

Depends on how the drive has been write protected. Does the whole drive appear to be encrypted/write protected or has each file been individually encrypted/write protected?

If the drive has been encrypted, TechSpot has regulations against helping anyone circumvent encryption. Reason for this, is we have no way to know for sure you are the true owner of the device. Write protection however is a simple switch in file properties that can be toggled.
 

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Hello.
I have 8GB Sandisk Cruzer pen drive.
I used it for ready-boost my laptop for few days it was working very well then.
I decided to stop the ready boost the when i went into properties and ready-boost tab it said "Your device is not available for readyboost" something like that. I decided to format the pendrive then error came it is write protected.
there was a ready-boost file equivalent to the size of pendrive with no delete option. I have aomei Disk management .
I tried to format with it no luck again. then i deleted the partition and after there i cant see my pendrive in my computer where all the drives are located.But my pendrive is getting detected .
my Disk management show this.

There is my 8GB pendrive with no drive letter and no label when i try to format using diskpart or gparted it failed to format.

I also went to the properties menu from above disk management.
When i tried to use error check or chkdsk function nothing was happeneing

Sorry if you feel the post is in wrong department and also forgive me for my poor english.
Guide me what should i do.
Ask me if you need extra details.
Thank you for help.

A:Cannot format write protected pen drive.

Try this tool: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_S...VRcU5WSmc/edit

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My HP v220w pen drive of 16 GB is write protected and i am allowed only to copy from it and nothing else, so i have tried all the possible methods to format it like "registry editor, command prompt, using disk manage, safe mode, also using bootable OS DVD". I think i have 2 options now, one to exchage it using warranty card and the other to try formatting using Open Source Operating System. If some one have any solutions for this please reply me...!

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