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How do I remove "write protection" from a sub folder on a drive in My Computer?

Q: How do I remove "write protection" from a sub folder on a drive in My Computer?

I have a simple question to which I cannot get a simple answer.

I went to My Computer (XP), double clicked on my MP3 Player drive icon,
double clicked on the Internet Storage icon and then came to several folders, including the Music folder. I double clicked on Music folder and several sub folders came to the screen including a PLAYLISTS FOLDER. The problem is that the Playlists folder has several files which I did NOT create, labelled Playlist (1), (2) and (3).

I deleted Playlist (1) with no problem, however, when I went to delete Playlist (2) and Playlist (3) a message came up that it:

" cannot be deleted because it is write protected. Remove the write protection".

Another terrific Microsoft message which doesn't tell you what to do, which is why I will shortly install Linux on my computer.

I tried to get help in the "help" file, which is generally useless. It is not even listed in the glossary under "write protection" how to do this.

I went to the "help" file in Microsoft Word. It says to select the tools menu and click the option which says remove write protection. The only problem, is that this seems to only apply to this word processor, because when I click "tools" on the menu above the above folder opened in My Computer, there is no such option.

I clicked on "properties" for the folder.....no option there either.

Is there someone out there who can instruct me how to perform this simple task, for which there is no direction in Microsoft Help?????

I would appreciate a response by a person more "geeky" than I am!

Thanks

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Preferred Solution: How do I remove "write protection" from a sub folder on a drive in My Computer?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: How do I remove "write protection" from a sub folder on a drive in My Computer?

Well...what you describe is unusual...and Microsoft has nothing to do with the manner in which a manufacturer sets up the native folders on an .mp3 player.

My experience with such folders (any and all) is that they are deleteable, like any other file.

If the folders cannot be deleted in either normal or safe mode...I would simply do firmware update. Should be avaiable at website of player maker.

You could also try a product like Revo Uninstaller.

You could also entertain the idea that...the folders may be viewed that way because of some problem with the drive (such as bad sectors) and try to run the chkdsk /r command on the player from My Computer/Properties.

Louis

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Hi,
I am not sure if this is the write place to post this message if not then please tell me where to I have a 2GB EMTEC U3 Smart Drive USB Device (PEN DRIVE). It is write protected, I want to remove write protection. Please tell me how to do it. I have tried to look for it on the internet but nothing seems to be working I tried changing registry but that too didn't work. Can't make any changes to the drive.Can't format it cant copy or paste. Please give me a detailed reply with all the possible solutions for this problem.

Thanks,
chinu

A:Remove Write Protection (USB Drive)

Have you looked carefully on the sides of your flash for any small levers or a button maybe that can be switched to remove your protection.

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Somehow in the last few hours my E-drive has become write protected. I don;t know of anything I have done to do this, but of course I have done something.

How do I remove the write protection?

Here is the notification that comes up when trying to save a file to the drive.

Thanks
Don

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/DPN/Desktop/write-protected.PNG[/IMG]

A:How do I remove the write protection on my E-drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by dpnaugle


Somehow in the last few hours my E-drive has become write protected. I don;t know of anything I have done to do this, but of course I have done something.

How do I remove the write protection?


Open "Computer", right click on drive E: and select Properties, choose the Security tab at the top, click on the Edit button, you can change permissions there.

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Hi everyone,
I was just wondering if anyone knows how to remove write protection from a usb flash drive that doesn't have a write protection slider. The reason why I'm asking about this is because I have a usb flash drive and the write protection just kicked into place and it doesn't have a write protection slider so I don't know how to remove the write protection. Anyone know how to remove the write protection?

A:How do I remove write protection from a usb drive?

Is it Bitlocker-To-Go enabled from another computer? I'm saying another computer since you're on Pro and Pro doesn't have it.

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How to Remove Write Protection on Flash Drive

I have looked up and tried a few ways to remove "Write Protection" and yet still has no effect
Ways I've tried
1iskpart (Windows) Disable
2:Registry Adjustment (Windows)
Still no luck
Please help?
 

A:-How to Remove Write Protection on Flash Drive

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Cant write to HDD on win7 keeps saying "the disk is write protected"  Drive is in a removable IDE caddy, I put the drive in a USB caddy and was able to format the drive, but still get the same error when i try to write to it, I took ownership of the drive and it shows me as the owner. The drive was used in XP previously but i no longer have an XP system since upgrading to Win7. I have removed the partition with Paragon drive copy and re partitioned the drive, renamed the drive but still gives the same error.

A:how can i remove write protection from a Hard drive

Hello,This problem may happens if the hard drive is corrupted. Try to run the on this disk:1. Click “Start”, and click “Computer”.2. Right-click the problem disk drive, and then click "Properties".3. Click the "Tools" tab, and then, under "Error-checking", click "Check" Now. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Note: Check for both file errors and physical errors, by selecting both “Automatically fix file system errors” and “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors”.
4. Click "Start".If on error was found, move to the next steps:1. Click start, type in regedit to open registry edit.2. Navigate to the following registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control Right click on control and create new key. Name it as StorageDevicePolicies . (Copy and paste it from here if possible) Now click on StorageDevicePolicies and in right side pan right click and select create new dword and name it as WriteProtect. Double click on it and set its value to 0.Thomas77

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I want to remove the write protection on a WD external hard drive. I think the problem started when a particular letter was assigned to the that drive. Another person had a similar problem and he solved it by changing the drive properties to USB enumerator. However, I can't figure out how to do that.

Can someone explain what this is and how to change the drive properties to USB enumerator? Or else how to unassign the drive letter for this hard drive?

Thanks.

A:[SOLVED] How to remove write protection on a WD external drive

Take ownership of the files inside the drive. Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder
To enumerate the drive, you would have to edit the registry, we do not suggest this.

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I want to remove the write protection on a WD external hard drive. I think the problem started when a particular letter was assigned to the that drive. Another person had a similar problem and he solved it by changing the drive properties to USB enumerator. However, I can't figure out how to do that.

Can someone explain what this is and how to change the drive properties to USB enumerator? Or else how to unassign the drive letter for this hard drive?

Thanks.

A:[SOLVED] How to remove write protection on a WD external drive

Take ownership of the files inside the drive. Windows 7 Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder
To enumerate the drive, you would have to edit the registry, we do not suggest this.

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Sometimes, you will come across a USB pen drive or an SD Card that simply does not let you write any new content onto it. Windows will tell you that the storage device is write protected even though you have not done anything to make it so. There is a switch that does make a drive write protected and for those who didn’t know about this, this is what you need to do.
The Switch
The switch as we’ve mentioned locks the drive such that one cannot carry out any write actions on it. You can still read the files on the drive however. This switch when set to locked, will keep the files on the drive safe from deletion and an accidental format. At times, you might be able to hit the delete operation, but the next time you check, the files will still be there. In some cases, the storage device might be actually broken physically or corrupted and in those cases, nothing can be done, however, in any other case, there are ways around the problem.

Regedit.exe is the executable software you will need for this and it runs on any version of Windows XP or later. Just type regedit in the search bar of the start menu and it should appear right at the top as the first option. It looks a lot like the File Explorer and therefore, you can use the left pane and navigate to “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies “. Once there, double click on the WriteProtect value. Now, you can change the... Read more

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please help me to remove write protection from my HP v112b USB Flash Drive 

A:Remove write protection from HP v112b USB Flash Drive

pranjalm2 wrote:please help me to remove write protection from my HP v112b USB Flash Drive Try this & see if it works, : Go tohttp://www.pny.com.tw/index.php?cls=2&mode=download Download "USB Flash Driver Format Tool (Ufix-II)", may have to rename the downloaded file to have a .rar extension. Extract "RecoverTool_V2.00.42_M1223 8CE.exe" from the downloaded file and run.  thanks,

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I'm running 32 bit Microsoft XP Home, SP3
The Thumb is a 32gb Kingston DataTraveler

An AVI file was somehow corrupted when I moved it to my thumb drive. Whenever I tried to delete it, I just got an alert that it was corrupt and unreadable (I can't remember the exact error) and then my computer would freeze and I would have to hard restart.
The thumb is in FAT32 format so the hard restart is what I think caused further problems. When it reboots, my computer runs a check disk on the thumb drive "for consistency" and reports that the AVI is corrupt. I tried to reformat the thumb which just caused a crash and now when I try to modify its contents or name it says it can't because it's write protected.

Things I've tried:

Found quick tutorial on how to modify registry value to disable write protection. I had to create the folder "StorageDevicePolicies" Under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControlSet>Control>, then clicked on WriteProtect and set the value from 1 to 0. I clicked on a download in the tutorial that installed the folder. This worked but I was still unable to deal with the corrupt files. I tried to reformat again, it crashed, and now it is write protected again and changing the registry value doesn't help.

I included a screen cap of the StorageDevicePolicies folder contents, so if you know what you're doing please take a look at it.

After that I tried setting the value to 1 while the tumb was connected, ejecting the thumb, resta... Read more

A:Can't remove write protection or corrupt files from thumb drive

safe mode Unlocker didn't work

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In my school the computers have been write protected or whatever it's called. IMO it's pretty stupid because we can't transfer any work from and to our USB sticks. Is there a possible way to somehow copy the file from the USB into the HDD?

A:How to Remove Write Protection?

this forum will not help you violate school policies. If feel you have a need, contact the schools it administrators.

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So my harddrive crashed, I replaced it with one from newegg.com however it had no operating system so I bought windows 10 at best buy, it comes on a 16gig usb 3.0 flash drive. I have it all running good it's just that I want to use this flash drive for personal things but I can't remove the write protection from it, I've tried multiple tutorials and how to videos with no luck. Im running windows 10 home edition, and I do have a laptop running linux mint if you know a Linux program that could handle it for me...thanks in advance.

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Hey I just got my computer yesterday and it was working fine all day but when i turned it on today It wouldn't let me move, edit, save or delete any files in my G:/ drive because it says it is write protected. Is there any way I can remove this write protection?

PS. I have tried a system restore and it didn't help

A:remove write protection?

Is your G:\ drive removable?

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I can not send my any files to my pen drive...
When i was sending a file or copying into my pen-drive i always got message "bla..bla..bla..write-protection" and i tried to format that pen drive i still can not do that.
any idea how to remove it?

A:How to remove write-protection?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by newbie87


I can not send my any files to my pen drive...
When i was sending a file or copying into my pen-drive i always got message "bla..bla..bla..write-protection" and i tried to format that pen drive i still can not do that.
any idea how to remove it?


Pen drive? could we get some more info on what kind (mfr) it is.

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Several months ago, I burned 4 ISO images onto DVD's with a program called PowerISO PowerISO - Create, Burn, Mount, Edit, Compress, Encrypt, Split, Extract ISO file, ISO/BIN converter, Virtual Drive. Upon my discoveries recently, I realized the sizes of the ISO images were intended to be burned on CD's, not DVD's. I investigated if I could format them, but two problems have showed up in discovery:

1.) When I attempt to format the DVD's, I get a message saying that I can't because they are write-protected.

2.) The DVD's are DVD-R's, a format of DVD that cannot be rewritten.

I have looked online to see if there were any forums on how to remove write-protection on DVD-R's and so far, the only forums I've seen were how to remove it on the specific storage format or OS was that it can be only be possible is if I do it before I burn the files onto the disc.

Even though I used DVD-R's, the write-protection message only appears on the DVD's that I burned the image files onto via PowerISO, regardless of using DVD-R's and not DVD-RW's (a format of DVD that can be rewritten.)

From my knowledge, it appears that I can format DVD-R's that did not have image files burned via PowerISO. Therefore, it has to be related to the image files.

If anybody knows how I can remove the write protection off of the DVD-R's with the files extracted from the image file so I can format them, that would be of great help. Otherwise, I just wasted 18.8 GB of removable storage.

A:How do I remove the write protection off of a DVD-R

How Can I Remove the Write-Protection from a DVD-R? | eHow

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I have some DVD+RWs that I would like to format but can't because they're write protected. Is it possible to remove the protection so I can format them, and if so, how? Thank you.
 

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Can anyone please tell me how to remove the write protection from a CD-RW?
 

A:Remove Write Protection From CD-RW.

try this please

Copy the files off the CD into a temp directory on your hard drive.
Erase the CD-R[W] media. Write the files back onto the CD-R[W] media
but this time do NOT finalize the session so you can add subsequent
sessions to mark files as deleted (the TOC in the new session marks the
old file as deleted but that doesn't physically remove the file but
instead just removes access to it).

If you want the CD-RW (must be writable) to act like a big floppy, you
need to get CD burning software that supports UDF (universal data
format) packet writing, like InCD from Nero or DirectCD from Easy CD
Creator. Click to expand...
 

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I got a Lexar 1 GB Micro SD card and i put in in the adapter and all, but when i try to place music files a box pops up saying, "This disk is write-protected, remove write protection or use another disk"

it won't let me put music, images, or anything on the disk. what do i do????
 

A:remove write protection

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I am not able to access my pendrive. i can't even format it.
it says write protected
i have tried diskpart,regedit, tried formatting in exfat...mostly everything generally avialable in internet.
 
please help...

A:cannot remove write protection from pendrive

it have virus which might have made it "write protected".

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Hi guys,

I have an external hardrive, an elements 300GB (NTFS) WD 3200AAK External USB device.

My problem is that when i try to transfer new files to it, this error message comes up: Remove the write-protection or use another disk.

Now i tried to fix this in the drive's settings but could not find anything like it. I've had it up and running and working perfectly good on my other PC wich runs on windows xp professional, but now that I connect it to my new PC (vista 64) i get the mentioned error message. Should also mention that it did work the first one or two times on my new computer, but suddenly now it doesen't. By the way I haven't changed anything regarding write-protection or anything.

What should I do?

Appreciate all help, thanks.
 

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Using Windows XP Professional when trying to move info to or from a written CD-RW I get a message that the disk is write protected. Remove the protection or use new disk. How do I remove Write Protection?
 

A:Remove Write Protection on Disk

normal write operations on a CD-RW are not an option unless the disk has been formatted in UDF (this usually requires nero INCD or adaptec/roxio DirectCD).

if the data have been written onto the disk using regular burn software you cannot delete selected files or folders. you need to erase the cd-rw with your burning software which will delete ALL data on the disk.
 

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Dear sir i have 8GB hp v250w usb .it is write protected. I want to remove write protection. I tried much but all in vain .plz help. I also want to format after write protection is removed. What should i do.

A:remove write protection usb 8GB v250w

Dear Papoo, IF you are getting the Read Only error, there is a fix that may correct this.Download USB Flash Driver Format Tool (Ufix-II):http://www.pny.com.tw/index.php?cls=2&mode=downloadYou may need to have 7-Zip installed to extract the .rar file. It is a free download. http://www.7-zip.org/download.htmlExtract "RecoverTool_V2.00.42_M1223 8CE.exe" from the downloaded file and run it.This should fix the problem.

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I downloaded a Emluator today so I can play my old PSX games on my Windows 7 PC and the folder will not lose write protection. Not even as Admin. Anyone got any ideas or suggestions? I need to get this fixed lol. Thanks in advance!

A:Problem Taking write Protection off a Folder

  
Quote: Originally Posted by RazielRinz


I downloaded a Emluator today so I can play my old PSX games on my Windows 7 PC and the folder will not lose write protection. Not even as Admin. Anyone got any ideas or suggestions? I need to get this fixed lol. Thanks in advance!



You need to take ownership of the folder. Right now it is probably owned from where ever you got it. Why do you need write protection removed?

Ken

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I just purchased a microSD card for my phone. When I went in to copy data from my old card to the new card, a message was displayed that read:

The disk is write-protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk.

I went into the registry to see if I could fix this via a registry key, and that did not work.

So how can I fix this? Any thoughts? It is a SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-1 card. It is a 200 GB Class 10 card.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.
 

A:How to remove write protection from a microSD card

Most of the time there is a tiny little slider on the SD card, which is the write protection activator. See if yours has one, if so slide it in the opposite direction.
 

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I just replaced my HP printer with an Epson Artisan 835, but now I can't edit my SD card (out of my Kodak camera) while inserted into the printers SD card slot. I can't rename the pictures or do any editing like cropping, brightness, etc. I used to be able to do these edits with this same SD card within the HP printer, so I don't know if it's an Epson printer issue or some type other issue. I get an error message that says that "The disk is write protected. Remove the write protection or use new disk." SO........I checked the switch on the side and made sure it was in the "up" position and not locked. Still got the same write protection error message, though. I used the switch in each position and none made any difference..........

Any suggestions?
 

A:Solved: Cannot Remove Write Protection on SD Card

The write protection is within the reader itself. The tab on the card makes contact inside the reader. Make sure the tab is not loose. Try it with the tab moved just slightly off the lock position.

Now, I don't know if the reader is at fault, or Epson doesn't allow writes to the card while in the printer. Check all the preferences in the printer software, for anything related to Read/Write.

Can you Print from the card?
Can you copy these files to a folder on your hard drive?

That is the usual way of processing images. You don't want to edit your only copy of an image.(no backup)

Get a second card and try it.

moper
 

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My Lexar secure 2 flash drive is now write protected and i need it to work bad! Its memory is full and i need to delete a ton of files but it will not allow.As far as i can tell it has no switch. Is there anyway i can remove the write protection?
 

A:How do I remove write protection for Lexar Secure 2

Possibly do a firmware update? See if that can fix the problem.. Otherwise I would think you might need some software that came with the flash drive to turn this protection off.
 

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I have windows 7 and a HDD with 3 partitions. Today while I was trying to move a file I noticed one of my partitions was write protected.
After searching online, I noticed many of the solutions are to use cmd/diskpart, but I am not sure if that is a safe choice considering I do not want to lose any data on my partition. Is there a way to remove write protection without losing data? Or is diskpart safe to use?

A:How can I remove write-protection on my HDD without losing any files?

I don't have all the answers except to say that there's a reason that it's write protected and although I have never tried to get into one of those partitions, I have deleted them many times when reusing an old/used hard drive.
I don't know what your reason might be but if I had to try to get in, I'd try it with Linux, which has no respect for Windows rules and regulations, therefore it may give you access to the contents without damaging them.

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A:the disk is write-protected remove the write-protection or use another disk.

You'll have to provide more information than that for anyone to be able to help you.

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My removable disk has been write protected i dont know what to do it says that' this happens with write protection device/media or when when bitlocker group policy settings prohibit writd access to non encrypted removable drives' kindly hepl me

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When I used my 2GB micro sd card to save my personal data it automaticlly became write protected. I can't make any change in it even it is not formatted due to write protected error and I can't change its attributes also. I have tried many ways like command prompt, registry and format it though disk management but can't. Please give me a simple and authentic way to remove its write protection. Please help me..

A:Remove read only write protection on micro sd 2GB memory card

Turn the Lock switch to off on the card.

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I have tried either via the onboard SD card reader or USB card reader to format/delete data from a 8GB micro sd.
Have tried all the standard procedures using a SD formatter program and all the various Dos commands via Attributes and Diskpart etc without success.
My version Win7 Home 64bit.
I have followed this thread " http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/7710dab8-863a-44d0-93ad-dfe93aa3af2a/unable-to-writedelete-data-on-external-usb-disk-in-windows-7"
I have installed a download for gpedit which my Win7 home had not installed as standard. Followed instructions as "http://www.askvg.com/how-to-enable-group-policy-editor-gpedit-msc-in-windows-7-home-premium-home-basic-and-starter-editions/"
Having checked for "Computer Configuration -> Administrative
Templates -> System -> Removable Storage Access", this not being listed.
My 'Microsoft Manage Console' gives no listing of 'Removable Storage' in Remove/Add Snap view. 
So in 'Group Policy Edit' to change the 'Removal Disk' settings to Disabled is not seen.
"Removable Disks: Deny execute access
Removable Disks:  Deny read access
Removable Disks:  Deny write access

Double-click each one and select the 'Disabled'
radio button."
What have I done wrong.

thanks

A:Unable to remove 'read only' or 'write protection' in micro SD card.

Since other removable devices are working fine, group policy-like setting is not in use. And if you are using a microSD to SD card adapter, make sure the lock switch is not enabled; also make usre the lock switch does not enable automatically when you insert
it to the card reader (loose switches tend to show this behaviour).
If none of these suggestions able to solve the issue, take it to the nearest service center of the microSD card manufacturer and report the issue. The card will be replaced with a new one, since these memory devices carry a lifetime warranty. Refer the manufacturer
support terms and conditions about warranty claims for more information.Balaji Kundalam

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When i used my 2GB micro sd card to save my personal data it automaticlly became write protected. I can't make any change in it even it is not formatted due to write protected error and I can't change its attributes also. I have tried many ways like command prompt, registry and format it though disk management but can't. Please give me a simple and authentic way to remove its write protection. Please help me..

A:Remove read only write protection on micro sd 2GB memory card

Hello Talhaayyan,

Usually a micro SD card will have a write protection switch on the side of it like below that you move up or down to turn write protection on or off.



Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi, I used window at home but my school is mac so I had to format to use it for PC and Mac and I used exFat, I did format quite a few times because I'm not sure which format is good and I am very bad at IT stuffs.
Now I am using it on my window vista and tried to copy things into it, it says write protection. I googled and tried out the diskpart thing but it doesn't work when it says successful. Is there any other method? Please help me out! I'm stucked! I can't delete
or put in anything.
Also I'm using a WD 2 TB hard disk. The things were put in Mac before i formatted and put it back into hard disk after format. I hope my hard disk is not corrupted after so many formats.

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I am seeking help either immediate help or as soon as someone gets a chance... please.

I bought a usb flash drive (my laptop recognizes it as a generic usb mass storage device) from the library... cheap I know... anyways I was using it prepairing to restore my pc... I removed it without clicking on the safely remove button and now it says cant remove files because its write protected... and it wasnt before... did I mess it up if not then how do I remove a write protection if I have no lock/unlock switch deal? I scaned it for viruses/malware etc... I can view all the files but cant delete them and I wanted to clear them off so I can use it for another purpose... can anyone help please...
 

A:How to remove write protection of USB mass storage with no visible lock/unlock

insert the USB device, then

control panel->Admin Tools->Disk Management

Your boot drive will show as C:\ and under
Layout will be Partition
File System will show NTFS

How does your USB show up?
 

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Dear Friends...
I have found that a lot of my friends have the problem with USB. Write protection.. If they are using Win XP SP2. pls follow the link.
http://www.apacer.com/en/support/downloads/HS2.0_Utility_LFormat.zip
download and execute the file...
Ur problem is solved.
 

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Hi there guys,

First off, apologies for posting a topic which, going through the archives, seems to appear every 5 minutes, but I can't seem to find a solution for this method which has been annoying me pretty much constantly for about 3 months now.

I have a Kingston DataTraveler 200 64Gb Flash Drive, operating Windows 7. On this drive, there is no physical write protection, yet every piece of software I try to use to interact with the device tells me that the drive is write protected.

I've tried the regedit method, CHKDSK, booting in safe mode, some program called repair v2.9.1.1 (which even refused to pick up my drive) and trying on numerous different systems.

After I've connected the drive to the system and try to format the drive through Windows, the first attempt at a format throws up the error message "Windows was unable to complete the format", whereas subsequent attempts then say that "The disk is write protected".

From what I can recall, this problem first started when data was being transferred to it, and the stick became dislodged. Ever since, I've been unable to delete the partially transferred files from the stick, nor copy any new ones across. I can read and open the files however, so it appears that data integrity isn't the issue here.

Has anyone got absolutely any ideas on how to solve this before I end up throwing this thing under a train?
 

A:Flash drive write protection

"this problem first started when data was being transferred to it, and the stick became dislodged"...

This mistake probably damaged the RAM chip inside the flash drive. Flash drives are fine for temporary storage but if the files are that important, you should back them up to CD, DVD or Blu-Ray discs and put the discs away in a safe place
 

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Little while ago I brought Samsung USB 2.0 512MB OEM Pack. For few week I have copied data from one computer to another (with different operating system). Last time I used my Memory stick in XP...copy the stuff from memory stick to computer with 2000 and plug the memory stick into win 98... as it didn't have suitable USB driver it doesn't work. So I took out the memory stick from it. Next day when try to copy some stuff on it (Win Nt) system said it write protect, I need to remove write protection. I try to format it but same result . Now it has happen on every computer and every operating system. I can't see any physical switch...
Please help .... Operating System : Microsoft Windows 98,NT 4.0 and 2000
CPU/Processor : AMD
 

A:USB flash drive write protection

Are you absolutely sure there is no switch???

I have had a flash drive go bad on me and lock itself in read-only position. I even opened it up and shorted the locking leads on the chip but it would still refuse to be writable.
 

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For the past few days I have dealt with my flash drive saying files are write-protected whenever I try to delete a file, save a file or move a file to another place. On yesterday I talked to another online computer helper and went through many different ways of trying to solve the problem. Finally he came up with the suggestion of backing my files from my flash drive onto an external hard drive, then reset the flash drive. I didn't have an external flash drive at the time so I couldn't do that. I now have one and need help with the whole process.
 

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Hello all,
does anyone have a solution to problems with getting a write protection message when trying to save new files or delete existing ones on a 128mb flash drive. I have used this device on both XP professional at home & 2000 professional at work. I have only had this device for about 2 mths & now I can not use it as I keep getting this message everytime.

I have read some of the post that date back to November 2004 regarding same problem encountered by other people but I did not see a post showing resolution to the problem. Is this problem fixable? Please help.
 

A:USB flash drive write protection

The 2 ways they can be write protected are physical and software...
Some units have a tiny switch on them that can be inadvertantly moved by putting it in your pocket so look for one of those.
If not install any software that shipped with it and check it thru there.

patio.
 

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I cant find anywhere on Google to help me disable the write protection on my D: drive, can someone here tell me?

A:My D: drive says it has write protection enabled

Hi nitros, welcome to TSF !

What's D: ? Is it a HDD, a partition on the same drive as C:, an USB thumb drive, the CD drive ? If it's the CD drive the message you see is normal.

What's the exact error message and when do you get it ? Post a screenshot if needed (press the print screen key, go to start => all programs => accessories => paint, click edit => paste, save as .jpg and attach the file to your next post).

What are your complete system specs ?

What OS do you use ? You wrote Win98 under your profile, do you mean Windows XP Pro ? Go to start => run and type winver to make sure. The support section for Win98 is here

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Anyone recommends a USB 2GB Flash drive that have a write protection ON/OFF switch?
Thanks!
 

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Good Morning All,
- Yes, I'm new here and I'd like to for your expertise:
- I have two Imation 1GB thumb drives that I loaded important backup files on. One works fine, I can access the files with no problem. The 2nd thumb drive won't allow me to go into it. It says "device write protected", please see this jpeg of my computer monitor:

- I never intentionally created a password on the thumbdrive, can you think of any way to access the files? Incidentally, I may have put too much on the drive; if it is full, could that prevent me from opening it?
- I certainly appreciate any advice you might have.
v/r
MontereyDave
 

A:Help! Imation thumb drive: write protection

Moving your thread to Hardware forum.
 

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I have a USB pen drive (Verbatim 2 GB). Now I am not able to write or delete anything from the drive. It says that the disk is write-protected. But the dik does not have any write-protect tab or switch. I even tried formatting, both in windows and trhrough the command prompt but then also the same message pos up. Disk management also failed to solve the problem. Can somebody guide me as to how to solve the problem?

A:Removing write protection from USB flash drive.

What are your computer specs and what service pack are you using?

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Hi all

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask since this is not necessarily a Windows 7 related question but here it goes.

I have this USB drive I'm using to install Windows/Linux from, for diagnostic (using UBCD and other similar apps) and to install apps and find software/hardware issues from within Windows.

The thing is, getting viruses on it is kinda inevitable.

So I was wondering, is there anywhere I can find hardware protected USB drives? I know there were quite popular years ago (I still have one - 32Mb).
But I need something that is at least 32 Gb large (or 16 and I'll use 2).

I keep looking for something like this but no luck so far.

Any ideas?

A:Write protected USB drive (hardware protection)

This may be the answer for you, if you are willing to pay USD 165

Amazon.com: USB-writeblocker Rohs: Electronics

or go with a USB SDCard reader + SDCard with WProtection switch (almost all have)

and pay the balance to me for suggesting.

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