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Windows XP Write-to-CD: Write-Protect blues

Q: Windows XP Write-to-CD: Write-Protect blues

I don't have any kind of burning software, and am forced to rely on Windows XP's built in Write-to-CD software. The problem is, even with a rewritable CD drive, re-writable DVD drive, and re-writable CD's and DVD's, any material I put on them with the built in Windows XP writing software, becomes write-protected, making it impossible not only to remove the material at a later date, but also to add anything to it. A CD can have over 675 mb of free space that is absolutely inaccessible because of this problem.

Is there any way to reformat these CD's or otherwise remove the write-protect on them? Some of the data on these CD's is not the kind I'd like anyone else to see, meaning that if they are absolutely absolutely ***ABSOLUTELY*** untouchable forever and ever and ever, I would be forced to destroy them altogether (likely breaking them in half or something) and dispose of them as trash (environmentally unsound or not) rather than submit them to a recycling center and risk some noseybody reading what's on them before recycling them.


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A: Windows XP Write-to-CD: Write-Protect blues

All CD's are read-only and the contents cannot be changed. Some use packet-writing, but those only erase the previous version and write a new one, so they can't be changed, either. Space is less and gets used quickly.

The best way to have read/write access to data is to use an external USB drive or thumb drive.

It is best to stick with the standard ISO format. Save all your changes to a folder untill you are ready to burn the final copies to CD.

Free burning software:

AmoK CD/DVD Burner
CDRTools Frontend
DeepBurner and DeepBurner Portable for removable drives
Infra Recorder
CDBurnerXP Pro (Works perfectly in Vista.)
DP CD/DVD Burner
Dirk Paehl's EasyBurning
UsefulUtils CD/DVD Burner
SilentNight Micro CD/DVD/ISO Burner
Small CD-Writer (standalone)
Terabyte ISO Burner (standalone)
ISO Recorder for XP
Burrrn audio CD creator
MP3 CD Doctor Lite audio CD burner
BurnOn CD/DVD (no spyware but free version is adware supported)
Burn4Free CD/DVD Copy
Turtle MP3 Burner
MS-DOS Burning Tools (direct download)
Zilla CD/DVD Rip N' Burn

More free burners:


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I'm getting a message down in my task bar with a big yellow sign with a brown exclamation mark.

Windows - Write protect error
Exception Processing Message 0xc00000a2 Parameters

and a bunch more numbers after...

I've gotten this when I opened Adobe Acrobat files and when I save Notepad files (my default location to save is in my Apache folder.

I'm running Vista 64bit. My adobe acrobat files are located in an extra 400GB External HD and my Apache folder is located in a slightly new 250GB internal.

Any clue?

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The installation went smoothly enough. But when I was revising a word file, I discovered that I could not save the file. All my files come up now as 'read-only' even after removing the check in properties for the folders [both individual and for docs as
a whole]. I did create a new folder and was able to save in that, so clearly all my existing folders were affected by installing W10.  Is there some way to avoid having to create a new folder to replace each existing one?

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dell inspiron windows 7 cant load windows or reinstall

error code 0F00, 1344
diskette read failure 0
uncorrectable data error or
media write protect
drive failed

help please

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I need to remove write-protect on a partition of HD. The HD is divided into 2 partitions, 50 gigs with OS and programs; 450 with video editing. I had attempted (stupidly in middle of complex project) to enlarge the OS partition to add more software, using Partition Magic. Process failed, leaving the video editing partition dismounted. Remounted and named with same drive letter using Find and Mount. However now the partition is write-protected and I can't work in the video editing program (Premiere CS3). I need to get the disk or the partition to no longer have write-protection so I may proceed. Any information welcomed.

Jon Jost

A:write protect on HD

Since you are running XP Pro, you should be able to right-click the partitioned HD, "Properties">"Security" and take ownership of the HD. Give yourself (as Administrator) "Full Control", then under "Advanced">"Permissions", tick the box "Replace Permissions Entries on All Child Objects..." which should give you (as Administrator) full control of the HD. (Otherwise you will only have Full Control over those "objects" that do not have "inherited" permissions from other Users (such as System, etc...) which may prevent you from accessing the objects (files). The inherited permissions part is the difficult part to understand and work with (and around).

I am hoping that this partition is a data-only drive, and that you are not trying to execute programs from it, as changing the permissions in this way could have some unpredictable effect on how the applications run.

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I recently purchased a HP USB DRIVE and after  using it for some time, one day i try copying files to the DRIVE and i receive a notification "the disk is write protected" i have tried "diskpart" "regedit" and still there
is no change to the write protection issue.please help

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I have a Olympus Stylus 300 digital camera. I'm unable to take pictures because of write protect. How do I take the write protect off

thank you

A:write protect

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I've used CutePDF for a while and it's great. But I want to create write-protected pdfs sometimes so that noone can copy and paste my content. Adobe charge over £100 for their Adobe Acrobat X Standard software and given I don't want to protect that many docs that is too expensive. How can I write protect a pdf via CutePDF for free or certainly a lot cheaper? Or is there is another free download of pdf writing software that is available that does this?


A:Solved: How do I write-protect a pdf?

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I have already replaced the a: floppy drive. I keep getting an error that the disk is write protected so it won't let me save onto floppy (will let me take off information) and the floppy drives are not on the protected block. Something must be wrong with my settings?

A:[SOLVED] write protect

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How can I undo write-protect on my zip disk?

A:undo write-protect

If you have the Omega tools for your Zip drive installed the write-protect can be toggled.

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I have to work with my thumbdrive in different cybercafes and my thumbdrive always get infected with trojans, viruses etc.
How do I write protect my thumbdrive so that I can only read but not write from the thumbdrive.


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I get a write protected window when I try to add pictures onto a new 2gb sd card. I have tried 3 different crds, same deal, the switch on the crds are not on lock. The cards will work in my camera and if I flip the switch they the camera will say the card is write protected so as far as I can figure, it's not the cards.
Any help?

A:write protect on SD card

It may be a permissions issue
Unable to right click and preview images on SD card
For Vista and Seven

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This seems stupid but How do you Un Write Protect a SD Card.
I tried the lock in both positions ALL my SD Cards are write protected?

I tried 15 all the same, must be a glitch with the computer, can not format,
delete, add, nothing.


A:How to Un Write Protect a SD Card

Hi, i found this : How to Format an SD Card | Storage | Asked and Answered

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For apparently no reason at all, my external hard drive and two USB drives have become write protected. There's no switch on the USB or external hard drive that I could have accidentally moved to perform this action. A scan with Microsoft Security Essentials shows no virus. Any advice or assistance would be much appreciated. Especially with the external hard drive.

A:Random Write Protect

Exact error message? What makes you think the externals are write-protected?

System manufacturer and model?

Do the drives appear properly in My Computer and Disk Management?


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This just happened to me recently , I am unable to drag or delete files on the usb, any idea how this can be fixed?, I tried the registry method, didn't work.

A:Remove Write Protect on USB

Sorry to say bot it's one of first signs that is on the way out. Try some partitioning program on it and if that does not work, it's "bin time ".

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I am using windows XP professional. My children use the same machine, and they keep messing up with the machine and keep deleting my important files.
I just want to know if there is any way I can password protect one of the drives so that I can keep all my important data in it and password protect it. also please let me know if I can make that particular drive as write-protected.

Thanks in advance

Tito Singh

A:Write Protect The Drives

Why not create separate user accounts, for your children and limit their access? How to create and configure user accounts in Windows XP

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i have 2gb pendrive when i connect in computer and format it when the message shown " The disk is write protected cannot format " how to remove the issue.

there are mp3 songs and it does not get formated plz reply
it show write protected

A:write protect romoving

how to remove write protected (it has mp3 files and a software please reply fast ..

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i have 2gb pendrive when i connect in computer and format it when the message shown " The disk is write protected cannot format " how to remove the issue.

A:write protect romoving

is this your pen drive? if so, what type of files are on it?

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How to remove write protect from a pen drive

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I have been beating myself up trying to create a bootable CD that will map a network drive using MS networking. I have done it before, but that was 5 or so years ago and my memory is not as good as it used to be.

Here is the issue:

I build a TCP/IP network floppy based on either MS or PC Dos. I burn the CD using an image of the floppy for the boot.ini. When the CD boots everything loads fine until it encounters tcptsr. At that point I encounter a "Write Protect Error Writing Drive A:". Does anyone know a way around this issue? It seems that there is a setting (as I have succeeded before), but I cannot locate it. I have built similar CDs for Norton Ghost, but Ghost seems to have built-in TCP/IP.

Any help will be appreciated!


A:Tcptsr Write Protect Error

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Hope all you are fine.
I want to make an usb disk write protected, I have found doing this as a solution:
But this has drawbacks for me:
It doesn't work on another computer.
I want to make USB write Protect on My Computer and when I use My USB on another computer or my friend bring this USB and use it on his computer, then it should be write protect Automatically.

Thank you

A:Make My USB write protect on other computers


This is not possible without you implementing the registry hack on your friends PC. If your goal is to protect your USB drive from malware, then you are probably better off vaccinating using something like Panda:

Panda USB Vaccine with NTFS Support | Panda Research Blog


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I want to create COPY and WRITE protect CD ( such as GAME DISC, MP3 , VCD etc ). If it is possible by a simple and easy software , please tell me the software name. Where ( which website ? ) I find the software ? If any friend have this kind of software , please post it . Thanks in advance .
E-MAIL - [email protected]

A:create COPY and WRITE protect CD

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Hi there

My mini SD card is write protected somehow now I cant format the card it shows me the error the Disk is write-Protect!!!. I have tried many tools inlcuding disk management format, low level format but I failed to recover my mini SD card and other solution anyone have here please tell me and do remember there is not any kind of switch for write protection I think its the virus who coded the MBR for write protection.

A:mini SD write protect error

If you are using it in a larger SD card adapter, try a different one.

But those cards do not last very long. It is possible that it has simply failed. It is also common with those small ones for them not to make complete connections. Try using a different adapter, too.

If you use the HP USB Disk Format Tool on it, even though it doesn't say so, the tool removes the partition on the drive and creates a new one before formatting. Though an MBR lock like you mention is not likely the problem, that tool will replace it.

Or try SDFormatter. You will need to install a driver from Microsoft to format the larger capacity cards like the 128 GB and 256 GB ones - SDXC exFAT.

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I just burned a video to an HP DVD+RW 4x 4.7 Gb dvd and after findong out that it wont play properly in my DVD player wanted to erase it and try a different method. But as I tried to format it, Windows (7) tells me that it cant be done due to it being write protected when I didn't put any protection on it. I burned it by using the burn to disc option when right-clicking the file. Any ideas.

Other thoughts: Any software that can bypass the protection?
Already tried using software to erase, no good.


A:Can't erase data off of HP DVD+RW due to write protect

Don't take this the wrong way but is the disk itself a RW disk?

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Hi team, my 16 gb  USB HP v245o is shows write protect  & allows only to copy from  it.  Pl help to remove the protection 

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How do I disable write-protect on my hard drives?

A:Disabling Write protect on my drives?

If any of your dynamic drives has become read-only you can use diskpart to clear the readonly flag. Check the MS support article on the utility

A Description of the Diskpart Command-Line Utility

In sort, you launch diskpart from the command line, do a "list volume", then "select volume X" where X is the read-only volume and finally "attribute volume clear readonly".

Note that the volume has probably become read-only for a reason and this won't fix the problem. And you can not clear the readonly flag on XP unfortunately.

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my 8gb hp usb flash drive is not formatting giviving write protect error

A:remove write protect from 8gb usb flash

Try this: https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-System-and-Recovery/Remove-write-protection-from-HP...

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HELP! I get the following message when I open the file from my olmpus xd media card. "Write protect error. The disk cannot be written to because it is rite protected. please remove the write protection from the volume in drive \Device\Harddisk1\DR6". What does that mean and how do I fix it? I tried to copy this file to my desktop and i got this error message. I can see the thumbnails, but it won't allow me to do anyhing else. Worse yet, I closed the file and tried again and got the same error message, but now the thumbnails have duplicated. I now see 4 copies of each thumbnail. I'm using a hp pavilion zv 6000 with xp 2002 if that matters. Yikes! HELP!Thanks.

A:Write Protect Error Message

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I'm a newbie here and also new to Windows programming.

I want to keep a program from storing a value in its registry key. The other values of this key are needed to store necessary program options, so I can't bar write access to the key completely. The key is in the Current User hive.

With regedit or the RegSetKeySecurity and SetNamedSecurityInfo functions I seem to be able to assign permissions only to the key as a whole, but not to its individual components.

Is there any way to protect a single value?

I'm using XP professional, but I'll have to install this program on other versions as well, so any help will be appreciated.
Thanks a lot in advance!


A:Can I write protect a single registry value?

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I recently upgraded from Vista 32-bit to Vista 64-bit. I did this reformatting my C drive then performing a clean install of Vista 64-bit. I now have a problem with my volume(s) becoming write protected. I have to fight a constant battle against Vista to keep the volumes writeable.

I have two drives:
WD SE16 640GB: Primary or C drive
Samsung T166 500GB: Secondary or D drive (used mostly for storing downloads, music, video etc.)

Under Disk Management, both my drives alternate between being shown as "Online" and "Write protected": They can be shown as Online and then seconds later I hit F5 and both drives are suddenly write protected. Then I hit F5 again and they're "Online". Sometimes one of the drives is "Online" while the other is "Write protected". It's like a lottery, every time I refresh, the drives show a different status. It's like they're rapidly and constantly changing status.

My C drive always remains writeable despite this. I don't know why - maybe it's because the drive is in use by the paging file and windows system files so the change cannot be applied.

My D: drive on the other hand will write protect itself shortly after I have booted the machine. When I try to rename, copy or delete files I just get a Windows message saying the drive is write protected and I should remove the write protection or use another drive. When this happens I run Diskpart, and the command "Attributes volume clear readonly&qu... Read more

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I have an Olympus Sytlus 720 SW to which I use an Olympus XD M+ 2GB memory card. Every time I insert the memory card into the computer to try and copy the photos over it says "Write protect error- please remove write protect error". It is seemingly impossible to remove this protection. There is no switch on the card and there is no option within the camera setting to do such a function. Formatting both the card and the camera has no effect. I have now bought three of these memory cards, for which I have had the same problem in all. I have read a similar post, but no solution was provided. Any suggestions?

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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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Hi, I'm looking for the write protect screw on the Lenovo Yoga 11e 3rd Generation Chromebook. I cannot remove the Keyboard Bezel, so I wanted to ask, is this screw that is next to the M2x4, and above this chip, the Write-Protect Screw? Thanks.

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Please tell me some other solution to remove write protect from pendrive v210w

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i just want to share, you cannot open your flash drive, cannot detected, crash or to maintenance,. i recomended this

A:Flash drive getting write protect, repair here

USB Flash Drive Write protection fixes

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I had a power supply go kaput, then a friend had one kicking around so i tried that ..no go.. leads were too short BUT i did use it for checking... and started getting HDD errors ... So I got a new power supply got that one in, and NOW I get stupid write protect errors to drive c .?? thats a new one to me..... im not liking the idea that the power supply failure took out the HD partition..

Now I am racking my brains here tryin to figure out WHY this system thinks drive c is write protected? Power up, its reading both HDs.. boots up to scandisk (cause it wasnt shut down properly grrrrrrrrr) , then dies at ---write protect error drive c unable to write to drive c---
Anyone have any suggestions?

[Edited by kim515no2 on 05-16-2001 at 09:11 AM]

A:Drive C is giving write protect error

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how can I remove my write protect on my TDK 8GB USB Flash Drive?
there is no physical switch on the usb
i have tried the registry trick by adding a key in 'local_machine/system/currentcontolset' called 'SystemDevicePolicies' & adding a dword called 'WriteProtect'

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Hi guys,

Are you aware of any pendrives equipped with a physical (mechanical) write-protect switch?

I used to have an old Phillips drive with that feature but it recently died. I need it as I qute often port files to other machines outside our corporate network.

I'm familiar with Kanguru thumb drives but I'm looking for expanding the choice a bit.

A:Pendrvie with physical write protect switch

That feature has not been around for a long time. The only way to do it is by setting the Security permissions for the drive, which can always be circumvented with Linux.

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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 was doing word editing on my win 8 pc from my USB drive. When I click save, the computer says that I cannot save it with the same name. I then proceeded to save it on the desktop with a different name. I then tried to copy it back to the USB drive, it says the drive is write protected.

I did try another word file on another USB drive, it says write protected. How to solve this problem? I did try this method:

However, this method formats the drive which I don't want to happen. Also, while following the instructions in the youtube video, I got stuck when it came to formatting the drive. It says the drive is protected.

I then took the USB drives to my windows 7 laptop and it works, so there must be something wrong with Windows 8 and not the USB drives.

Any ideas?

A:Unable to copy files to USB drives due to write protect

Hello mystvearn,

You might see if this below may be the issue and be able to help. Option Three seems appropriate for this.

Disk Write Protection - Enable or Disable in Windows - Windows 10 Forums

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I had a power supply go kaput, then a friend had one kicking around so i tried that ..no go.. leads were too short BUT i did use it for checking... and started getting HDD errors ... So I got a new power supply got that one in, and NOW I get stupid write protect errors to drive c .?? thats a new one to me..... im not liking the idea that the power supply failure took out the HD partition..

Now I am racking my brains here tryin to figure out WHY this system thinks drive c is write protected? Power up, its reading both HDs.. boots up to scandisk (cause it wasnt shut down properly grrrrrrrrr) , then dies at ---write protect error drive c unable to write to drive c---

It has been suggested to me that Norton Utilites may have caused this problem.. and woe is me, I do not have the manual... Anyone have any ideas?????

A:Norton Utilities Causing Write Protect Error????

The only item I could find about the error your getting in reference to Norton is on this webpage:
Then click on listing displayed below
Error: "Drive x: is write protected or root directory is full" when running Image or System Doctor
It may be that Norton utilities is trying to do an Image scan when you start-up
Let us know Dave

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I want to buy a write-protect USB drive. Any storage is ok but it should be write-protected. Which company flash drives are the best? Please advise.

Thank you.


A:Needed to buy a write protect USB drive. Please advise options.

try commercial grade Sandisk read writes 2 mill
write protect?? I don't know

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Can a virus infect a 3.5 " floppy disk that has its write-protect tab pulled up and is thus write-protected?


A:(solved) 3.5 " floppy disks write protect

No it could not write to it.

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recently networked a seagate free agent hard drive 1.5tb on my belkin hd n600 router want to write protect my drive so nobody else can add or delete anything how can i do this ?

A:write protect a hard drive on belkin hd n600

Open "My computer" right click on the drive and choose "Properties" then Security and set permissions to suit.

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I am trying to write disk to my model of dvd¬ plds+dvd-rw+ds8a9sh el3a firmware¬  but on the wndows 10 and windows 7 ultimate I am getting the same error that write process goes very fast and ends with fail. I am using the normal cd writing way provided by both windows.
the firmware utility says that there is no update needed for the el3a as it is the latest one.
in the even viewer I am getting the same error ""error 7 ,rom0 device has a bad block" .
when I am using bios built in function of Lenovo it passes the test successfully but when try to write using above of the operating systems then it says that above error in both of these. the dxdiag command result is as follows.

some files are here.
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity and moved post to a model specific forum.

A:B590 - dvd rom write test works but failed to write disk

It looks that it is firmware error after trying all the tests. But there is no firmware on the manufacturer webisit(LENOVO) or PLDS manufacturer(DVD ROM) website.Any suggestions.

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New dv6-7000 laptop (Win7 64-bit) has a problem I can't seem to solve:  When using any SDHC memory card you cannot write or erase files to the card.  You can read the files just fine, but you get a "Write Protected" error when trying to write or erase.   The card is, of course, not write protected, and can be written to in several other laptop/desktop SD drives that I've tried.   And I've tried different brands/sizes of SDHC cards.  Smaller capacity regular SD cards work just fine.   I tried removing this device and rebooting to reinstall the hardware, but no help. The Realtek SD Driver shows as version 6.1.7600.16385 in Device Manager properties, dated 6/20/06.  HP's support site shows a newer driver version 6.1.7601.29005 dated 2/24/12.  When I download and run sp56166.exe to update the driver, it seems to go through the update process successfully. But the driver still shows as the older version in Device Manager.  And, of course, the problem still exists.  Any ideas would be much appreciated!  Hard to believe that a new dv6 laptop can't properly write or erase files from High Capacity SDHC memory cards.   Thank you!

A:dv6-7000 can't write to SDHC cards ("write protected" error)

I understand high capacity SD cards return the message they are write protected in your system.


I take it the write protect switch is in the off/disable position on the card since they work in other systems.


What is the product number?

NOTE: Do NOT provide the serial number.


What brand and model is the SDHC card?



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