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Top 4 Methods To Remove Write Protection From Your Pen Drives / Memory Sticks

In most of the USB based flash/pen drives, write protection is provided via the small notch. First of all look for it in sides of your drive. It’s even marked with lock/unlock symbol. Move/slide the notch to unlock position (means releasing write protection) before you perform any file operations in your drive such as copy/paste/format etc. After that you can slide back the notch to lock position safely.

But many of the pen drives don’t provide hardware lock/notch for write protection. Instead they back it up by means of some software/tool. From there you can change the write protection lock/unlock option. Refer to your pen drive’s manual for more details in this regard as different pendrive have diferent ways to to unlock them or otherwise you can also take help of some tools to unlock them.

Best Methods To Remove Write Protection From Your Memory Sticks / Pen Drives Goes here (ENJOY AND POST FEEDBACKS TOO)

METHOD #1 

  1. Open Registry editor of your PC
  2.  For this you should type command “regedit” on run.
  3. Successively navigate to following linkHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Currentcontrolset\control\storatedevicepolicies( Note: if you can’t find ” storatedevicepolicies ” after “control” folder then you need to create it. For that follow instructions       mentioned below )
    • Open a new note pad file.
    • Copy this
      cd\reg add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies” /t Reg_dword /v
      WriteProtect /f /d 0
    • save it as DISABLEWP.BAT
    • Then copy it to start up folder.
  4.  In right side u will be getting writeprotect option, just right click that and modify the hexadecimal value from 1 to 0
  5. Restart your PC and enjoy!!!!
    ( Still having problem???   Don’t worry try other methods below )

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METHOD #2

If you have transcend pen drive infected by 9u.exe which is a write protect virus then the following works like a charm:
1) Download JetFlash online recovery from:
www.transcendusa.com/Support/DLCenter/Software/OnLineRecovery.exe
2) Run the program
3) Specify the capacity of your drive eg.512 MB, 1 GB …..etc
4) Choose “repair and erase all data” OR ” repair and keep existing data”
5) Progress bar starts…….completes
6) Notification appears —” format complete”
7) Unplug and plug your drive and …..presto

enjoy!!!!

( Still having problem ?   Don’t worry try other methods below )

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Method #3 

1. Start > Run  -> type “CMD” and press enter
2. type< diskpart
3. type< list volume
4. type< select volume # (# is the number of the USB HDD you’ve pluged in)
5. type< attributes disk clear readonly

(If you need help while typing commands then type “HELP FORMAT” on command prompt)
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METHOD #4 

There are a series of options in the Group Policy Object Editor that deal with read/write permissions on hard drives and removable media.  I basically changed their individual settings from “Not configured” to “Disabled”.

Start -> Run… -> gpedit.msc -> OK
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Removable Storage Access

In here I disabled all of the “Deny read access/write access” options; you may only want to disable the ones relating directly to the type of media that you want to access.

Here are the ones I changed:

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.

Do the same as above, except the first step is “User Configuration” instead of “Computer Configuration

(Best result if you try both method #1 and method #4 together)

Enjoy!!!

All the methods mentioned are tested and they works well in my PC.

Please don’t forget to leave your feedbacks below as comment and lets discuss if more tricks are needed…

Thanks and Regards
Geeksagar

datasagarhttp://www.DataSagar.com
The author of this blog post is a technology fellow, an IT entrepreneur, and Educator in Kathmandu Nepal. With his keen interest in Data Science and Business Intelligence, he writes on random topics occasionally in the DataSagar blog.
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  1. Thank you very much for the post. Method 1 works well for me. I was trying to format my pen drive and was unable to do so since 2 month earlier. I was going with the post same as method 1 but can’t find “ storatedevicepolicies ” after “control” folder. Now i got idea to create it after visiting this blog… Awesome job Geeksagar keep it up.

  2. geeksagar: dude it didnt worked for me ….not even one methed. i am having a 8 gb scan disk writed protected pendrive i though method one will work but after creating the notepad file and placing it in start up…also didnt help………i am using windows 7 , do u want me to chk in win xp….or something ..and ur method 3 happend sucessfully but problem remaisn the same

    • Your personal startup folder should be C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

      The All Users startup folder should be C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

      You can create the folders if they aren’t there. Enable viewing of hidden folders to see them.

  3. Heya great blog! Does running a blog similar to this require a large amount of work?

    I have virtually no knowledge of programming but I had been hoping
    to start my own blog in the near future. Anyways, if you have any suggestions or tips
    for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off topic but I just needed to ask.

    Thank you!

  4. hi i am having the same problem of write protected in my 8 GB Kingston pen drive. But I’ve tried all these methods and none of them was successful. The real problem I found was because of a virus called Win32/Sality!dt. Now another problem is that when I try to remove this virus it says the disk is write protected and when i try to unprotect it i always become unsuccessful. Please Give me some suggestion how i can restore my pendrive to its default state.

  5. How to add DISABLEWP.BAT to startup folder or where can I find that startup folder and after that how can I get the write protect option in right side..please provide me your solution ASAP..

    Thanks in Advance..

  6. Hello sir..!! i have tried all the methods you have mentioned above.. but non of these are not useful in my pc… in method 1 i cant found startup folder.. in method 4 there is no removable storage access in my pc.. method 2 also failed.. pls help me sir..!!!! 🙁

  7. dear All friends i try to much time remove write protected but i m not sucsess.i try all mathod but not sucsess please i here requeist to u if u have easy system to remove write protection please send by mail and explain me brother. please thanks.finaly i m very tired.

  8. I follw 1,3,4, step but I cant rcovr my transcen pndrive… as u rturn on 1 step after making notepad file and save in startup but I can’t get write protection option on right side so, will u please mail me where I get that option on right side please…

  9. Hi frnd this is a nice post and i want a help from you but not based on this topic.Now i am using my 4gb pendrive as my vram.Now i decided to make my pendrive back to a normal secoundry storage device to exchange file(make my pendrive from vram to pendrive again) so i think that you can help me.i am using window7 home..i want to make pendrive back to normal without harming my both laptop and pendrive.plz reply(urgent)

  10. in the method 4, Start -> Run… -> gpedit.msc -> OK
    Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Removable Storage Access
    I can’t locate removable storage access folder.
    I mean it is not there. I am using Windows xp.
    Tell me what should i do. Every pen drive or memory card which i attached with my pc, is showing the same write protection error. I can browse every pen drive & memory cards, but can not create or delete something in them.

  11. My case is..
    1) Tried …but not working
    2) My USB is not recognized by JetFlash…not working
    3) Done all as per stated however when I do the DETAIL DISK it shown write_state = yes..which seemed like the USB remains in writing state, so nothing else can be done. This is only flag in different as I have compared other workable USB…how to turn off this flag..please…sure, sure it is this flag causes the ‘write protected’ on my USB
    4) Unable see those Removable Storage Access…so not working…

    How I have my USB in this state…well, was try make a Linux Live USB boot key with LILY Linux Creator…as it warned me my USB is NSFT insteaded of FAT32 when I selected format the USB …just click too fast and continue for few seconds…then prompted me completed…in fact it have not…so now it is remained in WRITE STATE becaues LILY failed to turn it off before terminate itself…
    It is 16G Kingston…I really wanted it back…help please…experts out there might know the trick I assumed…Thanks

  12. you are great i read lot of solution related write protect format but not work

    i used you trick and its really done thanks for your great idea

    cc to readers – if you are not able format write protected transcend pen-drive than use this trick

    METHOD #2

    If you have transcend pen drive infected by 9u.exe which is a write protect virus then the following works like a charm:
    1) Download JetFlash online recovery from:
    http://www.transcendusa.com/Support/DLCenter/Software/OnLineRecovery.exe
    2) Run the program
    3) Specify the capacity of your drive eg.512 MB, 1 GB …..etc
    4) Choose “repair and erase all data” OR ” repair and keep existing data”
    5) Progress bar starts…….completes
    6) Notification appears —” format complete”
    7) Unplug and plug your drive and …..presto

  13. hello.
    i am ravi, my 2 pen dives (1 sandisk cruzer blade16 gb and 1 transcand 4 gb) become write protected.
    i have tried all of your mentioned methods but unfortunately they are still write protected
    1. very first . storagedevicepolicies was not presennt in my windows 8 , i have tried your 1st method but i cant see such key in registry
    2. i have also tried 4th method
    3. i have formatted my windows 8 and then installed again and then tried your 1st and 4th methods but still i cant see storagedevicepolicies in registry
    pleae help me
    1. tell me how to locate the startup folder
    2. what to do if i dont find storagedevicepolicies even trying your method to create it

    • Open a new note pad file.
      Copy this
      cd\reg add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies” /t Reg_dword /v
      WriteProtect /f /d 0
      save it as DISABLEWP.BAT
      Then copy it to start up folder.
      Im stuck after this one… cnt see this option………..

      In right side u will be getting writeprotect option, just right click that and modify the hexadecimal value from 1 to 0)

  14. None of the methods above is working permanently. Any method works for a couple of files then again PD gets write protected. Moreover, the problem is wid the flash drive and not wid PC so m not sure, how changing attributes on one machine going to solve it for other machines. just curious to know…

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  16. I have tried all 4 methods but my pendrives writeprotection has not been removed….help me sir , I have tried it in Kali Linux and even in Ubuntu to repair it .but it was worthless …plz help me I m in need indeed.I m using sandisk

  17. While using cmd in my write protected disk it show
    Attributes…. Successfully….
    But nothing happened I cannot delete the files or copy ,cut or paste
    I am not able to format the USB flash drive
    It’s HP v 512 b
    Recyler folder is also there containing 3 semi folder of o bytes
    I think this might be the reason
    Plz plz plz help me out I m in a big trouble

  18. My pen drive is write protected and I had tried method 1,3,4 and in cmd method read only- no is written and I had watched video from YouTube there read only-yes was return and also doing several methods still pen drive is protected
    And one more question due to write my pen drive be healthy or corrupted??

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  20. Hi sir..!! I have attempted every one of the techniques you have specified previously.. be that as it may, non of these are not valuable in my pc… in strategy 1 I cannot discovered startup organizer.. in technique 4 there is no removable stockpiling access in my pc.. technique 2 likewise fizzled.. pls help me sir..!!!!

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