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Media Write Protected Error Accessing Mounted Drive via EASEUS Backup in Win7

Question: Media Write Protected Error Accessing Mounted Drive via EASEUS Backup in Win7

Ok long title but here's a rundown of the problem:

My friend was formatting his XP machine to install a clean Win7.
I went ahead and backed up his stuff on XP via EASEUS To-Do Backup utility onto a laptop HDD USB enclosure.
We installed Win7 on his machine.
We plugged in the USB Enclosure with the backed up data.
We then went into the EASEUS program and mounted the image file.
We went to access his User folder in Documents and Settings and got the error:
So I clicked Continue and then got the error:
So I went into the Security tab to add the current Username I was logged into as being able to access the folder and then I received this error:

There is no switch on the laptop HDD or USB enclosure to write protect it so I don't know why it's giving me this error. If anyone knows please help me out, thanks in advance!

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Preferred Solution: Media Write Protected Error Accessing Mounted Drive via EASEUS Backup in Win7

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Answer: Media Write Protected Error Accessing Mounted Drive via EASEUS Backup in Win7

Probably giving you that clear-as-mud message because you don't have permission to change the permissions.

Try Take Ownership.

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Using DI 7 on a regular basis to back up C to D drive I normally am asked if the existing image should be overwritten. Clicking Yes the copying proceeds.On this last occasion I was presented with "The Media is write protected" dialogue. To get around this I create a new folder and proceed.Question is: Why has this suddenly changed? There is nothing untoward from previous images, just a regular cleanup of system, uninstalling an unused program etc and updating the image.

Answer:Drive Image 7 "Media Is Write Protected"

No idea but you can change it by going into explorer, right click the Image file and change the file attributes to Archive remove the tick in write protect

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After composing a fax in Word 2003 and selecting "fax" in printing options the fax composing screen comes up where I enter the fax phone number and choose cover page. After completing the information and I click "send" I get the message:
"fax error: the message could not be sent. the media is write protected". I have checked the files and they do not show write protection.
I have 2 identical Toshiba Satellite L455's- the only difference is that this one is 64bit and the other is 32bit.
On the 32bit machine, using Word 2003, I am able to send the fax created on the 64bit machine without getting the error message.
How do I correct the incorrect write protection message?
Thanks, Bob

Answer:fax error: the message could not be sent. the media is write protected

Hello bnwell and Welcome to SevenForums.

I'm going to suggest that you pose your question in the Microsoft Office forum of SevenForums.

When you do please be clear about the machine generating the document, the version of MS Office generating the document, whether the document is .doc, .docx, .txt format or whatever and which machine has the fax attached.

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Hi All,

I have a Windows 7 Enterprise Ed laptop which does not applies the computer GPOs. User GPOs work fine.
In the event log, Event ID 1125 is logged:
?The processing of Group Policy failed because of an internal system error. Please see the Group Policy operational log for the specific error message. An attempt will be made to process Group Policy again at the next refresh cycle.?

In the Details tab:
Error code 19, ?The media is write protected?

When I run ?gpupdate /force? or ?gpupdate /target:computer? After a long time, I get the message: ?Computer Policy update has not completed in the expected time. Exiting??GPRESULT /H GPReport.html gives: ?ERROR: Access Denied? (run as local administrator)RSoP.msc: ?The RSoP snap-in was unable to generate the RSoP data due to the error listed below. Details: This operation returned because the timeout period expired?

The laptop is part of a large domain (more than 10k clients). This is the only one with this error (for as far as I know?)
Any help would be much appreciated.

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Good Day,
First off, I apologize if this area is not the appropriate spot for this topic. I recently purchased a 4 gig Sony MS pro duo from flea bay. I suspect the card is a fake, but the real problem for now is the card is write protected. As the stick has no mechanical write protection switch, I was hoping that someone with experience with memory sticks might have a solution. The fact that the stick may be fake does not bother me as much as the fact that I can not write to it. Thanks kindly

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i have problem with my pen drive error allways showing write protected error when iam trying to format please help me to solve this problem

Answer:repair write protected error of pen drive

Hi,Try this manual to remove write protection.;) Security Made Easy ;)

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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!

Answer: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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I finally got around to deciding to create some backup/recovery discs for my new computer. Initially, I was going to do a "system restore" type of backup disc, created it, and then decided, alternatively, I was simply going to create a group of three discs, for in the event I feel like crashing/erasing my computer and want to put bare-minimum Windows 7 back on. When I attempted to erase the disc I had put the original back up on, it said it was write protected. I can't erase it manually (simply right clicking and deleting) I tried Nero, as well as numerous other burn/ripping programs that were mentioned to me.

Nothing works.

Any advice?

Answer:Backup Disc (DVD-RW) Write Protected?

it's an r/w, should be able to erase it. however, if the program u used to burn the disc, closed the session, then the info is no longer rewriteable.

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At first, I don't need to recover my data, I just want my drive back to re-use it.
How can a format my usb drive including all boot sectors which sees to be locked/write-protected by bitlocker?

My problem starts with decrypting my drive by deactivting bitlocker on it by entering the valid password/recovery key. At 36% of decryption the process halts without reason. Now, I'm unable to access my drive or resume the process.

I tried... format with windows
   ..remove with diskmgmt
   ... remove with diskpart
   ... repair-bde
   ... manage-bde
   ... ubuntu live cd
   ... mass production tool software, to override the whole stick

nothing worked. The only thing which worked was once the software M3 Bitlocker recovery Free, but just one time to access the locked partition. But, as mentioned I don't need to recover my data. With that tool I'm not able to wipe the drive.

That Bitlocker protects my data till the end is good, but that it breaks my data and my hardware in such a case is not fair.
How can I break the write-protection mode to finally wipe the hard drive?

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My McAfee virusscan detected the [email protected] virus. I'm unable to do anything with it (delete, clean, quarantine). I get disk is write-protected error. I try to browse to the directory it's in and I can't see it. I've changed folder settings to show hidden and system files. I'm running XP and still can't see the folder it shows up in. I've run viruscan in normal and safe mode. Still can't do anything with it. I've included my Hijackthis log.

Answer:[email protected] and disk is write-protected error

You are using an old version of Hijack This. You are also running HJT from your Temporary Internet Files folder. It will not function properly from there and it cannot create and restore backups from there. You need to create a new folder in My Documents and name it Hijack This. Now Click here to download Hijack This again. Download it and click "Save". Save it to the Hijack This folder you just created. That way it can create and restore backups if needed. HJT will store the backups in the same location that it is run from.

Click on Hijackthis.exe to launch the program. Click on the Do a system scan and save a logfile button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log. Click "Save" to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.

Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" then Paste the log back here in a reply.

DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

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I recently had a problem getting my HP to startup. I kept getting the beep beep beep that you get when the computer can't find the RAM. The computer tech guy that I took my comp to could not get the computer to boot up with the old RAM or the new RaM. We backed up the entire C Drive to an external hard drive. However, on my old computer, the admin was password protected and I dont think the files got backed up. Is there anyway of knowing how to access these files IF they were indeed backed up?
Thanks for any help

Answer:Accessing Password Protected Data on Backup

You shouldn't have a problem accessing the files; although you may need to do this:

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when trying to transfer a file from laptop to desktop external drive. i get the message that the media is write protected, this seems odd as i write to it quite often,
when i access the laptop via the homegroup and copy and paste to the external, it copies fine ,so i am perplexed as to how to remove the write protection ,ive had a look in security in the properties on the external but they look fine and all the permissions seem to be set correctly. any ideas.
its a real pain as the most space is on the external and i want to empty up the laptop

Answer:The media is write protected.

How are you transferring the file?

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So i have a hard drive (eSATA WD 400GB) that im trying to write to I cant says premissions denied, and I look at the drive owner it it says Everyone. Not me or SYSTEM or AUTHENTICATED USERS. I am unable to change the permissions on the drive, and there is no write protect on thje drive can someone help.

Answer:The Media is Write Protected

Is this a slave drive? Also, what operating system are you using?

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I am trying to send a fax with Win 7 and it can't send. I get the error "media is write protected". I can't find what is write protected. It may be a security setting but I have failed to find it. Any Ideas?

Answer:Media Write Protected

Well the obvious steps for file access come to mind.
Take ownership of source file.
Check that it's not set to read only.

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Hi All, I have a USB2 1gb. Key drive. I have a couple of files on it now and want to delete them and add another file, But it comes up with the error message "The Media is write protected"How do I unprotect it? I do not remember protecting it, I have tried to format it but it comes up with the same error message.Thank YouCheersFlobby

Answer:Media is write protected

Right click, Properties?

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Dear All:
I have Sony Vaio cr410e with windows 7 ultimate 32 bit installed
I have external hard Western Digital WD 1 T.B
my problem is that my hard was working properly and suddenly my windows is unable to detect it when I connect it, I can see the icon of usb device in the task bar but I can not see my hard partitions in My computer. I tried to check it in computer management section I could see it there but it says that it is unallocated and when I press right click all options are inactive except for properties and help.
I tried to update the driver and it says that I have the latest version installed.
also I tried to make it offline under the computer management section I got the message that "the media is write protected".
I need your urgent help cause I have important data that is crucial for my job and my whole life.
waiting your response ASAP

Answer:Media is Write Protected

i hate external drives that require software to run. unless its only drivers you updated.

now if it were a desktop id suggest taking the HDD out and sticking it in your pc.. but thats an issue here.

If you have another computer to try it on then i suggest trying that. When ever ive had the old "write protected" issue its normally only been with flash drives and its because they are duff.

Also as an after thought, a system restore to a date when it worked may pay off, but its probably a long shot

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My harddrive is divided into two partitions (c: and d. c: partition works fine, but i can't save or modify any files on d: partition. every time pops-up error "the media is write protected". is there any solution to get rid of it?

Answer:The media is write protected

Have a read through this very similar question someone else asked that my friend google found for me.

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Okay so, i'm getting a write protected error on my D: drive and it's becoming quite annoying. I know theres something you gotta do in Command prompt, but I think I'm making mistakes in it.

Anyone help with that? how do you remove the write-protection?

Answer:Media is write-protected

Can anyone PLEASE help me? Somehow my files became "write protected" I was able to in the pass hook up my portable HD and drag and drop files with no problem, I go today to do the same thing.. and bam I get the pop that the file is protected and to remove it and try again.. I am lost. For 5 hrs I have googled and tried everything. I am on Vista, and use an usb cord to transfer to my ext hard-drive with ease, same as I do with my black berry just a simple drag and drop never had this problem, dont know why today.
Someone/anyone know how to turn it off?
Please and THANK you in advanced!

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External 2.5" Seagate Momentus 320Gb HDD.

Recieved from my father-in-law, he says it doesn't work. So I take it and there is no power at all. I take it apart and replace the USB connector and I receive power. However, trying to initialize the disk in computer management windows 7 says "the media is write protected". Computer management labels it as a "CD-ROM", now I don't know if this might be an issue, or it just does that until the disk is initialized. I tried diskpart and modifying 'writeprotect' in the registry but neither worked.

I also loaded up Win XP x64 to try it there, but I received pretty much the same results.



Answer:The media is write-protected

Under Windows 7, launch the registry editor (press Windows Logo + R, type regedit, then press Enter). Navigate then to this registry path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Control > StorageDevicePoliciesRight click on writeprotect and select modify. Set the value data to 0, then click OK. Do the same with ControlSet001 and ControlSet002. Close the registry editor and restart your system. Try then to access your external storage device.

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Hi everyone,

I am in a bit of a pickle and am in need of your help. I have a newly built rig which I dual boot Vista HP 32bit and Win7 Ultimate 64bit. Up until about 3 days ago, I have been able to use my external USB backup drive, transfer music to my phone’s memory card, and use my thumb drives. Now every time I try to transfer something new to one of them, I get this.

“The disk is write-protected.

Remove the write-protection or use another disk”

I booted into Win7, and I was able to transfer files with no problems at all. As soon as I go back into Vista, can’t transfer or delete anything. Please help because this is really getting frustrating! If you need any more info let me know!

Answer:All my removable media is write-protected

I was able to fix it with the following registry fix.

Registry Hack to Disable Writing to USB Drives :: the How-To Geek

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I am trying to set up a Vista Business computer to send and receive faxes. Right now I am stuck on the sending part.

Every time I try to send a fax, the following error message appears: "The message could not be sent. The media is write protected".

Details: I have three new computers hooked up to a domain controller running Server 2003. Two of the computers are running Vista Business, one is running XP Professional. One of the Vista machines and the XP machine are both sending faxes with no problems. The third computer keeps giving me the aforementioned error.

- I have tried placing the folder locally (on the C drive) since we are using folder redirection for the desktop and my docs. Still, no luck.

- All the permissions seem to be set correctly, based on the permissions of the working Vista machine.

-The fax is just a new fax with the text "test" on it.

- The only difference between the two Vista machines is the brand of the 56k modem used. Could the modem be causing this>

Anyone every seen this before or have any ideas for me?


Answer:Fax: The message could not be sent. The media is write protected.

Same problem after HD D unit ("data") substitution.
I have deleted and recreated FAX account (tools -> account fax).
Then, I have reboot PC and problem is disappeared!

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Hi, everyoneI have a problem that i couldn't find a fix to it, it is really annoying My External WD HDD 640GB not initialized, but the big problem is that when i want to initialize it i get an error message says "The media is write protected"It is an external HDD so i don't think it has a turn on/off write protection switch, so how i can turn the write protection off?Note that when i use DiskPart in CMD, it doesn't show the HDD because it is not initialized, also i have tried changing the value of WriteProtect from 1 to 0 in regedit but it didn't solve the problem, in addition i'v used 3rd party programs but i keep getting that frustrating error messageHere is a picture:

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Please help me Thank you for your time, Regards.

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Hi, everyone

I have a problem that i couldn't find a fix to it, it is really annoying

My External WD HDD 640GB not initialized, but the big problem is that when i want to initialize it i get an error message says "The media is write protected"
It is an external HDD so i don't think it has a turn on/off write protection switch, so how i can turn the write protection off?

Note that when i use DiskPart in CMD, it doesn't show the HDD because it is not initialized, also i have tried changing the value of WriteProtect from 1 to 0 in regedit but it didn't solve the problem, in addition i'v used 3rd party programs but i keep getting that frustrating error message

Here is a picture:

Please help me

Thank you for your time, Regards.

Answer:(HDD not initialized) the media is write protected

Hi and Welcome to Seven Forums.

Have you run Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows?

Do run it and check your drive.

WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD VelociRaptor

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Hi, everyone

I have a problem that i couldn't find a fix to it, it is really annoying

My External WD HDD 640GB not initialized, but the big problem is that when i want to initialize it i get an error message says "The media is write protected"
It is an external HDD so i don't think it has a turn on/off write protection switch, so how i can turn the write protection off?

Note that when i use DiskPart in CMD, it doesn't show the HDD because it is not initialized, also i have tried changing the value of WriteProtect from 1 to 0 in regedit but it didn't solve the problem, in addition i'v used 3rd party programs but i keep getting that frustrating error message

Here is a picture:

Please help me :(

Thank you for your time, Regards.

Answer:(HDD not initialized) the media is write protected


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I have a machine at work that is running windows 8 64 bit. Windows had crashed so we put on a new Windows install last week, C: was formatted and reinstalled with Windows and then encrypted with bitlocker, D: was decrypted so we could get get the data off and has not been re-encrypted.

I came in this morning to find that D: could not be written to.

When trying to copy a file to it, it says:
The disk is write-protected.
Remove the write-protection or use another diskClick to expand...

I have tried the following solution
I check my user permissions and for my user I have full access.

Next we were able to successfully format D: and I didn't do a quick format, not that it may have mattered... and after that didn't work we completely replaced the drive with a different drive and it still did it.

So its not the drive, its something with my install. I don't have anything suspicious I didn't have installed before so I am not sure why it is doing this.

Thank you so much for your time! The tech just wants to format again so if I can figure this out before it comes to that then that will be awesome. It would be nice to not have to redo 2 days worth of work setting up my dev environment...

Answer:Solved: The media is write protected

Also to add confusion, if I did system restore, to before it happened, it would work until next restart? I don't know if it is just some company policy that is set up on restart or what...

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After installing an mSata SSD as my main boot drive for Windows 10 Enterprise I can no longer write to the internal HDD.
I have checked the read only status in disk part and everything is correct.
If I pull the drive from the laptop and insert it into a usb dock I can write files to just fine.
I am running out of space in the SSD and it really bugs me not being able to use my HDD.
Thanks for any input.

Answer:The media is write protected on internal HDD

Have you tried switching the internal HDD to a different SATA port when using it inside the PC enclosure/case? I'm curious if this is a property of just one SATA port or all of the available ones in your machine. If you can try plugging it into (or switching cables to use) a different SATA port, it may solve your problem (in which case you'll know it was the port) or not (in which case the drive becomes a more interesting suspect -- "interesting" because you can write to it when plugged into an external dock). For the nonce, you might want to just use it in your dock so you can write to it while we're getting this figured out.

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I hope someone can help. I have an urgent need to retrieve some essays off my son's hard drive within the next two days.

Background is my son's power supply has to go back to manufacturers for warranty claim as it failed recently taking the house electrics with it. We have three days to retrieve some essays off his MyDocuments folder to send off for uni application.

I have taken his hard drive and added it to my PC as a 'slave'.
(If instead I try to boot from it, it crashes - probably because its screen and motherboard drivers are different from my screen and motherboard? )

After booting from my HD, I can see his c: drive perfectly well in explorer (although it is now d: drive on my PC of course).
Unfortunately one of the things I could see clearly is a little padlock symbol next to the 'Documents and Settings' folder.
It would not let me access it. I tried sharing it, or adding read or full control rights, but it would not allow a change.

Unfortunately I then tried to 'Take Ownership' of this folder, as the previous owner was SYSTEM ( This was stumbling through help screens - not knowing what I was doing ) and I tried taking ownership as Administrator / baston.

Unfortunately the padlock symbol has now been replaced by a shortcut symbol, and it now gives me a shortcut to the same folder on my c: drive.

So I'm currently borked.
Anyone any idea how I can undo what I've done, and get to see its contents ?


Answer:Error accessing hard drive from 'dead' Win7 PC.

Getting a hard drive to work on another computer is a lot easier said than done.

The easiest & quickest way to get around this problem is to buy another power supply for your sons computer, they are not a major expense & are fairly easy to fit.

Reinstall his HD again & providing no damage was done to his motherboard etc., when his PSU failed, should have you up & running very quickly.

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Hey guys, my friend gave me his 1.5TB portable HDD (WD1111B or 1110B) because he said he didnt need it anymore but also the fact that it has gotten a problem i havent encountered before. I can in no way seem to be able to reformat this drive. It also doesnt seem to appear in My Computer but does appear in device manager when the drivers when installed.

I have so far tried the following things.

1. CMD Disk list (at one point it listed it and some poeple say run the command attributes disk clean readonly which didnt work and when i tried regular clean it diappeared from the list)
2. I tried WD reformatter but it it failed
3. When i tried easeUS parition master free edition comes up with this error message (There are some error occurred while writing partition chains on disk)
4. In Disk management it shows the disk is unknown, not initialized and when i choose to initialize with MBR (master boot record) it comes up with the media is write protected

Any ideas?

Answer:Cannot reformate External HDD. Media is write-protected

Hello MajorFoley!

Could you please write the model of the drive once again as what you've given is somewhat incorrect?

If when trying to Initialize the rive, it says it's write protected, the write protection has to be first removed from the device. Recently there has been a similar problem here on the forum and I gave the steps there also:

1. Open Command prompt: click Start, type command, click Command Prompt
2. Type "diskpart" and press Enter
3. Type "list volume" and press Enter
4. Type select volume #, where # is the number of the drive that's giving you the "write-protected" error
5. Type "attributes disk clear readonly" and press Enter
6. Type "exit" and press Enter

These steps should make the drive read and write enabled again. Then it can be Initialized, Partitioned and Formatted, like already explained. To see which volume you have to type in, you need to see your partitions and see what diskpart's giving as information.

This should work if the hard drive is not damaged. You could check if it has any physical damage with the WD Data Lifeguard Software:

You could also try writing zeros from top to bottom to "refresh" the drive's state and then try and Initialize it again, see if that helps.

Did anything help you?

Best of luck!


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Dear community,
My WD external harddrive has suddenly stopped working after coming from Europe. I plugged in the HD into my laptop and I noticed that it does not show up under My Computer, only under Safely Remove Hardware and Devices. So I searched forums a bit and a couple
have said that I should go to Disk Management and see if my drive is there. 
Turns out the HD is listed there, however as 'Disk 1: Unknown 1.379 GB, Not Intialized'. There is no blue bar either, it just says the size of the disk and that it is unallocated (it does not have a Volume letter).
When I start up Disk Management it gives me a notification:
Initialize Disk
You must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it.
Select Disk:
Disk 1
Use the following partition style for the selected disks:
MBR (Master Boot Record)
GPT (GUID Partition Table)
So I click on MBR and press OK, and it gives me the error 'The media is write protected'.  
So I go into the registry under 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Control > StorageDevicePolicies
and change the value in 'writeprotect' to 0, and then I reboot my computer. Same error.
I can't even reformat the disk because I cannot find such option, not that I want to really, because I have 1.2 TB worth of data on there that I want to keep so losing the information on this Drive will be quite.... frustrating.
Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Disk unable to intialize - Media is write protected

I suggest you download and run the WD disk diagnostic software. It sounds like the disc is failing(failed):

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Yesterday I copied some pics to my flash drive, it worked well. But today I get write protected error. I can't delete/change anything but I can copy them. There is NO switch on it. I tried chkdsk, says write protected too. Same problem on other comps too.I searched for this problem, nothing helped.This similar but I have another manufacturer.I tried booting from ubuntu live cd, again write protected errror. So no viruses/os can be the problem.specs: 256mbAdata, nothing else is written on it so I don't know the model.No good support on their site. 256mb isn't much but I need it.Please help.

Answer:USB flash drive "write protected" error

SOLVED!This may help you if you have such problem.I booted again to Ubuntu (why?) and formatted it. Suddenly it worked.Don't know how I or Ubuntu did it, but it works under windows too.I am sure have no viruses. Linux forever. M$ *****

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My PC got infected with a w32.virut virus.. so after searchin for a solution.. i had ir removed using symantec virut removal tool.. run the tool while my PC is at safe mode and internet off... And when its all done and restarted my pc at normal mode.. My PC keeps turning off and when i get back on and login to Admintrator acct, i keep getting this.. The Group Policy logon is denied.. The media is write protected Hope someone out here can help me out.. Thanks in advance and more power!!! xoxo

Answer:Help me plz - Group Policy logon is denied.. The media is write protected

I've sent a message to our security and malware removal specialist asking her to take a look at your problem and see if she has any suggestions. Unfortunately, though she was here when i started the message, she had logged off before I sent it so it may be a while before she responds. In the meantime, try the following:

Do you know when this problem began? Try a System Restore to a point in time BEFORE the problem began. Here's the procedure: Be sure to check the box to show more than 5 days of restore points. If the first attempt fails, then try an earlier point or two. NOTE: You will have to re-install any software and updates you installed between now and the restore point, but you can use Windows Update for the updates. Use the recovery disk if the system prompt doesn’t work. The recovery disk works a bit different from the above procedures but if you follow the prompts from the System Restore menu option with the above information you should be able to restore with no problems. This may restore the virus as well, so it may need to be removed again, but I would hold off on the procedure you used before as it seems it caused a lot of problems. Let's let our expert advise you what to do if we can at least restore you to working condition but even if we get it working again, I'd try to avoid using it as much as possible - especially going on the internet - as using it may spread the infection (but you c... Read more

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Hi Mr/Ms
drive encrypted
with BitLocker 
I used
driver for three months my computer is broken I bought a new computer    when i was try my flash disk new computer its give me this  problem 
BitLocker Drive Encryption failed to recover from an abruptly terminated conversion. This could be due to either all conversion logs being corrupted or the media being write-protected
? know my passworrd but I do not know
the BitLocker
recovery key what can i do know pls some one help me 

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How To Format This Type of Pen Drive

Answer:pen drive write protected

Error in posting... see next post

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Hello sir/maam,my USB pendrive drive is v229g 16gb pendrive and it is write protected. I want to resolve my USB problem and want to format.

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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..

Answer:usb pen drive is write protected

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I have a friend who has a aquired a 64MB USB Thumbdrive as a corporate gift. For some reason, the USB drive is write-protected. It has a small switch on it showing a closed padlock and an open one, but even when it is switched to the open one, the drive is still write protected.

How can this drive be unlocked for use?

Answer:USB Drive Write-Protected

What brand is it?? Does it prompt for a password in order to access the drive?? Maybe try going to website of the manufacturer...they might have a resolution for the problem posted on their website if it a problem they are aware of!!


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hi........... friend suggest some ans how can i operate my usb its write protected not giveing to format or install any thing or copy paste the data in that is their any rgistry or hardware issue

Answer:write protected usb drive

Is this a U3 drive? Can you access files on the drive already but not format or add to it?

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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

Answer: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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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

Answer:my usb pen drive is write protected

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

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Laptop Lenovo 4151Windows 8 pro The C-drive has become write protected.When I looked on the internet it seems that W8 has a problem when a laptop shuts down during use. W8 seems to lock the HD, ore thinks when starting up again that W8 is already running.. I've tried to unlock the HD with diskpart, but diskpart failed to clear disk attributes. What now? 

Answer:C drive write protected ?

Had a look here?

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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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Answer: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 just bought a WD 360gb external hard drive, I have vista home pre on my pc, every time i try to open or move a file to my external drive i get drive is wrie protected. as far as i know i did not do any thing to cause this can anyone help me remove thisconfused:confused

Answer:drive is write protected

One of these two should help you. I hope one of the two helps you out. Post and let us know. Seems that it can be fixed simply by removing your connection and plugging it back in after a few seconds, lets Windows find it again.

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im trying to do a low level format on my ghetto old maxtor quantium fireball hard drive, and i get this error saying "Drive write-protected. Press any key to continue..."

anyone know how to unwrite protect it?

Answer:drive write protected

Old HDD? Try looking around for a switch on the outside of the drive. Ransack the BIOS. Tell us how it goes.

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

Answer:Write protected in my pen drive

From here:

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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mine is an 1 gb pd.. pls help me. some solutions didn't wprk for me.. suggest me some

Answer:pen drive is write protected

pen drive is write protected

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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 is imp.


Answer:USB drive is write protected.


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.


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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.

Answer: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


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My Transcend 8GB usb pan drive is not format. Its showing error is "THE DISK IS WRITE PROTECTED"PLS GIVE ANY SOLUTION......


Some of their Models have a micro switch to write protect the drive.

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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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I have a 8 GB corsair survivor flash drive which is all of a sudden telling me that the device is write protected or read only. I am using the device with windows vista home edition. Any ideas.......other than trying to return it to corsair?


Answer:Write Protected Error

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I'm trying to use a CD-RW to write files directly to it. I'm told that you can do this in XP, but if I try and copy files to the E: drive it comes up with "Cannot copy ... The disk is write-protected. Remoe the write-protection or use another disk." I can use Nero to write stuff to it okay, but not with Windows explorer.I've also tried using InCD, but this will only do a "quick erase" of a disk. If I try and do a full erase or a format, it comes up with an error also.What am I doing wrong?

Answer:"Write protected" error when using CD-RWs

Use one or the other but not both. XP uses a cutdown version of Roxio Easy CD Creator which does not sit easily with Nero/InCD. If all you want is the basics uninstall Nero and you should be OK.

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I bought one of the broadband in a box kits from wanadoo yesterday. installation is supposed to be simple, you inset the cd's and follow the prompts etc.The problem is that for some reason the installation cannot create the wanadoo folder in c/programme files because it says the c drive is write protected. if i manually try to create a folder in programme files, windows stops that too. i've tried switching off the read only box in properties, but that switches itself back on again.any ideas anyone? i'm running xp home edition and norton antivirus 2005 in case that matters.

Answer:Wanadoo / write protected C drive

You need to be logged on to Win XP with Administrator rights. This may well be the problem if you are using a Limited Account.

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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.

Answer:Write-protected flash drive!

Get a new flash drive? You can try some of the stuff here: but there's a good chance that the drive has simply gone bad.

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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)

Answer:Win Xp system says Pen Drive is Write Protected

Try Unlocker

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Hi all, I have a 2Gb pen drive which was given out at a corporate function but when i pulled it in, it showed 2 drives, 1Gb each. One was full of information of a company while the other empty. The full portion is somehow write protected, everything i tried has resulted in a "disk/file/folder is write-protected" warning- I can't delete, format, cut or paste anything on it.

I want to use the whole 2Gb. Any ideas on dealing with this?

Forgot to add, it's a generic pen drive and doesn't have a slider or hold tab.

Answer:free pen drive but write protected

See if this HP Tool works

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I am having trouble writing to my A: (floppy) drive.  I can read files from a floopy disk but whenever i try to save files to the floppy drive i am told that the drive is write protected.The disks are formatted, The tab on the disk is set correctly to allow writing to the floppy disk and the disk is not full.I am able to write to the disks on another PC, I have checked the drivers for the floppy and am told by the pc that they are up-to-date.  I have also tried using a different floppy drive but still get the same message.I am using Windows 2000 professional on a Micron millenium PC with a PIII 500Mhz chip and 512Mb.Can anyone help with this problem?

Answer:write protected floppy drive

How may mb are you trying to write to the floppy disk?Have you move the plastic slider on the f/d to write to it....if you flip the f/d over before placing in the will see an unlock padlock symbol.....and a locked symbol.....

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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.

Answer: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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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 have a Kingmax USB 2.0 256MB thumb drive which appears to be write protected.I don't see any option allowing me to turn on/off write protection on the thumb drive.It was working fine all the while until recently.Have tried on different computers with different OS.Tried to format it but failed due to write protected.Norton found an virus [email protected] on the thumb drive but couldn't remove it because access is denied.Any idea? Thanks.

Answer:Thumb Drive Write Protected

go to my computer right click the drive go to properties and is  the read-write box checked??unlovedwarrior

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I have an 8 GB USB Flash Memory ( Kingstone-DataTraveller 111) , it was working fine
until one day I was trying to delete some files from it , but it didn't allow me to delete or
move any file or copy any file to it and said it is write protected , Tried to format with no
hope , still write protected
I tried the following methods to disable the protection or format but also didn't solve the
1- Check the storagedevicepolicies in the regedit and make sure the write protect value is
0 and it was already 0
2- Diskpart from Cmd to clear the readonly attributes from the usb drive
3- Several formatting softwares
4- Format using Win XP , Mac Apple OS ( My pc is win 8 enterprise )
5- Disk Management , partition assistant software
6- Boot into safe mode and trying to format
7- Almost every method on internet

the usb drive doesn't have a switch to lock or protect anything
All files on the drive is healthy and working fine and can be copied
need to mention that the usb was often used in a Radio set with USB option

so I need help to format the USB drive or diable the write protection
thanks in advance :)

Answer:Format Write protected USB Drive

If it is that much trouble why not just use a new one.

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I copied information on my Flash drive (USB) from a computer some time ago.
Now I want to use my Flash drive but am unable to delete or copy any information on this drive. Any time I want to delete or copy any information I received a messege that I should remove write protection from flash drive.

Please I want a help to remove this write protection

Answer:My Flash Drive (USB) has been write protected

Does your flash drive have a switch on it to set it read only?
Did your flash drive come with some software that can make it read-only?

If it's neither of the above, then your thumbdrive has simply gone bad. Going read-only is a common problem with flash drives.

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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

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.

Answer: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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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?

Answer:USB flash drive is write protected

Try the HP USB Disk formatting tool, click here. Use the small green download link with Free version (2 MB) on it. The others are ads!

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Hopefully someone can help me out here. I've seen some older threads, but no resolution.

I've got a 16gb HP flashdrive and I was playing around with some autorun.inf abilities with it. When I went to copy my autorun.inf to the flashdrive, it said the flash drive was write protected. I can't seem to figure out how to remove the right protection. Here is what I've done so far.

-Tried formatting it, but couldn't because its write-protected.
- I followed some info on how to remove read-only using diskpart. Blindly following directions, I removed the entire partition. So I recreated the partition, and tried to format it again, same response.
-I tried using diskpart to remove read only attributes on the disk and volume. Disk succeeds, but volume says its not supported on removable media.
- I started to follow this...

1. Open start menu, in the search bar type REGEDIT and press enter. This will open the registry editor.
2. Navigate to the following path:
Note: If the registry key StorageDevicePolicies does not exist, you will need to create it manually.
3. Highlight StorageDevicePolicies, and then create a New DWORD (32-bit) Value named as WriteProtect.
4. Double click the key WriteProtect in the right window and set the value to 0 in the Value Data Box and press OK button
5. Restart your computer and try copying files into your USB drives.Click to expand... Read more

Answer:USB Flash Drive Write-Protected

Download the bootable version of Partition Wizard. Burn the iso with Imgburn or other software that can burn an iso image. Boot the CD, delete any partition(s) on your flash drive. Make sure you are doing this to the flash drive and not your hard drive. Then repartition the flash drive and format. Fat32 works well for flash drives. NTFS also works but using this causes a lot of writes to the flash drive as NTFS is a journaling system.

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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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Hi Guys, Has anyone one got any ideas. I have a 128 MB Flash Drive that has only 106MB of data stored on it. The thing is it won't let me format it, delete or re name files or add files. When I try to do it the system tells me that "The Disk Is Write Protected".Now this confuses the hell out of me as there are no switches that can lock the drive as with an MP3 Player.Tricky

Answer:Flash Drive Write Protected

Can you tell us what model please.

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First off, I'm not very computer literate, but I can make my way around the computer.  I thought I knew a thing or two about computers until this most recent problem.  I opened iTunes in the morning and listend to some music, turned off my computer and went to work, came back that night, started up my computer again and tried to open iTunes.  That's when a small yellow exclamation/error window popped up and said the folder "iTunes" is on a locked or write-protected disk.  ....  I have iTunes and my music stored on an external Hitachi 80 gig hard drive.  I thought the problem might only be on that drive, but when I tried to download pictures into my "mypictures" folder, it also said that this drive is write protected...this is on my internal hard drive!........I have absolutely no idea what is going on....this is really annoying, and I'm in China so I can't easily take it to a computer repair center....Please help if you can.  I have a HP Pavilion zd8000 with a 3 gig processor, 2 gigs of RAM, and an 80 gig internal hard drive (that is divided into three drives: C,D and E ["my pictures is located on the E drive]).  Like I said before, I have an 80 gig Hitachi external hard drive.  Please let me know if you can help with this problem.Further information: I forgot to bring my Windows Recovery Disk (I have windows XP) with me when I came to China, but I will be going home to America for a trip soon and should be... Read more

Answer:My hard drive is write-protected....???

It's time to run the free diagnostics from the appropriate hard drive maker's site. It sounds like a S.M.A.R.T. failure notice and that is not a good sign.You might try a Linux Live CD to see if the machine is functional enough to back up your important data. the hard drive is bad, replacement is the only appropriate course of action.

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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.

Answer:Cannot format write protected pen drive.

Try this tool:

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I have a 4 GB transcend pen drive. I used it at my office and  when I wanted to delete some data from it ,it shows drive is write protected. I have an updated antivirus named guardian (from Quick Heal) and this application found no error on scanning. How my pen drive will be usable again properly ? Please help me. 

Answer:pen drive shows 'write protected'

It has to be a setting in the drive itself or a switch on the outside.What type of pen drive is it? Long, short, or skinny?

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mine don't have the 'Storage Device Policies''s it happen??thanks

Answer:flash drive write protected

Try this:

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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?

Answer:USB flash drive is write protected

Usually when this occurs it means the device has failed.

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how to format pen drive with write protected

Answer:how to format pen drive write protected

HP Software Solutions has a download that works on most USB pen drives to format them.

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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 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

Answer:Flash Drive is Write-Protected

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i bought a generic 256m pen drive and all my machines see it as removable drive but will not let me write to it. win 98se, 2000, xp all 3 say write protected no matter where the switch is, any ideas on overiding write protect?

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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.

Answer: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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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!

Answer: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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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.

Answer:Write Protected USB flash drive


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

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

Answer:USB flash drive write protected

Diether John said:

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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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!

Answer: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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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.

Answer:Write protected flash drive?

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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.

Answer: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 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!

Answer:Can't Format USB Drive - Write Protected

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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!

Answer: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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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?...


Answer:Write Protected Flash Drive

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i have a usb memory 8gb it keeps saying write protected can not use it has no write protectionhelp please

Answer:usb memory drive write protected

check that IF it has a tiny slide protect switch on the side.make and model of stick?

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downloaded ufix from pny sitebut how to format with this help

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can anybody sand me a link where i can follow the steps on how to make my flashdrive remove the "write protect" error.

Answer:Flash Drive Write Protected

I suspect you will need the password from whoever made it.

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Hi all,

Everytime I try to save anything I ge a error "write-protected". I try all the securty rights but no luck. I am running 7077 x64. So how to undo write-protected??


Answer:Any Hard Drive is Write-Protected

I had the same problem with 7077 after I had removed an account from windows. It totally stopped access to one drive.
The only way I managed to get it back was to change all of the access rights including drive owner.
it is a long process as all permissions have to be changed and inherant rights.

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

Thankx problem resolved 

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Hello, So I've had an Imation 8GB USB drive probably around 5-6 months, so fairly new. But one day my USB drive just doesn't want to receive SOME files, especially big files (I'm talking about 2GB+). The files I tried to copy were movie files and game files, it just suddenly stopped copying them. I tried formatting my USB in different ways. I also tried using the cmd trick, It said that it is not actually write-protected, it's just every time I try to copy certain files it just turns into a useless USB drive. I can still copy word documents, presentations, etc. It's like locked whenever I try to copy things besides word documents and excel and those basic things. Oh! and I also forgot to mention, there is no write-protection switch anywhere on the USB drive.
Any help?

Answer:Weird Write Protected USB Drive

If you can copy any files, you can rule out anything to do with the hardware - the only thing might be that some of the files may have a copyright protection which would stop you taking copies. Also 2 Gb is pretty large to copy onto an 8Gb media. But I'm also wondering if your media is not able to store all 8 Gb. I suggest you test it with h2testw
click here

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