How to remove writing protection from my kingston pendrive

Procedure in this page does not work
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/272402-32-flash-drive
When I try to do it, it still says "protected against writing"
What should I do?
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  1. Hi, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer our assistance. If the issue is only occurring on one computer it could have to do with the security or registry settings of that machine but if it is happening on multiple machines there is more likely an issue with the USB drive. Does formatting fail due to the write protection error as well? You can try using the diskpart command to delete the partition and then format the drive.
    Here are some basic instructions:

    Insert the drive into the USB enclosure and plug it to the pc.
    Click Start
    In Search programs and files (Windows 7, Vista) or Run (XP) and type cmd and press enter. In Windows 8, Hit Windows key + X and choose “run” and type cmd.
    In the command prompt window type diskpart then press enter.
    After "DISKPART>" appears, type 'list disk' then press enter
    Determine which disk is the USB drive under Disk ###
    Type 'select disk 5' for example if this is the Kingston drive.
    Type 'clean' (A window should pop up saying “Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk)
    Type 'create partition primary' and then enter (you will see a message that Diskpart succeeded in creating the specific partition)
    Type 'exit cmd' and then enter (the cmd box will close)

    Now, before Windows can successfully detect the drive it must first be prepped/formatted.

    1. Right click My Computer (Windows XP, 2000 SP4) or Computer ( Windows 7, Vista) and select Manage. In Windows 8, right click computer in All Apps and select Manage from the pop up menu
    2. Click on Disk Management under Storage. If you get a Welcome to new partition wizard window, follow the prompts. If not proceed to step 3.
    3. On the right Window pane, look for the SSD. May be labeled Disk followed by a number i.e., Disk 5 and will say Unallocated. Right click on it and select New Partition. Windows 7 and Vista select New Simple Volume.
    4. On the Welcome to the New Partition Wizard, click Next
    5. Click on Primary Partition and click Next. Windows 7 and Vista will not show this screen, click Next.
    6. Select the Default Partition size and click Next
    7. Assign it a drive letter or continue with the default choice and click Next
    8. Click on Format this partition with the following settings and check Perform a quick format and click Next
    Windows 7 and Vista you will see one last screen displaying all the settings that were chosen. Click on Finish. Once complete it should then be seen as a removable drive

    If these steps do not work than the drive itself may be faulty but it can be replaced under warranty. Please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

    Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.
  2. my problem is that i cant fomat my usb
    infact i was formatting my usb drive (kingston dt101 g2) whaile the power was interrupted
    now what can i do
    the pop up message says that windows was unable to format the device
  3. my kingston dt 101 g2 8 gb is not formatting the problem is that once during formatting power was interrupted now what can i do
  4. Hello mian sohaib,
    I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. In order to assist, I would need a bit more detail on the issue. If you tried the procedure I previously indicated to clean the disk with diskpart and then formatting in Disk Management and that did not work, there could be something more serious going on. We stand by our products and cover our USB drive with a 5 year warranty. We can work with you on a warranty replacement in the event it the drive is no longer functional. Please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

    Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.

    (If outside the US and Canada please check www.kingston.com/company/contacts for your local contact information)
  5. kingstonhq said:
    Hi, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer our assistance. If the issue is only occurring on one computer it could have to do with the security or registry settings of that machine but if it is happening on multiple machines there is more likely an issue with the USB drive. Does formatting fail due to the write protection error as well? You can try using the diskpart command to delete the partition and then format the drive.
    Here are some basic instructions:

    Insert the drive into the USB enclosure and plug it to the pc.
    Click Start
    In Search programs and files (Windows 7, Vista) or Run (XP) and type cmd and press enter. In Windows 8, Hit Windows key + X and choose “run” and type cmd.
    In the command prompt window type diskpart then press enter.
    After "DISKPART>" appears, type 'list disk' then press enter
    Determine which disk is the USB drive under Disk ###
    Type 'select disk 5' for example if this is the Kingston drive.
    Type 'clean' (A window should pop up saying “Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk)
    Type 'create partition primary' and then enter (you will see a message that Diskpart succeeded in creating the specific partition)
    Type 'exit cmd' and then enter (the cmd box will close)

    Now, before Windows can successfully detect the drive it must first be prepped/formatted.

    1. Right click My Computer (Windows XP, 2000 SP4) or Computer ( Windows 7, Vista) and select Manage. In Windows 8, right click computer in All Apps and select Manage from the pop up menu
    2. Click on Disk Management under Storage. If you get a Welcome to new partition wizard window, follow the prompts. If not proceed to step 3.
    3. On the right Window pane, look for the SSD. May be labeled Disk followed by a number i.e., Disk 5 and will say Unallocated. Right click on it and select New Partition. Windows 7 and Vista select New Simple Volume.
    4. On the Welcome to the New Partition Wizard, click Next
    5. Click on Primary Partition and click Next. Windows 7 and Vista will not show this screen, click Next.
    6. Select the Default Partition size and click Next
    7. Assign it a drive letter or continue with the default choice and click Next
    8. Click on Format this partition with the following settings and check Perform a quick format and click Next
    Windows 7 and Vista you will see one last screen displaying all the settings that were chosen. Click on Finish. Once complete it should then be seen as a removable drive

    If these steps do not work than the drive itself may be faulty but it can be replaced under warranty. Please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

    Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.
  6. I have a kingston 8gb pendrive. When i try to format the pendrive then it shows an error "The disk is write protected". How can i format my pendrive? Please help me & tell me the proper solution of it. Thanx
  7. kingstonhq said:
    Hi, I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support and would like to offer our assistance. If the issue is only occurring on one computer it could have to do with the security or registry settings of that machine but if it is happening on multiple machines there is more likely an issue with the USB drive. Does formatting fail due to the write protection error as well? You can try using the diskpart command to delete the partition and then format the drive.
    Here are some basic instructions:

    Insert the drive into the USB enclosure and plug it to the pc.
    Click Start
    In Search programs and files (Windows 7, Vista) or Run (XP) and type cmd and press enter. In Windows 8, Hit Windows key + X and choose “run” and type cmd.
    In the command prompt window type diskpart then press enter.
    After "DISKPART>" appears, type 'list disk' then press enter
    Determine which disk is the USB drive under Disk ###
    Type 'select disk 5' for example if this is the Kingston drive.
    Type 'clean' (A window should pop up saying “Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk)
    Type 'create partition primary' and then enter (you will see a message that Diskpart succeeded in creating the specific partition)
    Type 'exit cmd' and then enter (the cmd box will close)

    Now, before Windows can successfully detect the drive it must first be prepped/formatted.

    1. Right click My Computer (Windows XP, 2000 SP4) or Computer ( Windows 7, Vista) and select Manage. In Windows 8, right click computer in All Apps and select Manage from the pop up menu
    2. Click on Disk Management under Storage. If you get a Welcome to new partition wizard window, follow the prompts. If not proceed to step 3.
    3. On the right Window pane, look for the SSD. May be labeled Disk followed by a number i.e., Disk 5 and will say Unallocated. Right click on it and select New Partition. Windows 7 and Vista select New Simple Volume.
    4. On the Welcome to the New Partition Wizard, click Next
    5. Click on Primary Partition and click Next. Windows 7 and Vista will not show this screen, click Next.
    6. Select the Default Partition size and click Next
    7. Assign it a drive letter or continue with the default choice and click Next
    8. Click on Format this partition with the following settings and check Perform a quick format and click Next
    Windows 7 and Vista you will see one last screen displaying all the settings that were chosen. Click on Finish. Once complete it should then be seen as a removable drive

    If these steps do not work than the drive itself may be faulty but it can be replaced under warranty. Please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

    Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.


    I tried this method but the Diskpart says "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error" when i tried to clean my kingston DTIG4/32GB pendrive. Any response would be very helpful. Thanks.
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