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a b G Storage
December 3, 2010 10:20:46 AM

how can you format a protected disc

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a b G Storage
December 4, 2010 1:48:05 AM

Right-click on that drive in explorer, properties> security>Permissions for everyone, check Allow on Write and Full control.
YOu can download and install a low-level formatting tool, like killdisk, then run it to do a low-level format on that drive.

If it is a flash media, like a SD card, make sure the slider switch on it's side is set to Unlocked.
December 4, 2010 3:44:42 AM

Please check is there any switch beside the USB drive. Or this device is for Read-Only, such as Sales Promption.

Unless it's a rewritable cd, you can't format it. The data on cds is physically burned into the surface of the disc making it a read-only storage medium once the cd has been burned and closed. If it's a rewritable cd, then you have to use whatever burning software you have to erase the data from the disc and then burn new data onto it.

Or you may use some format tool to do this job like
a b G Storage
December 4, 2010 4:37:11 AM

If that is a CD or DVD disc which is burned without checking the "allow multi-session" (in nero you can add another files on it) - write once, you cannot do anything about it.

If it is a flash drive, their is a little switch on the side, slide it to the other side then you can format or write on it (you may need to re insert the flash drive though).