How to remove write protected from usb

Whenever I try to transfer data to usb I get the message: write protected or use another disk.
Would you please help solve this problem?
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  1. Most have a physical switch that you just need to slide to change this setting, but if that isn't the case, read through this forum post.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271260-32-write-protection
  2. I have recently had this problem with my Cn 32GB memory device on Windows XP.

    Thank to this and other forums I managed to reformat it as below:-

    1. Open a DOS command window: Start>run and type cmd then click 'OK'
    2. Type: format <drive>: where <drive> is the drive letter assigned to the memory stick shown in Windows Explorer.
    3. At message: "Insert new disk ....." press 'Enter' key.
    4. At message "Format cannot run because volume is in use ........ would you like to force a dismount on this volume? <Y/N>" press the 'Y' key.

    USB devise will then be reformatted and usable in Windows XP.

    NOTE: ALL DATA ON THE USB DEVICE WILL BE DELETED.

    Hope this helps others.

    John Bicknell
    Lancashire, England
  3. in this case the Open a DOS command window cannot be highlighted. what do i do
  4. this did not work it still says its protected
  5. I have trolled through this website looking for a solution and I finally found a way to keep my files so I wouldn't lose any of my data (I wasn't about to format my drive and lose 500gb of work)! I wrote up instructions of how I solved my problem here:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/297113-32-write-protection-toshiba-external-hard-drive#10539029

    Hope it helps.
  6. jcbicknell said:
    I have recently had this problem with my Cn 32GB memory device on Windows XP.

    Thank to this and other forums I managed to reformat it as below:-

    1. Open a DOS command window: Start>run and type cmd then click 'OK'
    2. Type: format <drive>: where <drive> is the drive letter assigned to the memory stick shown in Windows Explorer.
    3. At message: "Insert new disk ....." press 'Enter' key.
    4. At message "Format cannot run because volume is in use ........ would you like to force a dismount on this volume? <Y/N>" press the 'Y' key.

    USB devise will then be reformatted and usable in Windows XP.

    NOTE: ALL DATA ON THE USB DEVICE WILL BE DELETED.

    Hope this helps others.

    John Bicknell
    Lancashire, England


    hi john but i dunno how to check my drive name it came out with invalid drive specification so if my drive name is KEITH (:E) how should i write thanks ^^
  7. floku said:
    Whenever I try to transfer data to usb I get the message: write protected or use another disk.
    Would you please help solve this problem?
  8. I need an answer for the same question of the USB Flash failing
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