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November 24, 2011 10:39:04 PM

I need to remove the "write protection" on my 64GB USB storage disk. I have too much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here. I cannot write to it OR download from it. There is not a mechanical up or down flip switch. How it got write protected is beyond me. I only noticed this because my user profile became corrupted and I wanted to reinstall the programs from my USB drive back onto my profile. It says it is write protected and to remove it or use another disk. I don't have another disk. I'm using Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 GHz.

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February 25, 2013 6:39:55 PM

henry56277 said:
hello short and sweet, i need to remove the " write protection " on my 64 gb usb storage disk. i have tooooo much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here and i cannot write to it OR download from it. there is NOT a mechanical up or down flip switch only to plug and play and thats all there is to it. how it got write protected is beyond me. i only noticed this bcuz my user profile had gotten corrupt and i wanted to reinstall the programs from my usb drive back onto my profile. says it write protected and to remove it or use another disk. i dont have another disk or anything. im using windows Xp pro, service pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 ghz . please help- me folks thanks in advance, HB


I have found an old solution that worked on my 64 gig USB drive. No need to modify registry or download software. Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Good luck!
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February 25, 2013 6:41:28 PM

Sorry slight typo.. the command is ATTRIBUTES
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April 5, 2013 7:38:17 AM

henry56277 said:
hello short and sweet, i need to remove the " write protection " on my 64 gb usb storage disk. i have tooooo much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here and i cannot write to it OR download from it. there is NOT a mechanical up or down flip switch only to plug and play and thats all there is to it. how it got write protected is beyond me. i only noticed this bcuz my user profile had gotten corrupt and i wanted to reinstall the programs from my usb drive back onto my profile. says it write protected and to remove it or use another disk. i dont have another disk or anything. im using windows Xp pro, service pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 ghz . please help- me folks thanks in advance, HB


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May 13, 2013 9:41:03 AM

henry56277 said:
hello short and sweet, i need to remove the " write protection " on my 64 gb usb storage disk. i have tooooo much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here and i cannot write to it OR download from it. there is NOT a mechanical up or down flip switch only to plug and play and thats all there is to it. how it got write protected is beyond me. i only noticed this bcuz my user profile had gotten corrupt and i wanted to reinstall the programs from my usb drive back onto my profile. says it write protected and to remove it or use another disk. i dont have another disk or anything. im using windows Xp pro, service pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 ghz . please help- me folks thanks in advance, HB


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June 7, 2013 1:33:22 AM

henry56277 said:
hello short and sweet, i need to remove the " write protection " on my 64 gb usb storage disk. i have tooooo much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here and i cannot write to it OR download from it. there is NOT a mechanical up or down flip switch only to plug and play and thats all there is to it. how it got write protected is beyond me. i only noticed this bcuz my user profile had gotten corrupt and i wanted to reinstall the programs from my usb drive back onto my profile. says it write protected and to remove it or use another disk. i dont have another disk or anything. im using windows Xp pro, service pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 ghz . please help- me folks thanks in advance, HB


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July 7, 2013 1:31:14 PM

wiseman378 said:
Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter> Good luck!


This is the first fix that actually worked! Thanks!
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September 3, 2013 9:04:51 PM

I have tried for a few days to remove write protection from a friend's pny 64gb flash drive...to no avail with all of the non-solutions that are all over the web claiming to remove write protection. I have finally found something that worked and very quickly at that! Don't listen to any of the regedit crap or command prompt jazz. download the program Ufix-II from the link below...It gave me an error the first time I ran it but the second time it worked in seconds!! It also says that it only works for drives up to 32gb, but I used it on a 64gb and it still worked perfectly!! Found the real solution on the Techspot website!!! It is an .rar file so you will also need winrar, 7zip or another program that opens .rar files

http://www.pny.com.tw/index.php?cls=2&mode=download

Hope this helps anyone in need!!!
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February 25, 2014 10:15:08 AM

Remove Windoze, install Linux. Win7 had too many stupid surprises for me, like copying between usb disks can freeze system, like your browser using shockwave can freeze system, and like opening an image file with irvanview can make your task bar disappear, like IE an use 90% CPU, etc etc etc.

There is a file called fixpart.zip on a Skydrive that fixes the RO disk problem.
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March 26, 2014 1:41:32 AM

wiseman378 said:
henry56277 said:
hello short and sweet, i need to remove the " write protection " on my 64 gb usb storage disk. i have tooooo much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here and i cannot write to it OR download from it. there is NOT a mechanical up or down flip switch only to plug and play and thats all there is to it. how it got write protected is beyond me. i only noticed this bcuz my user profile had gotten corrupt and i wanted to reinstall the programs from my usb drive back onto my profile. says it write protected and to remove it or use another disk. i dont have another disk or anything. im using windows Xp pro, service pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 ghz . please help- me folks thanks in advance, HB


I have found an old solution that worked on my 64 gig USB drive. No need to modify registry or download software. Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Good luck!


How do you find volume?
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June 22, 2014 1:01:48 AM

useless, buy another one.
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June 22, 2014 1:10:01 AM

deyamag said:
useless, buy another one.


I disagree 100%.

This worked:

wiseman378 said:
Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>


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June 27, 2014 11:32:38 PM

Morning all, I'm having the same problem. Purchased an Olkya 16GB usb yesterday was able to copy onto usb, go to use it this morning and it says it is write protected. I have tried the following where Volume X = 4.

Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>


Is it something I have done? Don't really want to go out and have to buy another. Help is much appreciated.
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July 9, 2014 2:53:09 AM

wiseman378 said:
henry56277 said:
hello short and sweet, i need to remove the " write protection " on my 64 gb usb storage disk. i have tooooo much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here and i cannot write to it OR download from it. there is NOT a mechanical up or down flip switch only to plug and play and thats all there is to it. how it got write protected is beyond me. i only noticed this bcuz my user profile had gotten corrupt and i wanted to reinstall the programs from my usb drive back onto my profile. says it write protected and to remove it or use another disk. i dont have another disk or anything. im using windows Xp pro, service pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 ghz . please help- me folks thanks in advance, HB


I have found an old solution that worked on my 64 gig USB drive. No need to modify registry or download software. Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Good luck!


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July 9, 2014 2:58:52 AM

SORRY TRIED EACH AND EVERY STEP AS U SAID UNTIL FINAL STEP IT IS OKAY BUT IN THE FINAL STEP WHILE TYPING ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAN READONLY I AM GETTING THE LIST OF COMMANDS PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS AND HELP ME OUT OF THIS
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July 10, 2014 6:38:21 PM

dp_rc said:
SORRY TRIED EACH AND EVERY STEP AS U SAID UNTIL FINAL STEP IT IS OKAY BUT IN THE FINAL STEP WHILE TYPING ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAN READONLY I AM GETTING THE LIST OF COMMANDS PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS AND HELP ME OUT OF THIS


I have just found this site and had a similar result to you. I had NOT typed SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the number of the drive previously shown. I had neglected to type select. Then make sure that you spell attributes with an U in it. It all worked for me when I followed the instructions.
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July 11, 2014 11:37:20 AM

Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTUES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Worked For me
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July 11, 2014 11:40:26 AM

Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case it was Volume 5
type ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Try Once more
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August 4, 2014 2:24:47 PM

format disk NTFS . this worked for me
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August 14, 2014 6:46:27 PM

wiseman378 said:
henry56277 said:
hello short and sweet, i need to remove the " write protection " on my 64 gb usb storage disk. i have tooooo much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here and i cannot write to it OR download from it. there is NOT a mechanical up or down flip switch only to plug and play and thats all there is to it. how it got write protected is beyond me. i only noticed this bcuz my user profile had gotten corrupt and i wanted to reinstall the programs from my usb drive back onto my profile. says it write protected and to remove it or use another disk. i dont have another disk or anything. im using windows Xp pro, service pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 ghz . please help- me folks thanks in advance, HB


I have found an old solution that worked on my 64 gig USB drive. No need to modify registry or download software. Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Good luck!


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August 14, 2014 6:48:46 PM

Hello Wiseman378... Your solution was right on the mark! Thanks for the easiest way to fix this horrible little problem...(u d man) ! Thanks
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September 14, 2014 2:20:04 AM

BobEagle said:
Hello Wiseman378... Your solution was right on the mark! Thanks for the easiest way to fix this horrible little problem...(u d man) ! Thanks

Hi, all.
But my problem is not fixed yet
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September 14, 2014 2:31:12 AM

Windows 7 is asking me to fix usb disk. I am allowed, he fixed it. Since then, my usb drive is "write protected". I spent the procedure, I have see a prompt that the write protect has been removed. Nevertheless, it is still "write protected"
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October 11, 2014 12:33:03 PM

Thanks to wiseman378 for the "diskpart" solution however I have found this to be a temporary fix. Somehow, my external drive becomes write protected again and I redo the "diskpart" script. It defeats trying to run auto backups. Anyone have a permanent fix?
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October 15, 2014 9:31:48 PM

Mitch1234 said:
wiseman378 said:
henry56277 said:
hello short and sweet, i need to remove the " write protection " on my 64 gb usb storage disk. i have tooooo much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here and i cannot write to it OR download from it. there is NOT a mechanical up or down flip switch only to plug and play and thats all there is to it. how it got write protected is beyond me. i only noticed this bcuz my user profile had gotten corrupt and i wanted to reinstall the programs from my usb drive back onto my profile. says it write protected and to remove it or use another disk. i dont have another disk or anything. im using windows Xp pro, service pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 ghz . please help- me folks thanks in advance, HB


I have found an old solution that worked on my 64 gig USB drive. No need to modify registry or download software. Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Good luck!


How do you find volume?


type in: list volume after you get to diskpart
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October 26, 2014 4:36:31 PM

wiseman378 said:
henry56277 said:
hello short and sweet, i need to remove the " write protection " on my 64 gb usb storage disk. i have tooooo much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here and i cannot write to it OR download from it. there is NOT a mechanical up or down flip switch only to plug and play and thats all there is to it. how it got write protected is beyond me. i only noticed this bcuz my user profile had gotten corrupt and i wanted to reinstall the programs from my usb drive back onto my profile. says it write protected and to remove it or use another disk. i dont have another disk or anything. im using windows Xp pro, service pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 ghz . please help- me folks thanks in advance, HB


I have found an old solution that worked on my 64 gig USB drive. No need to modify registry or download software. Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Good luck!

I tried this but didnt work, after the attributes disk clear readonly step i got the message "Disk attributes cleared successfully." My flash drive was still write protected afterwards though
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October 28, 2014 8:19:14 PM

same problem dear.. I have tried everything but no permanent solution got yet :(  :( :??: 
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November 12, 2014 10:40:58 AM

wiseman378 said:
henry56277 said:
hello short and sweet, i need to remove the " write protection " on my 64 gb usb storage disk. i have tooooo much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here and i cannot write to it OR download from it. there is NOT a mechanical up or down flip switch only to plug and play and thats all there is to it. how it got write protected is beyond me. i only noticed this bcuz my user profile had gotten corrupt and i wanted to reinstall the programs from my usb drive back onto my profile. says it write protected and to remove it or use another disk. i dont have another disk or anything. im using windows Xp pro, service pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 ghz . please help- me folks thanks in advance, HB


I have found an old solution that worked on my 64 gig USB drive. No need to modify registry or download software. Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Good luck!

thank you it work
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December 8, 2014 4:56:55 AM

this has solved my problem.... tnx
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Method 3 of 7: Adjusting the Registry (Windows)
1Understand the risks. Windows operating systems have a "registry" which contains a great deal of important information. An error here could be making all memory cards and USB drives read-only. While the steps below will safely locate and correct this problem if present, do not change any other settings inside the registry editor, or you could make your operating system unusable.
Backing up your registry is recommended before editing it.
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2Open the registry editor. You can access the registry editor by entering regedit into the Search field in your Start menu. Windows 8 users can type regedit when viewing the Start screen. Press enter on your keyboard to search, then open "Registry Editor" when it appears.
If you can't find it, try searching for registry error or registry errors instead.
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3Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. This folder can be found in the Computer section of the registry editor, in the left frame. Click the arrow next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to expand the folder.
4Navigate to the correct folder. Inside the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, find and open the SYSTEM folder, then CurrentControlSet, then Control. Finally, scroll down until you find the StorageDevicePolicies folder. If this folder does not exist, see the next step.
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5Create the StorageDevicePolicies folder if it doesn’t exist. If you cannot find the StorageDevicePolicies folder, then you will need to create one before continuing. Right-click in the blank space in the Control folder. Select New, and then Key. Label it StorageDevicePolicies without spaces, exactly as shown here.
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6Change or create the "WriteProtect" entry to 0. Double click on the "WriteProtect" key in the StorageDevicePolicies folder. Change the “Value data” field from 1 to 0. Press OK. If you created a new StorageDevicePolicies folder, follow these steps instead:
Open the new StorageDevicePolicies folder, then right-click in a blank space. Select New, and then DWORD (32-bit) value. Name the new file WriteProtect. Double-click WriteProtect to open it, and put 0 in the value field. Press OK.
You must type each entry exactly, including capitalization, otherwise the key will not work.
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7Reboot your computer. In order for the registry changes to take effect, you will need to reboot your computer. Save all of your work before rebooting.
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December 8, 2014 4:57:09 AM

Method 3 of 7: Adjusting the Registry (Windows)
1Understand the risks. Windows operating systems have a "registry" which contains a great deal of important information. An error here could be making all memory cards and USB drives read-only. While the steps below will safely locate and correct this problem if present, do not change any other settings inside the registry editor, or you could make your operating system unusable.
Backing up your registry is recommended before editing it.
Disable Write Protection Step 2 Version 2.jpg
2Open the registry editor. You can access the registry editor by entering regedit into the Search field in your Start menu. Windows 8 users can type regedit when viewing the Start screen. Press enter on your keyboard to search, then open "Registry Editor" when it appears.
If you can't find it, try searching for registry error or registry errors instead.
Disable Write Protection Step 3 Version 2.jpg
3Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. This folder can be found in the Computer section of the registry editor, in the left frame. Click the arrow next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE to expand the folder.
4Navigate to the correct folder. Inside the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, find and open the SYSTEM folder, then CurrentControlSet, then Control. Finally, scroll down until you find the StorageDevicePolicies folder. If this folder does not exist, see the next step.
Disable Write Protection Step 5 Version 2.jpg
5Create the StorageDevicePolicies folder if it doesn’t exist. If you cannot find the StorageDevicePolicies folder, then you will need to create one before continuing. Right-click in the blank space in the Control folder. Select New, and then Key. Label it StorageDevicePolicies without spaces, exactly as shown here.
Disable Write Protection Step 4 Version 2.jpg
6Change or create the "WriteProtect" entry to 0. Double click on the "WriteProtect" key in the StorageDevicePolicies folder. Change the “Value data” field from 1 to 0. Press OK. If you created a new StorageDevicePolicies folder, follow these steps instead:
Open the new StorageDevicePolicies folder, then right-click in a blank space. Select New, and then DWORD (32-bit) value. Name the new file WriteProtect. Double-click WriteProtect to open it, and put 0 in the value field. Press OK.
You must type each entry exactly, including capitalization, otherwise the key will not work.
Disable Write Protection Step 6 Version 2.jpg
7Reboot your computer. In order for the registry changes to take effect, you will need to reboot your computer. Save all of your work before rebooting.
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January 14, 2015 5:42:31 AM

THANK YOU VERY MUCH Gbenga Famodun.It works MAN ! thank you more !
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January 31, 2015 8:24:03 AM

go to properties of the device -> sharing -> advanced sharing -> permission -> check all the tickbox -> apply/ok. this work for me
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February 6, 2015 5:38:26 AM

I have found an old solution that worked on my 64 gig USB drive. No need to modify registry or download software. Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Good luck!

This work for me. To the people whose USB are still write-protected after having done this, try unplug the USB and plug it in again.
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February 24, 2015 1:14:59 PM

dg27 said:
wiseman378 said:
Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter> Good luck!


This is the first fix that actually worked! Thanks!

This fix has acctualy made my thumb drive useless. System no longer reconizes it '


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April 8, 2015 7:28:21 AM

Right click the drive
> Properties
> Sharing
> Advanced Sharing
> check Share This Folder
> Permissions
> check Full Control under Allow column
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