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How to remove write protection from 8gb sandisk

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June 4, 2012 12:07:20 PM
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June 4, 2012 3:35:47 PM

The first thing that I usually try in Windows 7 (assuming the drive does not have a physical lock and if a flash drive it is not really old and worn out preventing further writes) is to set the Win 7 registry key to allow writes.

Login as an administrator on the computer. Open regedit.exe by typing that in the start search box. Navigate to this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
You might need to create the key StorageDevicePolicies if it does not exist yet.
Select the StorageDevicePolicies key with a right-click into the right window.
Select New > Dword (32-bit) Value from the menu and name the new entry WriteProtect.
Double-click the new WriteProtect key and change the value to 0. If you want it to be read only you can change it back to a value of 1.
Save the key changes by clicking OK after each.
Restart your computer and then attach and test the USB device.

There is one other thing that I use if that fails in Windows 7 (older versions use a different syntax), and it has always worked. Plug the device in, perhaps into a different USB port, then use diskpart to change its attributes:

Open the command prompt box with right click and run as administrator

Type each of these commands one at a time in this order:
diskpart
list volume
select volume n (where n = the problem volume)
attributes disk clear readonly
attributes volume clear readonly

After each of the last two you should get a response that it was successful.
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