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January 7, 2013 11:47:00 PM

Hello I got 2gb USB as a gift sort of item (it is a usb attached to a carved piece of wood so there is no lock to turn on or off and also no well to tell manufacturer). It stopped working after I was quickly transferring files from my desktop to laptop without using the safe eject method - I rarely use this method as I never had any problems before and I was in a rush, but this time something seems to have broken the drive. Since it is unique I've been trying to salvage it but absolutely nothing is working.

Here is just a short list of the methods that have NOT worked...
1. windows format (first few times it just said windows couldn't format it, after awhile it stopped trying giving error message that the disk is write protected)

2. going to regedit and changing write protect to 0 (At first the device policies wasn't showing up but after awhile it did, I changed the value but nothing was fixed and I still get the write protected error)

3. running apacer repair (it cannot find the disk)

4. using disk management to delete and recreate the partition (I cannot select a delete option)

5. using hdd low level format tool (I automatically get numerous format errors occurred at offset)

6. using disable usb write (didn't seem to do anything)

7. using hs2.0 utility lformat (device not found)

8. using cmd prompt (says the file system is RAW and says the volume is write protected)

9. using hp windows format utility (at first just failed, now doesn't even try saying disk is write protected)

10. restarting computer using boot options screen to use cmd prompt (fails)

I'm also sure there are more programs I tried. I've basically searched google for a few hours and tried every highly rated suggestion, none of them worked. I don't have any important files on the drive, I just want to be able to use it again :( 

ps. Not sure if it matters but I am running windows 8 pro, and my friend also sent me the link to the product so you can see what it looks like

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87394395/world-tree-2-g-usb...

I'm thinking of just pulling out the usb and trying to replace it or something
January 9, 2013 1:52:16 AM

<1>. Remove the write protection at first.
Professional speaking, write protection is a function that can only allow one to read the inner data instead of any changes to the inner data, including format it. Therefore, you have no choice but to remove it at first for all your following operation.
If you cannot find the general switch on one side of this USB to unlock it, you should try this:
***** How to Remove Write Protection from a USB Drive *****
<2>. Recover your data.
After all these operation to your drive, your inner data may be damaged or inaccessible. Therefore, your best bet is to apply a free drive recovery tool to help you recover the data. Actually, this freeware has helped me recover my inaccessible data from my drive. It is really worth trying.
<3>. Format this drive to make it normal.
Good luck!
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March 19, 2014 5:39:21 PM

If the problem is persistent with the drive and you still can't copy files to it or format it after:-

1- You tried removing read-only permission from the drive properties
2- You tried formatting from Windows
3- You tried formatting from CMD using DISKPART
4- You tried editing the Registry solution (for WriteProtect word)
5- You tried the different free online tools like HDD LL Format tool and HP Format Tool

Then your drive is corrupt and needs the internal chipset S/W to be flashed, i.e. repairing the USB software. The steps below will lead you to get a small program to run on your USB memory-stick which is specific to your MANUFACTURER (make) and PRODUCT (model). If you don't want to go through the headache of the manufacturer's technical support then do it yourself as follows (which I source from here):-
1- Get Chip Genius portable application from here which you will use to find the VID and PID of the USB stick chip.
2- Search for the tool to repair your USB stick S/W from FlashBoot website . Search using your VID and PID from the previous step.
3- Search on Google for the name of the application you find in the "UTILS" column in the page from step 2 and the first link on Google Results (usually) will take you back to the FlashBoot website to download the utility to get your USB drive repaired.

It worked for me for my Kingston Data Traveler flash drive. It didn't work with all the common options for fixing the USB drive having "write protected", but the above solution I found after hours and hours of searching online and asking my computer-geeks colleagues.

Hope this helps! :bounce: 
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June 7, 2014 8:15:14 AM

Samy Youssef said:
If the problem is persistent with the drive and you still can't copy files to it or format it after:-

1- You tried removing read-only permission from the drive properties
2- You tried formatting from Windows
3- You tried formatting from CMD using DISKPART
4- You tried editing the Registry solution (for WriteProtect word)
5- You tried the different free online tools like HDD LL Format tool and HP Format Tool

Then your drive is corrupt and needs the internal chipset S/W to be flashed, i.e. repairing the USB software. The steps below will lead you to get a small program to run on your USB memory-stick which is specific to your MANUFACTURER (make) and PRODUCT (model). If you don't want to go through the headache of the manufacturer's technical support then do it yourself as follows (which I source from here):-
1- Get Chip Genius portable application from here which you will use to find the VID and PID of the USB stick chip.
2- Search for the tool to repair your USB stick S/W from FlashBoot website . Search using your VID and PID from the previous step.
3- Search on Google for the name of the application you find in the "UTILS" column in the page from step 2 and the first link on Google Results (usually) will take you back to the FlashBoot website to download the utility to get your USB drive repaired.

It worked for me for my Kingston Data Traveler flash drive. It didn't work with all the common options for fixing the USB drive having "write protected", but the above solution I found after hours and hours of searching online and asking my computer-geeks colleagues.

Hope this helps! :bounce: 



Man .. You Are Awesome... !! really !!
my friend says the PD was wasted.. but i followed your steps & recover it.. !!!
thanx for the posting man.. !!! :) 
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