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Cannot format, disk write protected

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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

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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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January 27, 2015 12:08:11 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: 


Thanks for posting this! I somehow killed my flash drive with a dd command and just couldn't get it working again. I had almost given up hope after hours of trying to fix it and then stumbled on this. One of the tools downloaded from FlashBoot did the trick.
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April 23, 2015 4:48:25 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: 

The UTILS column dosen't show any tool for my HP flash drive.
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August 6, 2015 1:01:49 PM

This is a kind-of old topic, but I thought my USB was bricked (write protect was stuck on, no matter what) and I followed these directions (after trying EVERYTHING else) and this completely fixed it.

Thank you so much Sammy Youssef, and the person who reposted his method.

:D 
Sincerely, B

Edit -
Also, my USB is a Kingston Data Traveler 3.0 - 100 G3.
Phison Format and Restore Tool v3.13 is what did the job for me. Hope this helps someone else, too.
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