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Every Flash Drive Read only and write protecetd

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January 27, 2013 4:12:25 PM

Hello,
Every Flash drive I plug in my computer it says that it is write protected. It won't let me copy information to it at all. I can plug them into my other computer and they work fine. Thank you in advance for your help.
January 27, 2013 5:23:58 PM

bruce_d39 said:
Hello,
Every Flash drive I plug in my computer it says that it is write protected. It won't let me copy information to it at all. I can plug them into my other computer and they work fine. Thank you in advance for your help.


I have tried the safe mode reformat too and it said that it could not format because it was write protected. I have also tried a low level format which did not work either.
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February 5, 2013 9:21:53 PM

I couldn't figure out how to do this either, but then I found the eHow page for it!
http://www.ehow.com/how_5103741_reformat-flash-drive-ma...

This works! it's great :D  It's really simple - just go into 'utilities' -> 'disk utility' -> 'erase' -> then it should be all good

N.B. Before you 'erase' they external drive, make sure you have a copy of the files elsewhere, otherwise they will be 'erased'
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