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How do i remove write protection from a usb memory stick

  • USB
  • Write Protection
  • Memory
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
January 5, 2013 3:42:32 PM

I have a memory stick that has been write protected and I want to clear the pictures and documents off of it so I can continue to use the stick. How do I do that using windows 7 pro.

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a b $ Windows 7
January 5, 2013 4:37:56 PM

slide the little switch on its side...
a b $ Windows 7
a b } Memory
January 5, 2013 6:56:59 PM


If your usb memory stick does not have a switch then the error indicated the memory chip(s)are faulty
Data recovery is expensive, probably requiring the chips to be un-soldered.

Buy a good quality replacement.

An alternative may be you formatted it in a Mac or Linux system and can't read it in a Windows PC
Though the likely 'error message' would be different.

I recently looked at a collection of USB memory sticks formatted in a Mac which could not be read in the owners Windows PC
Looking at them in another Windows 7 PC and found there were a lot of files with names starting with a . which means hidden file in Unix
Formatting as fat32 in Windows cured the problem.


Mike Barnes