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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 26, 2013 6:15:29 PM

I tried to save a file on my usb memory stick and it said I needed to remove the write-protection. Can someone tell me how to do this?

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January 26, 2013 6:27:57 PM

A) Insert the memory stick into the computer
Go to My Computer and under Devices with Removable Storage look for your card reader
Right-click on it and click Properties
In the pop-up box, sometimes there's an option to Remove write-protection. Change the status of this option and try again.

B) Remove your memory stick from the drive
Click Start > Run...
In the box type regedit and press OK
A new window will appear. Go to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
If you can't locate StorageDevicePolicies then you will need to create this folder
Right-click on Control and click on New > Key. Name this StorageDevicePolicies
Right-click on the new folder you created called StorageDevicePolicies and click New > DWORD Value.
Name this WriteProtect
Double-click on Write Protect and change the Value Data to 0 and then click OK
Close the Registry Editor and insert the memory stick into your computer


If there's nothing on it, you can always Right click on the flash drive them select Format > Quick Format (takes 2 seconds)
a b $ Windows 7
January 26, 2013 6:31:39 PM

look on the stick for a tiny would likely say write protect on/off.