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Broken: How to remove write protection from USB drive in Windows 8
If you want to remove write protection from your USB drive, refer to the instructions below.
What is Write Protection & Disable Write Protection
Sometimes, virus gets attached to your pen drive and it becomes write protected i.e. you can’t copy anything into it although you can read it and copy data from USB device to hard disk. The above picture is about such an error.
Some devices also has a write protection switch in its hardware part like the following
Different Solutions to this Problem
Most frequently this problem can be solved using registry editing
Type regedit into it & press enter & allow it by pressing Yes
Registry editor has been started & expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Expand SYSTEM & go to SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control
Search for StorageDevicePolicies & change value of WriteProtect to 0
Format USB drive
If the usb drive is still "Write protected” then you may perform a "low-level format” on the drive. Download this software to perform the "low-level format” of the USB drive. Insert your drive & apply format
After format it may not work. But don’t worry. Do the following
Click Open Disk Management Console & format the device
Select the correct drive, right click on it & apply format. You are free to select any volume name or file system for formatting.
Search for a "lock switch”
Some USB drives have a lock switch that prevents you to make ANY changes to its content. In such cases consult the handbook provided or examine the USB drive. Once you find the switch, you can easily unlock and remove the write protection from your drive.
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