A USB Stick is said to be write-protected when you are not able to make any changes in the contents of it. Neither you are able to send any file or folder into it nor can you delete or cut any files or folder already present in it. So in this article I will be showing how to erase a write-protected USB Stick so that you won’t have to waste your money buying a new USB Stick. Here is a list of best methods that can be used to repair and erase a write-protected USB stick.
NOTE: – You can try each and every method listed below and see which one of the methods work. Not all method will work with every USB stick. So, in order to erase a write-protected USB stick, you can try all the methods and see which one works for you.
Methods to erase a write protected USB Stick
1) Using Registry Editor
While trying this method, you would be making changes into the Windows Registry, so implement this method with a great caution. Making any mistake here could lead to problems with operating system. You are also advised to back up your registry before starting this method.
- Click on the Start menu and type regedit OR Press Win+R for Run Command Box and type regedit and hit enter to open the Registry Editor.
- Next you have to go into the directory “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control”. To go there, click on the arrow corresponding to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” in order to expand it. Open the SYSTEM folder inside it. Then open the CurrentControlSet inside it and then go into it to access control as shown in below screenshot.
- Then finally access the folder “StorageDevicePolicies”. And then double-click the “WriteProtect” key in it. Change the “Value Data” field from “1”(One) to “0”(Zero) by right clicking on the “WriteProtect” key and select “Modify…”.
- In case this folder doesn’t exists, create one by right clicking on the “Control” folder and select “New” and then select “Key” from the drop-down menu.
- Name it as “StorageDevicePolicies” exactly as shown here without space. Keep the Capitals and smalls intact as shown or you can just directly copy from here.
- Open your newly created folder and create the new “DWORD (32 bit) value” and name it as “WriteProtect” without space.
- Now right click on the “WriteProtect” key and select “Modify…” and put “0” (zero) in “Value Data” field and Select Base as Hexadecimal.
- Now all you need to do is to Eject the pen drive and again plugin it in your computer and try to copy any file.
- Or you can simply restart your computer in order to let the effect of the changes take place.
In all probability this method should work for most of the cases, Let me know show you the next best method
2) Remove Write protection from USB using CMD
- Open the Command prompt by clicking on the start menu and then typing “cmd” in the search text box.
- Once command prompt is open, type the “DISKPART” and hit enter. This will give you access to the Disk Partitioning tool.
- Now, you need to type the command “LIST DISK” to see the list of available disks on your computer. The name of the disk must be appearing like Disk 0 or Disk 1. You can identify your USB stick by the corresponding memory size. For e.g. in the below screenshot, the 7441 MB disk is the USB stick which we will format, its a 8 GB Pen drive.
- Now select your disk by typing the command “SELECT DISK x” as shown in the above screenshot. Replace the x with the disk number corresponding to your USB stick. Don’t make a mistake here as that will mean selecting wrong disk and applying further operations on that.
- Next thing is to type “ATTRIBUTES DISK”again as shown in the above screenshot. This will show the attributes associated with your USB disk. Check for the first line which is showing the “Current Read-Only State: Yes”.
- Now all you have to do is to type “ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY” to free the USB stick from Write-Protection. You will get a confirmation message also.
- Now, just check your USB stick by copying any file into it or deleting files from it.
Congratulations! My guess is that one of these methods should definitely work for you for every type of USB. If you know of any other method which works well, I will look forward to a comment below.
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