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    Default How to remove write protection on USB drive

    I don't know how it happened but my USB drive is write protected which means I cannot use it. I have looked online and the instructions there either have not worked or I cannot understand the thick accent.

    Will someone please tell me how to rectify the problem. Your help is appreciated.
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    Default Re: How to remove write protection on USB drive

    Some flash drives have a small slider which can lock the drive, look for it, otherwise right click the drive and select properties, look and see what permissions your computer has with the drive.
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    Default Re: How to remove write protection on USB drive

    have you tried theses suggestions flashdrive-recovery/unlock-usb.html

    Edited: a video showing the Command prompt method. https://www.youtube.
    Last edited by wainuitech; 18-06-2020 at 12:01 PM.

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    Default Re: How to remove write protection on USB drive

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    have you tried theses suggestions flashdrive-recovery/unlock-usb.html
    I have tried that but it brings up a programme called Recover It which is not what I want. Do you have anything else?
    Last edited by Roscoe; 18-06-2020 at 12:59 PM.
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    Default Re: How to remove write protection on USB drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    I have tried that but it brings up a programme called Recover It which is not what I want. Do you have anything else?
    When opening the page, I scrolled down to Part 2 and there are 3 lots of instructions. 1. Same as zqwerty posted, 2. the CMD method same as the video link, 3. the reg alteration.

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    Default Re: How to remove write protection on USB drive

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    When opening the page, I scrolled down to Part 2 and there are 3 lots of instructions. 1. Same as zqwerty posted, 2. the CMD method same as the video link, 3. the reg alteration.
    Thanks very much, Wainui. Found it. That worked. Much appreciated.
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    Default Re: How to remove write protection on USB drive

    some are write protected in firmware and can't be unlocked, like my windows 10 installation flash drive. Which is a shame because it's way out of date and could use updating.
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    Default Re: How to remove write protection on USB drive

    I had a drive permanently write protect itself as a result of detecting a fault. In theory, it's to save the users precious data. In reality it just made the stick utterly useless. I tried the various tricks to unlock it, and while they didn't report failing to write the permissions, they also failed to change it.

    It might be a warning to you to consider replacing the stick.

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