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USB Flash Drive is write protected - How do I remove it?

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USB Flash Drive is write protected - How do I remove it?

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While transferring files from my PC to my USB Flash Drive. I received an error message - The Disk can not be written because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive \Device|Harddisk1\DR5.

How do I do this?

Thanks.

Darwin

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rebwar_iraqi
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me too have a problem tell me how can i remove protet write it

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    rebwar_iraqi
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    me too have a problem tell me how can i remove protet write it

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    on the usb flash drive its self there may be a switch that will add or remove copy protection

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    da5id_NZ
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    I have posted this elsewhere, but...

    I was getting the same error with my flash drive. I also can't see the StorageDevicePolicies setting in regedit. Also, I didn't really want to reformat my drive.

    What I found you can do is get into the drive through a DOS prompt.

    Try this, in Windows XP - goto Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt. This will open up a DOS window. Now type the name of your flashdrive followed by a colon, eg, mine was drive letter K so I type K:

    Now to list the directory, type DIR
    This will show your directory. At this point I left the DOS window open and went back into Windows and clicked on the drive in Explorer. The write protect error still came up, but after clicking a couple of times I could see and open the files on the drive.

    Anyway, once you're in DOS you should be able to copy any files you want to another drive using the DOS 'copy' or 'xcopy' commands, and format the drive from DOS also. eg, To copy all files and directories (except empty directories) from drive C to drive A, enter

    xcopy c: a: /s

    You can do a search on google to find other DOS commands

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    Jones10
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    I did just that but I dont seem to get the results I'm expecting. It keeps saying "disk is write protected". How can I go about this? even formating it brings out the same message!
    Help!!!!

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    TobiF
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    If YOU need help solving a problem YOU have today (and not a problem someone else had three years ago), then start your own question thread. Simply click on the button "Ask question".
    If you want to get better quality in the answers, then tell us what kind of USB you have (maybe even model), kind of OS, what you have already tried.

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    cutiecute
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    But what if my flash doesn't have switch?
    what am i gonna do?

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    jamesatmaisonverre
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    flick the switch with the padlock symbol to unlock on the stick itself

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    thedame72
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    thanks! I would never have thought to have looked there

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    cutiecute
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    But my Flash drive doesn't have switch. What am i gonna do?