How to remove write-protection from USB voice recorder?

By essk ·
My Cenix voice recorder, which behaved like a USB drive when I copied its files to my computer, won't let me copy anymore. The files are uncorrupted since they are playing on the recorder but my comp is asking me to check if it is write-protected.

I tried copying files from that directory to a folder in C drive using ms-dos as suggested in this forum but it said 'access denied'. Regedit didn't display StorageDevicePolicies either.

An antivirus programme is detecting thumbcache_131.exe as a virus but is not able to remove it.

I can't look at a reformat without backing up the files since they are invaluable to my work. Please help and thanks in advance...

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Few things to try . . .

by yasser_khan In reply to How to remove write-prote ...

You may be able to boot into Safe mode and then try to copy the files off to your hard drive. Try reviewing the autorun.inf file in safe mode. You may find references to the virus now within this file that you can remove or delete the autorun.inf file. Make sure you show "ALL Hidden Files" and then delete the BOOTEX folder. If it creates a .Trash folder, get rid of it as well. Hopefully, you were able to copy the files off to your hard drive.

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by essk In reply to Few things to try . . .

I connected it to my Vista laptop at home and it is copying the files as we speak. However, Microsoft SE was unable to detect the virus altogether. There is a BOOTEX folder alright. I will try and delete it once the copying is over.

I haven't switched to SAFE MODE yet, though. Just deleted the BOOTEX file as well. But no other folders created as a result. There is no autorun.inf file anywhere either.
Will post again if anything crops up.

Thanks very much Yasser :)

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