Get rid of Write Protection on a USB Drive or Memory Card

Get rid of Write Protection on a USB Drive or Memory Card
If you get stuck because SD Card or USB Drive cannot be formatted, and therefore you can not copy any files into it, the following guidelines will help you in removing write protection on both types of storage.

When a USB Drive or memory card can not be used, in the sense that you can not move any file into it, then most likely the external storage is protected by write protection. The Windows operating system is kind enough to let you know if that's the case.

Actually, USB Drive or memory card is protected in such a way to provide benefits for its users. Because it can not copy or put anything in it, then the protection actually helps to avoid the device from unintentional format actions. But for most people, external protected storage devices make it difficult for users to do things like delete files, add files to the drive, or modify files.

USB Drive or memory card that acquire write protection can be opened in a certain way. Our job here is to tell you how. However, you need to be sure that the flash drive or memory card that wants to open the protection does not suffer any damage. Because it could be you can not add any file to the USB drive because the device is corrupt or physically damaged. If that is the case, then there is no other way than to buy a new one.

The first step: open regedit
Run regedit.exe by typing 'regedit' in the search box or command. Once the explorer page is open, navigate to the menu

Computer \ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ StorageDevicePolicies

Look on the right side of explorer, and double-click on WriteProtect value. Change the Value Value data from 1 to 0. Then click OK to save the change. Close Regedit and restart your computer/laptop. Then connect the USB Drive and when lucky you will see a change where the drive will not be protected. Your USB Drive can now be used smoothly and as usual.

Step two: if cannot find Storage Device Policies
If you can not find Storage Device Policies in the newly opened regedit, you can create it by right-clicking on the 'Control' folder. Then select New >> Key and create a new option 'StorageDevicePolicies' (no spaces).

When done, double-click on the new key (which will be shown as the folder) and right-click once again and select New >> DWORD. Give name 'WriteProtect' and change its value to 0. Click OK, exit regedit, and restart your computer/laptop.

Step two: using Diskpart
If both steps above do not work, do the last step as follows:

Run command prompt with USB Drive or memory card installed in your computer or laptop. The command prompt can be run by typing Cmd.exe in the search field or searching Command Prompt in the Windows Start menu.

In the Command Prompt field type the following command:
Diskpart
[enter]
List disk
[enter]
Select disk x (x refers to the non-working drive number attached to your computer)
[enter]
Attributes disk clear readonly
[enter]
Clean
[enter]
Create Partition Primary
[enter]
Format fs = fat32 (you can change fat32 option to NTFS)
[enter]
Exit
[enter]

Done. Your USB drive or memory card can now work normally in File Explorer. But if not, then your external drive is likely to have physical damage. There is no other way than to replace it with a new one.

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March 25, 2018 delete

Thanks now my flashdisk have been fixed

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