Solution to remove Write Protection from USB Pen Drive

This seems to be the problem of most of us these days and some of our readers who wanted to know the methods how they can remove the Write Protected error from their USB drives like Pen Drives and memory cards.

What is Write Protected error and why it happens?

In the Write Protected error, we can’t write or copy any data in our flash drives and even can’t format the drive.

There are many reasons that cause this problem, let’s see solutions of them.

Solutions:

•    First of all try to locate a small switch (if any, that you may have not noticed) at some place on the drive or memory card reader. This is the prime reason for this error. If there is one, switch it to the other side to turn the protection off.

•    Yes I know this problem is also occurring these days without this switch but not to worry. Just download this helpful software from here and run it to execute a “low-level format” on the drive. This software is quite handy and may take few attempts to actually remove the error.

If that low level format tool does not work, try another one Link.

•    The problem can also be caused by some virus activity so just get it scanned by some updated good anti virus which may solve your problem.

•    BUT if none of the methods listed above solves your problem then your pen drive might have gone corrupted, so just get it replaced.

Hope any of the methods listed above solves your problem.

Update 1:

After the low level format, you may need to “Partition the drive“. Dont worry, partitioning a pen drive means allocating it its File System and Cluster Size that was lost after the Low Level Format.

For that:

  1. Run diskmgmt.msc in Run.
  2. In the disk management window, select the pen drive, right click on it and click on Format.
  3. Now choose the File System and Allocation Unit Size and do not check the boxes below.

Click OK and the drive will be reusable after this.

Update 2 (Better Solution):

Follow the steps in this post and just put the value 0 (zero) in step 5.

This will surely solve your problem now.

Update 3 (Solution Working):

Thanks to one of our readers Jim, who made us aware about the tool called Neo 9 (Download Neo 9), using which we can easily solve this write protection problem.

For transcend drive users, try the tool at this link, it has been found to work.

This solution has been found working for many users (see the comments below).

If the solution also works for you then do share the solution with other users as it might come handy to them too. Use the Share button below.

330 Replies to “Solution to remove Write Protection from USB Pen Drive”

  1. Hi Thanks a lot for the solution of “Write Protection” problem with my 8 GB transcend USB drive. The solution shown in this article regarding Transcend Drives is worked well.

    Thanks for the solution.

  2. Neo9 format can be utilised through disconnecting all other usb from computer and only your pendrive in computer.
    Try it ina ll USB Ports if one port doesnot work try Diffrent ports almost all. (and remember no other usb device even it is a mouse..)
    Thnx

    I m Trying it now may Work Hopefully..

  3. thanks for this awesome post., it really helped me format my Kingston DT 101 8gb which my boyfriend has given to me.,THE BEST!! thanks!! you rock guys!!

  4. hi i got a problem in my transcend 4 gb pendrive…tried every thing but got the coorect result from the transcend online link provided above….so i think its best for us…

  5. Work!!!!!!!! online format tool for transced excelent i tray many oder programs for may 8gb transced but only this work.
    Recomended 30 sec of work

  6. My pendrive is PNY’s 2GB and by doing above nothing happen so tell me what to do throw it or there is solution

  7. in my silicon 4gb pen drive that is not formating when we try to format they show me the disk is write protected pls give me one good suggution

  8. sir,i have an trancend 8 gb flash pendrive and recently i used in my friends laptop having virus after that the problem started even thou i had scanned & removed virus yet it sometimes gives the error that its write-protected and i have to remove ,reisert and format it(without opening it)i tryed a lot like low level format,set registry value to zero,formatted several times but it dosent fix mine pendrive please note:i dont have any problem in formatting my pendrive as said earlir yet i am not able to fix it

  9. sir i try to make my pen dirve boot able by window vista.
    i format it easliy using some cammand of diskpart.
    sir i did it gud but after that my pen dirve space is nill mean 0.
    i want to make my pen dirve agin 4 gb simple ise sir please help me

    help me my email address
    ashish200025@gmail.com

  10. PLEASE READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!THIS WILL WORK!!!!!!!!!

    DOWNLOAD THIS SOFTWARE….JUST 1 MB SOFTWARE……
    THE NAME OF THE SOFTWARE IS “HARD DISK LOW LEVEL FORMAT TOOL”
    JUST SEARCH FOR THE SOFTWARE ON THE WEB…………
    FIRST FORMAT YOUR USB WITH THIS SOFTWARE…….
    THEN UNPLUG YOUR USB FROM THE COMPUTER………THEN PLUG IT AGAIN……….
    THEN FORMAT IT THE ORDINARY WAY……..
    BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE WRITE PROTECTION IS DISABLED………….
    THIS WORKS FOR ALL USBs…………………….CONTACT ME IF THIS DOESN’T WORK…

    EMAIL : billbells_7@hotmail.com I GUARANTEE YOU!!!!!THIS WILL WORK……..

  11. sir, i have an kingston 8Gb pendrive. But when i plug it into my pc or others and open it , it didn’t open instead a message appears “USB CANNOT BE OPEN FORMAT IS REQUIRED. Format it now” and when click on the format button or try to format , an error message appear no the screen “UNABLE TO complete the format”. Sir please please please help me what can do. Please send solution to my email id. Plzzzz help

  12. For transcend solution3 works fine, i tried before 1 and 2 solution but it doesen’t work

  13. Hey:
    /I just wanted to thank you my transcend flash was write protected and the recovery tool solve it.
    thanks to you\
    ————
    Unknown01

  14. Hi

    Im using a Kingston 2GB pen drive. It has write protection. I ran the “low level format” (solution1). Now i cant even access the pen drive. I do not know how to create partitions. It says i have to format again. I cant format again because it has write – protection….what should i do?….please help

  15. hi ive been trying to remove this write protection from my flash drive for weeks. ive tried all of the steps you suggested but still no improvement. when i tried using the neo9 it said ‘flash drive not found’ what am i suppose to do now?

  16. @admin,

    my 7GB sumsung SD card have write protected it was unable to reformat. any suggestion please!

    Thanks and best regards.

  17. I have a 16GB CD-R KING flash drive. I use it a lot but recently I get write protected messages when trying to load files. My solution was to just unplug and plug ’til it worked. I hope this helps someone.

  18. It worked in may case. THANKS alot.
    Neo 9 first cleaned everything then I used Steps to make your drive Write Protected:

    1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in Run dialog.

    2. Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\

    3. Find a sub key inside it named “StorageDevicePolicies”. If it does not exist there then we need to make it. Right click on “Control” key -> New -> Key. Name it “StorageDevicePolicies” without quotes.

    4. Now right click on this newly created key and then click New -> DWORD value and name it as “WriteProtect”.

    5. Modify this key and give it a value 1.

    6. Click OK, and remember to restart the PC.

    Now no more data can be transferred to the drive but to start using the drive again just give the “WriteProtect” key a value of 0 instead of 1 and restart the PC.

  19. thanks alot!
    I’ve been looking for a solution for a while now and really gave hope but then I tried the link for Transcend drivers and it worked!! Yay! 🙂

  20. Thanks a lot.
    The Transcend online recovery tool (the link provided by you) worked perfectly for me.
    My pen drive was became write-protected while it was attached in a PC that shut down suddenly. All advanced processes (some including in this article also) failed to rectify the problem. Lastly got the success with the online tool from transcend.
    Thanks once again….

  21. bro my kingston 32gb pendrive is not working yr when ever i copy any thing to it the data get corrupted and it shows as 0~^0~ of size 120 aur 74gb .
    i have used rmprep to check it .it shows that the sectors are either bad aur damaged can u help me out of it

  22. Thanks to Shyam very very good solution
    to remove write protect from flash memory
    (TO REMOVE THE WRITE PROTECTION ERROR, DOWNLOAD THE SOFTWARE BY USING BELOW LINK. AND INSTALL THE SOFTWARE IN OUR SYSTEM AND PUT PEN DRIVE IN TO THE SYSTEM AND RUN THIS SOFTWARE. ITS WORKING 100%.

    http://www.box.net/shared/9hgp81ndgs)

  23. hey admin, i’m so happy, bcoz i thought that my pendrive just waste due to write protection but your software help me, to remove its write protection

    i must say thanks buddy
    love you
    take care……. 🙂

  24. thanks techsalsa team……update 1 worked for my transcend 8 gb pen drive…i formatted using diskmgmt.msc……:-)

  25. Thanks…..Repair_Neo2.9 is worked for me…..my kingston 8Gb is successfully formated…….. 😀 …

  26. hello sir meri 2gb ki pendrive format nahi ho rhi hai sir bina antivirus ke use kaise format kare pls help me

  27. THIS WORKS!!!

    solution3 above works…. had tried many other stuff suggested over many other sites…. but this1 works… mine was Transcend 4 GB and this sw wored…

    Thanks much!

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