How to remove write protection on generic usb disk drive

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henry56277

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I need to remove the "write protection" on my 64GB USB storage disk. I have too much to lose and all my backups for my profile are on here. I cannot write to it OR download from it. There is not a mechanical up or down flip switch. How it got write protected is beyond me. I only noticed this because my user profile became corrupted and I wanted to reinstall the programs from my USB drive back onto my profile. It says it is write protected and to remove it or use another disk. I don't have another disk. I'm using Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 3 on an E machine 3.33 GHz.
 

wiseman378

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I have found an old solution that worked on my 64 gig USB drive. No need to modify registry or download software. Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Good luck!
 

wiseman378

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I have found an old solution that worked on my 64 gig USB drive. No need to modify registry or download software. Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Good luck!
 

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dg27

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This is the first fix that actually worked! Thanks!
 

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I have tried for a few days to remove write protection from a friend's pny 64gb flash drive...to no avail with all of the non-solutions that are all over the web claiming to remove write protection. I have finally found something that worked and very quickly at that! Don't listen to any of the regedit crap or command prompt jazz. download the program Ufix-II from the link below...It gave me an error the first time I ran it but the second time it worked in seconds!! It also says that it only works for drives up to 32gb, but I used it on a 64gb and it still worked perfectly!! Found the real solution on the Techspot website!!! It is an .rar file so you will also need winrar, 7zip or another program that opens .rar files

http://www.pny.com.tw/index.php?cls=2&mode=download

Hope this helps anyone in need!!!
 

Nick Vaccaro

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Remove Windoze, install Linux. Win7 had too many stupid surprises for me, like copying between usb disks can freeze system, like your browser using shockwave can freeze system, and like opening an image file with irvanview can make your task bar disappear, like IE an use 90% CPU, etc etc etc.

There is a file called fixpart.zip on a Skydrive that fixes the RO disk problem.
 

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How do you find volume?
 

dg27

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I disagree 100%.

This worked:

wiseman378 said:
Try this system fix:
Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>


 

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Morning all, I'm having the same problem. Purchased an Olkya 16GB usb yesterday was able to copy onto usb, go to use it this morning and it says it is write protected. I have tried the following where Volume X = 4.

Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>


Is it something I have done? Don't really want to go out and have to buy another. Help is much appreciated.
 

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SORRY TRIED EACH AND EVERY STEP AS U SAID UNTIL FINAL STEP IT IS OKAY BUT IN THE FINAL STEP WHILE TYPING ATTRIBTES DISK CLEAN READONLY I AM GETTING THE LIST OF COMMANDS PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS AND HELP ME OUT OF THIS
 

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I have just found this site and had a similar result to you. I had NOT typed SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the number of the drive previously shown. I had neglected to type select. Then make sure that you spell attributes with an U in it. It all worked for me when I followed the instructions.
 

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Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case is was Volume 6
type ATTRIBTUES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Worked For me
 

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Open a command prompt
type DISKPART press <enter>
type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from. In my case it was Volume 5
type ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
type EXIT press <enter>

Try Once more
 

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BobEagle

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Hello Wiseman378... Your solution was right on the mark! Thanks for the easiest way to fix this horrible little problem...(u d man) ! Thanks
 

advoigor

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Hi, all.
But my problem is not fixed yet
 

advoigor

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Windows 7 is asking me to fix usb disk. I am allowed, he fixed it. Since then, my usb drive is "write protected". I spent the procedure, I have see a prompt that the write protect has been removed. Nevertheless, it is still "write protected"
 
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