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Remove write protection of usb drive

I have a problem with my usb drive i.e.

whenever I used to copy some data on my usb drive the message come

'usb write protected'

please solve my problem

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  • Anonymous Sep 30, 2008

    remove the write-protection in usb

  • mark calimag Oct 01, 2008

    kingston

  • amanpreet Oct 11, 2008

    kingston pen drive unable to write or erase data.. shows write orotected.

  • Stephanye Clarke
    Stephanye Clarke Oct 24, 2008

    I've used my flash drive for more than one year. Suddenly when I edit documents or try to save something new to it, I get the "write-protected" message. HEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPP.

  • Anonymous Oct 26, 2008

    I have a PNY 4 Gb data stick. Used it for a week, and its almost full, then suddenly I get the message saying I cannot write to it as it is write-protected. I cannot delete any data either (i thought it was maybe because it was full), and I did try. The guy at the computer shop said re-format it, after a lot of looking up I did what they said - this was exciting -



    Open My Computer

    Right-click on the flash drive and choose Format

    I just looked at Capacity, File system, Allocation unit size and left these as the defaults on the principle "leave well alone" as these looked ok to me.



    Then - wait for it, drum roll and trumpet fanfare -



    "...cannot format as it is write-protected"



    Ugh ! ?



    A solution might be to throw it in the bin and not buy PNY any more,

    unless there is something I havnt thought of.

    Before you suggest it, no, there isnt a little switch on the side of the data stick to change the write-protection.

    Please, PNY, can you help?

  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2008

    its very hard i have tried alot i need help because i need it fro school to save my info and projects

  • njebarc Nov 05, 2008

    i have a problem with my USB 8GB kingston flash, every time i try removing or storing my doc, videos...etc it says i must remove write proctetion or use another disk. plz help

  • ahebesha Nov 22, 2008

    i have the same problem

  • agaribr Jan 16, 2009

    I have the exact same problem, i cant copy any thing from my pny 4gb flashdrive or save anything on it. i am at the verge of crushing it to pieces. i am so mad, never going to support any pny products....ever

  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    Thats not a solution you idiot

  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2009

    I was only able to use my new SanDisk Cruzer 8GB USB flash drive one time before it became "write protected". Now it is totally worthless as I can not put anything on or take anything off of it with out the error message that it is write protected please remove write protection. I would remove it if I could! Anyone have a solution???

  • dante_videog Apr 18, 2009

    this is bull $*** there must be some way to remove write protection

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2009

    You have to find the pin number that removes the writen protection. I cant find mine... so i am scewedd

  • Jinva May 04, 2009

    Yep, used it only once, but now it' "write protected" and won't let me put anything on it for my phone. Whatever this pin number is, I don't have it or know where it is, so this indeed is ********.

  • Andrew Clare May 11, 2010

    Cannot remove write protection, cannot format.

    What do I do?


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