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My flash drive gives me "The disk is write protected.". There is no any protection notch or button on the flash drive. Any Ideas?

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Well maybe u'll need to consider formatting the flash disk to work properly but before doing that try to use it in different USB ports and in a different computer and see if it is working or not.

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In the past we had received so many problems from the readers who have a problem in copying files on their USB portable devices like pen drives, memory card and iPod etc.
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Download this batch file called add.bat from here, and double click after download the key will be automatically added to registry.
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3. Double click the key WriteProtect in the right pane and set the value to 0 in the Value Data Box and press OK button disablewriteprotection_thumb.png

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4. Exit Registry, restart your computer and then again re-connect your USB pen drive on your computer. That is it, done.
In case you still find an issue, please leave a comment below.

Updated on 28th May 2009
After a lot of user comments telling that the above method does not work for them, we tell you another method which you can follow to solve the “Pen Drive is Write Protected” problem.
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