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How to remove write protection from sandisk cruzer flash drive

I cannot copy anything on to usb removable flash drive - it states that it is write protected. Either remove write protection or use other disk.

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  • jonbanks Mar 04, 2009

    Same problem. I have a mac at home and the cruzer works fine on that (I can add / remove files at my leasure) but when I put it in my work PC it won't let me drag any files onto it. Any help would be much appreciated!

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How do I remove write protection on my cruzer 2GB thumb drive

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