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PNY Optima Attache 4G

Cannot open files or format. Write protected message appears each time.

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  • mikebarker Dec 15, 2007

    The Disk is Write-Protected - Remove the Write-Protection or use another disk message appears when I try to add or remove anything from the flash drive. I've tried several methods of formatting and all are unsuccessful. I even downloaded the low level format utility from the PNY website and it does not support my model. I assume this is NOT a counterfit part because I bought it at Best Buy. It's a 4GB Optima Attache PRO. Also, there is NO switch on the outside of the flash drive itself to turn on or off like other models. Computer management does nothing either. Maybe I'll try FDISK -- who knows

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2007

    Exact same problem with optima attache 2gb model

    opened a support ticket on PNY - lets see if I get an answer

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2008

    I have the same problem with my
    Optima Pro Attaché 4gig.

  • arjay1 Jan 18, 2008

    Ditto here. Also ditto the lack of support from PNY. I reported this problem a while back and still no response. I bought a replacement and didn't even consider anything from this company.

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2008

    They responded to my email, but the only thing they suggested was going in and exchanging it, and that should fix all my problems. I didn't get a reply when I sent an email back asking for a technical solution, rather than just getting a new one. When I called them, they said the same thing and couldn't explain why the drives have the write-protection or how to remove it. Lame.


  • balaiah Feb 18, 2008

    Cannot open files or format. Write protected message appears each time

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2008

    same as everyone else. Was working fine one day and the next it didn't. I get a message to "please insert disk into drive X:.". If I try to format it it gives me a "Windows was unable to complete format". I have only had it a month. I did email PNY tech support but have not heard anything back yet. If they tell me all I can do is buy another one "and that will fix my problem" I will never buy another one of there products. Simple as that. I would hope they would support their product better then that.........

  • shitter Mar 14, 2008

    Bought same product one week ago and can not use it. Unfortunately, I did not keep the wrapper so I am out $49 bucks. I am reporting them to the Federal Trade Commission, and Attorney General.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2008

    Same problem...tried to erase some files to and got a write protected message!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2008

    Hi all,

    I have the same problem as all others with the PNY Optima Attache 4G flash drive not working - and I must add the contacted me immediately from 2 different sources. Both have said the drive is defective and even if you fix it it could re-occur. So the best advice is to take the drive back to the shop you bought it if you are lucky enough to have kept the reciept (which I no longer have)

  • R_Lopez May 30, 2008

    I am having the same problem:

    When I try saving, deleting or copying files to the flash drive, receive the error "Disk is Write-Protected".

    Does any one have a solution for this, b eside the strong magnet?

  • R_Lopez May 30, 2008

    PNY Flash Drive. Write-Protected error.

  • hawkinsa90 Jun 18, 2008

    Yeah, the Cannot open files or format. Write protected message appears each time. Is a mess!!

    Saludos, Allan.

  • fredt25 Jun 24, 2008

    attache'4G wtite to fix?

  • Shawnieleble Jul 03, 2008

    I can see my files but not add to them. It says it is write protected. How do I get it off write protected?

  • Faxus Jul 09, 2008

    When I try to move files or change file names it tells me the drive is write protected but it still copies the file(s) sometimes and it lets me change file names sometimes. It's really weird. The low level format application from PNY doesn't work with my drive, so the error message says. It's very annoying. I've tried everything I can think of.

  • Anonymous Jul 09, 2008

    Write protected error. Will never buy a PNY product again and will tell as many people as possible about this problem.

  • Anonymous Jul 10, 2008

    im having the same problem, i cant believe it i only bought it a couple of weeks ago!!

  • Anonymous Jul 16, 2008

    I bought a PNY 4GB usb pen and its rubbish++++DO NOT BUY ANYTHING PNY++++.

    It worked on the first day then never again. RUBBISH

  • Anonymous Jul 18, 2008

    same problem. I bought at Staples and now my flash card is read only. What junk!

  • njn8tiv Jul 19, 2008

    Same problem as all the other postings. I cannot open files or format. Write protected message appears each time. I have contacted PNY. No response. Their website was not of use.

  • Anonymous Jul 28, 2008

    All the sudden I cant create new folders or add documents to thmb drive "Attach'e 4GB"

  • Anonymous Jul 29, 2008

    worked fine for 3 weeks; now reads as blank; refuses format; says write protected...piece of garbage because one can not find driver or fix for what should be such a simple thing!!!!!

  • rndojo Aug 02, 2008

    Me too. Just bought mine a few weeks ago.

    anybody find an answer?

  • Anonymous Aug 13, 2008

    I got the same problem two days after I bought it. The technical support doesn’t help at all. Besides, not many
    people are keeping the receipt for a flash drive. They should recall these junks
    at least.

  • handweaver19 Aug 14, 2008

    I cannot open the flash drive when I connect it to the computer.

  • Anonymous Aug 27, 2008

    I'd started using this Optima Attache drive about 1-2 weeks ago, and was successfully saving new files onto it, and then it stopped accepting any new info, giving me an error message that it was write-protected. I can't find any utilities on the computer that would allow me to uncheck the "write protected" option (if it is a software issue), nor can I find any tabs on the flash drive itself.

  • MamaGrif Sep 01, 2008

    I have the Optima Pro Attache 4G and I CAN NOT get it to work at all. Help! I tried to use it fresh out of the package on a new computer with Vista and it will NOT work. I'm frustrated. It completely locks down my computer. Any solutions???

  • Anonymous Sep 15, 2008

    I purchased the 4GB optima pro and after 1 week of usage it says write protected.... 

  • drthomas Oct 12, 2008

    Bought 2x 4G Attache USB drives. One now says write protected, won't delete or add new files. Won't format or allow deletion of partition in Windows XP Disk Management. Basically it is now a brick. Bought from Aldi, but don't have reciept. Can't return as it has my private data on it. So it now acts like a ROM, not a RAM.

  • pharkle Oct 23, 2008

    Write protected on mac, can't format, can't do anything with it.

  • nascar0three Nov 02, 2008

    Me Too. Can't get the write protect off, can't delete or add files. What a waste of money!!

  • ladymurray29 Nov 20, 2008

    i have the same problem. i need my drive to work!!!

  • alpstan Nov 25, 2008

    My PNY Attache 2gb USB stick had the same problem. I fixed it by downloading the link below (a low level formatting utility). Worked like a charm first time. You lose any data on the stick, but at least it works again. FYI: Don't buy PNY junk.

  • saspencer Dec 07, 2008

    Cannot open files or format. Write protected message appears each time.

  • shinrob Dec 14, 2008

    THANK YOU!! I recently transfered my PS3 system files to my PNY Attache 2GB Flash Drive and for some reason it activated the Write Protection. I thought the drive was trashed since I thought it was out of warranty. You saved my Flash drive!

    Thank you again!

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2008

    Same problem for last 3 months with 2GB Attache, tried other format utils to no avail... the apacer fix linked below worked on the 2nd try! Thanks for posting it!

  • foxsycarlos Dec 30, 2008

    I can not delete or add any files. A Write protected message.... Is is broken or can be fixed some how?

  • keeleby Jan 15, 2009

    I have the same issue is there a way to solve the problem without erasing all the data that is saved to the drive

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    4GV Optima Attache Pro - gives write protection error

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    Had the same Problem with the 2G. Thanks for the link, worked first time.

  • Anonymous Feb 12, 2009

    Won't work, write protected message appears

  • uprisenupift Feb 17, 2009

    I have the same problem with the 2GB and i tried the link to format the drive, but how long is it suppose to take?

  • whiteman2008 Feb 24, 2009

    righters block cant get it off

  • bblou Mar 03, 2009

    attache 4g not compatible with vista so it will not work and states
    write protected (but there is not a write protect option), and
    has NO support. just an ancient document stating you can use a 64mb
    memory stick instead of FLOPPY DISKS for cripes sake. trying the
    suggested wipe to format but it is taking forever.

  • Anonymous Mar 04, 2009

    Had the same Problem with the 2G. Thanks for the link, worked first time.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    This stupid 4GB piece of garbage worked fine on XP Pro. But, as soon as I started using it with Vista I got the "write protected" error. Can't do anything with it.

    I guess PNY will be one of the companies to eventually get US government bailout money so they can keep making crappy products.

  • tsuna_arashi Mar 31, 2009

    LOL, okay I tried the format repair link given, and the formatting failed.

    My flash drive stopped working after using it on my laptop, which has vista. I've had it for a couple of years, so I don't have a receipt to go along with it to request a new one.

  • Anonymous May 25, 2009

    I have the PNY Optima Attache 2G. One time saved a bunch of photos on it about 2 months ago on a HP desktop running Vista 64-bit. I still have more than 1.5G of space available on it. Now I can read the files and delete them too. But I cannot write anything into it. Tried it on the same HP desktop (Vista), on an HP laptop (Vista), a Compaq laptop (XP). All failed. HP laptop Vista says "An unexpected error is preventing the operation. ... Error 0x80070052".
    Hold it! Just now, right after typing the above message, I went back and tried the desktop to see what the error msg there says. And guess what, this time it worked! Came back and wrote a file from the XP laptop. That worked too!

    This tells me it is an intermittent problem -worse than a permenant failure. This memory stick is a write-off. Bad PNY, bad!



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I had all the same problems and figured it out. Right click on my computer and go to manage, then select the disk management option. Right click on the drive and select partition. Then tell it to partition the full size of the drive and make sure you dont let it use the fat or fat32 options. It will then ask you to format when you partition it, use then quick format and it formats. Works good now. I did this on xp pro so I dont know if vista will be the same.

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  • guest2 Jun 27, 2012

    Tried the format utility from apacer, didn't work, didn't see the drive. I have a PNY attache 16G. Tried the disk management and just created the partition (didn't format). Then I formatted and it worked fine! Had tried many "solutions" this is the only one that worked! Thanks!!!


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Tried the link, just went on forever doing nothing. disconnected the drive.
used fridge magnets to wipe. plugged back into usb and restarted laptop.
redid the and it actually formatted in just a few seconds.
then went back to the device and used windows to format the drive (which took a bit longer) but now the attache works on my vista laptop.

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

  • bblou Mar 04, 2009

    pny sucks,but it was possible to get the drive to work with vista. unbelievable that the company offers no support since pc went to vista.

  • Mark Langwell
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    It worked like a charm my friend. Merry Christmas!!! 2013


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I had the same issue where I could not format it even with the PNY format utility (wrong IC Chip). Ran it over a refrigerator magnet a few times. Then, plugged it back in and windows recognized it. Right clicked and formatted it with default FAT 32. I have 8 gigs now.

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

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I fixed it myself. What I did was change the drive letter to anything else. It was default at F: but I changed it to B: and it works on every computer I have so far. Hope this helps.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008

This program for another USB flash drive worked for me
(took me two tries for it to work)
Download type: utility
Product Type: USB Flash drive

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  • Nibsefer Oct 24, 2012

    Realy I appriciate you. I left my flash drive for more than three years. I tried so many times to remove or add files and format the drive. Finally I succeeded. Thanks so much.

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I tried changing drive letters, the fridge magnet, and computer-manage-format.Nothing worked.Here's how I fixed mine.
Unplugged harddrive, started windows boot cd, partitioned the drive.7766MB & 8 MB unallocated space.Then turned it off, connected harddrive, & booted up like normal.Then I was able to format & use it.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

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I have a PNY Optima card and got the same write protect error and y solved myself, is a policy problem with vista and 7, you must change the removal policy to "Better Perfomance" this removal policy permit write. how to change polily, following this: Control panel....Administrative management....disk management...right click in your drive letter properties...and removal policy...done
it works for me

Posted on May 06, 2010

  • c_spen Nov 08, 2010

    4gb pny used on vista and xp became unable to use. Could not format. Followed instructions here and it appears to work.


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After trying other utilities I tried BBLOU's solution above which worked for me. After downloading the file below and running it it detected the flash drive and started to do a format. It did not finish (some have said it takes 2 tries). I did it once, it came up with the error, and then I was able to reformat it. I was experiencing the same "read only" error about everyone else was experiencing here... try the util.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010

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HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool, V 2.1.8 !!! I got link from a suggestion here. Sorry about no Kudos to the poster, I lost the page. Anyways, tried all these other suggestions that didn't work, however, this one did! I have a 4g PNY that was only allowing 2g, This tool fixed it first try!

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This one worked for me after trying numerous other things...finally got my flashdrive back. Formatted it and now I can save my files back to it. Thanks!

Posted on Nov 29, 2010

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I used the magnet worked!! Just be sure it is a STONG magnet. Then I formatted, which may not have been necessary, but it
works! This was a generic flash drive, however, not a PNY.

Posted on Mar 31, 2010

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I have a PNY Optima card and got the same write protect error. I put a piece of scotch tape over the little lock slider thing and works. It's worth a try.


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Change the letter drive to anything but B, you can change it to F and IT WILL WORK!

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I got lucky, sort of. The PNY tech got back to me by email within hours. I used

His reply was
Try the flash drive in another computer, if the write issue happens there then your unit is defective and you should request a warranty exchange by following the link below.

Best Regards,
PNY Technologies Support

I tried another computer without any success. So, now, I am going to request a replacement, if I can find my original receipt.

Oh, and I am never buying a PNY thumb drive again, either!!

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

I used the recommended fix which did not work, tried it twice like someone said and no fix, but then went back to windows formatting and tried and it worked, i now have a 2 gig drive that actually works.

Give it it a try.

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I will never buy anything else from PNY co.

Saludos, Allan.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

Bought the drive on June 5th and fresh out the box tried to use it. Got a message that it is write protected. Tried looking at PNY website and there is nothing there for help. FAQs are really bad. Fortunatly I kept my Best Buy receipt and will take back. Won't every buy from PNY again.

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

Same thing. PNY website offeres a low level format but i get an incorrect IC chip set error when trying to use that. I also threw away receipt and SOL. So i could recommand the strong magnet approach.

Posted on May 27, 2008

I've got the same problem as you all, with my new 4GB drive of the same specs. I also sent in a message to their support department, although the fact that the only other person to have mentioned doing so hasn't replied further is discouraging. At least the problem seems recent; it's not a long-standing issue that nobody has a solution to and the company isn't doing anything about. I will post again once I hear from PNY.


Posted on Jan 17, 2008

Put a very strong magnet next to it and it will descramble the infomation and once you connect it to your computer it will ask to format... it work for me.... i hope this helps ..

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I used
after running once (said it FAILED) the light was flashing while formatting then turned on constantly... unplugged it and replugged it in and ran the utility again (said it FAILED again) but after that I was able to format it in windows... it is now fully functional now in my XP pro machine.
I believe this drive has compatibility issues with vista. (drive failed/write protected after removing it from a vista machine)

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That guys website really worked try it. it deleted everything though.

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I contacted PNY and spoke to two tech support people, 2 customer service people and then 1 tech support supervisor and they are willing to replace it only. They deny emphatically that there is an issue and refuse to refund money on a poorly designed product.

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