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Flash drive write protected can't move files

I cant move my files from my computer to my flash drive because it says that my flash drive is write protected.. how can i fix this?please i need your help tnx

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  • darthleo Mar 06, 2008

    no, my flash drive don't have any buttons or the likes at its side. an error message always pops out when ever i insert it in my computer.. it says: Please insert a disk into drive \Device\Harddisk\DR5... and whenever i transfer files from my computer to my flashdrive, it always say that it is write protected.. my problem is to how to remove the write protection..thanks

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  • ibnuisak Apr 05, 2008

    Pleas solve these problem for me, my flash disk says when I try to format "the disk is write protected" and be informed that my flash has protection botom. please help

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2008

    trying to move picture files onto memory card

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2008

    drive is write protected

  • Douglas S Stiles Aug 14, 2008

    Have a Transcend 8G flash

    Same problem after using MS SyncToys to copy data

    No switch anywhere to write protect

    Tried it on another computer just in case, but same result, still write protected

    Tried formating-but no go

    What the????

  • dh88comet Sep 24, 2008

    Exactly the same as everyone else. Have a 4GB PNY usb flash drive, I've been using it for weeks with no problems, suddenly it just annouces that it is write protected, and there is NO switch or tab of any kind on the device.

  • rbrooking Dec 01, 2008

    I only have taken a dozen pics using the card and it became protected not allowing me to read, write or format. I have moved the small lock to both positions and it is still protected. This is a Kingston SD/2GB

    Please email me.

  • careltza Dec 22, 2008

    Hi I have a Flash Drive 1G it says it is write protected when i want to load new file also can not format the drive

    please help!!!!

  • noor_mohamed Feb 24, 2009

    write proect problem how to formet

  • vineeth_vinc Mar 22, 2009

    My 8GB Transcend jet flash v30 drive got locked, i can't copy files into it. How can i remove the write protection?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Sandisk cruzer saves all my video and JPG files as short cut and the original stays in system32 directory. I cant move these files to hard drive. How to fix it? I can read it from flash drive only.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    my 8GB Benq generic Flash drive is write protected help me to fix it



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A small lock is presents in side of your flash drive ,u just change the current position of this lock
done,now try to copy or your work
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Anyone can help me to my problem with my 2GB imition USB flash drive, it has been writed-protected and there is no switch to disable it, what should i do to this kind of protection. plzzzzz help...

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This seems to be the problem of most of us these days and some of our readers who wanted to know the methods how they can remove the Write Protected error from their USB drives like Pen Drives and memory cards.

What is Write Protected error and why it happens?
In the Write Protected error, we can’t write or copy any data in our flash drives and even can’t format the drive.
There are many reasons that cause this problem, let’s see solutions of them.
• First of all try to locate a small switch (if any, that you may have not noticed) at some place on the drive or memory card reader. This is the prime reason for this error. If there is one, switch it to the other side to turn the protection off.
• Yes I know this problem is also occurring these days without this switch but not to worry. Just download this helpful software form here

and run it to execute a “low-level format” on the drive. This software is quite handy and may take few attempts to actually remove the error.
• The problem can also be caused by some virus activity so just get it scanned by some updated good anti virus which may solve your problem.
• BUT if none of the methods listed above solves your problem then your pen drive might have gone corrupted, so just get it replaced.
Hope any of the methods listed above solves your problem.
Update 1:
After the low level format, you may need to “Partition the drive“. Dont worry, partitioning a pen drive means allocating it its File System and Cluster Size that was lost after the Low Level Format.
For that:
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Click OK and the drive will be reusable after this.
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