I use three different USB portable tools, storage drives, flash drives & memory sticks, never had the problem before but I now cannot delete, remove, copy, add or transfer files etc, I experience exactly the same situation where a message box indicates that the device is write protected pls remove or use another disc, cant find a solution, there are no switches, what should I do, I tried to find the solution through my computor device mananger but there is nothing there to indicate a problem, Please help, I need these tools for my work.
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1. Shutdown your computer or laptop 2. Insert USB Memory Stick into your laptop or Computer 3. Turn on laptop and then immediately start pressing (F8) key then Advanced Boot Options screen will come up 4. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt 5. After loading files if your USB Memory Stick drive letter is (G) for example then write as 6. C:\windows\system32>G: and press enter 7. G:\>format G: and press enter 8. If ask you (Y/N) then press (Y) and press enter 9. Now a full format will start which remove write protection from USB Memory Stick. Note: Before removing USB from your computer, Always remove it safely by going into to my computer then right click on USB and click eject. Thanks
The memory stick becomes another drive, when plugged into the USB port. Some sticks have a write protect, which is a teeny tiny switch. If the switch is in the protect position, you can read but not write any data to the drive. Often the drive will be listed after all of your camera card ports.
To view the drive press and hold the Windows key and press the letter E. and then release both. The available drives should show up there.
The answer is Yes. You can recover lost data from USB with data recovery program. CardData Recovery can recover data from all camera flash memory cards includingCompact Flash Card (CF), Smart Media Card, Secure Digital Card (SD),Multi-Media Card (MMC), XD Picture Card (XD), Micro Drive, Sony Memory Stick(Duo, Pro), as well as removable storage including Zip disk, USB drives andHard drives. Recovery of files is also possible even when drive has beenformatted.
If you want to format to remove all the data from your flash drive and wipe it clean you do not need a program as you can do it through windows.
Step 1 - Plug in your flash drive to a working usb port
Step 2 - Click on start and then click My Computer.
Step 3 - Find your memory stick. In most cases drive C is your hard drive and drive D is your disc drive. This means that your memory stick is most likely drive E. It is a removable storage device and not your hard drive. This is very important because you don't want to format your hard drive.
Step 4 - Back up any data you want to keep from your flash drive. When you are done with the formatting everything will have been removed from it. Drag the files you want to keep from your memory stick onto a folder on your computer.
Step 5 - In your My Computer folder right click on your flash drive icon and click format.
MY KINGSTON DATA TRAVELER SAY WRITE PROTECTED HOW CAN I FORMAT IT CAUSE WHEN I FORMAT IT DIRECTLY IT SAY DEVICE IS WRITE PROTECTED BUT MY USB DEVICE DOES NOT HAVE THAT KIND OF SPECIFICATION TO HAVE A WRITE PROTECT DISK. I had same problem. I fix it with suggestion of 1st guest. I download program from site http://www.apacer.com/en/support/downloads/Repair_v22.214.171.124.zip, and program formated USB and he work fine now. TY for advice.