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PNY Optima Attache 2gb

Mine somehow got wrtie protected. now I cannot use it. How do I format it or get write protect off it. It happend shortly apfer I purchased it about a year ago when I was messing around on the PNY website and downloaded some update to it.and I have not been able to fix it or use it since.
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  • phillipsappr May 15, 2008

    Not long after purchasing mine, it got write protected! What good is that? I buy it specifically to write to....then it decides not to let me. HELP!

  • CiscoKydd May 21, 2008

    2G Optima Attache turns up write protected for no reason. No Windows utility will fix it. No FDisk utility helped either. What a crock!

  • Anonymous Jun 04, 2008

    I wrote 1 file to it, and now it is write protected. Is there any way to fix this? I cannot format it.

  • ameripolco Jun 21, 2008

    same think , i back-up quick books once then got write protected , so now I can't use it

  • kuhnners Jun 26, 2008

    Same problem the Attache Optima Pro 2 gb just went write protected for no reason please help

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2008

    i was able to use mine once......damnit

  • vsifans Jul 18, 2008

    I had mine for a year and then all the sudden it went write protected. I contacted the company and I filled out a RMA - don't know what good that will do me but maybe get money back I don't know what to get now, I don't want to get the same thing but because no one can say why or how this happens, I am hesitate to purchase another flash. Maybe get a CD

  • susie4795 Jul 21, 2008

    just purchased - used once only have like 2 pictures on the thing and now it says write protected

  • rtmc Jul 25, 2008

    I tried using my PNY Optima Attache 2G for the first time, and a pop-up states that "The Media is Write Protected". I have not found a fix for this problem on the PNY website. Is there a fix for this, or have I just wasted my money?

  • Anonymous Jul 26, 2008

    I have the same problem I have a file stuck on the drive and now its write protected

  • Bill57 Aug 17, 2008

    I have experienced to same problem -- just went write protected in the middle of a file transfer. Now, I can't use for the reason I brought it. A total waste of time and my money.

  • Anonymous Aug 26, 2008

    I used my PNY 2G memory stick successfully for about 1 month, then for no apparent reason it became write protected. I haven't been able to figure out how to un-write protect it, or re-format it. It is now useless.

  • fernandocruz Aug 29, 2008

    Mine somehow got wrtie protected. now I cannot use it. How do I format it or get write protect off it. It happend shortly apfer I purchased it about a year ago when I was messing around on the PNY website and downloaded some update to it.and I have not been able to fix it or use it since.

  • Anonymous Aug 30, 2008

    This is gay.

  • Anonymous Sep 01, 2008

    Had

  • jchaulklin Sep 01, 2008

    I've had my optima pro attache approx. 2 mos. and now the "write protect" has occurred.

  • Anonymous Sep 02, 2008

    I've had the exact smae problem with the device, mysterious appearance of write protect that disables the use of the device. Cannot add or delete anything to it, cannot reformat or do anything with it. This is one of two that I own, the other one works perfectly fine, so far. have had bot about 3 months, did not try to download new driver or anything ike that. This just happened during a normal save file routine

    BradG

  • tigerman54 Oct 28, 2008

    Same problem here. I can copy from it but cannot write to it. Other one works fine, so far.

  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2008

    I just ran into this today. Last time I wrote a file to this thumb drive was Sep 17, 2008. I tried to use it today and could not write to it. The solution he that suggested the Apacer utility worked. The utility is kind of scary since it prompts you with a dialog that all data on the drive will be lost without much detail. Fortunately, it only deleted the data on the usb thumb drive.

  • MichaelCT Dec 07, 2008

    What they said - write protected message.

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This program for another USB flash drive worked for me
(took me two tries for it to work)

http://www.apacer.com/en/support/downloads/Repair_v2.9.1.1.zip


http://usa.apacer.com/us/support/downloads.asp
Download type: utility
Product Type: USB Flash drive

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The low-level format utility was an excellent solution. This one works on USB drives, while other low-level ones do not. In many cases, this problem is caused by failure to use the "Safely Remove USB" tool on your system tray before you remove your flash drive. This is the little green arrow at the bottom of your screen. Even so, Vista many times will simply not release the device no matter what, in which case you should shut down before removing your device.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

Take a hammer, and pound it to pieces!

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I have same problem too... i have photos i save from my friends computer now i cannot open and access... i say WTF? any computer usb cannot open it anymore...

what is going on? what waste of MONEY!!!!

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