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Write protected cannot write to and cannot format

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  • hvarhvar Mar 15, 2011

    There is not a sliding button on my flash drive

  • hvarhvar Mar 16, 2011

    Followed your advice.... the only tabs (which I have explored) are
    and Customise.
    I cannot locate anything relating to `read only`


  • hvarhvar Mar 16, 2011

    There is nothing to click on. Screen simply indicates used space, free space and capacity

  • hvarhvar Mar 16, 2011

    Have tried a different computer to no avail. If I attempt to format I receive a messge `The disk is write protected`

  • hvarhvar Mar 16, 2011

    cannot write to usb stick. I receive message "cannot find specified file" Make sure you specify correct path and file name. The usb device is shown in my computer removable storage



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Unlock it... u will have a sliding button kind of stuff on the flash drive itself

Posted on Mar 15, 2011

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  • hvarhvar Mar 15, 2011

    There is not a sliding button on my flash drive.

  • Agnel Johnson
    Agnel Johnson Mar 16, 2011

    ok,,,, right click on the drive on my computer.... select properties and uncheck the options read only....

  • Agnel Johnson
    Agnel Johnson Mar 16, 2011

    under the general tab... wat all options do u see? do u see any checkbox with the option "read only" ?

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    Agnel Johnson Mar 16, 2011

    hmmm.... ok... have u tried to use this flash drive on a different computer? check whether u are able to... if u are able to access it, then format the drive by right clicking on the drive in my computer and clicking on format...

  • Agnel Johnson
    Agnel Johnson Mar 16, 2011

    the following should resolve ur issue... make sure that u

    1.Click on Start -->Run type in "regedit" without quotes and hit Ok

    2.Navigate to the following registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control

    3.Right click on control and create new key.

    4.Name it as StorageDevicePolicies . (Copy and paste it from here if possible)

    5.Now click on StorageDevicePolicies and in right side pan right click and select create new dword and name it as WriteProtect.

    6.Double click on it and set its value to 0.

    Now restart your machine and try copying some files to your card.

    do make sure that u export the registry on to ur desktop before u do any changes... u can do it by clicking on file-- export

  • Agnel Johnson
    Agnel Johnson Mar 16, 2011

    ok are u getting that error message when u double click on the drive in my computer??

    if so, try opening like this

    click on start -->run then type in the driveletter:\ (eg. h:\) and hit enter... see if thats opening...

  • Agnel Johnson
    Agnel Johnson Mar 16, 2011

    also try in a different usb port

  • Agnel Johnson
    Agnel Johnson Mar 16, 2011

    if those dont work try this also

    Go to Start -->Run and enter "regedit."

    Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

    With CurrentVersion Highlighted, go to the Edit menu and select New--> Key

    Name the key RunOnce, leaving everything else about the key alone.



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