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I have a 4gb flash drive. I loaded a few pictures to copy from one computer to another. Upon returing to the original computer to copy additional material to move to a new computer I received the message that the drive was Write Protected. I have used flash drives many times and have never had an issue. Is there a way to wipe out the flash drive and bring it back to a default setting? It doesn't matter if I lose the info on the flas drive. I still have the original material.

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USB drives can be write-protected by modifying the StoreageDevicePolicies Registry key and WriteProtect Registry value.
click Start>run>regedit to open Registry Editor. and press control+F to open the find dialogue box and type "usb device" or "driverdesc" to open usb mass storage device or type "usb mass storage device" in the search windows. And right click on it and delete. This will set the policy value to 0. then insert your usb device. It will work fine.
# Remember: do not delete any unknow files in the registry as this will make some programes not work as usual.

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If you are running a Windows XP OS then you might be able to:

- click start right click on my computer select open
- Right click the icon of your Flash Drive (It should be F:/ or something)
- Click Properties in the menu that comes up
- Click the Sharing tab
- Click permissions
- And finally, click Allow next to Full Control.
hope this helps

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Many flash drives have a little tiny switch on the flash drive that allows you to lock it into "write protected" mode. Look on the drive, and if you have a switch, flip it the other way to un-write-protect it.

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Check the drive for a small switch that turns on/off the write protection. If you get me the Brand name of the unit I can probably find you a manual and tell you if it has one or not.

Hope This Helps.

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