Question about PNY Technologies GeForce 6200 128MB AGP Graphic Card
Cannot open files or format. Write protected message appears each time.
I had all the same problems and figured it out. Right click on my computer and go to manage, then select the disk management option. Right click on the drive and select partition. Then tell it to partition the full size of the drive and make sure you dont let it use the fat or fat32 options. It will then ask you to format when you partition it, use then quick format and it formats. Works good now. I did this on xp pro so I dont know if vista will be the same.
Posted on Feb 09, 2008
Tried the link, just went on forever doing nothing. disconnected the drive.
used fridge magnets to wipe. plugged back into usb and restarted laptop.
redid the http://www.apacer.com/en/support/downloads/Repair_v184.108.40.206.zip and it actually formatted in just a few seconds.
then went back to the device and used windows to format the drive (which took a bit longer) but now the attache works on my vista laptop.
Posted on Mar 04, 2009
I had the same issue where I could not format it even with the PNY format utility (wrong IC Chip). Ran it over a refrigerator magnet a few times. Then, plugged it back in and windows recognized it. Right clicked and formatted it with default FAT 32. I have 8 gigs now.
Posted on Apr 12, 2009
I fixed it myself. What I did was change the drive letter to anything else. It was default at F: but I changed it to B: and it works on every computer I have so far. Hope this helps.
Posted on Feb 12, 2008
I tried changing drive letters, the fridge magnet, and computer-manage-format.Nothing worked.Here's how I fixed mine.
Unplugged harddrive, started windows boot cd, partitioned the drive.7766MB & 8 MB unallocated space.Then turned it off, connected harddrive, & booted up like normal.Then I was able to format & use it.
Posted on Jul 20, 2009
I have a PNY Optima card and got the same write protect error and y solved myself, is a policy problem with vista and 7, you must change the removal policy to "Better Perfomance" this removal policy permit write. how to change polily, following this: Control panel....Administrative tools....computer management....disk management...right click in your drive letter PNY...select properties...and removal policy...done
it works for me
Posted on May 06, 2010
After trying other utilities I tried BBLOU's solution above which worked for me. After downloading the file below and running it it detected the flash drive and started to do a format. It did not finish (some have said it takes 2 tries). I did it once, it came up with the error, and then I was able to reformat it. I was experiencing the same "read only" error about everyone else was experiencing here... try the util.
Posted on Jan 13, 2010
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool, V 2.1.8 !!! I got link from a suggestion here. Sorry about no Kudos to the poster, I lost the page. Anyways, tried all these other suggestions that didn't work, however, this one did! I have a 4g PNY that was only allowing 2g, This tool fixed it first try!
Posted on Feb 03, 2012
This one worked for me after trying numerous other things...finally got my flashdrive back. Formatted it and now I can save my files back to it. Thanks!
Posted on Nov 29, 2010
I used the magnet solution...it worked!! Just be sure it is a STONG magnet. Then I formatted, which may not have been necessary, but it
works! This was a generic flash drive, however, not a PNY.
Posted on Mar 31, 2010
I have a PNY Optima card and got the same write protect error. I put a piece of scotch tape over the little lock slider thing and voila...it works. It's worth a try.
Posted on Jan 07, 2010
Change the letter drive to anything but B, you can change it to F and IT WILL WORK!
Posted on Mar 31, 2009
I got lucky, sort of. The PNY tech got back to me by email within hours. I used [email protected]
His reply was
Try the flash drive in another computer, if the write issue happens there then your unit is defective and you should request a warranty exchange by following the link below.
PNY Technologies Support
I tried another computer without any success. So, now, I am going to request a replacement, if I can find my original receipt.
Oh, and I am never buying a PNY thumb drive again, either!!
Posted on Mar 18, 2009
I used the recommended fix which did not work, tried it twice like someone said and no fix, but then went back to windows formatting and tried and it worked, i now have a 2 gig drive that actually works.
Give it it a try.
Posted on Oct 28, 2008
I will never buy anything else from PNY co.
Posted on Jun 18, 2008
Bought the drive on June 5th and fresh out the box tried to use it. Got a message that it is write protected. Tried looking at PNY website and there is nothing there for help. FAQs are really bad. Fortunatly I kept my Best Buy receipt and will take back. Won't every buy from PNY again.
Posted on Jun 06, 2008
Same thing. PNY website offeres a low level format but i get an incorrect IC chip set error when trying to use that. I also threw away receipt and SOL. So i could recommand the strong magnet approach.
Posted on May 27, 2008
I've got the same problem as you all, with my new 4GB drive of the same specs. I also sent in a message to their support department, although the fact that the only other person to have mentioned doing so hasn't replied further is discouraging. At least the problem seems recent; it's not a long-standing issue that nobody has a solution to and the company isn't doing anything about. I will post again once I hear from PNY.
Posted on Jan 17, 2008
Put a very strong magnet next to it and it will descramble the infomation and once you connect it to your computer it will ask to format... it work for me.... i hope this helps ..
Posted on Jan 07, 2008
after running once (said it FAILED) the light was flashing while formatting then turned on constantly... unplugged it and replugged it in and ran the utility again (said it FAILED again) but after that I was able to format it in windows... it is now fully functional now in my XP pro machine.
I believe this drive has compatibility issues with vista. (drive failed/write protected after removing it from a vista machine)
Posted on Jun 24, 2010
That guys website really worked try it. it deleted everything though.
Posted on Nov 20, 2008
I contacted PNY and spoke to two tech support people, 2 customer service people and then 1 tech support supervisor and they are willing to replace it only. They deny emphatically that there is an issue and refuse to refund money on a poorly designed product.
Posted on May 08, 2008
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