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How to Format Write-Protected Pen Drive or USB Flash Drive? [Working]

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Do you unable to reload data on your pen drive? Are you getting an error 'The disk is write protected'?
The disk is write protected
The disk is write protected.
Normally write protected USB sticks, Pen drives and SD cards are not formattable. As the Pen drive is write protected, you can not even add new files or erase the current files inside of it.

However, you would not get any delete and rename option for the files saved on that USB or SD card. You can not ever move or copy these files to your PC.

To make the USB and pen drive reusable with added new data, you need to format that write-protected USB flash drive. There are many ways you can do this easily. Mainly, we have discussed the three working methods which will surely help you to format write protected pen drive.

The best part.

Removing the write protection has been much easier with the help of write-protection removal software. Many tools are available which you can easily download and run safely on your PC. If you want to format such a write-protected USB stick, just go for any SD formatting tool. The reason to choose this tool is for its user-friendly interface to remove the USB protection.


While you can remove the write protection problem from your SD card using the command prompt, you can use any of these tools to format write protected memory cards (micro SD), HP pen drives and Sandisk pen drives as well.

Why Does this Write-Protection Error Occur?

Few causes are here to create such an issue. Let's get these listed below:

  • Many pen drives come with a write protection switch which may enable or disable the write-protection feature.
  • It's a myth that write-protection is a problem which created an individual. But, this situation occurs even when the drive is afflicted by viruses or damaged. Just try scanning the drive with an anti-virus to check if this gets fixed.
  • There are many types of viruses which create such problem in pen drive or USB sticks.
  • To save some important files, these pen drives or USB flash drives are set to write-protected by its security settings.
Now, let's get into solution on how you can format the write-protected USB. There are many ways you can do this, just follow any of these methods below-

Note: Take a Backup of the data before going to format the drive.

1. Turn Write-Protection Switch Off

Some of the pen drives have write-protection switch which makes the data secure in it. You can move the switch down to disable the write-protection, then you can easily go for formatting such flash drives.

2. Format Write Protected USB using Command Prompt

Command Prompt or CMD is very reliable and easy option to format write-protected flash drives. This process can be applied to Windows 7 and Windows 10 both.

Follow the step-by-step procedure below-

Step-1
At first, connect your USB drive or SD card to PC, then click on WIndows-Start button and search for CMD.

Step-2
Once found, right-click on it and click on 'Run as Administrator'.

Step-3
Now, there will come a DOS window. Just type “disk part” and press Enter.

Step-4
After that type “list disk” and press Enter to see all the connected drives.to your PC.

Write-protected dos 1

Note: After pressing Enter, you will see like Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2 and so on. Here, Disk 0 is the hard drive and Disk 1 is the removable drive. If you had any problem to recognize just look for the size of each disk.

Step-5
Then type “select disk 1” (when the drive is disk 1) and press Enter to select that USB drive.

Write-protected dos 2 select disk

Note: Be careful whenever you select the disk name because choosing the wrong input might delete all the data from that selected drive.

Step-6
Now type “attribute disk clear readonly” and press Enter to remove the write protection.

Write-protected dos clear Write-protection

Step-7
Now type “exit” and press Enter to exit the process. Now close the CMD window.

After doing this process, your USB drive will be absolutely free from the write-protected problem and you will be able to easily copy or paste anything into your USB drive or SD card.

FAQ: How to know if the write-protection is removed without formatting the drive?...

Ans: Just try to rename the drive, if it is successful then it is clear that write protection is removed. Also, you can try to copy or paste any file into the drive. If happens successfully, this also indicates that device is no longer write protected.

3. Format Write-Protected Pen Drive [Registry Editor]

Another method to remove the write protection from any USB flash drive is by using the Windows Registry Editor settings. You can change the storage policies there easily by changing the value from 1 to 0. This process helps to format the write protected USB drive without any further problem. Just check out the procedure below:

Step 1
At first, click on Windows Start button and search for RUN just by typing there. Now type 'regedit' to open Windows Registry Editor.


Step 2
Now from the listed folders, click on 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE'.


Step 3
Now a list of folders will appear. Just click on SYSTEM folder.


Step 4
Then click on 'CurrentControlSet' folder and then click on 'Control' folder under this.


Step 5
Here you will find folders like 'Storage' and 'StoragePolicies'.


Step 6
You have to find the WriteProtect DWORD file from such folders.

Note: Sometimes folder name may be different but it would start with Storage...!

Step 7
Now right-click on the DWORD file and click on 'Modify'.

Format Write-Protected Pen Drive_Registry Editor

Step 8
Now add Value data there. Just change it from 1 to 0 and then click on 'OK'.

Format Write-Protected Pen Drive [Registry Editor]

That's all. Once you change the DWORD value to 0, you are all set to format the write protected drive now without any interruption.

Conclusion:
Formatting a write protected USB flash drive is not an easy task. However, you can try any of these methods to remove the write-protection problem quickly. You can recover the lost data in case you have deleted those while formatting. Still, if you need any formatting tool you can try any popular formatting tool from the internet. Here, just check with the CMD at first to simply get the problem fixed.

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