Remove USB WRITE PROTECTION

Remove Write Protection On USB Pen Drive or Memory Card or iPod

Trouble:

In the past we had received so many problems from the readers who have a problem in copying files on their USB portable devices like pen drives, memory card and iPod etc.

usb-drive-write-protected

According to the mails we had received about this problem, people have seen the following errors when their thumbs drives, memory card etc becomes write protected.

  • Cannot copy files and folders, drive is write protected
  • Cannot format the drive, drive is write protected
  • The disk is write protected
  • Remove write protection or use another disk
  • Media is write protected

Some times people say that suddenly their drive become write protected and they are not able to delete any files and folder on the drive and also not able to copy new files and folder to USB portable drive.

Let’s see how can you remove write protection on your portable devices like pen drives, memory cards, iPod and other USB mass storage devices.

Fix:

Write Protection on any portable USB Device can be applied by the physical lock provided on the card adjuster or some times provided on the pen drives, so make sure to make your drive not write protected by moving the lock in right direction.

But even after moving the physical lock for write protection the problem can happen due to some virus action. This happens when some virus or script which applies the registry hack to make any drive write protect when connected to the computer, In that case follow the procedure below to remove write protection from your pen drive.

1. Open Start Menu >> Run, type regedit and press Enter, this will open the registry editor.

2. Navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies

Note: If the registry key StorageDevicePolicies key does not exist, you will need to create it

Download this batch file called add.bat from here, and double click after download the key will be automatically added to registry.

write-protection-registry

3. Double click the key WriteProtect in the right pane and set the value to 0 in the Value Data Box and press OK button

disable-write-protection

4. Exit Registry, restart your computer and then again re-connect your USB pen drive on your computer. That is it, done.

In case you still find an issue, please leave a comment below.

Updated on 28th May 2009

After a lot of user comments telling that the above method does not work for them, we tell you another method which you can follow to solve the “Pen Drive is Write Protected” problem.

If the above method does not work for you, follow the below steps:

1. Copy all the important data from this drive to your computer because this method will format the drive and erase all the data on the pen drive.

2. Now download the Apacer Formatting Utility, Unzip this utility to a folder on your hard disk, preferably on a folder on desktop screen for easy access (Do Not Try To Save it on pen drive). Keep your pen drive plugged in, and double click on the Start.bat file in the folder where you unzipped the above utility. This will start formatting your pen drive, wait till the formatting completes and the LED on your pen drive stops blinking. Remove your pen drive after than and plug it in again.

The above two steps will solve the problem. If you still face the problem, follow the below steps:

1. Goto Start > Run, type cmd and press enter, this will open command prompt.

2. Type the following command on the command prompt replacing X with the drive letter of your pen drive.

CHKDSK X: /F

The above two methods will help you fix the problem.

Note: For all those who are out of luck in fixing the problem with their portable drives, I would suggest you to get your drives checked or replaced by the manufacturer to fix it for you

Comments

  1. There is no StorageDevicePolicies key.
    Do I create it ? and then create subkey named WriteProtect ?
    Waiting your reply .
    thanks alots.

  2. @Deyaa Addeen Fahmy Shedeed – Yes, if it does not exist you will need to create it, I have updated the article also on how can you create it simply. read the step 2 again

    thanks for pointing out. 🙂

  3. I could not find write protecter in right side pane. still i have the problem.please help!

  4. I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

  5. ok im haveing trouble with step 2 i add it and its not working or opening for me plz help

  6. I have done this procedure too and it has had no effect. I also modified the other control sets ie Control Set 1 Control Set 2 etc so that all backups were modified using the same criteria. Still not working.

    I was able to add files for a few seconds at one point (before) editing the registry) and then it stopped. In fact this worked effortlessly on the first computer I plugged it in to, but not on the second computer. I figured it was computer specific and a windows bug or something.

    I would really love to know the solution

  7. Hi, I was having this problem with an 8GB SDHC card, the tab was in the UNLOCK position, but it never sat quite right in the card reader (when fully inserted it was at a bit of an angle), and today it decided to give me WRITE-PROTECT errors when trying to delete some files.
    So the options were either buying a new card reader or cracking open this one for a ‘mechanical’ fix.
    Luckily I found your page here. It made sense that there would be a way to disable the lock/unlock check in RegEdit.
    So your method worked for me, using my SDHCcard, card reader with a bad write-protection detection switch, and WinXP SP2.
    Just thought I’d add this comment after seeing so many comments on it not working out for them.

  8. Oh i m very glad that i found solution from you and i will try it………
    Thank you very very much……..

  9. I have a problem. is the same nothing has changed after I did the whole procedure step by step and I rechecked and the value is still at 0 so does not look like that has anything to do with the write protection on the pen drive. I think this needs a very strong anti virus or a program made for this kind of virus that can find it and destroy it because I see the files but I cant delete them and my anti virus cant do anything to it.

  10. Thanks Rohit,
    I tried your solution and restarted my PC to load the changes. But still the problem is not solved. It still says that “Access is Denied.” when i create a file. Is there any Registry Cache or System Cache which i am missing to delete?

    I even tried re-installing the USB Driver and removed
    INFCACHE.1 from C:\WINDOWS\inf folder. usbstor.pnf file is loading properly and is having current date as last modified date.

    Previously it worked by deleting usbstor.inf.diabled and usbstor.pnf.disabled from windows/inf folder. I copied latest usbstor.inf file from c:\i386

    Note:There is no Physical Write Protect key for my Pen Drive.

  11. ok this happen to me when i install deep freeze.. when im installing deep freeze i forgot to remove my pen drive that time…. when im deleting file in my pen drive its always telling me an write protected…. any idea how to remove this error

  12. i have a problem. is the same nothing has changed after I did the whole procedure step by step and I rechecked and the value is still at 0 so does not look like that has anything to do with the write protection on the pen drive. I think this needs a very strong anti virus or a program made for this kind of virus that can find it and destroy it because I see the files but I cant delete them and my anti virus cant do anything to it. pls send reply as early as possible.. my 3 pendrives are like these same problem.

  13. hi i tried out ur method but its not working
    no button for my pen drive another pendrive is opening in my system but one is not opening pls tell me the solution

  14. i followed ur procedure.but not able to see storage device policies even after installing bat file..is there any other procedure for vista?

  15. you know what it seems that deep freeze was the start of all my problems with my computer…i really hate it…now i have a problem regarding my flash drive, not able to delete some files…how do i solve this?im really irritated already…i need help asap…tnx!

  16. i am having trouble with step 2. i can’t get StorageDevicePolicies key. everytime i press it nothing happens. please help. Answer soon.

  17. my flashdrive recently (dont ask how i have no clue) went from fat32 to raw i tried to reformat in device manager….no luck i tried your advice but its still saying that its write protected so i went back and double checked the values in the reg and the changes did hold but it didnt change or remove the write protection im at a loss…any1?i dont care about whats on the drive i just want to be able to use it again plz help!!!

  18. I tried your solution and it does not work.
    My iPOD classic 80 gb can go to disk mode but iTunes can not restore it. It seems ok when restoring but iPOD does not come back after iTunes finishes the restore proceedure. The disk start and start and start but not run with the Apple logo stuck on the screen.
    And HP Format Tool only shows dvice media write-protected.
    Windows does not see the hard drive.
    May be you have a another solution.
    I will be glad if you have one.
    Carlos

  19. hi..when i downladed the add.bat nothing happened to the registry editor…do i have to restart the computer so it would apply?

  20. hi..when i downloaded the add.bat nothing happened to the registry editor it didn’t apply…plz help..

  21. no storage device policy in my sysrem how to create and also the write protection

  22. Thnx a ton!!
    i was looking for this 4m so long..
    my external hard disk was locked…
    do these kind of things only happen by virus?

  23. I tried it but it was only good once. When I used it again the usb won’t work anymore. It remains write-protected even though I changed the value 1 into 0. What am I gonna do?

    Please help…

    Thanks…

  24. when i scanned my usb it has this RECYCLER thing that is so difficult to delete.

  25. Hey dude,

    You are the MAN. You actually help me to fix my issue with IPOD. Damn I was pissed off for last 1 month. Everytime I had tried to synchronized my IPOD to my system Itune it failed with write protection with error message 1429.

    I looked around to fix the issue on MAC forum but all the solution provided there was of no use.

    Then I though the error message is all about my IPOD is stopping me from writing anything on the device and hence I reached for how to remove write protection from IPOD and I have found your link.

    I just run your BAT file and then edit the DWORD value as per your instruction. Then I re-connected my IPOD and it get re-formated without any hitch.

    Thanks a lot for sharing such beautiful information.

    You are the MAN of moments 🙂

    cheers,

    Kunal

    Note : Guys if you don’t able to utilize the information then I will recomended you to learn about registry by googling it.

    The thread creator has tried his best through the forum. Its on us to have some background knowledge to fully utilized all the information mention here.

  26. hi i have done all the above procedure,but my usb still not formating
    the message is “disk is write protected”
    and other message is “formatting not completed”
    plz solve my problem

  27. I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

  28. pen drive 32 gb , when i am writing data on it in the middle of the process a message writing is not possible .the drive is write protected. i have tried it to format but there is also the same message. pls suggest me .

  29. I did everything and its still not working. My device doesn’t have a physical switch. I’ve tried to use DOS to “convert” and “format” and I get error messages. “device not ready, check that door isn’t open” I get a message something like that when I try to “convert” and when I try to “format” I get an error message that the second ntfs boot sector is unwriteable.. I tried to scan it for virus’s.. scan disk.. i am at a loss. how do i format this puppy into NTFS??? When I try to us HP disk converter it says that the drive is write protected. I’ve done everything on this web site. HELP

  30. I managed to follow everything but the “write-protected” message still kept on showing. Help? my usb is a transcend JF V30/2GB. Thanks

  31. I did everything and its still not working.my problem is The disk is write protected. Remove the write protection or use another disk.

  32. Thank you soooooooooooo much!!!I thought my mmc was gone for good,your tips really helped

  33. i still cant solve the problem of write protection on my transcend 8gb pendrive.
    how to fix?

  34. i did everithing you said, but still did not work, thanks any way.

  35. i am still having a problem because registery function is not avalable in start menu

  36. hi,
    i done the same process, but i am unable to disable the write protection.

    it is giving the error like ,

    \Device\Harddisk1\DR5

    What can i do , i am using transcand 8 gb pen drive ,

    Kindly provide more information to me ….

  37. Hi,
    i tried the above steps correctly but my pendrive is still like that only …..
    mine is 8Gb pendrive and it allows to copy upto 1.81Gb data after that it shows that your pendrive is write protected…
    Please help me to solve this problem..

  38. hai ,

    its very dificult to remove the write protect on pen drive even after the did the all steps. still its shows the error
    any one can help me. thanxs in advance

  39. I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

  40. I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. unable to write any of the usb drive.

  41. Hi,
    Thank you for ur post, but i still get trouble after trying both methods. First, My USB got “write protection” fault, after solving, it turned out to be “plz insert disk” and i cannot access my USB. :(( :((. Plz help me!!!

  42. I tried all the above said methods..
    but no improvement..
    can any one solve my problem…
    plz help……..

  43. hEy..it worked ..thanks alot dude..n ya one more thing ..restrt aint compulsory …newyz…thanks aton..

  44. i have tried evry thing bt the problem is same i can’t copy or format my
    4 GB Kingston drive. When it is plug in the error comes
    ” The disk can not be written to because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive\Device\Harddisk1\DR13

    plz help me out

    Hunter-87@live.com

  45. thanks bro for help me in remove write protection error of my pen drive …….lot of thanks onece again

  46. hi,
    I have a similar problem with a transcend 2GB pendrive which suddenly has become in accessible just as the discussion in here goes.I tried everything you said and on the internet.
    I even downloaded the format utility from transcendusa.com neither ur suggested apache format utility is detecting the drive..though windows does. Moreover the drive can be formatted in safemode so the pendrive is definitely undamaged right… and I have changed the registry values aswell.
    Please help me reincarnate my pendrive by suggesting a working solution. Is there any antivirus which can remove the virus from the pendrive?

    Thankyou.. 🙂

  47. i have tried all you given tricks

    but it’s useless i have Transcend 8GB

    pendrive please reply me soon…..

  48. hello sir i tried both the methods but none of them is working with my pen drive its still say pen drive is write protected.please help me.

  49. OMG i did all your methods and it still says write protected. It’s a mini sd card in a usd card.

  50. i did all you said and this bullshit is having the same fucking problem 🙁

  51. my ipod has 1 gb memory but its feeding upto only 120mb as am trying to feed more than tat its gving error that the disk is write protected. plzz gv me the solution for that….
    PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  52. i brought a 2GB MicroSD card with its adaptor, when i inserted the card into the phone and tried to open the files in it, it said “Error, Try Again”. so i put it in the adaptor and inserted into my digital camera and formatted it. after that it was taking pictures but after i’d imported the pictures from the memory card and i tried deleting them off it it said “Memory card write-protected, Remove write-protection or use another disk”. so its letting me take pictures but it won’t open in my phone and it won’t let me transfer any wallpapers, music or ring tones to itself! help me what shall i do! reply quickly please!

  53. This is awesome. I just read it and then got the help instantly. Nice job trouble fixers.

  54. I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My memory card don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.pls give any other solution and any other software is there for this porblem.

  55. still i have problem of write protected.
    I have done all of the above procedure which you suggest

  56. thank you very very very much my flash return again and i cant thank you

  57. Hi,

    I tried all above and still facing the issue and my memory card still gives me an error message “The disk is write protected…….”. Please advice as i am finding it tough

    Harish

  58. hai…thank u very much for the solution about write protected remover….thank a lot…yeah!!!

  59. I have problem with 32 GB Kingston Pen Drive. I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

  60. hi to all, to remove any problems like “write protection”,”low disk space” in any pendrive.

    solution:
    insert ur pendrive, if u have any MAC operating system,just insert into DVD drive then restart,then
    -press f8 then
    -type ” -v -voodoo”
    -then black screen ll go for some times
    -click to continue
    – in the next window click UTILITY from menu bar then click on disk utility
    -then choose ur pendrive in explorer left side
    -then click on erase
    -format in “journeld-extended”
    -again format in FAT
    be sure u have put legacy usb:”disabled”.

    MAC ll change file allocation table.now come into windows check ur pendrive.

  61. Thanks for Your Solution,

    Its working Perfectly…..Is it Creates any problem in future?

  62. There is a write-protection tab on the sd card HOLDER. Every time you insert this into your PC or card holder, this tab slides to the write protect position. Either keep resetting, inserting & reinserting until it doesn’t slide or tape it down.
    My problem solve finally
    just becos the button

  63. thank you for your advice.
    I followed the first steps in the registry and it worked.
    again thank you.

  64. Hey Man….

    The last method CHKDSK :X /F worked when I was almost exhausted with the patience.

    Thanks man… you are the best… May GOD bless you with all your wishes… 🙂

    Best Regards
    Kunal Zope.

  65. I’m facing this problem, the strange thing is, i can copy some files but then let’s say after 4% of the copying job, it stops and says about the write protection issue!

    I’ve tried the chkdsk operation, and i got the following error:

    ———————————————————–
    The disk cannot be written to because it is write protected. Pelase remove the write protection from the volume in drive
    \Device\Harddisk1\DR1.
    ———————————————————–

    when I tried to format the pen drive using the Apacer Formatting tool provided by you. I got this error:

    ————————————–
    C:\HS2.0_tility_LFormat\pen2pref.exe
    Device Not Found/n
    C:\HS2.0_tility_LFormat\pause
    Press any key to continue . . .
    ————————————–
    My pendrive is 16 GB brand “pqi”

    I really hope it’s back alive.

  66. Thank you very much man!!! It did the trick! Amaizing, I tried different methods at the end this is the only method which worked. Thanks buddy!

  67. i do all the steps, and when i try to do chkdsk it say that: the type of the file system is RAW. CHDDSK is not available for the RAW drive
    thanks

  68. Hello everyone,

    I am using Nokia N72 (Memory Card: 1GB MMC). I am using USB card reader to transfer any file to/from MMC (Windows Platform: Windows XP). But one day some problem occurred, it started showing error message that the memory card is write protected. I checked in my mobile, whether any password protection was made. But there was no such password protection. I tried to format it from PC, again it failed. Then I tried to format it with mobile itself, which worked. But still I am not able to copy to/from MMC and getting message that “Cannot copy (file name): The disk is write-protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk.”

    Please help me on this. Pls…………………………

  69. i couln get the storage device policy n wen i added it write protect was not der??
    plz help..
    m not able to do it in the 2nd way also

  70. thanks for providing the solution

    But it is not working on mine. I am using microSD for my digital camera. I use cable to attach to my laptop because i do not have card reader.

    I followed ur steps, but.. ;__; it is jz not working. I do not know what happen on it. Even though i tried on the “APACER” is not even formatting it. So.. i got no idea what had went wrong.

    Any idea? D:

  71. None of these methods worked, and when I tried the “CHKDSK X: /F” method, I got the message “Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected”

    Yes, Windows, I know. That’s why I’m doing this.

    Can anyone help!?

  72. Thanks so very much. I was having write protection problem and by following this procedure Alhamdulillah the problem is fixed.

    if any one have this problem please try this procedure once. Inshallah you will get the results.

    Thanks bro…!

  73. Hi every one,
    i got the solution for this, download “fat32format.exe”
    and cope it in to C: drive, then run cmd type comande

    fat32format.exe X: (X is your pendrive leter)

    good luck

  74. my 4gb kingston pendrive become write protected plz help me how can i solve my problem……
    i hope u wil solve my problem………..

  75. Hello everyone,
    I am using Nokia 6630/3230/n73 (3 Memory Card: 1GB MMC). I am using USB card reader to transfer any file to/from MMC (Windows Platform: Windows XP). But one day some problem occurred, it started showing error message that the memory card is write protected. I checked in my mobile, whether any password protection was made. But there was no such password protection. I tried to format it from PC, again it failed. Then I tried to format it with mobile itself, which worked. But still I am not able to copy to/from MMC and getting message that “Cannot copy (file name): The disk is write-protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk.”
    Please help me on this. Pls…………………………

    i have tried everything but the problem is same i can’t copy or format my
    4 GB Kingston drive. When it is plug in the error comes
    ” The disk cannot be written to because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive\Device\Harddisk1\DR13
    plz help me out

  76. i did what it said and it didnt work im using a kingston 8GB pendrive and it never did that to me plase help me with this problem.

  77. my pen drive was write protected bu i followed steps said by you and now my pen drive is working nicely so i want to say thanks to you……………

  78. I’ve got a Jetflash 64gb usb and it’s doing this. Really don’t want to go out and get another! 🙁 None of the above methods worked. Any other ideas?

  79. There is no StorageDevicePolicies key. i used vista. what can i do?
    waiting for reply bye.

  80. It worked the first time but after i remove the usb and use it elsewhere and come back to my computer, the problem still persist

  81. hey man
    i have a pen drive with 8gb
    but it is coping only upto 2gb and
    showing that it is write protected
    as i seened in the website about the storage device
    but in my vista their is no storage device
    what should i do should i need to download
    i hope that you will give me a suggestion

  82. Dear sir,
    I have 1GB & 2GB transcend pendrive.I m not able to format that pendrive.Because pendrive is write protected.How can i format the pendrive.give the solution & send me write protected pen drive format utility….

  83. Can someone help me with, I’ve got windows Vista, and I downloaded the add.bat file, but there is no storagedevice file…thing. I really need help with this problem. Thanks in advance.

  84. I have a 4gb kingstone pendrive
    and tried all above tricks but still error comes
    Please help me..

  85. yaar my transcend pendrive is cured with the above method,,, but my another kingstone 4 gb is showing same error,,,, and when im trying to set that value again to zero it is already showing 0. help me out yaar.

  86. whoever posted the way to solve the problem…my pc was checked by i don know by how many people…they told me to reformat he window….an im like havn i don know how many gb data….but this thing worked actually…an i did it myself….thx alot….thxxthxxx…alot…

  87. I HAVE 8GB TRANSCEND USB I TRY ALL YOUR SOLUTION BUT IT DIDN’T WORKS PLS HELP.. HOW CAN I REMOVE THE WRITE PROTECT

  88. wat abt win 7, i am unable to do it by any of these ways,

    there is no option by the name of storagedevicepolicies

  89. hi…my prblems is I can frmat my pndrive sometime n sometime cannot because it say the disk is write protected n please remove the write protect in drive/device/harddisk.l/dr19
    I can figure how to find this thing…after I frmat my pendrive its all clear but when I want to transfr data to my pendrive only part of file can transfer in and after that it say it was write protected say like before…I hope somebody could solve my problems….my pendrive is kingston usb flash 2.0(kingmax 8Gb)

  90. i followed all the ways u said but i cant solve my problem same problem is continuing like this disk is write proteted please send me reply fast thank you

  91. Hi,
    I done the same process, but i am unable to disable the write protection. I still face the same problem.
    it is giving the error

    \Device\Harddisk1\DR5

    What can I do now
    Kindly provide me more information…

  92. Thanks a lot. The first method solve my problem.Mine was Transcend 4 gb model JF V30 usb pen drive. Thanks again for helping.

  93. ALL The above methods did not work for me. My USB is: 16-gig A-Data USB FLASH DISK. When I try to access it, it says “you need to format your disk” or something like that. then when I try to format it, it STILL SAYS “cannot be formatted because disk is WRITE-PROTECTED! this is so frustrating.. HELP!!!…

  94. The first method did not work for me. I downloaded the Apacer Formating Utility, But that didn’t work either. It keeps saying Device not found. Anybody got any suggestions? (I’m using a computer with Windows 7 by the way.)

  95. STEPS TO REMOVE WRITE PROTECTION:
    1}CREATE FILE NAME DISABLEWP.BAT BY COPYING FOLLOWING CODE ON NOTEPAD AND SAVING IT AS DISABLEWP.BAT

    cd\
    reg add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies” /t Reg_dword /v WriteProtect /f /d 0

    2)COPY PASTE THIS FILE TO STARTUP FOLDER OF C:DRIVE

    THIS WILL REMOVE WRITE PROTECTION EVERY TIME U START YOUR PC AND PLUG IN UR PENDRIVE.

    3)TO FORMAT MMC CARDS USE MMCMEDIC SOFTWARE ITS EXCELLENT SOFTWARE.
    4) TO PREVENT AUTORUN.INF INFECTION USE AUTORUN EATER SOFTWARE
    5)PLEASE DONT FORGET TO RUN BOOT SCAN

    HOPE THIS WAS HELPFULL

  96. hey thank u very much…….this post was very helpfull and it solved my prob…..cheers:-)

  97. i am having problem with my pen drive. when i open its properties it shows that the free space and used space is zero.and when i click on open it shows that you should format ur pen drive.when i i start formatting it shows that tyour pen drive is write protected

  98. i repaired a 8GB transcend JFV10 pen drive as follows:
    1.)i tried the registry fix and set write protection to 0 but it didn’t work
    2.)i tried low level formatting,it did not detect the pen drive
    3.)so i downloaded the jet flash online recovery tool from http://transcendusa.com and ran it,i set it to remove all the data,surprisingly the first time it didn’t work,i ran it again
    ,now i tried to open the pen drive n it showed that i had to format it,when i tried formatting it showed disk is write protected
    4.)so now after applying the registry fix i restarted the pc n tried to format it…lo n behold it completed successfully
    5.)i don’t know whether it works for other brands
    specs:
    operating system:windows 7
    pen drive:transcend jfv10 8GB
    file format:fat32
    formatted capacity:7.46GB

  99. I haven’t remove write-protect on my memory on following introduction of avobe you given.

  100. hi thank you so much i am very much happy when i follow all the instruction my scandisk for cellphone is now not protected.

    But the big problem is after i added some pictures and other music i cannot use my scandisk anymore.

    When i turn it back to my laptop still it never been read anymore. Both in my laptop and my cellphone.

    What happen? Why it cannot read anymore?

    Why i cannot use my disk anymore?

    Pls help me i’ll be waiting for your reply

    Tnx and Godbless

    Arielle

  101. thnx alooooooooot willwarriorasp fpr this,i have the same flash as u and it worked…

  102. really helped me it has a lock on the side that i didnt know what it did now i do thanks

  103. I tried exactly what is told…. but still the same problem persists… should I actually format my pendrive
    is there any other solution

  104. thanks men…

    It help a lot… my USB drive is now accessible…

    Keep it up!!!

    God bless..

  105. My pen drive was write protected and could not use for more than 1 week. I had tried several other option including formatting utility but nothing worked. I tried modifying Reg Key as mentioned by you and it worked. Thanks for the solution.

  106. ☼_☼ i try this formula but no changes!…

    ☼_☼ the write protection in my flash drive is not remove.

    ☼_☼ is this true?..the formula above?..why it’s not work to my usb?..

  107. omg!!! ive been searching for answers all over the net…tnx a lot!!!!!

  108. thank you.for giving me this information

    I was done . my memory cardwas formatted.

  109. thnks a lot …there was a physical lock on my card reader..unlocked it..nd problem solved.

  110. hey, i really got a problem with this…its on my laptop and tried all of the given and its still not working…. please help me…

  111. can someone help me..i can’t format my 8gb sandisk sdhc..i’ve formating it using the formatting process winXP..but it only shows an error in formating..i’ve already tried cardrecovery, low disk formating,Zero assumption recovery, HP USB disk recovery, SDformatter.

    ORIGINAL
    file size: 8gb
    but only shows
    file size: 30.6 mb and the used & free space in the pie graph shows zero space.

    file type should be in fat( i guess) but it shows it’s in RAW

    it’s also write-protected..

    can someone help me recover my memory card…need it badly…please

  112. Thank you very much “Willwarriorasp” your solution worked very well my flash has started working fine now.

  113. hi,
    i done the same process, but i am unable to disable the write protection.

    it is giving the error like ,

    \Device\Harddisk1\DR5

    What can i do , i am using 8 gb pen drive ,

    Kindly provide more information to me ….

  114. i done the same process, but i am unable to disable the write protection.

    it is giving the error like ,

    \Device\Harddisk1\DR11

    What can i do , i am using 8 gb pen drive ,

    Kindly provide more information to me ….

  115. tttttttttttthhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnkkkkkkkkksssssssssss

  116. Hey Rohit!
    Thanks for your post, it really saved me loads of effort!
    I’ve looked through thousands of web pages, but your post is the first to save my port! Thanks so much for this!

  117. I have pen drive of trasend 4Gb, i had follow your direction to remove write protected.
    however by double clicking on writeprotect, the box open with name is Edit DWORD value,
    ant in your website it is Edit DWORD (32 bits) value, what i should do to remove write protect from my pen drive….

  118. i have tried everything but the problem is same i can’t copy file to or from my
    8 GB trenscan drive. When i copy the error comes
    ” The disk cannot be written to because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive\Device\Harddisk1\DR1

    plz help me out..

  119. hi i followed the above step for unlocking my pen drive but was unable to do so
    please help

  120. it works.. thanks for ur recomended solutions.. I can use my usb now… thanks again and more power

  121. Thank u very much for this.. I have successfully removed write protection from my pen drive!!

  122. Cool..
    It really helped.
    For those who r still finding it difficult:
    After u follow those two steps- right click on the USB drive icon and format it.
    Just a simple format would do the trick

  123. Thanks God!!!!!!!!!! 1st one method works for my problem and thank u for him/her, who posted the solution over here,,…

  124. Right, when i have to run the Bat file (?) it finishes installing but I can’t find it so i don’t know whether it’s successfully worked? I’m really confused. :\
    Help please? Thanks x

  125. Author

    @AbbieLouise
    If you are not sure whether the bat file is working for you or not, please use the manual method which involved opening regedit and adding the key.

  126. pls. help me whenever ill format my pen drive(flash device) system should be display a message “The device is Write-Protect”. please tell me what to do..

  127. i was faching problem in using external storage divice shown that its written protection
    i am a user of window 7 ulitmate

  128. Hi,

    I did all tips u have been given but still i m having same problem with my pendrive please do needfull.

  129. Thnx a lot Dude!!!
    It works..:)
    But now i got an another problem in my sd card ..”MSDC Read Error”
    can u tell me how i will remove this problem..plz HELP!!!!!

  130. the add.bat i downloaded wont work..i opened it then it suddenly closed..plss help me

    1. Author

      @michael castriciones

      the file is supposed to add a registry entry. If its not working on your PC, then plz follow the manual instructions in this article, it does the same thing as the add.bat file.

  131. this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thank for all these online supports. thes suports gives us to lurn to much things

    god bless u
    thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

    🙂

  132. I am sunil, I have JetFlash Transcend 8 GB USB Flash Drive, I face the Window – Write Protect Error. I follow the given step but still problem not solved. My pen Drive took the data upto 3.35 GB easily, If I intalled more data then show me Window – Write Protect Error. Pls suggust me how to solve this problem ASAP.

  133. sir, I have problem in formatting my 16gb hp pen drive. Whenever i try to format it, it shows “cannot format because of I/O error” and i tried many ways but of no use. please say me the way to format it sir…..
    It contains things that are copied five times in it and virus in it and to delete the virus also it is showing the same error sir.

  134. I’m having the same problem with my mp4, and tried your advice..nothing worked….. Any ideas :'(

  135. i am facing still a problem.my usb drive is not formatting aftar all these procedures.i am facing still a msg “usb drive is write protected”.how can i remove this write protection msg…plz give me solid methods to remove it….thanks

  136. Hi,
    I have 4 GB moserbaer Pen drive but it show write proteded i have tried all given salution but i,m still faching problem . if any other salution plz help me .

  137. I’m follow the given steps but i’ve still my problems please give me solution to save my pendrive.

  138. i’ve used all the above mentioned method but also the problem on the drive is same.Is there any new methods to recover the write protect for the pendrive?

  139. My mmc card’s still showing the same msg dude!! If u get any solution jus mail it 2 me!!

  140. Hey,

    Thanks man! You are a life saver. I thought I would never be able to use my 8 GB pen drive again.I would also mention that the utility method works best!

  141. sir i dont have storage device polices i make the key but its not working please help me

  142. Hi,
    I’ve 16 Pendrive, and whenever I want to delet or copy any file it says disk write protected. I tried ur way but the problem is still there. I am really fed up by now………….So desp. waiting for some more suggesation. Thank u in advance

  143. Thank for the support. above information really help me to remove write protection finally….
    Thanks lot …

  144. hi i did all this
    but still my pen drive is write protected
    and i m unable to copy any thing in it

  145. Hi, my pendrive is not working properly. When i open my drive, a message pops up saying, ”You need to format the drive before you can use it. Do you want to format it? ” and when I try to format it, a message pops up saying ” The disk is write protected”.
    How will I solve this problem?
    Please e-mail me any solutions about this problem.

  146. Hello everyone,

    I am using Nokia N72 (Memory Card: 1GB MMC). I am using USB card reader to transfer any file to/from MMC (Windows Platform: Windows XP). But one day some problem occurred, it started showing error message that the memory card is write protected. I checked in my mobile, whether any password protection was made. But there was no such password protection. I tried to format it from PC, again it failed. Then I tried to format it with mobile itself, which worked. But still I am not able to copy to/from MMC and getting message that “Cannot copy (file name): The disk is write-protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk.”

    Please help me on this. Pls…………………………

  147. Hi, regarding step 2, i have downloaded the add.bat batch file but still cannot find the storagedevicepolicies key in the registory editor. i have tried it a few times now and it doesn’t seem to come up. Is there any other way i could get that key in the registory editor so i could move on to the next step. Many thanks in advance.

  148. i have done 3steps to remove write protection from pendrive but still it is not going for getting in cmd iam getting that “the type of file system is raw chkdsk is not available for raw drives” iam getting like this in cmd prompt so,pls help me to remove write protection from pendrive

  149. Thank and lot of thanks.. your tips and advice very big help me.
    cheeerrrrssssss..

  150. i used all d metods listed here and there but all of them of no use and my pendrive is still not working….its 4gb iball………………………

  151. i done the same process, but i am unable to disable the write protection.

    it is giving the error like ,

    \Device\Harddisk1\DR11

    What can i do , i am using 8 gb pen drive ,

    Kindly provide more information to me ….

  152. i can’t open and save any files. how to unlocked the wirte protected in the device. or open it?. kindly provide me more info.

  153. thanks dear………it works……..

    but can u plz tell which is this virus which do this trouble and which is the best antivirus to remove that virus……..

  154. i can’t format my pen drive i applied your three option but it doesn’y work

  155. hello!!!!!!!!!! i tried all of ur optons but nothing is working… so please… post any other options at the earliest……….

  156. I have remove write protection from my pendrive but still its not working. When I click to format it, after sometime a message comes up saying, “Windows cant format your pendrive”. Why is this happening?

  157. It doesn’t work, I tried all the three solutions with no results…maybe the pen drive is broken…I have a 4 GB Verbatim STORE N GO.

  158. I have done all of the above several times, so I know it was done well. However all my external U.S.B. storage devices are still write protected. Please help.

  159. l was unable to solve the problem using both options.apecer didn’t see the disk,asked for pen drive storage.now no disk error even displays on desktop

  160. well i think most of us have a problem because our system is windows vista and windows 7
    to solve follow the same steps in window xp….

    this worked for me u no?

  161. i downloaded the formatting software but there is no response on the led and my laptop is windows xp plzzzzzzz help!!!!!

  162. Hi… This is Gopi.. i had this same issue now i have find the solution.. pls visit the site “http://usa.apacer.com/us/support/downloads.asp” download the utility called (USB Flash Drives V1.8A).. after finished download.. unzip the Repair File(Repair_v2.9.1.8A) and Run the Formatter.exe… That’s it..

    The above two steps will solve the problem. If you still face the problem, follow the below steps:
    Download the tool called: (HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool)
    Format your USB by using this Tool…

  163. i have a problem in my pen drive (it is write protected)
    i have used both the technical process but it still have a problem

  164. Hi,thanks for the suggession for removing steps for write protection, i created all those which u had emntioned but still i cane able to format my pendrive and still it is in write protected can u suggest any other solution for this

  165. Solution: 1
    I know this problem is also occurring these days without this switch but not to worry. Just download this helpful software from here(http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/HDD-Low-Level-Format-Tool.shtml) and run it to execute a “low-level format” on the drive. This software is quite handy and may take few attempts to actually remove the error.

    Solution :2
    For that:
    1. Run diskmgmt.msc in Run.
    2. In the disk management window, select the pen drive, right click on it and click on Format.
    3. Now choose the File System and Allocation Unit Size and do not check the boxes below.

    Click OK and the drive will be reusable after this.

    Solution : 3
    (http://www.box.net/shared/9hgp81ndgs) using which we can easily this write protection problem.

    solution :4

    Steps to make your drive Write Protected:

    1. Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in Run dialog.

    2. Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\

    3. Find a sub key inside it named “StorageDevicePolicies”. If it does not exist there then we need to make it. Right click on “Control” key -> New -> Key. Name it “StorageDevicePolicies” without quotes.

    4. Now right click on this newly created key and then click New -> DWORD value and name it as “WriteProtect”.

    5. Modify this key and give it a value 1.

    6. Click OK, and remember to restart the PC.

    Now no more data can be transferred to the drive but to start using the drive again just give the “WriteProtect” key a value of 0 instead of 1 and restart the PC.

  166. Thank you all! These are more or less the available resources to fix this problem. I am sharing my experience about the generation of this problem of ‘write protection’. Apart from the virus/trojan horse or physical lock, there is another culprit which has caused this problem to me almost on every occasion. YOU SHOULD TRY TO SAFE REMOVE YOUR PEN DRIVE/HARD DRIVE FROM YOUR PC ALWAYS! Whatever might be your hurry, pls do not force pull out the drive. On many occasions nothing will happen. But, once in 20 or 30 occasion you will find that your drive gets corrupt or ‘gets’ write protected after you have simply pulled out your pen drive out of the PC without going for safety removal. Thanks. Bye.

  167. i have 4gpb transcend pendrive , its affected a problem of write protection or another use,
    please tell the solve solution of its problem

  168. i have 8gpb imitation pendrive , its affected a problem of write protection or another use,
    please tell the solve solution of its problem

  169. Cannot navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies. Because “StorageDevicePolicies” not found.

  170. I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

  171. Hello Rohit..
    yes u need to create that key in right side panel..
    cd\
    reg add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies” /t Reg_dword /v WriteProtect /f /d 1
    copy the above command in the notepad and save it as a name of key.bat after that just double click it.. that’s it…

  172. Hello Rohit..
    yes u need to create that key in right side panel.. try this step:

    cd\
    reg add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies” /t Reg_dword /v WriteProtect /f /d 1

    copy the above command in the notepad and save it as a name of key.bat after that just double click it.. that’s it…

  173. Hello

    I hahe a big problem with my 2.5″ samsung hard drive 500 gb
    I can`t format the hard, olways message (the disc is write protected)

    what can i do
    please help

    sorry on my bad english

  174. My problems to you solve very quickly
    rempve the write protection to another disk
    pls confirm to ansawer very Thanks

  175. After applying above given procedure to remove write protection on my pendrive. I have still same problem occuring again and again on using the pendrive now please tell me what to do now

  176. After trying to add the StorageDevicePolicies and editing it, then restarting PC it still did not solve my problem, i cannot copy, save open or even backup my USb and it has all my college work on it…please is there a way you can help? :'(

  177. Wow,
    I thought my pen drive is use less, but I am searching something else and I found this website. It nice define “how to Remove Right Protection into your Pen drive”.
    I have this kind of problem last 3 months. But my Pen drive is working properly.
    thanks guys…..

  178. I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry but still cant see StorageDevicePolicies . Is this because of os vista.

  179. My problem is that my pendrive slowly detects and it hangs my lappi……
    But when i try to format my pendrive the error comes that Windows can’t complete the format…..
    Plz give me the solution to format my pendrive and to take use of my pendrive….

  180. i m not able to copy paste any data from my pc to my memory card, a problem occures this disk is write protected. kindly give me any solution

  181. Hi,
    I have a SILICON POWER Flash Memory (8 GB of size).
    I test your “OFFER” and windows cannot format the Removebale.
    Error Message is “disk is write protected”.

  182. Hi,

    Iam Facing the Same Problem inspite of following the Above Instructions.Still ma Pendrive is showing the Write Protection after having changed the Edit DWORD Value to Zero(0).Pls suggest.

  183. when i formate memory card the message is come that this diks is write protection

  184. My Lgear 4gb usb disk write protected by itself, tried windows registry fix and lformat utility… none of them worked. However, with a despair try, I got it fixed by the following steps:
    1. pluged in the usb disk to a mp4 player (my model: ainol v8000hdy)
    2. deleted several files successfully in the mp4 file explorer (no write protected message pop up)
    3. unpluged the usb drive from mp4 player, and pluged it into my pc (windows xp sp3)
    4. copyed and deleted a test file successfully no more write protection
    5. run chkdsk /f and fixed the corrupt file system, the usb drive was back to life since then.
    That’s it. Good luck!

  185. hey buddyy…
    it couldnt solve my problem…
    actully the disk protected error is occuring with my memory card…when i connect it to my computer using card reader..
    can u help for this????????????????????

  186. I did all the above said but still my pen drive say the same right protected so could not make any changes kindly help me out.

  187. there is no storage device policies in that path
    so how i remove the virus

  188. yeah really its work very well …and no need of any Anti-virus Thanx 🙂

  189. Sir, Iam having a problem in my Sony Ericsson Phone Memory. there are two songs in the phone memory and i cant delete those songs. Because it is Writ-Protected. and is Read-only. Please help me or give some suggessions to my mail to delete those mp3 files.

  190. dint work for me,
    when i delete or paste any file it happens but after unplugging the usb every data deleted or replaced comes back.
    my problem started when i copied a MP4video file which was half converted ,please help me

  191. I have done everything on this forum but still i get the same result. maybe its time to give up..into the garbage arrgghh

  192. my 2GB micro SD card’s workin wen i access thro ma fone… but not workin wen i access thro d adapter.. kingston…

  193. I downloaded “add.bat” file, but still i couldn’t find StorageDevicePolicies folder. Now how can i remove this write protection from my pendrive…. please help me….

  194. When I press OK at the very end of the procedure (after I’ve typed in the 0), I get a new error pop-up:

    “Error Editing Value

    X Cannot edit WhiteProtect: Error writing the value’s new contents.”

    What does this mean? :S

  195. Hey,
    When i go To Cmd Prompt and Type the Following Thing!! Its Shows Cannot Format cause its Write Protected!! Can you Help me with it.??

  196. hey thnanxx a lott..ur first suggestion worked fine n I’m able to use my pen drive..thanxx again..

  197. I am using the above two steps but after using these metion methods the pen drive write protection not remove please give another methods

  198. I have tried all of the above methods…nothing worked for me……

    1.It’s working fine with my friend’s pc —so no issue with memory card

    2.i am able to view or copy the files from my memory card—so no issue with memory card reader

    Hence, its all about the problem with my pc.

    Kindly help me……………..

  199. Ello There,

    StorageDevicePolicies could not be created on my Laptop it might not be compatible with Windows7 or I don’t know how does it works please kindly help me.

    Thanks

  200. I followed your procedure/steps. still the problem did not solve. I am unable to format my pen drive. still it says the pen drive is write protected

  201. I face problem to remove write protection option on 2gb memory card after appling above method and also does not stor storagpolicies in registry ………….i am using win7…….plz give me another solution as soon as posible…………
    Thanks in advance..:)

  202. I am not able to format my pendrive. every time got the message ” windows was unable t0 complete format”. some time disk is wirte protected mode message shown.

    how to sovle this problem.

  203. my memory can not delete or format, the memory card is showing write protected.
    Plz. who I can format my memory card.

  204. i have tried all 3 mathod but it still show me that msg of write protected,plz help me…….

  205. there have no key of storage device policies ,i dounload and run add.bat but no option is come and i also create a key storage device policies but problem is not solve so please me solution

  206. Sorry I tried both above mentioned solution but i couldn’t format or remove write protection from my pendrive 🙁

  207. thank you for this … it may solve my problem…thank you alot:)

    Thanks
    Juagl Negi

    .

  208. hi for those who does not work the add batch file, just right click and run it as administrator, it will add the entry in registry, for windows 7 and vista…

  209. to remove write protect its simple frnd just do like this

    1.start in that regedit
    2.hk load m/c………………
    3.system
    4.control set001
    5.control device
    6.storage
    7.write protected make it 0 then restart the pc u r work done

  210. I have done every thing but can’t remove the problem.my system windows7 home basic 64bit…………… help me please!

  211. helo..
    i have a prob with my SD card….. actually here already have a file….then whatever thing will be in this file as a main file…but i just delete this file then i keep some mp3 file directly without create u file….then the problem is i never can delete the mp3 file & format my SD card…when i want 2 format it, its keep written ‘write-protected’…so how 2 overcome it..?

  212. even the value is set to “0” it didnt worked still it is showing ie write protected mode

  213. Thank You Very Much

    Its very uiseful infor for me if you have more infor about repair windows files for safe windows xp or other useful tricks then plz send me

    Thanks Again

  214. I spent 12 hours looking for a solution before finding this page, and I’d just like to say thanks.

    My 8GB Maxell Xtractor USB Stick had become “Write Protected”, after I’d tried to batch-encode some media files contained on it. It wasn’t physically damaged, there’s no copy protect switch on the stick… Windows XP Pro was recognizing it as a removable drive, but was unable to format due to it being allegedly “write protected.” It still displayed the correct drive size, albeit as a RAW format and not FAT32.

    I tried all kinds of different formatting utilities. I tried booting in Safe Mode with DOS Commands and running a format; it still appeared to be copy protected. Nothing worked…

    So, I added the Registry entry as above, then amended the value to zero – still no luck.

    Out of frustration, I decided to try the JetFlash Online Recovery tool – even though my stick was manufactured by Maxell…

    http://www.transcendusa.com/Products/online_recovery_2.asp?dw=1

    Unbelievably, it worked. I don’t know how, but it worked. 🙂

    If anybody still has the same problem, I’d urge you try the JetFlash Online Recovery tool. Just make sure you unplug any other external drives with the same storage capacity as your USB stick, because it identifies the USB stick by disk size.

    A HUGE thankyou to willwarriorasp whom posted the link in their above comments – I could kiss you!!!

  215. HI I Had tried it but my pen drive have still write protection problem please tell me other solution.

  216. the first did not work but, the second method worked fine, but for future safety i’ve tried the 3rd one also and both worked fine. Thank You very much.

  217. Done everything but Still cant format ,, 4GB Iball

    format starts ,, goes to 99% but at the end unable to format ..

    CHKDSK dosent works coz it is not accessed

  218. my pen drive is not accessible when i open it a msg occurs that it is not completely formated but when i try to format it then it again does not complete the format…i also tried to chk dsk bt it failed toooooo

    initially i had a problem of write protection of dsj so i formatted it once and after that m facing the above mention problems

  219. i am not able to fix the problem it is giving me message that
    The NTVDM cpu has encountered an illlegal instruction.
    CS;0557 IP;0100 op;63 64 5c 0a 72 chose’close’ to terminate the application..
    please tell me now what i have to fix this probem.

  220. Thank you very much your fix tool and your good advise, yet I still can’t fix my problem. I think like you said that I should contact my manufacturer to check it for me.
    Thank You! 😀

  221. i am not fixed the problem by applying the above three procedures. so please tell me another procedure that can solve the problem.thanks

  222. Thankyou so much..I really really thank you because I fixed my write protected flashdrive by following the steps. I thought i was hopeless.. .thankyou again and more power…

  223. @Jack–Thnxx broo..itttt workedd..

    GUYZ JUS TRY DIS..IN D ABOVE SECTION..MAKE A NOTEPAD FILE WID THOSE INSTRUCTION..PASTE THIS FILE IN STARTUP FOLDERS OF C DRIVE..ITS READYYYY..:)))

    thnxxx JACK BROOO.. It really helped..

  224. heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy thnxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx alottttttttttttttttttt dude guddd jobbb…

  225. thanx it really works for memory card
    any user if having problem like this plz try it.

  226. Hi. I tryed this what you sead and then restarted my computer and when i reatached mu ipod to my laptop it wonte automaticly reconize that it attached and wonte load on my laptop no more plzz helppp!!!!!!!!!!!!

  227. after i’ve read all comments below..and i tried the step..but the problem is still the same..the step is not function for store files to thumdrive!!!hmm..help help help!!!

  228. C:\HS2.0_tility_LFormat\pause
    Press any key to continue . . .
    my pen drive was not format with all your suggestions, so these suggestions are useless to me

  229. hey buddy thanx a lot it really worked.. i am still amazed… thanx a lot buddy.. the method of regedit worked… and to fox a pendrive one should go for this only……Neil.Drew

  230. sir thanks alot for solving my problem…u know i was very confused before 8 days…
    but when i try ur method then my problem finish…
    thankx very much

  231. In windows7 place the cusrsor on the drive you want to remove the write protection. Just right click and after that click on the property than a dialogue box will appear and youneed to click on security option. Place the cursor on users and click on edit option. Again one dialogue box appears and you just need to mark right against full control, modify and write but do remember only do those things under allow option colomns…….It really works guys……….. Even you can use this option for memory cards.

  232. i guess it will work.But i can’t guarantee it.just try it and we will search it if it doesn’t work

  233. What can i do that my system do not show storagedevicepolicies. my system is running in window 7 os. pls send me some more tips to remove “the disk write is protected”.

  234. If anyone should encounter the “suddenly write-protected flash drive”-problem again, first try to “eject” it, remove it and then plug it in.

  235. my memory card is infected with a virus named prince and svchhost.exe …
    It will corrupt data and also delete some data everyday
    Please help me

  236. I can not pemanently delete the data from memory card, when I delete it again & again appears in SD Card, quick heal shows virus in recycler {36436-46377-362354464793}msconfig.exe. in every time, and SD card cannot be format.
    Pl. suggest the solution.

  237. thanx alot brother ….it was working…thnk god and for you also…….thnx….thnx

  238. I tried the guides above and I know that I follow it well but their nothing happening..I’m using window 7 OS..I saw ‘storage’ and not ‘storagedevicepolicies’ and in ‘storage’ it have ‘writeprotect’ and I’ve change the value to 0, but still it doesnt work. I’m waiting for your reply. thanks

  239. hi brother this is worked for my first attempt and then it is not working …all the three methods are not working brother ..please do something and say the correct answer please….

  240. I tried all the steps – regedit, the program you download to force format, and the chkdsk X: /f but nothing helps. Instead I get this error message with this in part of the message – drive cannot be written because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume NAME OF DISK in drive \Device\Harddisk\DR25

    Can someone help me even format this USB drive?

  241. hi to every one i have a problem my pc was jioned to domain and they put some policy on it i can copy file from usb to my pc but cant copy from pc to usb is there any solution plz help me

  242. Thanks Dude i have remove the write protection…..
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  243. hmmff,. it’s doesn’t work .,. the usb says that the usb is write protective

    my usb is trancend 16gb,. can you solve it,.

    thank you very much,..,

  244. i tried it again,. sir but is doesn’t work,., i restart it then i connect it again,.

    then when i format the system says::

    The disk cannot be written to because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive
    \Device\Harddisk1\DR5.

  245. wow! this really works for me, now my USB is clean and ready to use again. thanks a lot to the one who post this troubleshooting guide.

  246. I spent a week trying to unlock my ipod, this worked like a charm. THANK YOU!!

  247. I have problem in multi -cared reader it’s not opening if I click it’s shows pleas inset deive H pleas tell me how to slove the problem

  248. i tried to ur suggetion but problem is still runiinig. pls send me helpfull suggetion.

  249. USB 4gb WRITE PROTECT REMOVER !
    JAB USB INKOI CHG COPY KARTY HA TO ANS MILTW WRITE PROTECT REMOVER YA KYA MASLA PLZ ANS ME

  250. StorageDevicePolicies file not see
    i’m download here
    but no file not show
    pls help me

    thanx

  251. I have followed all the instructions which is described in above article but still i have the same problem ” write protected” so plz send me the solution for this.
    I have kingston data traveler pendrive 4 gb.

  252. PLEASE READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!THIS WILL WORK!!!!!!!!!

    DOWNLOAD THIS SOFTWARE….JUST 1 MB SOFTWARE……
    THE NAME OF THE SOFTWARE IS “HARD DISK LOW LEVEL FORMAT TOOL”
    JUST SEARCH FOR THE SOFTWARE ON THE WEB…………
    FIRST FORMAT YOUR USB WITH THIS SOFTWARE…….
    THEN UNPLUG YOUR USB FROM THE COMPUTER………THEN PLUG IT AGAIN……….
    THEN FORMAT IT THE ORDINARY WAY……..
    BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE WRITE PROTECTION IS DISABLED………….
    THIS WORKS FOR ALL USBs…………………….CONTACT ME IF THIS DOESN’T WORK…

  253. Thank you, the above process works.
    basically you got to be a bit patient.
    Thank you.
    date used: 03/10/2011.

  254. Thanx for all,
    For me I tried many methods, but no one does work.when I try to format using any programe it said. “can’t format RAW device” can anyone help plz.
    thanx
    Amer

  255. i tried all of those methods ,but still my usb flash is write protected,i dont know whether the cause is that my operating system is windows 7 and those solution is not for this OP,please help

  256. Thanks anyway,
    Ive done all the work given above but Ive nt succeed to formate my drive. No has helped me. so wot shud I do?
    Thanks with Thanks
    sohaib

  257. how to open start menu and run m using windows ultimate vista….which is start menu i wanna open……

  258. hi,i tried the process u given to remove write protection but its not working THE MSG SHOWING IS AS”cannot edit WriteProtect:Error Writing the value’s new contents.”

  259. hey i dont know abt othrs but the ways worked for me i tried apacer and cmd ways one after another and eureka!!!!!!

  260. my registry editor does not have any path like “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlStorageDevicePolicies” plz help me

  261. I have a RAW type usb pen. I followed this steps (the 2 methods) and none of them as got my usb pen formatted.

    PLZ Help Me!!!! :'(

    Sinceriously
    Luis

  262. i have try all step u give at there
    n my pendrive can’t format too
    help plz

  263. I have tried the following:
    – tried to format my 4gb transcend pendrive through low level format;
    – tried through on line recovery tool of the manufacturer;
    – regedit by keeping the “write protect” value as “0”
    But could not succeed in emoving the write protection.

    There are 3 folders which cannot be removed by all the above means

  264. thanx…. so very… much
    work with me on my USB 64 GB
    thanx…. so very… much

  265. none of them worked i tried even chkdisk but it says that this option is not available fo RAW devices
    please help i’m trying 2 format my psp memory card …………………….pls reply

  266. I’ve downloaded the batch file and added to registry and set the value to 0 also but problem is still not solved. My pen drive don’t have any write protection button, still it is showing this error.

  267. Hi
    Tnx
    but m try to format my pendrive with HS2.0_utility but when i run start.bat it shows in cmd window device not found\n
    but when i checked in My computer device is showing there?
    so plz tell what is the problem?

    Thanking You,
    Chetan

  268. hi!
    you gave the step to remove the write protection from pend rive but i did it but still my device not working and gives the same message you given above of write protection.Please help me…….
    Thank you.

  269. Bill… I was using a Lexor 4GB drive transferring files from one PC to another ..I had no problems with multiple transfers then suddenly with 4 files left on my last transfer I got the Write Protect notice..I have tryed everything …Now I downloaded the HARD DISK LOW LEVEL FORMAT TOOL …What happened was it got rid of 3 of the 4 write protected files and left one still on the drive…Thats it….I wonder if there are any other solutions ?? Thanks

  270. THANK U SO MUCH
    I TRY YOUR S ECOND WAY & NOW I CAN format MY FLASH

    I WISH 4 U HAPPINESS

  271. Sir/madam,
    i have tried your procedure to remove the write protected, however after restarting the PC and reconnecting the pendrive, the same problem exists. when i opened n tried to delete some files from the very pen drive, it says its write protected.How can i remove the write-protected from pendrive if such problems exists

  272. I have 2 pen drives
    Sony, Moserbaer
    I have done the above process but i stil getting the same problem(WRITE PROTECT)
    what to do
    please send the suggestions to my mail

  273. I have tried all your instructions. But doesn’t works! :/! I think some strong virus in the USB blocks me

  274. Same happened on my USB Harddisk (JMB352 RAID-1 USB Device). None of the solutions worked but I removed HDD driver from Device Manager and then restart the machine solved the issue.

  275. Thanks a lot for your advice my pen drive is working fine.

    Regrads

    Mahaveer V M

  276. I have a problem. is the same nothing has changed after install storage device polacy, and write protection. But can’t format my memory card plz give me the solution.

  277. hello friends, i have a disk2go pendrive which is telling me that it is write protected. I initially had about 3Gb of files on it but they were only readable. I couldn’t delete or copy files to the pen drive either so i tried to format it. But windows tells me that, it is write protected and that i should use a different disk. I have tried various utilities but still wont work. Can anyone help me out. I would be very grateful and God would really bless whoever is willing to help.
    Drive details:
    size – 16Gb
    model- disk2go silver

  278. Eject the Pen drive and put it back 6 times continuously or throw in a very force.This is to erase the current data.And THE Next time when you put it back windows will ask for format. It Will Surely fix the problem.I have tried.

  279. hey m realy use all the thing that mension above bt it can’t work……… m not satisfied with that, is thee any othe process to remove write protected from my pendrive??
    plz if that is possible the plz iforme me………

  280. Hi!
    I booted Windows 7 on my usb flash drive 8gb and when i tryed to format,at the end it says ,,This disk is write protected”.So I search all post/forums/sites,i tryed every method without results.I’ve done first method from here,but not worked for my stick,at 2 method it’s write to me ,,device not found/n” and at the last method it’s write to me ,,The type of the file system is RAW/CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives”.I tryed with diskkill,onlinerecovery,etc. and not helped me.If someone have a new idea how to solve with write protection please tell me.Any advice is welcome.

  281. i try the first step it didn’t work and now i don’t have an oppstion delete when i right click. i also tryed step 2 nothing happened with it.

  282. it worked for my generic 2GB SD card but it didnt for my transcend 512mb card..thanks for the solution anyways,it was a big help!

  283. Still have the same problem………..please give me quick response with new solution……………

  284. it easy all the problem..u can use hirence boot cd… then u chose mini linux at hirence boot cd… i can resolve this prblem easyly… ;))

  285. my usb has write protect and when i did your steps i put the value on (0) but still it has write protect please help message back or leave comment ^_^

  286. what ever you told in the step 2 i did the same thing but i could’nt find the write-protect option in the registry editor but it’s visible in the image that you displayed…how come???

  287. I tried lot of methods given in the net to remove write protection from my usb pen drive. Nothing has worked,and my pen drive still shows the error. Please suggest any other method to remove this error.My pen drive company is adata.I am using windows 7 operating system on my computer.

  288. I tried lot of methods given in the net to remove write protection from my usb pen drive. Nothing has worked,and my pen drive still shows the error. Please suggest any other method to remove this error.My pen drive company is adata.I am using windows 7 operating system on my computer.

  289. I do this method to remove write protection from my pen drive,
    but my pen drive does not work properly and also the pen drive not formatted.

  290. I could not find write protecter in right side pane. still i have the problem.please help!

  291. Allright, tried everything available in here and everywhere. It not working, but I find a simple step to at least ‘save’ the data
    1. Eject the troublesome USB (right click, eject. Not safely remove)
    2. Unplug it, and plug it again.
    3. Try to copy/delete anything. If failed, try step 1-2 again. (I tried 7 times to succeed)

    It not entirely fix the disk, but it ‘trick’ the disk protector, allow me to copy and delete file below 150 MB (disk protection still interrupt, thought)

    If anyone can help for a full restore, tell me please

  292. Thanks a lot dude. You rock. My USB is working just fine now.

  293. please how can I remove write protection from my usb. look I used all this methods that you write here but no it’s imposible. can you help me please

  294. I cant put music on a cd cuz it says it write-protected how to remove it?
    pls help i m tying to do that for a few week now

  295. my cmd says
    the type of file system is raw
    chkdsk is not avilable for that.

    help me .plz…….

  296. still message show ‘Media is write protected” . how i can rid this problem face by me.

  297. thank u boss with your suggestion i over come from my problem(write protect)…..

  298. thanks a lot..who ever gave the solution it really worked..love em..!!^_^…*~*…

  299. Sir, actually ‘m using nokia 6303classic. Actually wat happened is my friend took my memory card to copy some photos while doing so he kept the password to my memory card in his cell and he gave me back and went his native. When i placed my memory card in my cell it asked password so i called up my friend and asked him the password. But i replyied that he has forgotten the password. So i need help in removing the password from my memory card plz sir. I beg u plss sir help me out in solving this problem.

  300. Hey friends its quite easy to remove write protected follow the steps mentioned below:
    1: Download “mformat.exe from 4shared .com which is free of cost
    2: Plug ur pendrive
    3: Run m.format.exe
    4: Click on format
    5: Click on full format
    6: Start
    7: After formatting replug ur pendrive
    8: Open pen drive
    9: Delete mformat icon
    10: Close the window nd format the pendrive

  301. tried all methods, tried even more methods than this text offers, and couldnt do it! writing protection remained.. then i just inserted pendrive in another computer, and windows asked me to format it, so i did, and now i have working usb flash pendrive again!!! 😀
    So before u give up, or throw something somewhere, try inserting it into another computer…

    anyway tnx for good advices, and good software…
    bye

  302. HI I have Kingston 4 GB pendrive: regedit modification done, but still message is writeprotected :
    after using CHKDSK X: /F returns message .. can not handle RAW ….

  303. Resumen:

    1.) Regedit Entry modified shows Value 0 —but still writeprotected
    2.) HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool …write protected
    3.) HDD low level Tool : Error …
    4.) ONline Recovery Tool ( Jetflash) do no apply to Kingston pendrive
    5.) mFormat.exe do not respond as well as FAT32format ………

    WHAT NOW ???

  304. i downloaded and loaded the batch file but the option is not coming on the registery editor screen
    please help

  305. I have 4GB Transacde Pen drive i try to 1st one.. but no one use… plz help me

  306. please help about how to remove write protect pen drive problem

  307. i have a 8GB Stontium Micro SD Card.
    i tried to format it in Windows 7.. But its giving me a write-protected error.
    The Card Adapter is in UNLOCK mode..
    Still it is giving Write Protected Error…
    I have tried abt 4-5 formatting tools.. nothing is working.
    PLS HELP.. i have WINDOWS 7…

  308. Thanks, I had a problem of write protection on my pen drive, but now it is solved.

  309. I have locked my some folder of 1 gb microsd memory card with a software but unfortunetly i delete that software and my files are not being displed in the memory card but the used memory not changed.
    Please help me so that i can se my those files photos and songs

  310. good job thanks alot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! frome ALBANIA

  311. I am using windows 7… and I have a 32 gb memory card which doesnot allow to either delete or copy any files… I followed ur procedure but the problem still persists…. What should I do… It’s urgent

  312. Thanks for ur assistance.Im one of d readers who wer helpd by your article…

  313. If your flash drive is trancent made, got to trancent site>tech support>Dr. T>Recover your JetFlash drive in 10 minutes

  314. that’s not work in mine..
    i put my flashdisk on the port, then in my computer i click on my flashdisk, but suddenly appears a box “this disk is not formated. do you want to format it?”. so i click yes, but appear another box like “this disk is write protected”..
    what shoul i do???
    please answer…………..

  315. Hey ! thanks a Lot . Now I can copy Files in my USB Device.. I have a question, If I remove the write protected. The virus will attack ?

  316. i have tried regedit n write protection value to 0 in xp but then also it is giving me same error while conecting pent drive to pc n this pent drive is working in another pc porfectly pls can any one help me to remove this error from pc

  317. Well i’ve done all the steps , but the step before the last one ..
    well i downloaded the registry key StorageDevicePolicies ..
    but i couldnt find it
    HELP IT URGANT

  318. Thank you so much…it works in one go!!!
    Being struggling with this for more than a year until when i came across this page.

    Thank You so Much

    God bless YOU

  319. I have tried everything and still we write protection occurs: ( Is there another way to solve this problem?

  320. Please i have done the stuff about USB writable in my system i love the steps you guys gave me and it was easy for me to do it myself. Please i still want to know about how i can make my bluetooth in my system work, i mean how can i connet my phone to my system.
    I really need a reply cause its giving me so many problems. Thanks once again
    This is my email address i will be grateful if you reply me with the solution.

  321. hi….after downloading add.bat storage device policy is not found in the registry…plz help

  322. Hi,
    My case is similar to all above. My problem is : Unable to open regedit window. it vanishing after a sec.
    2. CMD also vanishing after a sec.
    3. I tried to booster my Reg edit , but I could not. Still My pen Drive is not get resolved proeblem.
    Does any Security HardWare Engineer in the work? If yes then Please advice me to resolve the problem.
    By
    REXITHA

  323. Dear friend
    I had this problem since 8month ago and i use Lan(by another computer) to copy data on my flash or etc
    Thank you very much
    Thanks
    Thanks

  324. “wait till the formatting completes and the LED on your pen drive stops blinking”
    thers no led on my pendrive ^^

  325. how to put the downloaded StorageDevicePolicies into the registry editor

  326. Great yr !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i am really shoked!!!!!thanks

  327. thanks man now i can mod all my games since it not write protected!!! all i had to do was physically unlock it with the button on the flashdrive

  328. I’m using windows 7 and i tried every things you have mentioned above.
    But my 2GB pen drive is still Write Protected.

  329. I’ve given up with my Flahdisk….
    no one way can make my flashdisk get well…
    help me please…

  330. i m not getting storage device policy after downloading that file also……i hv also run that file but no use……plz rply fast….it’s too urgent……..

  331. Sir
    I tried all the above three method but no one could resolve the problem. pen drive is still giving the message “The disk is write protected”
    Please suggest some other method.

  332. Sir
    I just recently bought a data cable for my phone. I hooked it up to the computer and dragged a picture (jpg) into the phone’s storage, not knowing that I would not be able to view the picture on my actual phone. Now the picture is write protected and I cannot delete. I used your first method but it still did not work. Please help.
    – Thank you –

  333. grtttt mhan!!!!!!!!!!!my card reader which is inbuilt is actually workin………now i can transfer the files……….hatts offf

  334. I have a harddrive storage unit, G:/ that is denying me access. i want to copy the files on it and then format it, but it won’t let me copy the files. i might lose everything on there! please help. :c should i unplug it?

  335. how do i know if the Apacer Formatting Utility is already running or working after I click any key the cmd.exe disappear,.

  336. i cant remove write protection till now buy using all the above methods kindly help me to solve my problem

  337. i have an 8GB kiston USB , but i’m not able to delete files from it or copy new files in it because it gives the write protected error plz tell me a viable solution to this problem.

  338. i have a problem with my mmc 1gb memory card & this idea is not working.

  339. When I use chkdsk to this problem, it says that chkdsk is not available for raw drives.

  340. hi..when i downloaded the add.bat nothing happened to the registry editor it didn’t apply…plz help..

  341. i used above 3 methods but still my pendrive is write protected… plz help me

  342. i can not copy paste from computer to memory card i apply many times your first method but same error write protection &use another disk ..plz plz help sir

  343. though i have downloaded the batch file ,still the registry key StorageDevicePolicies doesnt appear in the director………………suggest some thing

  344. Sir,
    u tell about remove write protection.
    1st way was not working bcoz when i restart our system the build in setting was remove.
    and 2nd way i am not understand.
    please help me

  345. I have had this problem come up on 3 of my flash drives, 2 of which are SanDisk brand. The registry fix worked for the SanDisk drives but not the other. After reading through this thread I cannot believe this problem still persists after 3 years! (since the original post).

    There *must* be an answer to this somewhere as it seems to affect a variety of media of different sizes. It suggests some undocumented quirk of Windows that has yet to be uncovered. I hope to solve this one some time soon…

  346. i have write protection problem on my memory card i have searched on net to solve the problem but finally i solved it ……….. i have used an adapter in that the lock key is pressed then i released it then it works properly………… thank u

  347. Dear Trouble Fixers
    I am having the same problem .I could not able to copy file from my PC to other External drives it shows “Cannot copy files and folders, drive is write protected” as per your recommendations i had solved the problem thanks and regards

  348. when i double the add.dat file still storage device ploicies are not add in the control.how adding it tell me pls.

  349. if i double click in the ado.dat file but StorageDevicePolicies are not added to control.

  350. IT WORKS!!!
    Although there is one problem: I have hidden files.

    In order to remove write protection, they must be unhidden (The hidden files do not get write protection removed through this process).
    AND
    In order to UNHIDE the files “Please remove the write protection from…” error pops up again even after your ever so wonderful method

    NOTE: Anthem USB 2.0 flash drive (with no physical lock)

  351. why still cannot use? “write protected” how to disable it or remove it, i cannot do anything now
    delete file also cannot, re-format also cannot, copy paste file also can’t what mush i do next!
    i try what you suggest already but still not work

  352. after running a batch file also , i could’nt find a storage device polices key…..plz help me out….

  353. after running a batch file also , i could’nt find a storage device polices key….n its telling to download a fresh copy as its got corrupted ..plz help me out.

  354. thanks a lot of
    my usb drive succesfully corectted using your method THANKS !

  355. I am trying to follow your procedure given but now, after following your procedure my laptop (PC) is not sending anything(data) to any usb flash or memory card connected to it. Please help! am failing to send a very important information on my usb flash.

  356. i really really tnk u for ur instructions. i followed 2 of ur ways. but i could to be succeeded with 2nd way. wt ever at last i got it .so im thanking u sooo much 4 ur teaching.
    tnk u soo much once again.

  357. theres nothing happen to my USB CDR KING 8Gb….i want to format but the problem is write protected again and again

  358. Second method worked for me. I think the problem started when i used my flash drive on a Linux machine. It has been giving me problems ever since. I downloaded the apacer utility and ran it, but I couldn’t tell if the drive was formatting or not as the LED remained solidly lit at all times. I just gave it adequate time then removed it. Tried to reformat and it was ok. Before that, if I tried to format it gave me an error message that said the disk is write protected. Thanks for the assistance!!!

  359. all steps tried lastly showing an error “The type of file system is RAW . CHKDSK IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR RAW DRIVES”
    please give me kind solution.

  360. i face same prob…………….its not solved by your methods……… i use Win 7………so please help me……… thanks……

  361. i did as you said bt after doing it my pen started to dis play a nonification as “Plese insert a disk into drive G:.” So please help me to resolve this…..!!!!!!!

  362. the bat file of HS2.0_Utility_LFormat is not working..tell me wat i have to do now..plzz

  363. I have faced the same problem and followed the above two procedures still it is not fixed .Is there any other solution ? please reply me

  364. Hi i try with both the steps . But still i’m getting same error “write protection ” . And i try to run CHKDSK D: /F this in command prompt . But there also i’m getting same error “write protection “.
    Please help to resolve it.

  365. I can not formate my micro sd card with my computer every time it tells the media is write protected. first remove write protection.

  366. Problem of write protection of micro sd ca2 Free Tools To Make Removable Drive Read Only
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  367. Boss there is no StorageDevice policy in my system. am using win-7(64 bit) OS.i tried in xp.its not working. can u tell one more way to remove WRITE-PROTECTED files.

  368. hey i tried.it shows on the computer.but when tried to add some files of mine it says ” your disk is write-protected” so help!

  369. can’t files copy, paste , delete….I have faced the same problem and followed the above two procedures still it is not fixed .Is there any other solution ? please reply me

  370. Yes I changed the number to “0” and restarted my computer thrice however its still write protected.
    Do we need to change the setting of pen drive as well in order to disable the write protection.

    Champions pls help coz I am suffering by this problem for my two pen drives.

    I would really appreciate the help.

  371. Wow, same problem on win 7 – Sandisk Cruiser.
    I ended up SPLITING the file in pieces and that worked.
    Seemed on BIG files were the problem.
    Still sucks tho.

  372. still the same message is comming”write protected” is there any other solution……..?

  373. hey, i tried the first one, because i can’t really copy paste the files anywhere, literally….
    and when i download that batch, umm “StorageDevicePolicies”, i click run and it doesn’t work, i managed to read what that black screen said, one of the lines was “Access denied”
    so…?

  374. I tried the afore-mentioned solution to remove write protection out of my memory card but the write protection option in the registry editor is not added or listed. Therefore, the solution has proved sufficient for the remedy of my problem. Looking forward for a positive response.

  375. I had created created systemdevicepolicies aslo but the write protection option is not showing there.What should i do now ?

  376. My usb drive is not working due to write protection .I have been been applied all above methods but problem is same.Plz solve my problem as soon.

    Regars

    Ahmad

  377. Same problem as everyone else, the batch file once downloaded and run does not create the key for storageDevicePolicies

  378. For those who are having trouble with the batch file, if it doesnt appear go to edit-> find -> type in storagedevicepolicies and you will be directed to the folder to continue

  379. my cool disk has this problem. first way was not useful and when used 2nd way, the answer was this:
    CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.

    What should I do?