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Old 06-06-2007, 07:46 PM   #1
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Need help guys. My USB Flash Drive for two years suddenly got write-protected. Now I cannot use it anymore. How can I remove this write-protection configuration? Thanks.
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Old 06-07-2007, 05:59 AM   #2
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Some drives have a very small (almost invisible) write protect switch outside. See if this is not your case.

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Old 06-07-2007, 09:16 PM   #3
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By the way, there's no switch on it whatsoever. Need assistance.
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Old 06-08-2007, 06:00 AM   #4
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Have you tried on a different computer? You need to isolate the problem, i.e. to find out if the problem is with the pen drive or if it is with your computer.

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Old 06-10-2007, 11:08 PM   #5
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Default Write-protected Pen Drive

Actually, I've tried it in different computers (with similar OS XP Pro SP2). However the problem persists. Now I want to hammer my pen drive. One solution I found out from www.techspot.com forumis to change some registry settings. The culprit according to this computer geek is Windows itself. This is his soution:

- Start > Run > type ‘regedit’ (without the speachmarks) > Enter
- Single-click on ‘My Computer’ > File > Export > save it to the Desktop (Always best to have a backup!!)
- Go to the following:
My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlS et\Control\StorageDe vicePolicies

*There seems to be some spaces here in 'StorageDevicePolicies' in the text above, there shouldn't be, OK*

- Double click on the string ‘WriteProtect’ and change the ‘Value Data’ box to ‘0’
- Then: File > Export > save somewhere useful as something like ‘StorageDevicePolicies001.reg’
- You also need to do this for the strings in any folders called ‘ControlSet***’ (* = any Digit, i.e. 001, 002) – for example: Everything is the same, just change ‘CurrentControlSet’ to ‘ControlSet***’
My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\C ontrol\StorageDevice Policies

*There seems to be some spaces here in 'StorageDevicePolicies' in the text above, there shouldn't be, OK*

- Save these to the same place as before as ‘StorageDevicePolicies00*’

The saves are in case it reverts at a later date, just double click (saying ‘yes’ to importing these to the registry) on all of the files and it will all work again!

The problem is that there is no item StorageDevicePolicies inside the folder Control. (Or I'm just stupid not to find it.) Not only that, I dont have the confidence yet to makje some registry changes. Do you think this guy's solution works?
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looks plausable, the reg string's you are altering wont do any damage, and if you are worried make a registry backup.
Have you tried it with an alternate OS I.e. linux of some sort?
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Hi,

Here on my PC there is no such key as well. Maybe you need to create it? I really don't know, I've never tried this.

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Hi Guys! Need help guys. My USB Flash Drive for two years suddenly got write-protected. Now I cannot use it anymore. How can I remove this write-protection configuration? Thanks, Hope your all co operation soon.
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Have you tried/read what was posted above? Please let us know.

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Simply follow follow the steps


1.Open a new note pad file.

2.Copy this

cd\
reg add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevi cePolicies” /t Reg_dword /v

WriteProtect /f /d 0

3.save it as DISABLEWP.BAT

4.Then copy it to start up folder.

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