How to Fix Write protected USB Flash Drive [Latest Edition]

How to Disable Write Protection

When you try Format USB Flash Drive, or Memory Card and get this error message "The disk is write protected." Or try to transfer/copy files from Windows 7/8/10 to USB flash drive, and received an error message "The Disk is write protected, Remove the write-protection or use another disk." A Write protected USB flash drive can prevent new data/files to write or change old files. With a virtual or physical write protected USB flash drive, you can only read the data which are already stored on the Removeable storage device (USB Flash Drive, SD Memory Card, Pen Drive), but you can't delete or modify them. Don't panic and Stay calm, I am going to walk you through a few simple steps to fix USB write protected error and make your flash/pen drive workable again. 

Cannot format USB drive because it is write-protected? Try these basic fixes or use essential precautions and "The disk is write protected" error message will appear no longer.

Basic Fixes

  1. Memory Full: If USB Flash Drive is full, you may also get the Write Protected error message. In this case Right-click on USB flash drive and select Properties. Here you can see if USB drive is completely full, it can return a Write Protected error message.
  2. Read-only: Sometimes one large file can cause an error. If that data file is set as“read-only" and resist deletion, then you can get write protected USB error message. Browse USB drive and locate that data-file, Right-Click, and select properties, under Attributes, make sure Read-only option is unchecked.
  3. Filename exceeded: Sometimes long filename makes write protected USB issue. To Solve this, Right-Click and select Rename and Short that if a filename exceeds 255 characters.
  4. Corrupt file system: In some cases, the file system of the flash drive is corrupted and formatting the disc is the last solution to fix USB write protection. Once USB flash drive formate, all data will be lost, but it will disable write protection and makes your USB drive reusable.
  5. Firmware: Update firmware also can help to fix USB write protection, " first get chip genius report then copy chip vendor and chip vendor model and search in google about your flash drive firmware and update.
  6. Virus Scan: A computer virus can render your USB drive read-only. Scan your computer for the virus should fix USB write protection error.
If none of the above steps has solved your problem and you still get this "The disk is write protected" error message, don’t worry even we have more methods/tricks to remove write protection.
How to Fix Write protected USB Flash Drive/Pen Drive [Latest Edition]

Write protection switch

Many USB flash drives have a switch beside which allows to lock or unlock write protection. The USB lock stops you from accidentally formatting. You still be able to view data/files which are stored on the flash drive, but you can't transfer files to the USB drive if it is locked. So make sure the USB Flash Drive lock switch is on unlock position and try to copy files again. But if there is no physical switch on your USB drive or write protected switch is off, and you still get the error message "The Disk is write-protected', In this situation try the other method to remove write protection from USB Flash Drive.

Attributes with DiskPart utility

Here is another solution that worked, no need to modify registry or download software to remove write protection. Try this: Click on Start Menu or Press "Windows key + R" together on your keyboard. Click on "Run," A dialogue box will open, type Diskpart and hit Enter to open the DiskPart Command Prompt. If you have Windows 8 or windows10, Right-click on the Start Menue button and choose Command Prompt.
Type the following commands:
  • Type List Volume or List Disks press Enter, It will show all of the connected disks, including internal hard drives. Identify which one is your USB disk. 
  • Then type Select Volume Z, Z is the volume number of USB flash drive that you want to remove the write protection from.
  • Now type Attributes Disk Clear Read-only and Hit Enter, this will change your USB flash drive properties, so it is no longer read-only.
  • Type "clean," press enter (you may need to repeat twice or thrice).
  • Type "create partition primary."
  • Type "select partition.".
  • Type "active."
  • Type "format fs=ntfs".
  • When you see "write protection has been removed" type exit and press enter.

Edit the registry (Regedit)

Write protected Flash Drive can be solved by edit the Windows Registry. 
  • Click on Startt Menu button or Press "Windows key + R "on your keyboard. 
  • Open the Run dialogue box, type REGEDIT and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • In this window Expand the entries on the left-hand pane to navigate to the following registry location:
  • Look for the WriteProtect key named in the right-hand pane.
  • Double-click select "Modify." 
  • This will open the pop-up window Value data box that is set to 1, which means flash drive write protection is enabled. Put the value to 0, and then press OK to apply the change.
  • Close Regedit Editor window, restart your computer and Reconnect USB you will find the derive is no longer write protected.
Sometimes, there is no registry entry for write-protected USB drive, In case you can create a new registry key of our own to fix USB write protection. For this, right-clicking in the white space in the right-hand pane, select New -> DWORD. Type the name this WriteProtect and put its value to 0. Click save and exit Regedit and restart your PC.

Recreate Partition

Perhaps USB flash drive partition has removed, so it shows write protected error message. To solve this follow the steps below.
  • Open the Start menu and click on Run. 
  • Type diskmgmt.msc and press enter.
  • Right click on the partition that you want to format.
  • Select 'Delete Partition' and confirm.
  • Right-click in the same place and select 'Create partition.' 
  • Choose primary partition 
  • Select size, file format, disk volume label, it should be all right if you leave defaults. 
  • Click ok and exit.
This will recreate the flash drive partition and format it correctly. 

Format USB drive Using AOMEI Partition Assistant

How to Fix Write protected USB Flash Drive [Latest Edition]
AOMEI Partition Assistant is a very famous and entirely FREE disk partition management software for computers running 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 10/8/7. It comes with powerful features that allow you to recreate partition of your corrupted USB flash drive. AOMEI is easy-to-use software to fix USB write protected problem. If your USB drive style is MBR or GPT, then this software is best for you. It supports all types of disk, including SSD, Flash Drive. Pen Drive. Memory Card, etc. and can format a USB drive easily and quickly.
How to Use:
  • Download and install the AOMEI Partition Assistant and Launch the program.
  • Insert the flash drive to your computer, Click on the USB partition and select "Format Partition."
  • In the next window, you can rename the USB drive and change file system (By default, USB drive is formatted as FAT32)
  • Select NTFS for format it to and click "OK" to continue.
  • Wait until formatting process complete, it can take too much time.
  • It will be formatted If there is no physical damage to the USB drive. 
  • After done, it will remove write protection and allows you to convert USB between NTFS and FAT32 without data loss and more.
Extra Features:

  • FREE for personal and commercial use.
  • Best for Create/Format/Delete Partition for fix write protected USB flash drive error.
  • Supports NTFS, FAT, FAT32, EXT2, EXT3 file system.
  • Quickly format, recreate the partition and change cluster size.

HDD LLF Low-Level Format Tool

How to Fix Write protected USB Flash Drive [Latest Edition]
If your USB is not Format or when Formatting is complete 100% error occurs that "The operation did not complete because the media is write protected." Then you should try HDD Low-Level Format Tool, it is a best for low-level USB flash drive formatting. HDD Low-Level Format Tool has developed to perform an in-depth cleanse with the option to quickly wipe partitions and MBR data. It not only deletes data but efficiently physically resets the USB drive and resolve all write protection errors by leaving it with empty platters.
How to Use:
  • Download and install the HDD Low-Level Format Tool.
  • On the first card choose your USB device.
  • Then go to LOW-LEVEL FORMAT and click on Format this device.
  • This will start formatting USB partition intensely, wait until process complete. 
  • After done, "The disk is write protected" error message will no longer appear.
Extra Features:
  • Quickly reset USB drive to Zero.
  • Big drives are supported.
  • Work with any USB and external drives.
  • Easily remove the write protected USB flash drive.

Fix Write protected USB using MiniTool Partition Wizard

How to Fix Write protected USB Flash Drive [Latest Edition]
If your USB flash drive gives you an error message that The disk is write protected" then you should use full format option instead of quick format. For this MiniTool Partition Wizard is the best option for Wiping USB drive and surely solve your problem. With this software, you can not only remove the write protection USB flash drive error, Even if the flash drive had a hardware problem doubtlyMiniTool Partition Wizard will fix that. If just formatting USB drive didn't solve your problem, then you need to recreate the partition. MiniTool will show all partitions on the USB drive, and you can manipulate or remove it, and the problem will be fixed.

MiniTool Partition Wizard comes with powerful features pack which gives you complete control of your USB flash drive partition. With this tool, you are able to recreate the partition and remove write protection quickly and safely. MiniTool Partition Wizard has a good reputation, outstanding performance, user-friendly interface, and simple guidance. 

Scan and analyze your USB flash drive surface test to confirm the bad sectors, and format, delete or recreate partition with this easy-to-use partitioning software with high security and efficiency. MiniTool Partition Wizard could solve your entire disk partition problem include write protection.
How to Use:

  • Download and launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its primary interface.
  • Plug the USB drive into PC, select the disk partition, and choose "Partition Recovery."
  • Assign drive volume label for the format, recover or remover write protection.
  • Select a scanning method to scan "Full Disk" or "Unallocated Space," and then click "Next."
  • Check all boxes existing partitions, deleted/lost partitions, and click "Finish."
  • On the top window, you will see perform partition recovery. 
  • Finally, you will able to recover write protection or lost partition using MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Additional Features:
  • Best Recovery and Write protection Removal tool for windows 10/8/7.
  • Quickly create, delete, and format partition of the USB flash drive.
  • Converts FAT/FAT32 to NTFS file system.
  • Change dynamic volume cluster size.

Remove Write protected USB Drive using EaseUS

How to Fix Write protected USB Flash Drive [Latest Edition]
Are you fastened with a write-protected USB drive that can’t be formatted with "The disk is write protected" error. Don’t worry! Here is a simple method that can remove the write protection and format the USB flash drive and make it reusable. You can use third-party partition software to handle the format error, EaseUS software is the best choice for this purpose. EaseUS comes with the powerful disk partition management tool pack which allows you to format USB flash drive after removing write protection. It also allows you to format a write protected SD card.

EaseUS Partition Master not only easily solve the partition issues even if there are too many bad sectors on the USB drive. Sometime this recovery tool may take a long time for processing, so do not shut down or restart pc directly if the formatting process seems to stop running, it may cause failure of the partition process. If you interrupt the formatting process by open the drive using windows explorer or some other program try to access the USB drive, then EaseUs prompt "Lock volume fail."
How to Use:
  • Download and install the EaseUs Partition tool. 
  • Disable antivirus software and firewall.
  • Connect USB flash drive to the computer and launch EaseUS program.
  • Select the device you want to format and choose "Format partition."
  • Type the volume label you want in the Label box.
  • Select the formatting file system (If the USB drive memory is larger than 2GB, only choose NTFS)
  • Click "Apply" to conform to format the write protected USB flash drive.
  • All done! After format complete, you will find there no longer "The disk is write protected" error message.
Extra Features:
  • User-friendly interface and easy to use.
  • Manage all USB flash drive problems fast with only a few simple clicks.
  • Extend primary partition to solve low disk space error.
  • Can support to resize dynamic volumes.

Final words:

I described all possible methods, use all the above techniques under an administrator to remove write protection from a read-only device. Most of the time, read-only errors occur due to hardware limitation such as a broken component in the storage device. If you have tried all the above techniques but none of them is working and Windows still refuses to format your USB flash drive with "The disk is write protected" error message, in that case, the device may be corrupt or physically broken, and no method or software will make it work again.

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