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Windows 7: Erase a write protected usb

07 Feb 2010   #1
charlie3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 & Ultimate x64
 
 
Erase a write protected usb

I have a write protected usb memory stick and i cant use it because its write protected, for some reason????? i cant even format it!!, it has no valuable data on it and can be wiped, i just want to be able to use it.

Charlie


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07 Feb 2010   #2
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Go to Computer, and right click on your USB drive and click on 'Properties'. Once there go to the 'Security' tab (top of window). Below 'Permissions for authenticated users' there is an 'Advanced' button. Click on it. On the 'Owners' tab, there should be an 'Edit' button. Now, select your username in the bottom box, and make sure the checkbox at the bottom is checked. Click on okay, then once it has changed ownership, click on Ok on all 'Properties' windows. You should now have full control of your USB memory stick.
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07 Feb 2010   #3
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Right click on the USB drive in My Computer, go to Properties, then click on the Security tab. Make sure the box for Writes Allowed is checked, if not, log into an admin account and enable it for users.

Otherwise, right click and format.
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07 Feb 2010   #4
charlie3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 & Ultimate x64
 
 

cant, this is what my window looks like, and i cant format it either, trust me ive tried. The data on the disk can be deleted if need be.


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07 Feb 2010   #5
charlie3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 & Ultimate x64
 
 

i have an admin account aswell
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07 Feb 2010   #6
hattrik21

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

What if you right click My Computer | Manage | Disk management. Here right click on the dirve and choose delete volume. Once deleted, right click and choose New volume I think and create a new space. Then format it.
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07 Feb 2010   #7
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

What kind of thumb drive is it?
Brand/Model?

If it is locked by Firmware, then there is nothing you can do but use whatever software that locked it to unlock it.
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07 Feb 2010   #8
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

From your computer Right click on the thumbdrive .... in the dropdown list does it say "Format"?
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08 Feb 2010   #9
charlie3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 & Ultimate x64
 
 

cant use disk management either delete volume is blacked out.

my friend gave me it and said he couldn't get them to work and if they don't work just throw them away. they don't have a make on them or a model.


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08 Feb 2010   #10
charlie3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 & Ultimate x64
 
 

jacee, i do have format in the menu
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