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Windows 7: If a usb says don't format me i am write protected then what to do

15 Mar 2014   #1
Ahmadmalik

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If a usb says don't format me i am write protected then what to do

If a usb says don't format me i am write protected then what to do?


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15 Mar 2014   #2
glenzo

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I do believe that you could take ownership of it (Take Ownership Shortcut) and then format it. If that doesn't work, post back here.
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15 Mar 2014   #3
ICIT2LOL

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15 Mar 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Happened to me on a 16 GB USB thumb drive a month ago.

It said it was write protected after having worked fine for months. It showed as "RAW" file format in Windows Disk Management. Nothing I tried worked. I was perfectly willing to re-format it, but could not. I assume it was a controller issue of some type.

It had a 5 year warranty, so I got a new one by returning it.
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15 Mar 2014   #5
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Happened to me on a 16 GB USB thumb drive a month ago.

It said it was write protected after having worked fine for months. It showed as "RAW" file format in Windows Disk Management. Nothing I tried worked. I was perfectly willing to re-format it, but could not. I assume it was a controller issue of some type.

It had a 5 year warranty, so I got a new one by returning it.
Should have tried my method ignazatsonic it clears all that rotten software they put on them
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15 Mar 2014   #6
Britton30
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Did you get this USB pendrive as a handout with ads or brochures on it?
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15 Mar 2014   #7
ignatzatsonic

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I can't recall all the methods I tried, but the thumb drive had no "rotten software". It was for data only and had been thoroughly wiped and re-formatted dozens of times before. For no apparent reason, it went to "write-protected" and asked me if I wanted to format it. I said sure, but could not proceed. I used a well known partition-recovery tool (can't recall name), but got nowhere with it. The drive was only worth $10 new, so I just RMAed it to Kingston and had a new one in a week. I had no significant data on it.

I think thumb drives are particularly fragile, so I just try to buy brands with a known good return policy as I consider them expendable and prone to drop dead.
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15 Mar 2014   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Did you get this USB pendrive as a handout with ads or brochures on it?
Me??

No, purchased from Newegg ordinary retail. Kingston Data Traveler 3.0 DT100G3, 16 GB capacity.

I'm not sure if the OP is referring to a thumb drive or an external USB hard drive.
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15 Mar 2014   #9
Britton30
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Did you get this USB pendrive as a handout with ads or brochures on it?
Me??

No, purchased from Newegg ordinary retail. Kingston Data Traveler 3.0 DT100G3, 16 GB capacity.

I'm not sure if the OP is referring to a thumb drive or an external USB hard drive.
Nope, I'm asking the OP. There was an OP who got a stick as a handout with some marketing crap that was write protected. Marketers use USB sticks like flyers, plastic toys, and little note pads.
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16 Mar 2014   #10
ICIT2LOL

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Well I have "cleaned that many now it doesn't matter what they put on them as I got sick of the software they put on them as it was totally useless crap and used up space that I paid for.
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