How to fix USB – Write Protect Error or the disk is write protected on Windows PC
The USB Write Protect Error or the disk is write protected on the following situation:
* When trying to write or put certain files on the USB pendrive
* Formatting the USB pendrive
* Modifying the USB pendrive folders/files (rename, edit, copy or move)
Here are the tips/guides on how to fix the USB – Write Protect Error:
1. Check the USB if there is Write Protection ON and OFF switch, if none, check your settings of your computer that might conflict to modify the USB pendrive, such as Antivirus. Try to disable it and then try it again.
2. Check the registry of Write Protect of USB Drives, there is a settings on enable and disable writing protection of all USB.
On Windows, run regedit then press enter to launch Registry Editor.
3. Navigate to the following Registry key: \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
Note: If you don’t find the certain key (StorageDevicePolicies), you can create it via file menu (Edit) or right click chose New then click Key.
Then after the creation of the key, create a new DWORD entry, named WriteProtect, via file menu (Edit) or right click chose New then click DWORD (32-bit) value.
After you create WriteProtect entry, Double-click the entry to modify the value. Change the value from 0 – means enable writing to all USB devices and 1 – disable all the writing.
4. If enabling the writing on the USB devices doesn’t work then try this solution:
On Windows PC: Shutdown your computer/laptop. Insert the USB memory stick. Turn on your computer/laptop. Before it prompts onwards to Windows, press F8, an immediate Advanced Boot Options shown in the screen.
Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt. On Windows, launch command prompt by run type cmd, then go the USB Drive (for example it’s G: Drive), so type F:
From there, type format G: (it should be look like similar to this G:\>format G:)
Now wait until the format is finish. Then safety remove the USB drive after it finished the format. Now restart your computer then try to used your USB Drive as normal. It should now enable to write again and should remove the write protection.
5. If the above solution doesn’t work, I suggest you go forth on the USB Drive Official Website ask on the Technical Support or Forums, they should help you rid off the write protection. Or else, possibly the USB Drive is already failing or damage.
Well that’s it from now. If you have any suggestions and other experiences as well, you can leave it on the comment board. 🙂
I hope this instructions/tips helps you to resolve your issue. Cheers! 🙂