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sotw03



Joined: Jan 11, 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:25 am    Post subject: Remove Write Protection from Thumb Drive

Hey all.

I have a 2gb USB thumb drive that I use quite a bit. Today, trying to copy some files to it, I got a message that it was write protected. Well I dont know how that could be, there is no switch or anything like that to turn on and off write protection.

So I decided that I would just copy all the files off to my hard drive and just format the usb drive. Well format doesnt work because it says its write protected. I pull up Diskeeper next to defragment the drive and it tells me that it cant defragment because there is a pending chkdsk operation for the drive.

I go to my registry under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

and I make sure that BootExecute is set to autocheck autochk * and no drives are specified for a chkdsk operation. I reboot, still the same thing.

I tried to run a manual check disk by using the command prompt and typing chkdsk h: (my usb drive letter) /f and check disk says it cant run because the drive is write protected.

How in the world do I remove this write protection. It wont let me delete files, add files, copy files, nothing and I have got a ton of stuff on there that I really need to try and save if at all possible.

If anyone has any ideas please let me know. Thanks in advance.
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drwho07



Joined: Nov 29, 2007
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Location: Central FL, USA

PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Remove Write Protection from Thumb Drive [Login to view extended thread Info.]

If that drive is write protected, that should not stop you from reading the data and saving it to a HD, from there it can be burned to a CD or DVD, etc., for a permanent record.

Then go to the website of the company that made the drive for further help with that drive.

Good Luck,
Doc
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