Is it possible to format a write protected flash drive?

Atuhurire Solomon July 17, 2012
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Is it possible to format a write protected flash drive? If so, how?

  1. Horua
    November 13, 2012 at 2:56 am

    There are some flash drive that are write protected but can't be removed why is it that it is so hard to remove such write protected flash drives. Is it damaged or whats the real cause of it. Any answers for such help

  2. Horua
    November 13, 2012 at 2:53 am

    How do you really remove a write protected from any flash drive?

    • susendeep dutta
      November 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Did you tried neo9 tool and other solution suggested above?

  3. Luis
    October 26, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Thanks alan

    • joey
      November 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

      list disk
      select disk 1/2/3 choose disk by looking at size 0 is your os
      list volume
      select volume 1/2/3/4/5 choose volume according to drive letter
      format quick

      use format only if you formatting the drive!

  4. walta
    October 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

    i have 16 GB hp flash disc and it is write protected, i couldn't formatted it. need help please

  5. Rana
    September 12, 2012 at 4:03 am

    my pen driver is show write protected. How to format my pen drive and working previous.

    • susendeep dutta
      October 9, 2012 at 11:21 am
      • Jason Abas
        November 12, 2012 at 2:12 am

        Wow amazing! i've already tried and it workz! i attempt other solution in the forum in the internet but their solutions are complicated.

        THANKS susendeep dutta!! God bless!

        • Ross
          November 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

          its says USB flash disk not found! anyone know why? :(

        • susendeep dutta
          November 21, 2012 at 11:03 am

          Go to device manager and locate the name of your drive and then if it displays yellow coloured exclamation mark,then right click on it to troubleshoot it.

  6. hanuman mali
    July 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

    i also try format my pendrive but this is is realy imposible. can anybady help mi pls. give mi notes.

  7. Dalsan
    July 20, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I do know that Transcend has a tool in its support site to reformat flash drives that become write protected somehow. Check the support site of your flash drive brand to see if they have a tool you can use. An example of the tool is here:

  8. Kevin Fegan
    July 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    There could be other write-protect methods but the only one I have seen is a little (OK, super-tiny) slide switch on the flash drive to select "Write-protected" / "Write-enabled". Locate the switch and move it to the alternate position. You might be able to use the tip of a pen, or you might need something smaller like a micro-screwdriver or other tool.

    If you are really talking about security measures (password/encryption) on some flash drives, then you need to reformat the flash drive as suggested by "ferdinan Sitohang" above.

  9. Ben
    July 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    No, you cannot format a write protected flash drive. You have to disable write protection, usually accomplished by flicking a 'switch' on the device.

  10. Shakirah Faleh Lai
    July 17, 2012 at 11:15 am
  11. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

    1. Insert your disc into PC/notebook
    2. open command prompt
    3. type "chkdsk /f " ex : chkdsk /f g:
    4. delete all the file in the usb drive using "del :*.*" ex : del g:\*.*
    5. Format the usb drive using format command ex : Format g:

    Thats it.

    • subhankar
      July 20, 2012 at 5:42 am

      How can I format a write protected pen drive?

      • Susendeep Dutta
        July 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Did you tried other solutions suggested by other people here like trying mUSB fixer ?

    • Suman Acharya
      July 26, 2012 at 7:20 am

      i knew. it couldn't help me.. i am having this write protected pen drive for a year and trying every solution i can....but no luck yet...
      first i bought it and copying songs from my pc and in the middle after copying some files it suddenly displayed a message the disk is write protected!!!

      • Abhishek
        August 7, 2012 at 5:14 am

        Hello bro,

        Any luck with ur pendrive or still bad.

    • pradeep
      November 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      no this is not the way to format write protected

    • MOhammed Yousaf
      December 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks for your information, Could please send an email to my ID. It will be good for me if i required any further assistance.

      Thank you

    • Mohammed Yousaf
      December 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      It showing Cant formate, it is write protected, How we can slove it

  12. ha14
    July 17, 2012 at 6:41 am

    try mUSBfixer it has option Format Write Protected

    • Suman Acharya
      July 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

      it just dont't let me choose my usb.
      win 7 64-bit.

  13. Alan Wade
    July 17, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Most flash drives have a little toggle in one corner that is the write protection. Try switching it over.
    If you are still having problems after that then this link has a good tutorial on what to do:

    • Suman Acharya
      July 26, 2012 at 7:17 am

      already done but no luck!!!!

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