How can I format a write protected pen drive?

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When I try to format my pen drive, a message comes “The disk is write protected”.  So I can’t format my pen drive. Help me quickly please.

  1. Joerg Sternberg
    July 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    the disc is write protected. I can't format USB pendrive 32GB

    Mein SkanDisk USB Stick 32 GB laesst sich nicht beschreiben. Es erfolgt eine Meldung "Write Protected". Wie kann ich write protected beseitigen?

  2. naveen
    July 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

    i am using sandisk 8 gb cruser i am not able to format my pen drive nor delete the items

    • susendeep dutta
      July 26, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Your pendrive is write protected and needs to remove its write protection to allow formatting.Try the tools suggested in above comments.

  3. SURYA
    July 22, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Hai friends

    To format the pendrive of any responce try this procedure:

    Start > Run “cmd”
    type–> diskpart
    type–> list volume
    type–> select volume #
    type–> clean

    the the pendrive is clean but u cannot access the pendrive or u cant format directl.
    it will displays the formating error.and file partition is soo big.

    so now follow these steps:
    step1: right click on my computer
    step2: click manage
    step3: click disk management under storage
    step4: goto to ur volume and right click on it and slect make new partition
    step5: click next many times until it finish

    this will make ir pendrive working.
    thank you

  4. IMTIAZ ALAM
    July 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

    When I try to format my 8gb iBall pen drive, a message comes “The disk is write protected”. So I can’t format my pen drive. Help me quickly please.

  5. RAKESH
    July 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

    my 8gb pen drive write protect how can i format my pen drive.

  6. anip
    July 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

    pls help to format my 16 gb scandisk pendrtve........pls urjent..........

    • susendeep dutta
      July 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Right click on your pendrive's drive and click on format and click on start.

  7. viswanathan
    July 12, 2012 at 4:05 am

    my drive has 160gb but only used 50gb but its shows a free space is 70gb how do i retrive that could u help me ?or tell the solution please

    • dimon
      July 20, 2012 at 5:11 am

      viswanathan,
      is that 70gb is unallocated space?? if so, you can go to comptr manag.>disk manag.> right click on it and format it. if its still not working r.c it again and delete it than it will automatically add to the main drive/your drive....good lck!!:)

  8. shardul
    July 9, 2012 at 8:45 am

    i have a sandisk pendrive which i cant formet....?

  9. Ashok Kumar Jain
    July 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    When I try to format my pen drive, a message comes “The disk is write protected”. So I can’t format my pen drive. Help me quickly please.

  10. vikram
    July 2, 2012 at 4:59 am

    When I try to format my pen drive, a message comes “The disk is write protected”. So I can’t format my pen drive. Help me quickly please.

  11. Samuth prom
    June 29, 2012 at 7:38 am

    hi How can i remove the write protect ?Please help me!

  12. karthick
    June 23, 2012 at 6:29 am

    When I try to format my pen drive, a message comes “The disk is write protected”. So I can’t format my pen drive. Help me quickly please.

  13. zayed
    June 19, 2012 at 8:24 am

    How can I format a write protected pen drive?

  14. inderjeet singh GrewaL
    June 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    i cant understand what r u write on upper page :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :

  15. prasad
    June 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

    hi friends I have I ball pen drive of 8gb and it is write protected so wat can I do for it.

    • Tina
      June 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Prasad,

      Have you tried the steps outlined above? What did you try and how did it fail?

  16. abdul razik
    May 25, 2012 at 7:03 am

    how to formate the pendrive.
    wen the disk is write protected

  17. RAVI
    May 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    When I try to format my pen drive, a message comes “The disk is write protected”. So I can’t format my pen drive. Help me quickly please.

  18. thakkar kashyap
    May 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    how can i formeting a write protection pen drive? pls reply

    • satish
      May 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Hi
      Start > Run “cmd”
      type–> diskpart
      type–> list volume
      type–> select volume #
      type–> attributes disk clear readonly
      type–> x:\>attrib -r /s /d (X= USB drive)

      1. Open start menu, in the search bar type REGEDIT and press enter. This will open the registry editor.
      2. Navigate to the following path:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies

      Note: If the registry key StorageDevicePolicies does not exist, you will need to create it manually.

      3. Highlight StorageDevicePolicies, and then create a New DWORD (32-bit) Value named as WriteProtect.
      4. Double click the key WriteProtect in the right window and set the value to 0 in the Value Data Box and press OK button
      5. Restart your computer and try copying files into your USB drives I Hope Your Pendrive Is Write & Copy Past

      • Robotman
        May 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        not working
        the message came "the disk was aborted" on dos and on windows= "blab blab because of write protected blab"

      • tushar
        July 4, 2012 at 3:04 pm

        how create storagedevicePolicies ..? plz suggest

  19. Karan
    April 29, 2012 at 3:56 am

    Click on Start. Then click on Run. Type cmd in the text box. then type format "drive name" Press Enter key. Your Pen drive will be formatted. Now you can use your pen drive safely. So Be happy

    • sumit
      May 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      not working

      • Susendeep Dutta
        May 29, 2012 at 5:18 am

        Did you tried Neo9 tool suggested by Anonymous at the first comment of this page?

  20. Abi
    April 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    dear folks,,
    here is the solution to remove write protection in pendrive due to virus. please do the following steps
    start - run -regedit - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Currentcontrolset\control\storatedevicepolicies
    in right side u will be getting writeprotect option, just right click that and modify the value from 1 to 0
    it will work definetly ...................
    By Abi
    thank u

    • Faddy
      May 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Not workin bro!

    • Faddy
      May 2, 2012 at 8:00 am

      Not working on my WIN7!!!!!!!!

      • Ming
        May 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

        not working also.

        • Susendeep Dutta
          May 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

          Follow ha14's sugggestion given in below comments.

      • Susendeep Dutta
        May 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        Try ha14's solution mentioned in the below comment.

  21. shankar
    April 24, 2012 at 4:08 am

    please tell how to format write protected

  22. shankar
    April 24, 2012 at 4:07 am

    my pendrive 8gb sandisk cruzer blade usb device .can not formating asking files are write protected .how to format it .please solve my problem

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Try the solution mentioned by Anonymous (using neo 9 tool)in the below comment.It's working.

  23. Musthafa Koleth K
    April 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

    my pen drive not working "the disk write protect"

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Try the solution mentioned by Anonymous (using neo 9 tool)in the below comment.

  24. Alpesh 9102
    April 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

    thanks to "JetFLASH online Recovery" software i could formate my write protected pendrive.

  25. Aroo
    April 4, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    i cant see storagedivesepolicies

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Try ha14 's solution given in the below comment.

  26. ram patil
    April 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

    When I try to format my pen drive, a message comes “The disk is write protected”.  So I can’t format my pen drive. Help me quickly please.

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      Have you implemented the suggestions of Anonymous ( using neo 9 tool ) given in below comments? It's a working solution as it alters the storage device policy to enable read write access.

    • RAHDESHYAM
      May 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

      When I try to format my pen drive, a message comes “The disk is write protected”. So I can’t format my pen drive. Help me quickly please.

    • prasad
      June 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

      hey r u formatted now.if yes plz reply

  27. Densondaniel1
    April 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    i have 4 gb i ball pendrive i can't formated while formating message show "write protected" how to solve this

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Have you implemented the suggestions of Anonymous ( using neo 9 tool ) given in below comments? It's a working solution.

  28. Gurmeet_nandha
    March 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    thanks 22 mera pan drive chal gya

  29. Adil
    March 18, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Thanks yr. I removed my writeprotected device in normal form....

  30. Sairam Maddali
    February 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

    my system doesnot show storage device polocies what can i do to remove write protection of my pendrive help me gentlemans....

  31. Lawatsanjeev
    February 19, 2012 at 12:46 am

    MyComputer->HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->SYSTEM->CurrentControlSet->Control -> Storage only show. how can find StorageDevicePolicies?

    • Wais_kabul
      February 19, 2012 at 8:21 am

      my dear just Ctrl + f
      and type your storrgae device policeis it will be find thanks

    • deepak
      July 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      same problem with my lapi any one tell how can i format my pen dri

  32. maulik
    February 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    hi.. the only solution i have got is to do it through this software. "JetFlash Online Recovery".. i have suffered a lot for this problem for a long.. so want to share the solution to you guyz.. good luck

    • Hitesh
      June 4, 2012 at 5:03 am

      Thanks Brother... I download this software and it's working successfully. You save money...Thanks

  33. Kumar Sona143
    January 14, 2012 at 7:31 am

    how con i format my pen drive write protect error.......
     

  34. FIDELIS
    November 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Hello, have you tried doing a low level format on your pen drive? 
    http://hddguru.com/software/HDD-LLF-Low-Level-Format-Tool/

    or you could try the HP USB storage format tool:
    http://hp-usb-disk-storage-format-tool.en.softonic.com/

    If your pen drive is made by one of the big manufacturers you can visit their site and see if they offer a usb drive format utility.  Most do....

    If you have a linux live cd around, you could use it to format a drive.  It incorporates the gpated utility.  You could also try two other steps described in the following link:
    http://www.troublefixers.com/remove-write-protection-on-usb-pen-drive-or-memory-card-or-ipod/ 

  35. Mjevolve
    November 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    hello .

    the best and most powerful partition editor and format tool is the - GParted  http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

    you can try ...

  36. Jeff
    November 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    This error may also mean that the pen drive is corrupted. 

  37. Anonymous
    November 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Neo 9 tool able to get past the write protection and format the pen drive

    http://www.box.net/shared/9hgp81ndgs

    or

    1.Go to Run->regedit
    2.MyComputer->HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->SYSTEM->CurrentControlSet->Control -> StorageDevicePolicies
    3.Delete the StorageDevicePolicies in Your Registry.
    http://en.kioskea.net/faq/4214-remove-write-protection-on-pen-drive

    • Pritam Appu
      January 24, 2012 at 3:53 am

      thanks mera pen drive chalu hua

    • Faris Khan
      January 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Thnx Bhai...........

    • Ravneet jyot Singh
      March 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

      thank u so much very helpful lines
       

    • tauheed
      May 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      their is no storagedevicepolicies that mean no need to delete but show
      default reg_sz (i had try by modifyoption with right click 1 to 0) but didn't successes
      and i also tried by jetflash online recovery but problem is still pls suggest

      • ha14
        May 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

        1. Start > search bar -> CMD and press enter
        2. type< diskpart
        3. type< list disk
        4. type< select disk # (# is the number of the USB key)
        5. type< attributes disk clear readonly

        • sid
          May 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

          thank you very much. successfully i formatted my write protected pd.

        • shiv
          June 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

          i also executed the above steps but my pen drive wasn't formatted. what to do now?

        • sp nainar
          June 1, 2012 at 11:41 am

          any another way ?

        • Susendeep Dutta
          June 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

          Gupta's method mentioned in the link below -

          http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/remove-write-protection-sandisk-pen-drive/

          " I’ve had some luck with the following:

          Open up a command prompt. Type “diskpart” and press enter. At the “DISKPART >” prompt, type “list volume”. This will show you a list of your drives and a corresponding number. Assuming your flash drive is listed as “5?, type “select volume 5?. Then type “attributes volume clear readonly” and press enter.
          That will remove the “readonly” setting from the flash drive’s volume. Hopefully it helps. "

        • deepak
          July 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

          it's nt working can u tell any other way
          to format pd

        • ajit
          July 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

          depends if u have trancent pendrive then i can help u . u just have to download an online recovery tool which of 2 mb . then run the pgm as administrator and follow the instruction..
          it resolved my problem it solves urs..

        • naveen
          July 8, 2012 at 5:23 am

          very thanks to u i hv formated my pendrive

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