How can I reformat my PNY 4GB USB flash drive?

Debra Zumbuhl March 6, 2012
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I am trying to reformat my PNY 4G USB flash drive. It says it is write protected. How can I get around that?

  1. uday kumar mishra
    September 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

    How can I reformat my PNY 4GB USB there is problem of write protesion errer

  2. radheshyam
    May 13, 2012 at 9:17 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

    • ha14
      May 14, 2012 at 8:35 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. typeregedit
      2.MyComputer->HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->SYSTEM->CurrentControlSet->Control -> StorageDevicePolicies
      3.Delete the StorageDevicePolicies in Your Registry.

  3. Brian Beardsall
    March 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

     

    Dear Debra Zumbuhl,

    First of all, check if there is a physical write protection
    on/off tab or button on the drive. If there is none, you will have to boot in
    safe mode, and using the command prompt, format the drive to get past the write
    protection. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Find the letter of your drive.

    1. Shutdown your computer.

    2. Insert the drive into your computer.

    3. Turn on your computer and then immediately start pressing
    the F8 key. The Advanced Boot Options screen will come up.

    4. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt by using the arrow
    keys and pressing enter.

    5. Windows will load it’s files.

    6. If your drive letter is F, type “F:” in the command
    prompt that appears, and press enter .

    7. Type “format F:” and press enter.

    8. You may be asked if you wish to force dismount the drive.
    If this happens, type “y” and press enter.

    9. Now a full format will start which will remove write
    protection from the drive.

    10. After the format finishes, you will need to type in an
    11 character or less name for the drive, or press enter to give the drive a
    blank name.

    Remember to substitute F with the letter of your drive, and
    please let me know if this works!

     

    Sincerely,

    Brian Bearsall

  4. guest
    March 14, 2012 at 4:30 am

    On Windows7 Go to: Computer > Right click > Removable Disk > Format...

  5. Manoj
    March 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

    How i can format a pen drive which is show error message write protected ?

  6. Anonymous
    March 6, 2012 at 9:49 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
    http://pario.no/2011/05/23/clear-read-only-flag-on-disk-in-windows-7-using-diskpart/

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