How can I remove the write protection from my SanDisk pen drive?

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When I try to delete items from my SanDisk pen drive, it shows a message saying that the drive is write protected. How to remove that write protection of pen drive?

  1. Sandeep Kumar
    September 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

    My pen drive (sandisk 8GB cruzer blade) is write protected.......how to remove the protection?

    Regards and Thanks,
    Sandeep

  2. sony
    September 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

    hmmmm,
    It's not working properly,
    Can you explain it, how can i remove protection from my usb data storage device,
    My data storage device name is sandisk and that can store maximum 4 gb data,

    when i do format my usb disk, then that will showing some error is
    "" the disk is write protected""
    Please solve this problem soon as possible.

    Thank You.

  3. aditya
    September 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

    By mistake I have deleted the write protected folder now what should i do . ??

  4. aditya
    September 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

    my SanDisk 8 GB pendrive is write protected . I tried the above steps i couldn't find the USB key . Exactly what is it .

  5. venkatesh
    September 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

    my sandisk cruzer switch 8 gb pendrive is not working....
    when i format the pendrive it can shows an error message like this "the disk is write protected". so please tell me any idea to format my pendrive...
    i have urgently need an idea to format it.....

    • presideo
      September 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Just a heads up to anyone still experiencing this problem, the suggestion of using Check Flash 1.16.2 is the one that worked for me. Had a crash copying files to usb flash drive and from then on it was write protected and unusable. Loaded up Check Flash and did the following:

      MAKE SURE YOU COPY ALL FILES YOU WANT TO KEEP BEFORE DOING THIS!!!

      1. Under Access Type Select As Logical Drive (NT-based Systems only)
      2. Under Action type Select Full Erase
      3. Under Drive: Slect USB flash drive
      4. Hit start and wait. It will format/erase the drive and allow you to use it again.

  6. Yogiraj mishra
    September 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Dude! just use any boot cd and boot your PC with pluging the pen drive or can try many tools out there like HP usb disk
    or Disk security ASC disk utility!

  7. Tshering Dhendup
    September 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Anonymous, i have a Sandisks pendrive. i tried out all the ways to remove the write protection. i followed all your instructions correctly but still unable to format and the error message is " The Disk Is write Protected".

    Can you please help me if there is any other ways to format this protected disk

  8. mani sankar
    September 9, 2012 at 4:35 am

    How can I remove the write protection from my SanDisk pen drive?

  9. pyare
    September 4, 2012 at 5:12 am

    my pen drive go to write protect how to formet my pen drive ???

  10. purohitdevan
    August 31, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    How can I remove the write protection from my SanDisk pen drive?

  11. SREEKUMAR
    August 30, 2012 at 5:36 am

    I tried by Regedit for remove write protection from my pen drive. But in the disk management menu when I right clicked there the format option is not highlighted.I tried Low level format tool. B I cannot done it so far. Anybody help me?

  12. xhoni
    August 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    hello every one i can format my usb flash because is write-protectet please help me and my usb flash is removable
    helllllllllllppppppppp

  13. swaraj
    August 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

    how to create manual current control set.....please....say...??

  14. milonfkabir
    August 17, 2012 at 1:50 am

    How can I remove the write protection from my SanDisk pen drive?

  15. dhruv
    August 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Hi
    can you tell me please when i connect my pendrive to the computer there shown write protection so how i can remove this problems please solve my problems i have a sandisk 8 gb pen drive and i have bought just before 3 month a go.

  16. a k tripathi
    August 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    When I try to delete items from my SanDisk pen drive, it shows a message saying that the drive is write protected. How to remove that write protection of pen drive?

  17. ashwini
    August 2, 2012 at 6:22 am

    how can remove write protection from pen drive.

  18. suithanga
    July 30, 2012 at 4:37 am

    I cannot use my pen drive (Sandisk Cruzer Edge 8GB).

  19. Nortey Richard
    July 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    how can i remove write protection from my pen drive

  20. Akhil Abraham
    July 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    To Remove the write protection .....follow these steps:
    Start > search bar -> CMD and press enter
    2. type< diskpart
    3. type< list disk
    4. type< select disk # (# is the number of the USB HDD you’ve plugged in )
    5. type< attributes disk clear readonly

    Format your USB drive

    If still the usb drive is write protected then you can execute a “low-level format” on the drive. Download the free software to perform the “low-level format” of your USB drive.

    After completing the low-level-format you may have to create a partition in that disk drive.
    For that :
    1. Run diskmgmt.msc in Run.
    2. In the disk management window, select the pen drive, right click on it and click on Format.
    3. Click OK and the drive will be reusable after this.

    If you still receive the error

  21. chino
    July 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I really need help. I have a problem with my SanDisk pen drive, which is write protection. I really want it fixed and i will appreciate!

    THANK YOU!

  22. Bibhas
    July 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Its very easy!!!!! Just go to your pen drive properties>customeraize>advanced>everyone>tick out the 'write' box blank and apply!!!
    AND ITS DONE...
    Restart your machine and plug ur usb and again freshly format it and ENJOY...

  23. SATISH
    July 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I had a pen drive of 8GB which is write protect automatic how to remove the write protect

    • Tina
      July 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Satish,

      Did you try some of the advice above?

  24. manogaran
    July 18, 2012 at 3:06 am

    When I try to delete items from my SanDisk pen drive, it shows a message saying that the drive is write protected. How to remove that write protection of pen drive?

    • ha14
      July 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

      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.

      if your files are not important on the USB key and would like to format then try
      mUSBfixer -
      http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/mUSBfixer.shtml

    • Graham Dauphin
      July 20, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Hi ,I had the same problem with my Sandisk, tried everything but nothing worked.

      The only way is to Use a Flash drive tester - in Destructive write test mode, you will then be able to re-format the drive. Make sure you copy any files you need before doing this as all data on Sandisk will be lost.

      This is the free program I use,
      http://mikelab.kiev.ua/index_en.php?page=PROGRAMS/chkflsh_en

      Hope this helps

      Graham.

  25. Harshad
    July 17, 2012 at 3:21 am

    try these steps

    1. Start > run -> CMD and press enter
    2. type< diskpart
    3. type< list disk
    4. type< select disk # (# is the number of the USB HDD you’ve plugged in )
    5. type< attributes disk clear readonly

  26. benjamin sasu
    July 17, 2012 at 12:26 am

    How can I format a write protected pen drive?

  27. krishna tyagi
    July 14, 2012 at 6:50 am

    my pen drive 4 gb is write protected how can i remove write protect. plz send guideline on E-mail Id.

  28. lemuel
    July 3, 2012 at 4:40 am

    ..i hope..there are software for formatting the Sandisk flashdrive...and its easy to download...tnx

  29. Shakeel Shaik
    July 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

    When I try to delete items from my SanDisk pen drive, it shows a message saying that the drive is write protected. How to remove that write protection of pen drive?

  30. shakeel
    July 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

    my pen drive sandisk had a problem when i will formatting a box is appearing that your disk is write protected

  31. amitkumar
    June 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    sir ,
    in second solution..,all step are clear.but after all setting what to do.describe in details plz !

  32. prasanna kumar padhi
    June 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    when i some data copy in my pen drive .it show your pen drive is write protected

  33. kiran kumar
    June 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

    When I try to delete items from my SanDisk pen drive, it shows a message saying that the drive is write protected. How to remove that write protection of pen drive?

  34. Akhlesh
    June 28, 2012 at 5:12 am

    sir
    i can't format my pendrive. I used regedit but iits not working.
    i can't paste and access from my pendrive i have use some tools but i cant fromat , access and paste anything.

  35. manoj
    June 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    i have a 8 GB sandisk pendrive .
    in this much data is stored
    which is not deleted,any files were not writed on it.
    plz any bdy send solution of this.

  36. jithuraj vu
    June 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

    i am format my sndisk pedrive.but that canont format it.that time show a box that ia writte protected.how to solve it

  37. surajkumar
    June 19, 2012 at 2:46 am

    When I try to delete items from my SanDisk pen drive, it shows a message saying that the drive is write protected. How to remove that write protection of pen drive? als..
    (I am not able to delete ,or add anything in it... it shows that your device is write protected .remove write protection and try again..)

  38. gobinda kalundia
    June 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

    my sandisk pendrive is showing write protected,while i delet the items in that,...HOW CAN I REMOVE THE WRITE PROTECTED FORM PENDRIVE??????

  39. Thomas
    June 17, 2012 at 8:03 am

    how can remove copy write protection my sandisk? help me

    • Susendeep Dutta
      June 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Did you followed Gupta's methods above starting as -

      "I’ve had some luck with the following:

      .................. flash drive’s volume. Hopefully it helps. "

  40. shiva
    June 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    i jst need answer but i havn't seen my questions answer how to format write protected or remove write protected virus from san dik cruzer endrive

  41. Pankaj Negi
    June 8, 2012 at 9:13 am

    How can I remove the write protection from my SanDisk pen drive?

  42. shadul
    June 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

    when ever i m going to save file they the write permission error will ocure.......

  43. don prince
    June 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    how to remove write protected from flash drive.
    please help me

    • Susendeep Dutta
      June 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Follow the instructions mentioned by ha14 above which starts as :-

      " Hi
      Start > Run “cmd”
      ................................. into your USB drives.

  44. don prince
    June 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    how to remove write protected from flash drive

  45. Prakhar
    May 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Actually after going through regedit option , I am unable to format my write protected Scandisk 8GB pen drive. Due to this I am unable to move any datafrom PC to Pen drive. Kindly tell me to format my write protected pen drive , because i have applied all ways to format? If not possible , then provide me any software link ( i have applied all links from web) or contact details of Scandisk pen drive repairing shop?

  46. Amol deshmukh
    May 21, 2012 at 5:47 am

    tanx dude

  47. anukul
    May 19, 2012 at 8:19 am

    i can't format my sundisk pendrive due to write prtection

  48. aditya
    May 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    how can i remove the write protection from my sandisk pen drive?

    • Susendeep Dutta
      May 29, 2012 at 5:12 am

      Did you tried the solution suggested by Gupta in the above comment?

  49. gupta
    May 10, 2012 at 5:03 am

    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.

    • Parteek
      July 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      it's not working pls help me...

  50. BALAJI K R
    May 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Hi I have a SanDisk cruzer blade 8GB pendrive which has got write protected without my knowledge, now it is not able to access it so please help me out to overcome this problem.

    • ha14
      May 9, 2012 at 9:03 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.

    • Hitesh
      May 11, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      This suggest is not worked plz help my new sendisk pendrive is write protected

    • Elavarasan
      May 31, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Thanks.................... the first method is working properly........... and again one more thanks........

    • pawan
      August 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      sorry to say , but it also dosen't work

  51. sandeep kumar
    May 6, 2012 at 5:05 am

    When I try to delete items from my SanDisk pen drive, it shows a message saying that the drive is write protected. How to remove that write protection of pen drive?

    • ha14
      May 6, 2012 at 8:23 am

      1.Go to Run->regedit
      2.MyComputer->HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->SYSTEM->CurrentControlSet->Control -> StorageDevicePolicies
      3.Delete the StorageDevicePolicies in Your Registry.

    • siva
      May 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

      no use for this solution

  52. pankaj kumar tiwari
    April 24, 2012 at 6:04 am

    i have been facing a probleme with my pen drive write-protection. i should get a solution for removing it from my usb.

  53. Akishan Kishan
    April 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

    these step is successfull to   remove write-protect from usb 
    plz suggest effective step to remove write-protect from usb 

                thank you

  54. guest
    March 30, 2012 at 9:21 am

    it does not work 

  55. Sanjeevyadavsaifai
    March 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

    how can remove write protection my sandisk

  56. FIDELIS
    January 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Hello, you could try the second solution in the sandisk forum:

    http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1102/related/1/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xMzI3NDc1NDAxL3NpZC80UW1QSF9Paw==

    If nothing else works, you could try formatting pendrive with gparted:

    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

    Did you by any chance checked the pendrive in another computer?

  57. shubham
    January 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    No guys no idea works.

    • Hitesh Chavda
      January 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

      Try to format from other pc
      try to format with HP disc format utility.

      if nothing works your card may be dameged.

    • vibhawa
      June 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      You can format it using command prompt type FORMAT X:
      X:--the name of your usb drive and press ENTER
      it will give you a message press y and then again press ENTER

    • SOURAV
      June 18, 2012 at 6:12 am

      Thanxs vibhawa it realy works..... thank u very very very very very..................... much.......

    • amitkumar
      June 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      BY DONIG ALL THE STEPS :ERROR COMES IN CMD THAT:THE DISK IS WRITE PROTECTED. ANY IDEA i"ve tried all the solutions.plz help me!
      i"m having sandik 16gb pendrive

  58. FIDELIS
    January 17, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Hello are you sure your drive is not locked by a switch?  If it is, try unlocking it by moving switch.  If that is not the case, you could try the following:

    http://www.troublefixers.com/remove-write-protection-on-usb-pen-drive-or-memory-card-or-ipod/

  59. Anonymous
    January 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    1. Go to run, type regedit and press enter.
    2. Navigate to the path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlStorageDevicePolicies
    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 see if this help

    if there is no important file, try to format
    Click on Start.
    Type diskmgmt.msc in Run.
    In the disk management window, select the pen drive, right click on it and click on Format. Now choose the File System and Allocation Unit Size.
    Click on OK.

    or
    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

    perhaps this hotfix can help also
    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/remove-write-protection-sandisk-pen-drive/

    perhaps take ownership
    http://www.rizonesoft.com/2011/ownership-shell/

    You can find two reg files below if you are on xp or vista
    http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-disable-write-access-to-usb-hard-disk-and-flash-key-drives/

    • shubham
      January 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      may i know the correct format of writing in cmd..

    • Anonymous
      January 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      Folloow this tutorial
      http://pario.no/2011/05/23/clear-read-only-flag-on-disk-in-windows-7-using-diskpart/

      go to run and type gpedit.msc this will open group policy then
      Computer Configuration-Administrative Templates-System-All Settings just below Windows Components
      right click on Removable Disks: Deny Write access then choose Edit in the opened windowschoose set to Not Configured and click apply

    • pavan kumar
      March 1, 2012 at 5:48 am

      hello sir there is no ALL SETTINGS in my computer

    • Anonymous
      March 1, 2012 at 8:35 am

      which windows OS you have. if you click on   Administrative Templates  on the right screen you will see all items and below 
      Windows Components you should see 
      All Settings.

      Enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 7 Home
      http://www.instantfundas.com/2011/07/enable-group-policy-editor-on-windows-7.html

    • dondi
      June 23, 2012 at 6:57 am

      sory it wasn't worked ,,,,,,,,,,,,, would please more specify on it............. or any other ways to format a WRITE PROTECTED drive?

    • amit kumar
      June 28, 2012 at 1:54 am

      sir ,
      this step is not found in All Settings
      right click on Removable Disks: Deny Write access then choose Edit in the opened windowschoose set to Not Configured and click apply

    • gopinath
      May 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      To format my memory card to show windows was not unable to format . how to format.

    • AK
      July 24, 2012 at 8:14 am

      the regedit option helped didnt even have to restart thanks a bunch.

    • anonymous
      August 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      It's not working, I am not able to make a 32bit DWORD file

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