My Sandisk flash drive says it is write-protected when I to try to save or delete files while there is still enough space to do so. How can I fix this?
If the advice above doesn't help, follow the steps outlined in this article:
How To Fix Write Protection Errors On a USB Stick
Not worked with my Sandisk cruzer 16gb
what did you try? is there any switch key on your USB key?
I had the same experience with my SanDisk Cruzer Facet 8GB Pendrive and I tried some online solutions but none of them worked. Then I registered a complaint with SanDisk technical support quoting the problem. They replied that it is not possible to remove the write protection as the disk went into some 'self protection mode' indicating that it was affected by some virus. Then they offered me a 16GB replacement of that same model as they didn't have an 8GB model at that time and I got it replaced within a day.
-Sravan from Hyderabad, India.
The HP USB Format Tool, It can remove secret partitions and other magic, it's amazing.
Is there a tiny slide switch on the drive? If so, slide it to the "off" position.
1. Start - search bar -> type CMD right click and launch as administrator
2. type - diskpart and hit enter
3. type-list disk and hit enter
4. type-select disk # (# is the number of the USB key)and hit enter
5. type- attributes disk clear readonly and hit enter
6.type-exit and hit enter
I am using Windows XP.It is showing LIST command is not recognized.
are you running in administrative mode?
Try the suggestions here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/3d058885-a4a2-448b-a309-5d78c07a8470/how-do-i-unwrite-protect-usb-flash-drives?forum=w8itprogeneral. Funny enough, there is a link within the suggestions that takes you to MUO's article about removing write protections from USB drives, which should help if the commands in the command line do not work.
There may be other ways, but the simplest is to back up the data and re-format the drive, then copy the data onto it again.