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Unable to copy files to USB drives due to write protect

  1. #1

    Unable to copy files to USB drives due to write protect


    I was doing word editing on my win 8 pc from my USB drive. When I click save, the computer says that I cannot save it with the same name. I then proceeded to save it on the desktop with a different name. I then tried to copy it back to the USB drive, it says the drive is write protected.

    I did try another word file on another USB drive, it says write protected. How to solve this problem? I did try this method:

    However, this method formats the drive which I don't want to happen. Also, while following the instructions in the youtube video, I got stuck when it came to formatting the drive. It says the drive is protected.

    I then took the USB drives to my windows 7 laptop and it works, so there must be something wrong with Windows 8 and not the USB drives.

    Any ideas?
    Last edited by Brink; 13 May 2015 at 09:43. Reason: embedded video

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  2. #2

    Posts : 21,858
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello mystvearn,

    You might see if this below may be the issue and be able to help. Option Three seems appropriate for this.

    Disk Write Protection - Enable or Disable in Windows - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. #3

    I found this and it worked. I modified the registry from 1 to 0.

    The Disk Is Write-Protected error for Removable Disks

    Thanks for the help
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