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Reformatting Write Protected Flash Drive

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    Reformatting Write Protected Flash Drive


    I have an 8GB flash drive that's write protected. There is no lock/unlock on the flash drive. How can I reformat/erase the contents so I can use the flash drive for other things?
    I've tried low level and that didn't work.
    Thank you.

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    How did you get a flash drive write protected in the first place ?
    Anyway, try this to see if it works:
    Open an elevated command prompt then use the followings:
    1. diskpart
    2. list disk
    3. select disk n =============> n is the number of your flash drive
    4. attributes clear readonly
    5. exit


    This should remove the write protected and hopefully you can format it.

    Good luck !!!
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    Thank you. After "list disk" there are 4 numbers. How do I find the number of the flash drive?
    I see the GB's amounts of my OS and external hard drive but don't see one with 8 GB (which is the flash drive.)
    Last edited by Dawter; 26 Feb 2013 at 18:52. Reason: spelling
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawter View Post
    Thank you. After "list disk" there are 4 numbers. How do I find the number of the flash drive?
    I see the GB's amounts of my OS and external hard drive but don't see one with 8 GB (which is the flash drive.)
    Did you plug it in the USB port before you run diskpart ? What was the format of the flash drive before ? was it Fat32 or NTFS ? Do you see it in the Disk Management ? You might have done some damage when you try to low level format it.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    hi
    With this freeware , you can not format flash memory that they will not transfer information to fix it
    Did
    100% tested .
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    Quote Originally Posted by asus View Post
    hi
    With this freeware , you can not format flash memory that they will not transfer information to fix it
    Did
    100% tested .
    how it work
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