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Reformatting Write Protected Flash Drive


Dawter

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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.
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topgundcp

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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.)
 
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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.)
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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    16 GB G-Skill Trident X @2400MHZ
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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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