If you are unable to edit or save files on your USB drive, it is likely that your device is locked in read-only mode. This article will introduce you to a few ways that you can unlock write protection on your USB key so that you may edit your documents as needed.
If you are experiencing an issue when attempting to copy or delete files on a USB flash drive, there is a very simple solution that will allow you to remove this setting, giving you the capability to modify, copy, or delete any files from your USB drive.
How To Remove Write Protection on a USB
To remove the write protection, simply open your Start
menu, and click on Run
. Type in regedit
and press Enter
. This will open the registry editor.
The next step is to navigate to the following path:
Double-click the WriteProtect
key located in the right side pane and set the value to 0
. Go to the Data Value
box and press OK
To finish, simply restart your system, and then reconnect your USB pen drive to the computer.
How To Unlock a USB Drive
Many USB keys come with a switch that slides up and down to enable or disable the write protection lock. As a first step, we recommend that you verify whether your USB has this switch (normally labelled with a hold
option). If so, simply unlock the switch and attempt to write.
Another simple solution for disabling write protection is to simply ascertain whether or not your currentl file is being viewed in Read Only
format. If it is read protected, simple right click on the folder and uncheck the "Read Only" button.
There are many online recovery tools which are related to a specific brand of USB
stick. For example, utilise the JetFlash Online Recovery tool to repair Transcend USB keys which gives the user the flexibility to either maintain stored information or the format key.
Online Tools to Disable Write Protection
A number of brand-specific online tools are available to help you disable write protection on your USB key. JetFlash Online Recovery
is a common tool used to repair Transcend USB keys
because it gives users the flexibility to either maintain stored information or format their key.
How To Format a USB Key
If none of the above options work, you can always try formatting your USB key. More information on formatting your flash drive can be found here
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