How to format a write protected USB flash disk [Solved/Closed]

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Hello,

When I tried formatting my USB any time messaging that
The disk is write protected


I already completed these steps:
  • 1. Insert the pendrive
  • 2. Don't open or format it directly
  • 3. Right click on my computer and go to manage
  • 4. In computer management window click on disk management option
  • 5. Right click on the removable disk (i,h....)
  • 6. Select format


But my USB is not formatted. When Formatting is completed 100%, again a message appears - "The operation did not complete because the media is write protected".

How can I format my USB?

Please help me!
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Hi,

Please follow these steps:
  • Click Start
  • Then run regedit
  • Go to this directory
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Currentcontrolset\control\
    . If you can't find StorageDevicePolicies under control folder then make some new one. Follow this steps:
  • Step : Go to this directory
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Currentcontrolset\control\
    again and right click on Control folder
  • Step 2: Select new, then click Key and rename the new key #1 folder into StorageDevicePolicies
  • Step 3: Right click StorageDevicePolicies folder and select new DWORD(32-bit) Value for 32-bit Operating System and select new DWORD(64-bit) Value for 64-bit Operating System
  • Step 4: Rename dword newer folder into WriteProtect, then double click WriteProtect and change the value data into 0 with hexadecimal base, then close regedit
  • Step 5: Open My Computer and refresh it 5 times without doing anything to your USB, and properly eject your flash drive
  • Step 6: Plug in your USB again into your computer and format it using exfat instead of fat32


Now, you can use your flash drive again.

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It worked !
pendive write is protected how solved
karthicknarayanan1996@gmailcom intha email rly pannunga
thanks a lot, but it takes so long
It shows that computer was unable to complete the formate
OMG. Thank you so much!
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1. open command prompt (cmd.exe)
2. type "diskpart"
3. type "list disk"
4. identify which one is your USB disk.

5. type "SELECT DISK n", where n is the number of your USB disk.
*** BE CAREFUL AT THIS PART. Selecting the wrong disk might delete your hard drives ****

6. type "clean", (you may need to repeat twice or thrice). If it doesn't work, don't proceed with the next instruction :-(
7. type "create partition primary"
8. type "select partition"
9. type "active"
10. type "format fs=ntfs"
my pen drive is not showing in list disk
Try this > list volume instead of list disk
when I type diskpart they give me this message"DiskPart has encoutered an error:access is denied" please help me
Bro, not working any alternative
Thank you That worked
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Hello

here is the solution to remove write protection in pendrive. please do the following steps


start - run -regedit - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Currentcontrolset\control\storatedevicepolicies


in right side you will be getting writeprotect option, just right click that and modify the value from 1 to 0
this thing is irritating
if u can't find "StoredDevicePolicies" then u have to create one by right clicking on "control" > new > key > name it as "StoredDevicePolicies" then u have to create " WriteProtect " by right click one "Stored Device Policies" > new > DWORD > name it as " WriteProtect "
it is not working pls help another option
thanx bro GDB
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I don't know what you mean by write protected "tab"

Are these instructions more specific ?

*1. Open Start Menu

*2. Run, type regedit and press Enter; this will open the registry editor

*3. Navigate to the following path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies*

4. Double click the key WriteProtect in the right pane and set the value to 0 In the Value Data Box. Press OK

*5. Exit Registry

*6. Restart your computer and re-connect your USB pen drive on your computer.
What I can do if there is no "StorageDevicePolicies" ;(!!!
sorry bro it's not working
thank you..it worked..thanks a lot..
thanks brother.. its working . :)
Thanks, this work for me, I was able to reclaim my 250Gb usb drive back.
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Try this:

For USB drives:

1. Open Start -> Run...
2. type diskmgmt.msc and press enter
3. right click on the partitin you want to format (where the leter and size is)
4. select 'Delete Partition...' and confirm
5. right mose button in the same place and select 'Create partition'
6. select primary partition
6. select size, file forma, disk leter, label etc should be all right if you leave defaults.
7. click ok

This will recreat the partition and format it in proper way. Helped me and will help to most of you if you have problem with MBR.
hey thanks it worked for me.
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I cant format my TDK 16GB, tried on the registry no go. When I tried the command the Flash will not show on list disk command, tried "list volume" command it sjows all the drives but when I select the right drive the error I get is "The Argument you specified for this command are not valid". How can I fix this! Pls help...
I don't know what you mean by write protected "tab"

Are these instructions more specific ?
  • 1. Open Start Menu
  • 2. Run, type regedit and press Enter; this will open the registry editor
  • 3. Navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies*

4. Double click the key WriteProtect in the right pane and set the value to 0 In the Value Data Box. Press OK
  • 5. Exit Registry
  • 6. Restart your computer and re-connect your USB pen drive on your computer.
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thanks it work
cant see that StorageDevicePolicies*....pls help me
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Muchas gracias! it worked like a charm, I had that pesky USB bothering me for a week.
Thanks again , you are the best.
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Download and install HDD Low Level Format Tool
|on first card choose your USB device
|Then go to LOW-LEVEL FORMAT and cilck on Format this device

hope it works for you.