Remove write protect from pen drive

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phello Posts 2 Registration date Wednesday September 4, 2013 Status Member Last seen September 5, 2013 - Sep 4, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Zohaib R Posts 2368 Registration date Sunday September 23, 2012 Status Member Last seen December 13, 2018 - Sep 5, 2013 at 06:35 PM
OS is WINDOWS xp,
Pen drive is protected from write.
In safe mode, i could copy data, but not in normal mode.
what to do?

thanks in advance

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Zohaib R Posts 2368 Registration date Sunday September 23, 2012 Status Member Last seen December 13, 2018 69
Sep 4, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Hi phello,

Check in another computer if the pen drive works in Windows' Normal Mode. Also, you can try the below mentioned steps and see if you are able to remove write protection:

1. Click "Start".
2. Click "Run".
3. Type "CMD" and hit Enter.
4. Type "Diskpart" and hit Enter, this will open another window.
5. In this new window type "List Disk" and hit Enter.
6. Make a note of the disk ### for your pen drive.
7. Type "Attribute disk clear readonly" and hit Enter.
8. Type "Select disk ###" (### is the number of the USB pen drive you've plugged in) and hit Enter.
9. Restart the computer and see if the pen drive works.

Hope this helps.
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phello Posts 2 Registration date Wednesday September 4, 2013 Status Member Last seen September 5, 2013
Sep 5, 2013 at 06:06 AM
Hello Zohaib,

I gave Attrib -R H:\ in command prompt,
but i got Access denied.
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Zohaib R Posts 2368 Registration date Sunday September 23, 2012 Status Member Last seen December 13, 2018 69
Sep 5, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Hi phello,

Please ensure that you have Administrator Rights when you are trying to run these commands. If you are not able to format the pen drive with Administrator Rights, try these commands and "Safe Mode".

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Thanks & Regards
Zohaib R
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