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rtdpharmacist
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How to remove "write protection" from usb drive?

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After I formatted my usb drives, they are all "write protected". How do I change this (disable the write protection).

Thanks for any help.

grh
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@rtdpharmacist 

OK -- thanks for the replies.

 

Nothing you said is unusual -- in fact, there should be no issues with what you are doing.  So, I don't know why this PC refuses to reformat those USB sticks.

 

You could try installing this free app and seeing if that will do the reformatting:  https://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

 

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@rtdpharmacist 

No one has responded before because you've given us nothing to work with, only a complaint.

 

What app are you using to do the formatting?

 

Why are you formatting these, since USB sticks normally come preformatted?

 

What filesystem are you writing to the USB sticks?

 

What is the capacity of the USB sticks?

 

Have you tried formatting them a second time? If so, what happens?

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Using microsoft (in file explorer to format

 

I am formatting sticks that I have used before for something else

 

File system FAT 32

 

the sticks range from 16kb to 64kb

 

I have tried to format 3 and 4 times and they all will not let me format after the first time because they say "Write Protected"

grh
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@rtdpharmacist 

OK -- thanks for the replies.

 

Nothing you said is unusual -- in fact, there should be no issues with what you are doing.  So, I don't know why this PC refuses to reformat those USB sticks.

 

You could try installing this free app and seeing if that will do the reformatting:  https://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

 

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Thanks, I downloaded the "Mini-tool" and it formats just fine. I can now write on the sticks.

Thanks again

grh
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