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Can't delete iTunes from my thumb drive

by darthzyrus / February 10, 2013 11:37 AM PST

I bought a used pc and copied some songs on it to a thumb drive. Now I can't delete any of them off the thumb. Keeps saying copyright protected. I have tried everything I can think of under the sun to delete them. I used a 32 gig thumb and can't do anything with it until I can remove those stubborn songs. HELP!

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Usually it says write protected.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2013 11:47 AM PST

You could format the drive after you copy what you want to save off it.

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Write protected
by darthzyrus / February 11, 2013 2:32 AM PST

It says write protected. I have tried to format it but it won't even let me do that. I don't understand why. The drive was practially brand new and I'm at the point of throwing it away if I can't remove the songs.

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Let a friend format it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 11, 2013 6:27 AM PST
In reply to: Write protected

If it fails, it's just another brick. I wish there was more to the story but sticks only last so long.

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by darthzyrus / February 12, 2013 1:29 AM PST

Do the same on every computer. Won't let me format it either. So I'm stumped now. Tried safe mode, unlock, loads of suggestions and nothing has worked. Of course I can't get any help from Apple either. Their customer support sucks bad.

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just as a matter of curiosity,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 11, 2013 7:38 AM PST
In reply to: Write protected

is there a little sliding switch that has a tiny picture of a padlock unlocked and a padlock locked on that device?

If there is, push the slider each way a couple of times and then settle on the padlock unlock icon


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by darthzyrus / February 12, 2013 1:26 AM PST

Tried that many times. Won't do it.

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I've seen 32 GB ones for $10, buy another one
by wpgwpg / February 12, 2013 1:33 AM PST

You're going through a lot when you could buy another 32 GB flash drive for as little as $10. I would've bought another one a long time ago. As Bob says, these things can and do go bad sometimes. Stuff happens.

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by darthzyrus / February 12, 2013 3:44 AM PST

Yes. Looks as thought I will have to get another one. Thanks all.

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