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Removing write protection from USB flash drive

by SIMEONGENEROSO / July 7, 2010 7:04 PM PDT

All of sudden my USB is write protected. I can retrieve files from it but cannot save files to it. How do I remove the write protection?

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Removing write protection....with the given info, ...
by Papa Echo / July 7, 2010 10:25 PM PDT

...if you can retrieve files from it, do so, and save them to a new drive. The flash drive in question is broken.... but tell more if you are not satisfied with the answer.

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Flash drives wear out
by Jimmy Greystone / July 7, 2010 11:00 PM PDT

Flash drives wear out on account of there's only X number of times you can write to a given flash memory cell. Sounds like you've reached that limit and will need to get a new flash drive.

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Can't write to hard disk
by champmanfan67 / July 9, 2010 11:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Flash drives wear out


My question is in relation to this. Does this apply to external hard drives which temporally can't write to them? I obviously don't want to lose any data and found if I unplugged the external hard drive's power and USB connections and reconnected after a couple of minutes - it started writing again. This has can happen 4 times a month.

I've no idea if this an early sign of it failing or just a connection issue. Is there anyway to find out for sure?

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Some USB drived have ...
by Edward ODaniel / July 8, 2010 2:57 AM PDT

either a small write protect switch in them or they can be write protected bu software and that will normally show up by right clicking the drive in either windows Explorer or My Computer.

We could tell you more but you have not given us any real info to work with such as the brand and model of the drive such as Kingston 128 GB DataTraveler 200

Alternatively you might want to read through this link which offers a couple of solutions --

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Which brand do you use?
by net804 / July 16, 2010 9:19 PM PDT

If it is Transcend ('Jetflash' or any, ...) pen drive, use the tool named 'online repair tool' which can be downloaded from the official website of Transcend. and then follow the instructions.
Same thing happened to me and I have recovered my drive back to write. The write protection was removed.
Be sure to backup the files on it before proceeding...

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