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Can’t format the drive,Can’t copy files and folders,Drive is write protected…..!!!

Quite often, we are faced with a situation where we get an error while copying, deleting or modifying data or files for the USB portable devices like pen drives, memory card and iPod etc. This happens because it is `Write-Protected’. Here is a solution to this problem of the USB being write-protected. You can follow the steps mentioned in this article and conveniently make modifications or copy or delete files from the USB portable devices.


To remove write protection:

  • Open Start Menu >> Run, type regedit and press Enter, this will open the registry editor.
  • Navigate to the following path:

Note: If the registry key StorageDevicePolicies key does not exist, you will need to create it or Download this batch file called add.bat from here, and double click after download the key will be automatically added to registry.

  • Double click the key WriteProtect in the right pane and set the value to 0
  • In the Data Value Box, press OK button

  • Exit Registry, restart your computer and then again re-connect your USB pen drive on your computer.

Filed under: Security, Tips Tricks, Windows XP

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