You need to copy some file and you plug in your USB stick to the computer to copy those files,but what?You get a message saying”The disk is write protected. Remove the write protection or use another disk”.You will get to see the same message every time you try to copy some file to it.If you are thinking that this the end of your USB Drive then wait and try the following methods to Fix Write-Protected Drives and SD Cards.This message is just an error and can be easily fixed.The Write-Protected is a kind of lock for your USB Drive to prevent it’s content from being changed or edited.The error displayed is similar to the image below.
The above shown error can be due to several reasons.some of them are stated below
1 Read Only Switch
Some USB Drives/SD cards are provided with a mechanical switch which turns write-protection mode on/off.You should ensure that it is in unlocked position.
2 Check For Viruses
It is recommended to scan the USB drive everytime you plug it into your computer especially when you have used it on computers that you don’t own.Some viruses can fill your USB drive with nonsense files and it may be the cause of the error.You can scan your drive with a good antivirus to remove such threats.
3 Overwriting a “Read Only” File
It may be possible that the file you are trying to copy is write-protected and is the cause of this error.To check this Right click on the file that you are trying to copy and select properties.This will open a new window like below
Make sure that the ‘Read Only’ box is unchecked.
If none of the above methods work out.You can try the following two fixes which will hopefully make your USB drive work again.
1 Using Windows Registry
- Type “regedit” in the Windows search box
- Right click on it and select ‘Run as administrator‘
This will open the Windows Registry editor.
Go to the following address
In the left panel,right click on control key and select New>Key and name the new sub key “StorageDevicePolicies“.
now on the right panel of this newly generated subkey right click and select New>DWORD Value.Name it WriteProtect.
You might find that the above key and sub-key already exist in some cases.make sure that the value data of this DWORD is set to 0.
Click ok and Exit the Registry Editor
2 Using Command Prompt
- Open Command Prompt
- Type “diskpart” and press enter
- Select Yes and a new window will open.
- Type list disk in the new opened window and hit enter.This will make the DOS show disk devices in your computer.
- Now type select disk #(here # indicates to the no. of USB in which you are getting the error and replace # with it’s disk no).Press Enter.
- Write attributes disk clear readonly and hit enter.
- Wait till the process is finished and then you can exit.
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