How to Format Write Protected USB Flash Drive

Summary

This article is about how to remove write protection from USB, I will introduce you three ways to effectively remove write protection.

Andrew Wright

17/07/2020

by Andrew Wright

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Remove Write Protection on USB Pen Drive

Write protection is a locking mechanism which is used to prevents any edit operation on the devices like USB pen drive, SD card, external hard drive disk. It can be used to protect the data on the device and can also prevent virus infection, but sometimes, corrupted devices can also become corrupted. So, how to remove write protection?

Write Protection Switch on the USB Flash Drive

Some USB flash drives have a switch on the shell, you can check first if your pen drive have that switch when you find your thumb drive get write protection. Turn off the switch, then you can try it on your computer again.

Disable Write Protection from USB Flash Drive with CMD Command Prompt

CMD command prompt can help you deal with it, but you need to be careful to avoid making mistakes which can cause you big trouble. Then follow the instructions to remove the write protection from USB flash drive.

Step1: Run CMD on the Windows system.

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Step2: Type "diskpart" in the window.

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Step 3: Type “lisk disk” in the window

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Step 4: Type “select disk 2” in the window, disk 2 is your USB pen drive.

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Step 5: Type “attributes disk clear readonly” in the window, then finished.

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Best Way to Remove Write Protection from USB Pen Drive

There is another easier way to disable write protection from USB pen drive. You can try a partition management tool. Here I would like to recommend IM-Magic Partition Resizer free, this is a freeware to manage disk partitions, it is 100% safe and effective, you can totally trust it.

You can follow the steps to remove write protection from USB pen drive.

Step 1: Install IM-Magic Partition Resizer free on your computer, run the program.

Step 2: select your USB pen drive, right click it and choose “format partition”.

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Step 3: Apply the changes, then the write protection on the USB pen drive will be removed.

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