Format a Write Protected USB
Write protection is enabled on pen drives to keep the data safe and to prevent the data from being deleted or misused. But, it allows the user to read and copy the contents in the drive…If the pen drive is write protected it also prevent the drive from being formatted. Here are few ways to format write protected usb Pen drive.
Note: Before formatting a pen drive always, make sure that you have copied the contents to some other destination because formatting clears all the data stored.
1. By Switching of the Write Protection:
In some drives, write protection is enabled using the write protection switches. Make sure that your USB drive’s write protection is switched off.
In run (Winkey + R), type regedit.exe which in turn asks you whether wants to run the registry editor. Click yes, and navigate the following key:
In the right pane you will find ‘write protect’. Double click on it to change the value data from 1 to 0.
In case if ‘StorageDevicePolicies’ doesn’t exist, click on the white space, right-click and select ‘key’ to create a new key. Name it as ‘StorageDevicePolicies’ with no spaces.
Right click on the folder created (StorageDevicePolicies) and select New->DWORD. Name the new DWORD as ‘WriteProtect’ and change its value to 0. Restart your device now. The device can be formatted now by selecting the ‘Format’ option.
Open command prompt in your system by executing the command ‘cmd.exe’ in run.
When the command prompt opens execute the following commands by pressing enter after each command.
Cmd 1: diskpart
Cmd 2: list disk (lists the number of disk in your computer)
Cmd 3: select disk x(select the disk in which your write protected drive is plugged in. for example ‘select disk 2’)
Cmd 4: attributes disk clear readonly (clears the write protection)
Cmd 5: fs=fat32 (selects the file system as FAT32)
Cmd 6: exit
4. By changing the permission:
Right click on the drive in which you need to remove write protection.
Select the option ‘properties’. In ‘sharing’ tab click on ‘advanced settings’ button and select ‘permissions’. In permissions dialog box, check ‘Full Control’ check box. Click apply and ok.
5. Using safe mode with command prompt:
Plug in the drive that you need to format and restart your system. When the system is turning on press the function key ‘F8’. Now a black screen (Advanced boot option screen) appears with number of options. Select the option ‘Safe Mode With command prompt’.
After the booting enter your disk name. if u have inserted your drive in G: , then type ‘G:’ (without quote) and press Enter key. Now, type ‘format G:’ and press Enter. If it prompts you Yes/No press ‘Y’ then Enter key. Now the OS will remove the write protection and formats the drive.