Tips and Tricks for Formatting a USB Drive That Is Disk Write Protected


How can I format a USB drive that is disk write protected?

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Disk write protection is a feature that prevents unauthorized changes to the data stored on a USB drive. It can be enabled or disabled by the user, the manufacturer, or the operating system. If you want to format a USB drive that is disk write protected, you need to first remove the write protection and then use a formatting tool. Here are some steps you can follow to do that:

1. Check the physical switch on the USB drive. Some USB drives have a small switch that can turn on or off the write protection. If your USB drive has one, make sure it is in the off position.

2. Check the registry settings on your computer. Sometimes, the write protection can be controlled by the registry settings on your computer. To check and change them, you need to open the Registry Editor. To do that, press Windows + R keys, type regedit and hit Enter. Then, navigate to the following path:


If you see a value named WriteProtect, double-click on it and change its data to 0. If you don’t see the value, you can create it by right-clicking on an empty space, selecting New and then DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it WriteProtect and set its data to 0. Then, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

3. Check the disk attributes using Diskpart. Diskpart is a command-line tool that can manage disks and partitions. To use it, you need to open the Command Prompt as an administrator. To do that, press Windows + X keys, select Command Prompt (Admin) and click Yes. Then, type the following commands and hit Enter after each one:

`diskpart` `list disk` `select disk X` (where X is the number of your USB drive) `attributes disk clear readonly` `exit`

4. Format the USB drive using Disk Management. Disk Management is a graphical tool that can format disks and partitions. To open it, press Windows + X keys, select Disk Management and click Yes. Then, right-click on your USB drive and select Format. Choose a file system (such as FAT32 or NTFS), a volume label, and a quick format option. Then, click OK and wait for the process to complete.

After following these steps, you should be able to format your USB drive that is disk write protected. However, if none of these methods work, you may need to contact the manufacturer of your USB drive or use a third-party formatting tool.

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