Solved! How to fix a write protected USB thumb drive

Today I got a USB 4GB flash disk from a colleague requesting for my help to delete some files in it.

Unfortunately, the files couldn’t be deleted because the thumb drive is write protected.

With permission from my colleague, I was allowed to format the thumb drive just to recover the disk space and to make it usable again. However, the format process failed with the error stating that the disk is write protected.

And so I began trying to remove the write protection problem by trying the following methods:

  • Edited the registry
  • Using diskpart to remove the read only
  • Formatting using Windows or Linux machine
  • Removed read only permissions from drive properties
  • Third party tools like HP USB Disk format tool
  • Setting advanced sharing to have permissions with full control

Basically all the above methods failed to work and took a total of 4 hours to troubleshoot. Continue reading… »

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