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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:

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

In the end, this write-protected USB solution worked for me and I hope it will solve your problem too.

But be warned, this method will * delete and format the content of your USB *, so ensure to copy your files to somewhere safe before trying this. This is assuming you can even see and access your files.

  1. Step 1: Find your USB’s VID and PID using Chip Genius v4. Once downloaded, unzip and run ChipGenius_v4_19_0319.exe

Based on the result, you can verify what’s your usb’s memory chip. For the screenshot above, it’s the following SC908SN/AU6989SN [E512] -F/W D82B.

See if there are any available utils. If not, proceed to the next step.

Click on the link which contains your chip details with Flash Drive Repair.

Assuming you have downloaded the correct tool to flash your corrupted usb disk, this method should fix and render your disk usable again.

Once my disk was detected, I clicked on Start for the tool to begin fixing and formatting my thumb drive.

When completed, my USB disk works normally again.

I hope this helps anyone encountering the same problem.


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