4 ways to format write protected pen drives, memory cards and flash drives

Use of flash drives, pen drives are day by day increasing due to it's portability. Many of us may faced an issue of Write Protection. One of the solution to get rid from such attack is to scan the drive with antivirus softwares. But there are many other ways are included through which you can remove write protection from drives. Here I have posted the solution with their success rate. Check out them one by one. You surely get success to remove write protection from it.

Solution 1st
  • Open Run box (Windows key + R) on your Windows system. Type "regedit" and hit enter. You will get a registry editor.
  • Navigate to the registry link:
  • Just right click on "WriteProtect" file and modify the hexadecimal value from 1 to 0.
4 ways to format write protected pen drives, memory cards and flash drives
  •  Restart your PC.
Note: If you didn't get "StorateDevicePolicies" after control hierarchy, the you need to specify it manually. Do the steps as below:
  • Create a new key by right clicking in empty white space in Control folder and by choosing Now -> Key. Give the name as "StorateDevicePolicies".

  • Now double-click on the new key (folder) as shown in the pic above and right-click once again and choose New -> DWORD

  • Name it WriteProtect and set its value to 0. Click OK, exit Regedit and reboot your computer. 
Solution 2nd
Diskpart is a command prompt functionality which allows to to manage all the disk drives attached to your computer. Follow the steps as specified below:

1. Open the command prompt with Administrator privileges. You can do this by simply right clicking on cmd.exe and selecting "Run as admin".
2. Now you need to hit commands as below one by one.
  • diskpart
  • list disk
  • select disk x (x is the number given to flash drive, figure out with the help of your flash drive’s capacity)
  • attributes disk clear readonly
  • clean
  • create partition primary
  • format fs=fat32 (you can swap fat32 for ntfs if you only need to use the drive with Windows computers)
  • exit
Solution 3rd
Here we are going to deal with Group Policy Object Editor that is responsible to apply read/write permissions on hard drives and removable media. Follow the steps as specified below:

1. Open Run box (Windows key + R) on your Windows system. Type "gpedit.msc" and hit enter.
2. Navigate to  Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Removable Storage Access.
3. Double click on each entries below and set disable to all of them.

Removable Disks: Deny execute access
Removable Disks: Deny read access
Removable Disks: Deny write access

Solution 4th
This is working for almost Transcend pen drives. Just follow the steps.

1. Download and run the programme JetFlash online recovery.
2. Specify the capacity of your drive eg. 512 MB, 1 GB.
3. Choose "repair and erase all data" OR "repair and keep existing data"
4. Wait until it formats the pen drive.
5. Done.

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