The media is write protected error and how to fix it

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Use Diskpart khổng lồ Remove sầu Write Protection From USB Drives

There are many ways to remove write protection from USB drives in Windows. One popular method is to lớn change a Registry key, but this is scary to some people. A less intimidating method is lớn use diskpart.


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The User Account Control dialog box may appear and ask if you want lớn allow this app to make changes lớn your device. Select Yes to continue.


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Look at the Size column to lớn locate the write-protected flash drive. In this example, the computer hard drive sầu is 29 GB và the USB drive is 977 MB.


Enter the comm& select disk disk_number và then press Enter. If, for example, your drive number is 1, enter select disk 1.


When write protection has been removed from the disk, diskpart displays a message stating the attributes were cleared successfully và the disk is no longer write protected.


Remove sầu Write Protection From USB Drives With 'regedit' in Windows 10 and Windows 8

If you"d rather use the Windows Registry lớn remove sầu write protection from a USB drive or SD thẻ, use regedit to lớn make the change.

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Before making any changes, back up the Windows Registry. If you make a mistake và have sầu problems with your computer, you"ll be able khổng lồ restore the Registry & return your system khổng lồ its original state.


In the Registry Editor, navigate lớn HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > StorageDevicePolicies.


If you can"t find the StorageDevicePolicies folder, you"ll need khổng lồ create a StorageDevicesPolicies key và a WriteProtect DWORD Value. Keep reading to lớn learn how.


Create StorageDevicesPolicies Key và WriteProtect DWORD Value

Navigate lớn HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control.


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Double-clichồng WriteProtect to open the Edit DWORD dialog box & remove write protection using the steps above sầu.


Edit the Registry in Windows 7 to Remove Write Protection

If you use Windows 7, the process lớn edit the Windows Registry khổng lồ remove write protection is a little different.

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What Does Write-Protected Mean?

When a USB drive or SD thẻ is write-protected, you can"t change files on the media; you can only view them. On write-protected truyền thông media, you can read and copy files, but you can"t write khổng lồ & delete files. Your USB drive sầu và SD cards may become write protected because of a virut, or because the loông xã switch on the truyền thông has been enabled.


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