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Can't format USB Drive - write protect/can't format

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jackburd, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. #1
    I have 2 USB flash drives that can't be formatted.

    USB 1 = it is write protected and can't be formatted. I tried solutions to fix write protected usb drives but nothing works.
    USB 2 = just can't format I don't know why. I can't do anything, it pop out that the drive is not formatted.

    I tried different solutions on Google and nothing works. Hope you can help me and give me alternative solutions
    jackburd, Jul 25, 2013 IP
  2. lilc800

    lilc800 Member

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    #2
    This link should help you with USB 1
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-fix-write-protection-errors-on-a-usb-stick/
    lilc800, Jul 25, 2013 IP
  3. jackburd

    jackburd Member

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    #3
    I tried that one too. I tried the last option which is reformatting the USB. But see the photo below:

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    jackburd, Jul 26, 2013 IP
  4. GMF

    GMF Well-Known Member

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    #4
    Dug a bit around and found something which you could try
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    1. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/272402-32-flash-drive
    GMF, Jul 26, 2013 IP
  5. seamouse

    seamouse Member

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    #5
    use this:

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    1. http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/
    use it to do all my usb drives as well as old pcs re joining split hd`s to one complete drive
    seamouse, Jul 26, 2013 IP
  6. WebDeveloperSahil

    WebDeveloperSahil Member

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    #6
    You're pendrive is totally corrupted. It happened with me too. I lost my 32 gb USB device, you are unable to get it back but you can copy the content inside your pendrive by simply dragging and dropping in your pc. Good luck
    WebDeveloperSahil, Jul 26, 2013 IP
  7. seamouse

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    Have a look at the SD card's exterior; is there a small switch on one side? Changing the positioning should turn write protection off and let you change the contents.

    If not, then try the following:

    • Insert the memory stick into the computer
    • Go to My Computer and under Devices with Removable Storage look for your card reader
    • Right-click on it and click Properties
    • In the pop-up box, sometimes there's an option to Remove write-protection. Change the status of this option and try again.

    Still no luck?

    • Remove your memory stick from the drive
    • Click Start > Run...
    • In the box type regedit and press OK
    • A new window will appear. Go to:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
    • If you can't locate StorageDevicePolicies then you will need to create this folder
      • Right-click on Control and click on New > Key. Name this StorageDevicePolicies
      • Right-click on the new folder you created called StorageDevicePolicies and click New > DWORD Value.
      • Name this WriteProtect
    • Double-click on Write Protect and change the Value Data to 0 and then click OK
    • Close the Registry Editor and insert the memory stick into your computer
    seamouse, Jul 28, 2013 IP
  8. WebDeveloperSahil

    WebDeveloperSahil Member

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    Nothing worked for me :(
    WebDeveloperSahil, Jul 28, 2013 IP
  9. seamouse

    seamouse Member

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    sorry to hear dude, that normal would sort it, have you tried in another pc?
    seamouse, Jul 29, 2013 IP
  10. WebDeveloperSahil

    WebDeveloperSahil Member

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    Yes I've tried it on my laptop and one of my friend's PC. But D:
    WebDeveloperSahil, Jul 29, 2013 IP
  11. seamouse

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    #11
    very strange , is it old? did u try the software i said to download? worked very well on old hard drives where i have pulled old data off for people and even formatted a old fat drive on it

    could have a go over teamviwer
    seamouse, Jul 29, 2013 IP
  12. WebDeveloperSahil

    WebDeveloperSahil Member

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    It won't let you put anything in it. My USB device is totally messed up. I tried all the ways. I don't think it's possible.
    WebDeveloperSahil, Jul 29, 2013 IP
  13. seamouse

    seamouse Member

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    #13
    no worrys was only trying to help :)
    seamouse, Jul 29, 2013 IP
  14. WebDeveloperSahil

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    Thank you very much, have a great day :D
    WebDeveloperSahil, Jul 29, 2013 IP
  15. jackburd

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    #15
    I tried it on PC and mac
    jackburd, Jul 30, 2013 IP
  16. Fatima leen

    Fatima leen Greenhorn

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    #16
    normally it happens when your USB devise is damaged I mean physically damaged.
    Fatima leen, Aug 6, 2013 IP