How to remove write protection from pen drive?

External storage devices are pretty useful to transfer files between Computers but recently i noticed that my pen drive started giving me an error that it is “Write protected” whenever i try to transfer data in it.

In real “Write Protection” is a security feature that allows you to protect your data store in your Pendrive but a virus can also trigger this error, so your first step should be to scan your computer with an updated antivirus but if that doesn’t here are some few quick tips to remove write protection from pen drive.

Remove write protection from pen drive

  • Open Start Menu>Run, type regedit and press Enter.
  •  Navigate to the following Registry key:


If you don’t find the StorageDevicesPolicies key then you have to create it manually, right-click into the right window and Select New > Dword (32-bit) value from the context menu and name it WriteProtect.

  •  Double click the key WriteProtect in the right pane and set the value from 1 to 0 in the value data box and press OK button. You can change value of 0 to 1 if you want to write protect your USB.
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  • At last, exit the registry, restart your computer and then again re-connect your USB pen drive on your computer.

Other Procedure to follow to remove write protection

  • Shutdown your computer.
  • Insert Pen drive into the computer.
  • Turn on the computer and then immediately start pressing F8 key. Advanced Boot Options screen will appear on the screen.
  • Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt
  • After loading files, suppose, if your Pen drive letter is G, then write as

C:\windows\system32>H: and press enter

  • G:\>format G: and press enter
  • 8. Press Y when (Y/N) prompt appears and press enter
  • Write Protection will be removed from the Pen drive after the format is complete.

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