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How to remove write protection from USB drives and memory cards

With your USB drive or memory card attached to your computer, launch a command prompt. You can do this by searching for cmd.exe or ‘Command Prompt’ in the Start menu. NOTE: you may need to run Cmd.exe with administrator privileges if you see an “access is denied” message.

To do this, right-click on Command Prompt in the Start menu and choose ‘Run as administrator’ from the menu that appears. If you have Windows 10, simply right-click on the Start button (bottom left of the screen) and choose Command prompt (admin). Now, at the prompt, type the following and press Enter after each command:

diskpart list disk select disk x (where x is the number of your non-working drive – use the capacity to work out which one it is)

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 That’s it.

Your drive should now work as normal in File Explorer. If it doesn’t, it’s bad news and there’s nothing more to be done. Your stick or memory card is scrap and fit only for the bin.

But the good news is that storage is cheap, and you can get a great microSD card[1] for next to nothing.

References

  1. ^ great microSD card (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)

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