View Full Version : USB FlashDrive write protection - error
March 14th, 2008, 06:23 AM
I've tried almost everything to make an USB flashdrive to work but nothing.
I've tried all methods found HERE (http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic18654.html) but none worked. :(
When I insert the usb flashdrive and try to open it I get: "This drive is not formatted. Format now?"
When I choose Yes, nothing happens... and I also get when trying to format it using some tools: "This device is write protected".
Now after messing with it for 30 minutes the situation has changed. I insert it, I can see it in My Computer and when I click on it I get:"Please insert a disk in drive J:" :'(
Are there any chances to make it work or ... ?
March 14th, 2008, 07:23 AM
Does it contain current data you're looking to access or one you'd like to format? What happen's if you keep the shift key held down both prior to insertion and a short duration thereafter? The make? If previously formatted, which utility was used? Add whether you'd applied the popular disable auto-run tweak.
Whoop's, may have mis-read some of this .... When I choose Yes, nothing happens... and I also get when trying to format it using some tools: "This device is write protected."
You talk'in hp's? Which file of their's?
March 14th, 2008, 07:43 AM
I want to format it. I don't need the files stored there. It was a movie (it is not my usb flash anyway).
I tried with this tool (http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=197)
March 14th, 2008, 08:47 AM
Since you didn't mention the brand, I'll ask if you occasionally boot linux (http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2007/11/22/permanently-remove-information-from-your-usb-drive/)?
Look in your registry, she listed as a "vid" entry under this key?
To clarify: No third-party protection software involved.
Re-assigning drive letter's (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/find-your-missing-usb-drive-on-windows-xp/) or format from disk management, no good.
Shell or safe mode format, no good.
Disabling control set write protect (http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/1536/how_to_prevent_windows_xp_users_writing_to_usb_drives), nada.
Regardless the brand, I doubt it would defy that pdl trick. ;)
*Trusting you've a copy of knoppix amid your arsenal.
March 14th, 2008, 09:45 AM
no, I don't boot linux and anyway this behaviour was on my friend's PC also.
I think I haven't tried the re-assigning drive letter. I'll try booting from knoppix also soon.
March 14th, 2008, 09:53 AM
No knoppix? Shame on you Pykko. :D;) It's not loaded (trashware), is it? Still haven't told me the make?
Once you get'er working, usbdlm (http://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbdlm_e.html)? Don't miss "what it's not, tips for solving problems with usb drives."
March 14th, 2008, 11:51 AM
Maybe a low-level format would work.
HOW-TO: Fix an unreadable USB flash drive *illustrated*
March 14th, 2008, 03:11 PM
Yeah, that might work. Tough 'member'in all these doo-dad's. :D
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