USB FlashDrive write protection - error

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  1. pykko

    pykko Registered Member

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    Hello guys!

    I've tried almost everything to make an USB flashdrive to work but nothing.
    I've tried all methods found HERE 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 ... ?
     
  2. GlobalForce

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    Hi Pykko,

    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?


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    pykko Registered Member

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    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
     
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    GlobalForce Regular Poster

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    Since you didn't mention the brand, I'll ask if you occasionally boot linux?
    Look in your registry, she listed as a "vid" entry under this key?

    hklm\system\currentcontolset\enum\usb\vid_somenumber

    To clarify:========================

    Regardless the brand, I doubt it would defy that pdl trick. ;)
    *Trusting you've a copy of knoppix amid your arsenal.


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    pykko Registered Member

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    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.
     
  6. GlobalForce

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    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? Don't miss "what it's not, tips for solving problems with usb drives."

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    Maybe a low-level format would work.

    HOW-TO: Fix an unreadable USB flash drive *illustrated*

    Here
     
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    Yeah, that might work. Tough 'member'in all these doo-dad's. :D

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