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How to Remove Write Protection on Flash Drive

March 12, 2013 By: Jono Category: Windows 7

remove write protection from flash drive

Here is how to remove write protection on flash drive. This problem is very often come and this is a common problem faced by users. Too often a failure when users will copy, delete or modify the data on the USB file. That’s because the USB on your computer ‘Write Protected’.

Do you know what caused the problem? Maybe some of you’ve got it when you try to copy or delete files, you get an error message “Remove the write-protection or use another disk“. If it happens to you, it would not be possible for you to format it. But some of you never got it. Here is a view that is shown of the issues we discussed.

how to remove write protection on flash drive

Did you know, if in fact the problem is due to limitations to access USB flash drives, permissions of the flash drive can only read, not to write (it was already discussed in the previous article). Now, here is the solution to remove write protection flash drive.

How to remove write protection on flash drive via the Registry

  1. Start by opening the run dialog box [Windows R]. Type regedit and press Enter. You will go to the Windows Registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ StorageDevicePolicies
  3. Double click WriteProtect key, in the right pane then sets the value to 0. If it is correct then press OK.
    remove flash drive write protected
  4. Exit Registry, restart your computer and then re-connect your USB flash drive. Try to copy, delete or modify the files in your flash drive.

Essentially when you get the problem of how to remove write protection on flash drive, try the tips above. Because this problem is actually very easy to handle. By understanding and try the tips above, it will help you to resolve the issue. Good Luck to you.

6 Comments to “How to Remove Write Protection on Flash Drive”

  1. Problem Un-resolved

  2. fed UP......... says:

    thats shit it doesn’t work for christ sake think of something else nah

  3. disqus_ggvdslgvY6 says:

    “StorageDevicePolicies” does not seem to exist on my machine, and I cannot find “WriteProtect” in my registry editor.

    I’m using Windows 8, which I assume is the problem; it must either no longer exist or is called something else now.

    Please help?

  4. NatT96™ says:


  5. Neil Postal says:

    I didn’t have StorageDevicePolicies so I created it and the WriteProtect then set the value to 0 and restarted my computer but my thumb drive is still write protected, any ideas?


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