Solution to Solve The Disk is Write-Protected Problem

by James on August 9th, 2012


Many peoble have USB flash drives, but some peoble may have such problem: when they try to copy something from their computers to their flash drives. Windows will pop up an error: This disk is write-protected. And they can't paste the files you copied to the flash drives.
According to the mails we had received about this problem, people have seen the following errors when their thumbs drives, memory card etc becomes write protected.

    Cannot copy files and folders, drive is write protected
    Cannot format the drive, drive is write protected
    The disk is write protected
    Remove write protection or use another disk
    Media is write protected

Some times people say that suddenly their drive become write protected and they are not able to delete any files and folder on the drive and also not able to copy new files and folder to USB portable drive.

Let’s see how can you remove write protection on your portable devices like pen drives, memory cards, iPod and other USB mass storage devices.


Write Protection on any portable USB Device can be applied by the physical lock provided on the card adjuster or some times provided on the pen drives, so make sure to make your drive not write protected by moving the lock in right direction.

But even after moving the physical lock for write protection the problem can happen due to some virus action. This happens when some virus or script which applies the registry hack to make any drive write protect when connected to the computer, In that case follow the procedure below to remove write protection from your pen drive.

1. Open Start Menu >> Run, type regedit and press Enter, this will open the registry editor.

2. Navigate to the following path:


Note: If the registry key StorageDevicePolicies key does not exist, you will need to create it

Download this batch file called add.bat from here, and double click after download the key will be automatically added to registry.
3. Double click the key WriteProtect in the right pane and set the value to 0 in the Value Data Box and press OK button
4. Exit Registry, restart your computer and then again re-connect your USB pen drive on your computer. That is it, done.

A vedio on how to fix The disk is write-protected issue

Note: If you still can't solve the problem, your computer or your USB flash drive may have been infected Trojan virus such as: Trojan.Patched.Sirefef.B or Backdoor.Hupigon5.CJNL. Please clean the virus in your comoputer or flash drive in time.

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