How to Fix “Write Protected” USB Flash Drive Error

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asked Apr 20, 2017 in General Discussions by Carol

I have 64GB USB flash drive and I am using it for about 3 years. It was working fine, but I don’t know what happen this morning. When I try to access it throws error message “write protected”. Please help me to restore my files from my flash drive as I don’t want to lose any data from it.

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answered Apr 20, 2017 by Martin (2,540 points)
 
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Write protection error mostly occur when a flash drive detect potential fault within itself. After this the drive goes into write-protected mode to avoid data loss. Follow the below mentioned solution to fix USB flash drive write protected error and restore your files:

You can try to plug the USB drive in another port of your computer or you can try to connect your drive into another PC and check your problem is solved or not. If not solved then try next solution.

Click Start. In the search box type Regedit. Now click on Regedit.exe to open Registry editor and then you have to navigate to the following:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies

You can see the WriteProtect value located in the right hand-pane of your Regedit.exe, just double click it. Now change the value of data from 1 to 0 and then click on OK to save it. Now exit from the Regedit and Restart your PC. I hope your problem will get solved.

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