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How Do I Remove Write Protection From a Flash Drive With No Switch?

by Dustin ThorntonUpdated September 28, 2017
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If you've tried to add or remove files from a flash drive and receive a "Write Protection" error, removable storage device write protection is active on your computer. Some employers enable this on company computers to prevent users from copying information to removable storage devices. Some viruses also enable this setting to frustrate users. To remove the write protection you must alter a specific registry value on the computer you're trying to access the flash drive on.

Insert the flash drive into a USB slot on your computer.

Click on "Start" and type in "regedit" into the search bar. Press "Enter" and click "Yes." The registry editor window will appear.

Navigate to the following registry entry by double-clicking the values located in the left window pane:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies

Locate the "WriteProtect" value in the right window pane. Right-click it and select "Modify."

Input "1" for the "Value data." Click "OK" and close the registry editor. Restart your computer.

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