Remove write protection in Pendrive and Memory Card

Don’t you just hate it when you buy a Pendrive or a Memory card and there’s nothing you can do to it? Whether it comes with software on it, or you’re just trying to use it for any other purpose, you should have the right to change things up however you like.

In this guide, you will be shown how to Remove Remove write protection in Pendrive and Memory Card. It’s a fairly simple process, so be sure to follow each and every step carefully. This guide is for information purposes and we are not responsible for anything that may happen to your device in the process.

Remove write protection in Pendrive

Before we proceed, what is Write protection exactly? Write Protection is when the manufacturer locks the device down from being written on and prevents unauthorized access to add, change or delete the files on the device. While the uses of write protection is a good thing because it prevent files from being tampered with and the manufacturer can make sure all users are getting the same files, but it’s also very inconvenient. To remove this protection, to you will need to format the drive.

In this guide, I will show you exactly how to do that. Follow each and every step carefully, please. Windows platform is used for the purpose of this guide.


How to Remove Remove write protection in Pendrive ?


Step 1: Plug in your pendrive into your USB 2.0 on your computer. In order to make sure the computer has read your pendrive, you can go down to your bottom left on Windows, you will notice a small USB drive icon. If you click that, it will say “Removable Disk.” This means that the pendrive has been read successfully.  You can take a backup of your files from the pendrive or Memory card, Because we here are going to format it Completely.

Step 2: Next we need to open up command prompt. You can do this by simply going to “Start”, then just search for “Command Prompt”, or you can simply just type in “cmd” and command prompt should pop up.

Step 3: In the command prompt, type in the drive letter of your pen drive with a colon at the end, like this: “ F: ” but without the quotation marks.

Step 4: After putting in the previous command, type in “format” without the quotation marks. Here’s how to do it: “format F:” and then press “Enter.”

This should get the process started to Remove write protection in Pendrive. Make sure that you are entering the right command with the right drive letter. If you have more than one pen drive plugged in, make sure that you do select the right one as you can accidentally format the wrong drive, causing loss of data.

Step 5: After the process is complete, proceed to closing command prompt.

Congratulations! You’re successfully removed the Remove write protection in Pendrive.

If you have any questions or concerns, please write them in the comments section below. Let us know how we did and how things went for you.

19 Comments
  1. Reply Dell support number August 8, 2018 at 12:47 am

    It is providing the way of removing the write protection mode from the USB pen drive and the memory card as well. Users are sometimes unable to erase such write protection mode from the USB drive. These solutions will really helpful to them.

  2. Reply Apple TV Support August 2, 2018 at 1:42 am

    I read your whole article, and with the help of this, I can remove the protection from the pen-drive which is very important to me. I used the best pen-derive which is very helpful for us. I have an Apple TV and if I have any problem then go to the technical support.

  3. Reply WindowsClassroom July 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I got best method to remove write protection here. Thanks

  4. Reply Tosif July 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I tried all type of processes to remove the write protection from my sandisk pen drive but it still show message that ” The media is write protected”.
    Please give another suggestion to make it as writable as before.
    Plz help. Plz plz plz…….

  5. Reply BIlly February 25, 2014 at 12:02 am

    When I follow the above procedure, I get the error: Cannot format. This volume is write protected. Format failed.
    What can I do?

  6. Reply dev saini February 24, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    my pendrive is write protected…i use the command promot…bt still the pendrive is not formatting….
    plzz help me to format..

  7. Reply Jamal February 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

    my 8gb micro sd card did not read my laptop. how can I solv this prob.

  8. Reply shaik areef January 10, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Invalid drive specification.
    a error aara
    plz help me plz

  9. Reply souvik ghosh January 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    There is a easy way to Remove Write protection from pd
    Steps:
    1. Open cmd as administrator
    2. Type some commands
    I.’diskpart’
    II.’list disk’
    III.’select disk 1′ (flash drive disk)
    IV.’attributes disk clear readonly’ (or to set — ‘attributes disk set readonly’)

  10. Reply zubair saifi December 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks… Bro it’s awesome it’s working :)

  11. Reply Benson December 12, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Am having faith that is going to work out, and am give it a trial.

  12. Reply phpspider December 11, 2013 at 12:16 am

    This will not work in case of write protected pen drive. Best suggestion is if your USB is under warranty then go to service center and get replace it. I googled a lot about it used diskpart then clears readonly attributes etc.

  13. Reply asif kasmani December 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    how to break password of memory card or pendrive if we forgot the password

  14. Reply Vishnu KB November 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you so much……

  15. Reply ENYIMU JOHN PAUL October 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Thank u so much. This has realy been a problem to me

  16. Reply suyopariko October 9, 2013 at 8:10 am

    i hav a sandisk pendrive and it has write protection.bt neither i can format it through the process u mentioned above nor through any other means.help!!!!

  17. Reply Muneeb Ahsan September 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Nice article on how to remove write protection on pen drives But i highly doubted that these days the new pen drives don’t have these kind of issues. what you say about it?

    • Reply jigar Tank September 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Yes you are right but still This article can be usefull if any friend of yours have write protected it and you want to make some changes.

      • Reply yagnik February 24, 2014 at 8:12 am

        I have try this but still there is problem please help……still it displays disk is write protected

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