Top 4 Methods To Remove Write Protection From Your Pen Drives / Memory Sticks

In most of the USB based flash/pen drives, write protection is provided via the small notch. First of all look for it in sides of your drive. It’s even marked with lock/unlock symbol. Move/slide the notch to unlock position (means releasing write protection) before you perform any file operations in your drive such as copy/paste/format etc. After that you can slide back the notch to lock position safely.

But many of the pen drives don’t provide hardware lock/notch for write protection. Instead they back it up by means of some software/tool. From there you can change the write protection lock/unlock option. Refer to your pen drive’s manual for more details in this regard as different pendrive have diferent ways to to unlock them or otherwise you can also take help of some tools to unlock them.

Best Methods To Remove Write Protection From Your Memory Sticks / Pen Drives Goes here (ENJOY AND POST FEEDBACKS TOO)


  1. Open Registry editor of your PC
  2.  For this you should type command “regedit” on run.
  3. Successively navigate to following linkHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Currentcontrolset\control\storatedevicepolicies( Note: if you can’t find ” storatedevicepolicies ” after “control” folder then you need to create it. For that follow instructions       mentioned below )
    • Open a new note pad file.
    • Copy this
      cd\reg add “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies” /t Reg_dword /v
      WriteProtect /f /d 0
    • save it as DISABLEWP.BAT
    • Then copy it to start up folder.
  4.  In right side u will be getting writeprotect option, just right click that and modify the hexadecimal value from 1 to 0
  5. Restart your PC and enjoy!!!!
    ( Still having problem???   Don’t worry try other methods below )



If you have transcend pen drive infected by 9u.exe which is a write protect virus then the following works like a charm:
1) Download JetFlash online recovery from:
2) Run the program
3) Specify the capacity of your drive eg.512 MB, 1 GB …..etc
4) Choose “repair and erase all data” OR ” repair and keep existing data”
5) Progress bar starts…….completes
6) Notification appears —” format complete”
7) Unplug and plug your drive and …..presto


( Still having problem ?   Don’t worry try other methods below )


Method #3 

1. Start > Run  -> type “CMD” and press enter
2. type< diskpart
3. type< list volume
4. type< select volume # (# is the number of the USB HDD you’ve pluged in)
5. type< attributes disk clear readonly

(If you need help while typing commands then type “HELP FORMAT” on command prompt)


There are a series of options in the Group Policy Object Editor that deal with read/write permissions on hard drives and removable media.  I basically changed their individual settings from “Not configured” to “Disabled”.

Start -> Run… -> gpedit.msc -> OK
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Removable Storage Access

In here I disabled all of the “Deny read access/write access” options; you may only want to disable the ones relating directly to the type of media that you want to access.

Here are the ones I changed:

Removable Disks:  Deny execute access
Removable Disks:  Deny read access
Removable Disks:  Deny write access

Double-click each one and select the ‘Disabled‘ radio button.

Do the same as above, except the first step is “User Configuration” instead of “Computer Configuration

(Best result if you try both method #1 and method #4 together)


All the methods mentioned are tested and they works well in my PC.

Please don’t forget to leave your feedbacks below as comment and lets discuss if more tricks are needed…

Thanks and Regards


237 thoughts on “Top 4 Methods To Remove Write Protection From Your Pen Drives / Memory Sticks

  1. hello, my pendrive is “write protected” 16gb of san disk cruzer facet.I tried more and more software. plz tell an idea to solve….
    If it solved by online solution..


  2. none of this things are working for me my flash is sandisk cruzer blade 16gb and is not working i download number 2 app and it is not evening searching for my flash and seeing it


  3. While using cmd in my write protected disk it show
    Attributes…. Successfully….
    But nothing happened I cannot delete the files or copy ,cut or paste
    I am not able to format the USB flash drive
    It’s HP v 512 b
    Recyler folder is also there containing 3 semi folder of o bytes
    I think this might be the reason
    Plz plz plz help me out I m in a big trouble


  4. i had use cmd but but i cant get succes in that ….i cnt remove write protected my pendrive is sundisk ..plz sir help me as son as psible


  5. here is myy sandisk pendrive of 16GB
    and it has readonly error ad i want to remoe it sooo plz help me


  6. I hv 32 go he pendrive which I bought 4 months ago, now I appear so problem for me, like when I want to delete so file from it, then it shows “This disk is write protected, I, m very worried, what should I do for delete files from pendrive..


  7. My pen drive is write protected and I had tried method 1,3,4 and in cmd method read only- no is written and I had watched video from YouTube there read only-yes was return and also doing several methods still pen drive is protected
    And one more question due to write my pen drive be healthy or corrupted??


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