My PNY 16 GB flash drive is stuck as write protected.

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Whenever I try to do pretty much anything with my flash drive, I get the message "The disk is write protected." I've been scouring the internet trying to find a way to fix this, but none of the fixes I have found so far have worked.

So before anyone suggests anything, here are the fixes I have already tried:

  • Flipping a switch - there is no switch on my flash drive.
  • Formatting the flash drive - I get the "The disk is write protected." error whenever I try this.
  • Checking the flash drive for errors - I get the "The disk is write protected." error.
  • Going into my flash drives properties and turning off write protection - write protection does not show up under my flash drives properties.
  • Going into regedit, finding my StorageDevicePolicies, and setting WriteProtect to 0 - regedit claims WriteProtect is already set to 0.
  • cmd prompt: diskpart-> list disk -> select disk 1 -> attributes disk clear readonly - I get the message "Disk attributes cleared successfully." However, nothing happens; I still get the error "The disk is write protected." whenever I try to do anything.
  • cmd prompt: diskpart -> list disk -> select disk 1 -> clean - "DiskPart has encountered an error: The media is write protected."
  • Using the "Usb Format.exe" - it can't find my flash drive.

So does anyone know any possible fixes I haven't tried yet? I'm willing to download programs to fix it if I need to.
 
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You need to make a low level format of the flash drive. Download this and format your flash drive with it.
 

Nyakitty

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You need to make a low level format of the flash drive. Download this and format your flash drive with it.
That didn't work. Whenever I try to format with that program I just get a bunch of errors like this "1/31/2013 9:37:03 PM Format Error occurred at offset 159,318,016: 19 - The media is write protected".

Also I suppose I should add, I have a 4 GB sandisk that works fine. So it's just this 16 GB PNY flash drive that isn't wanting to work. :\
 

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The only other thing I got is to try a different format tool. Sometimes this tool will work when others won`t. Freeware found here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool.shtml
That program says "Device Media is write-protected". Barely even got to use the thing, but it's starting to look like I'll have to spend money to get a new one already. :(

Definitely not getting another PNY if I do. Had my 4 GB sandisk for years and never had problems like this. >.>
 
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Where did you get the flash drive? If you got it on ebay it could be a fake.
 

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Where did you get the flash drive? If you got it on ebay it could be a fake.
I got it from walmart and it was working for a while, so it should be real. It is a little frustrating that it didn't even last three months, though.
 

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I got it from walmart and it was working for a while, so it should be real. It is a little frustrating that it didn't even last three months, though.
Return/exchange/warranty it, it's broken.
 
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