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

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  1. Nyakitty

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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.
     
  2. ajkane

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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.
     
  3. Nyakitty

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    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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    I got this message when I tried using it:

    Error creating file 'I:\1.h2w'.
    (The media is write protected. Code 19)
    Warning: Only 7884 of 15583 MByte tested.
    Writing speed: 0.00 KByte/s
    H2testw v1.4
     
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  7. Nyakitty

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    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. >.>
     
  8. ajkane

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    Where did you get the flash drive? If you got it on ebay it could be a fake.
     
  9. Nyakitty

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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.
     
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    Return/exchange/warranty it, it's broken.
     
  11. ajkane

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    Yes! Contact PNY they have good customer service. They'll probably give you a new one.
     
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