USB Drive terminally write-protected. Can't format it!

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Warthog1

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Hi



My previously-reliable Kingston 32GB USB drive has suddenly become write protected. The drive is recognized by my Dell Laptop which provides a helpful message that I cannot use it until I format it. When I attempt this, I'm told Windows can't format it--it's write protected.



I've tried everything Google can suggest: Registry tweaks, Command Prompts, you name it, without success.



Is there a nuclear option for getting this apparently simple task done?



Thanks in advance
 

crjdriver

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The disk may have failed. I assume you have checked for a read only switch. You can try the following;
1 Open a command prompt as admin
2 Type diskpart and hit enter
3 At the diskpart prompt, type list disk and hit enter
4 Note which disk is the usb. Type select disk 3 and hit enter. Note sub whatever disk is your usb for 3
5 Type attributes disk clear readonly and hit enter

If it works, great. If not, then replace the disk.
 
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