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USB Write Protected and cannot be read

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mikeparas, Jan 3, 2018.

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  1. mikeparas

    mikeparas Thread Starter

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    Hi Ma'am/Sir,

    I would like to seek for help regarding my USB Drive, recently i just copied some video to it then it already became Write Protected, after few days, our I.T support tried to fix it but it even became worst while trying to remove the Write Protected, now, the flash drive cannot be accessed but it is still read by the computer. What should i do?

    Thank you!
     

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  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Hi and welcome to TSG. Unless you are pretty sure the problem is caused by a virus or some malware, you should click the "Report" button under your post and request that this discussion be moved to our hardware forum. It would also help if you told us the brand and model number of your USB drive and how it is formated (FAT, FAT32, NTFS, etc.).
     
  3. mikeparas

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    Here are details about the corrupted Flash Drive
     

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  4. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    No. You have your computer's internal optical drive information selected.

    At least we now know you have a flash drive, as compared to a USB connected external HDD. Is there any kind of markings on it in regards to brand name or model number? Please show us the properties screen for that device.

    Have you tried using the device in another computer?
     
  5. dmccoy

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    I assume you have information on the drive or you could reformat it? If so, I have a few possible solutions
     
  6. mikeparas

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    I already tried different procedures on how to reformat or fix it. I tried:

    Diskpart
    Regedit
    Partition

    But none of them worked. Here are the details about the Flash Drive
    *Note: This Flash Drive was just a gift and that's why im so desperate to fix it.
     

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    All 4 of the settings appear to be for an ASUS DRW-24D5MT for which your computer's operating system assigned a drive letter of "F". It is a CD/DVD drive, not a USB Flash drive.

    https://www.asus.com/Optical-Drives-Storage/DRW-24D5MT/

    Again I ask, please show us the properties screen for your USB storage device, which seems to appear as "Generic Flash Disk USB device ".
     
  8. mikeparas

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    Apologies, I misunderstood the question. Here are the images.
     

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  9. dmccoy

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    Please perform the following steps

    Click on Start menu
    Type in cmd
    Right click on cmd in list and select run as administrator
    type the following commands and hit enter after each
    dikpart
    list disk

    Copy and paste the contents of the Command Window as follows
    Right click on the top bar or title bar of the Command Prompt Window
    Left click on Edit then Select All
    Right click on the top bar again
    Left click on Edit then Copy
    Paste in your reply
     
  10. mikeparas

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    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Windows\system32>diskpart

    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7601
    Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: Mike

    DISKPART> list disk

    Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
    -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
    Disk 0 Online 931 GB 0 B
    Disk 1 Online 7680 MB 0 B

    DISKPART>
     
  11. dmccoy

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    Okay so it looks like your USB drive is Disk 1. Perform the following steps. Let us know if this works or not.

    Type diskpart
    list disk
    select disk 1
    clean
    create partition primary
    format quick fs=fat32 quick
    assign
    exit
     
  12. mikeparas

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    cannot clean the USB, it says that there was an error and it was write protected
     
  13. dvk01

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    I don't suppose you have a USB drive with a physical switch to lock it or write protect it. Some USB drives do & it is trivially easy to accidentally move the slider to lock it.
     
  14. mikeparas

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    There are cases in which a removal disk or flash drive becomes write protected, in my case, my FD is corrupted or cannot be opened and at the same time it is write protected, which prevents applications from fixing it.
     
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