What Is the “Write-Protection” On a USB Memory Stick or SD Card and How To Remove It


What is Write Protection ?

‘Write protection’ is a type of security measure which places a ‘lock’ on digital files. The locking action prevents modifications from being made to the stored data, and is a simple way to avoid changes being made to important files without your permission. So far, so logical; but occasionally these security measures can backfire, essentially locking you out of your own home.

Write-protection is a physical (rather than a virtual) security measure; lifting it usually involves flicking a switch on the mass storage device. The trick is to first find the switch, and then to change the virtual settings on your computer to accept the physical changes.

Sneaking past security on an SD card Or USB memory stick.

USB memory stick:-

Write-protected files often generate the following error message:

‘Drive can’t be written on. Please, remove write-protection’?

Most memory sticks have simple on/off buttons to amend write permissions (see the example below).

SD Card:-

SD (Secure Digital) cards are usually sold pre-protected; removing the write-protection is a fairly simple process and can be sorted out in a matter of minutes.

As with a USB stick, most SD cards have a flip-switch located on their side; flip this to change the write-protection from ‘on’ to ‘off’.

How To Remove Write Protection ?

Have a look at the SD card’s exterior; is there a small switch on one side, and does repositioning the switch help? If there’s no switch to be found (or if flicking the switch doesn’t help the situation), then proceed to the following…

1. Insert the memory stick into the computer

2. Go to My Computer and under Devices with Removable Storage look for your USB drive, for example, USB2 (E:)

3. Right-click on it and click Properties

4. In the pop-up box, sometimes there’s an option to Remove write-protection. Make sure that there isn’t a tick in the box next to it.

If You Still Getting Any Write Protection Error Message Follow the Following Process.

1. Remove your memory stick from the drive.

2. In the box type regedit and press OK.

3. A new window will appear. Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies.

4. If you can’t locate StorageDevicePolicies then you will need to create this folder

a. Right-click on Control and click on New > Key. Name this StorageDevicePolicies

b. Right-click on the new folder you created called StorageDevicePolicies and click New >DWORD Value.

c. Name this WriteProtect

5. Double-click on Write Protect and change the Value Data to 0 and then click OK.

6. Close the Registry Editor and insert the memory stick into your computer.

 Some Other Processes Which is also helpful in removing Write Protection.

>>> If the problem with SD Cards try to access your memory card or micro SD Card with card reader.

If your card reader fails to access the data, try removing the write-protection settings manually:

1. Go to the Control Panel.

2. Proceed to the Administrative Tools section.

If you can’t see the Tools section, start typing Administrative Tools into the search box and Windows will find it for you

From here, select Computer Management, followed by Disc Management.

Search the list of storage devices (highlighted in red below) for your SD card or PenDrive

1. Now right-click on the SD card/PenDrive and select Format

2. A new pop-up will appear, showing the available formatting options

3. From the drop-down menu, select FAT32

4. Check the Quick Format option

5. Click OK to finish

The write-protection setting should now have been lifted; test the accessibility by trying to open a file on your SD card or PenDrive.

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