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Solved Flash Drive Write Protection Issue

March 27, 2005 at 06:29:52
Specs: win xp p4 2.66, p4 2.66/512mb

hi there, i recently bought a pen drive which has been working fine for a couple of weeks. it now will not let me put anything on it or take anything off. it says it is write protected. there is no switch to turn the write protection off.. is my pen drive dead?? its a 512mb integral pen drive.
ps. when i try to format, it says it is write protected also so i cannot wipe it clean :<

thanks in advance
carolyn


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March 27, 2005 at 07:06:10
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Since you've tried to format the drive, I will presume that you no longer want the data that was stored on it. It sounds likely the drive is completely corrupt.

The only way you can make the drive useable again would be to perform a "low-level format". This is where the FAT partition table is reset and literally all of the bits on the flash memory are set to 0s.

The best tool for this is called OnBelay. Download, install and use it to try and low-level format the drive. If it works, great, otherwise your USB flash drive might not have the necessary chip onboard it which allows low-level formatting.

If it doesn't work, I would recommend just going out and purchasing a new USB drive. They're incredibly cheap now.


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