force remove write protection

February 6, 2011 at 07:16:02
Specs: Windows Vista
I INSTALLED LINUX UBUNTO ON MY PENDRIVE, THEN USED THE UPDATE MANAGER TO INSTALL UPDATES BUT IT CRASHED AND THEN WOULDN'T LET ME BOOT INTO UBUNTO. I LOADED WINDOWS VISTA AND TRIED TO FORMAT THE PEN DRIVE BUT IT SAYS WRITE PROTECTED, I'VE TRIED USING CMD TO CHANGE THE ATTRIB BUT DIDN'T WORK.

ANY HELP WOULD BE GRRRRREAT, CHEERS


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#1
February 6, 2011 at 07:25:35
Usually with an administrator's account you can take ownership of the disk, unless that was specefically forbidden (it's hard to do that by accident) The owner of a disk does not automatically have permissions on the disk, but he has the permission to change the permissions, so from that point on you could fix the problem.

Unfortunately my knowledge is limited to experience with Windows XP. Here is what I do, try to do the same in Windows Vista if possible:
-Open "Security" tab in my hard drive's properties
-Click on "Advanced settings"
-Open "Owner" tab
-Under "Choose a new owner" pick your user group "Administrators".
-Check "Replace the owner for subcontainers and objects"
-Click on "Apply"

Then return to the security tab of the properties dialog box. Select "Administrators", check "Total control" under "Allow" and click on "Apply".

Here you go. Hopefully that helped.


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#2
February 6, 2011 at 07:32:35
Some flash drives have a tiny switch that is used to enable / disable write protection.

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#3
February 6, 2011 at 07:37:25
There is small slide button on the drive try to slide it.

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#4
February 6, 2011 at 07:44:57
I DONT HAVE THE SECURITY TAB IN THE PROPERTIES WINDOW, BUT THANKS ANYWAY, JUST TRIED LOOKING EVERYWHERE FOR THE OWNERSHIP RIGHTS BUT HAD NO LUCK. THERE IS NO SWITCH ON THE PEN DRIVE THE PROBLEM IS DEFO WITH THE SOFTWARE

THE DRIVE IS A NINJA SHAPED 8GB FROM EBAY


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#5
February 6, 2011 at 08:24:15
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Typing in all caps is considered shouting and is rude and also hard to read. The links you get from the link below below may help to take ownership if that is the issue.

http://www.google.com/search?q=How+...

You may just need to delete the partition and make a new one in order to use the flash drive in Vista.


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