Write Protected Pendrive

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November 17, 2009 at 06:04:43
Specs: Windows XP
I cannot access my pendrive. When i try to to access the drive it is displaying the message that "The disk in drive needs to be formatted. Format it now??" When i give Yes,After some formating steps, in the final step it is again displaying the message "The disk is write protected".. I dont even want to recover the files but atleast i need to format it.. What should i do??

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#1
November 17, 2009 at 06:57:44
Most Microsoft OSs will not allow you to format Flash Drives because they have special partitions on them. You could try using Linux but it sounds like your drive is not reading properly. Did you try changing the Drive Letter that it mounts to yet?

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#2
November 17, 2009 at 07:30:51
That is absolute rubbish. Flash drives almost always use a FAT32 partition and if set up to optimize performance in device manager, can have a NTFS partition. There are no special partitions on an flash drive. Any OS from Win98 on can format a flash drive without any problems what so ever.

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#3
November 17, 2009 at 08:15:18
This is true that you can put other partitions on them but it will make the drive not act like a Flash Drive any more and act like a removable hard drive. The problem with this is if you do not safely remove the drive (I.E. Yank the drive without Ejecting) then you can cause data lose with the drive configured this way. I did not say it was impossible to reformat a Flash drive just that it is not recommended and the reason Windows is not allowing this user to do it because Windows tries to protect user from doing things they should not but if your really want to do it then go here...

http://www.ntfs.com/quest22.htm


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#4
November 18, 2009 at 15:46:47
Yes, I know how to format it to NTFS, I even said how, you don't need to point me to a URL, besides, this has nothing to do with the original post. i was pointing out that you said most Microsoft OS's can't format a flash drive which again I say is absolute rubbish. To date, every flash drive I have ever seen has a FAT32 partition on it which is pure Microsoft so I don't know where you come off saying you can't format it with a Microsoft OS.

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#5
November 19, 2009 at 07:32:11
"Not Allow" and "Can't" are two different things. Granted there was a way to work around the Windows Issue without having to go to Linux and that is why I posted the link. Besides, I am not here to mix words but to explain why the poster is getting this message and also to see if there is a better solution than reformatting the drive.

The problem is most likely that the drive is mounting to the same drive letter as an existing drive and it would be better to fix this problem than to format the drive.

I did not post the link for you I posted it to help the person who started this thread. Your arguing is not helping the poster.


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#6
November 19, 2009 at 13:55:42
I'm not trying to argue either but you're leading the original poster down the wrong road. Telling him that most Windows OS's won't format flash drives because of special partition is just plain wrong. How is that helping him.

Also, if the drive was mounting to the same letter as another drive, he wouldn't be able to see it at all and thus he would not receive the error to format. Think before you speak, oh supposed wise one.


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#7
December 3, 2009 at 22:19:06
Friends i am watching your reply.. Actually the problem popped up when i removed the drive without checking the option 'safely remove hardware'.. From the day till now the name i have given to my pendrive disappeared and it is displayed as just 'Removable Disk'.. The drive letter is proper.. Also when i tried it in the Mac system, again the hell.. it displayed 'There are no volumes in the drive that mac can read'.. I tried this link: http://www.ntfs.com/quest22.htm and followed the thing displayed. I had the option to change the file type from FAT32 to NTFS. I did and again the same error occured.. It is also obvious to note that there is no 'sharing and security' option for my disk.. What can do now?? Help me..

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