Don’t you just hate it when you buy a Pendrive or a Memory card and there’s nothing you can do to it? Whether it comes with software on it, or you’re just trying to use it for any other purpose, you should have the right to change things up however you like.

In this guide, you will be shown how to Remove Remove write protection in Pendrive and Memory Card. It’s a fairly simple process, so be sure to follow each and every step carefully. This guide is for information purposes and we arenot responsible for anything that may happen to your device in the process.


Before we proceed, what is Write protection exactly? Write Protection is when the manufacturer locks the device down from being written on and prevents unauthorized access to add, change or delete the files on the device. While the uses of write protection is a good thing because it prevent files from being tampered with and the manufacturer can make sure all users are getting the same files, but it’s also very inconvenient. To remove this protection, to you will need to format the drive.

In this guide, I will show you exactly how to do that. Follow each and every step carefully, please. Windows platform is used for the purpose of this guide.


Step 1. In any version of Windows from XP onwards, run Regedit.exe (searching regedit will usually show the program at the top of the list).

Navigate to the following key:




Double-click on the WriteProtect value in the right-hand pane of Regedit.exe. Change the Value data from 1 to 0 and click OK to save the change. Close Regedit and restart your computer. Connect your USB drive again, and you should find it is no longer write protected. You can now format the drive as normal by right-clicking on it in My Computer and choosing Format.

Step 2. If you can’t find StorageDevicePolicies, you can try creating a key by right-clicking in the white space in the Control folder and choosing New -> Key and carefully entering the name.


Now double-click on the new key (folder) and right-click once again and choose New -> DWORD. Name it WriteProtect and set its value to 0. Click OK, exit Regedit and reboot your computer.

If this method doesn’t work, skip to the next step. 

Removing write-protection using Diskpart

With your USB drive plugged in, launch a command prompt. Do this by searching for cmd.exe in the Start menu (or Start screen in Windows 8). In Windows XP, click Start then Run, and type cmd.exe in the box.

NOTE: you may need to run Cmd.exe with administrator privileges if you see an “access is denied” message.

To do that, right-click on the shortcut and choose Run as administrator. In Windows 8, simply choose Command prompt (admin).

Now, type the following, pressing Enter after each command:


list disk

select disk x (where x is the number of your USB flash drive – use the capacity to work out which one it is)

attributes disk clear readonly


create partition primary

format fs=fat32  (you can swap fat32 for ntfs if you only need to use the drive with Windows computers)



Congratulations! You’ve successfully removed the write protection from Pendrive.

Note:- If you have any questions or concerns, please write them in the comments section below. Let us know how we did and how things went for you.

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