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Remove Write Protection and Format Write Protected SSD

Updated on Nov 28, 2018 by Jean to Partition Master

Cannot format a write protected SSD in Windows? Relax. Here we introduce you how to remove write protection from SSD using CMD and later format the SSD using a third-party SSD format tool with a step-by-step tutorial.

Any Suggestions About How to Format a Write Protected SSD

"I just got a new Samsung 840 Evo SSD and it tells me that it is write protected. This made me run into trouble when I was trying to format it. It seems that Windows just can't format a write-protected SSD. And, I have searched online and figured out that I should undo the write protection before formatting. But unfortunately, there is little information about how to remove write protection from SSD or format write protected SSD. Any positive suggestions?"

2 Steps to Format Write Protected SSD Effectively

Now, many storage devices, namely a solid state drive, hard disk drive, SD card, USB flash drive, and pen drive are write-protected with a write protection. It is helpful to protect data from being accidentally deleted or modified. But on the other hand, it brings people to the trouble to format the device because the Windows disk management tool doesn't offer the solution to format. In other words, you have to find a reliable write protection removal tool to remove write protection from SSD if you want to format a write protected SSD successfully. It is quite difficult for users who know little about professional knowledge or have no any tech skills. In view of this, here we guide you through two steps to effectively remove the write protection on an SSD and format it for a new storage. 

Step 1. Remove Write Protection

1. Start > Run  -> type CMD and press enter.
2. Type diskpart
3. Type list volume
4. Type select volume # (# is the number of the USB HDD you've plugged in)
5. Type attributes disk clear read-only
6. Type clean

The other widely applied way to remove write protection is using Regedit.exe if Diskpart failed. For a detailed guide, please refer to the first part content in this article "How to format a write-protected USB flash drive".

Step 2. Format SSD to FAT32/NTFS

After removing write protection from SSD using CMD or Regedit, you can continue to format the SSD using EaseUS Partition Master, a powerful and easy-to-use third-party partition tool which is trusted by millions of users. It requires no technical skills or formatting experience, it can help you format any internal or external hard drive storage in Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista with no efforts.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Formatting will erase all data on its location, so take it slow. Copy all important files from the SSD to a safe place as soon as the write protection is cleared.


Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the hard drive partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4