How to Change USB Flash Drive From Read Only or From Being Write Protected

I got a message that read The Disk is write-protected or read-only whenever I insert my USB flash drive into my computer. I could not disable the write protection on my usb flash drive. How should I change my usb flash drive from read-only or write-protected? Can anyone help me? Thanks.

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Sherly· Answered on Jan 05, 2024

USB flash drive is write-protected equivalent to read-only, the contents of the USB flash drive, even if modified, can not be saved, but read-only is removable, and USB flash drive write protection is not deleted. If you have to edit or format the flash drive's contents, you must first remove the write-protected state of the flash drive. For the security of the USB flash drive, it is reasonable to set it in write protection. However, when you want to operate the USB flash drive, you still have to release the write protection of the USB disk first.

Normally, simply clicking on the USB drive formatting option will automatically remove write protection. But what if formatting doesn't undo it? Based on my own experience, here are two methods for you to address this problem.

Method 1. Check Lock Switch and Disable Write Protection

Firstly, you can try to check a lock switch on either side of your USB flash drive. The lock switch is designed to control the ability to read and write on the computer. Most modern USB flash drives, such as Kingston, SanDisk, Sony, and other popular brands, are designed with a lock switch. You must toggle the switch from "Lock" to "Unlock." By doing so, you can use your USB flash drive freely again.

Method 2. Remove Write Protection with EaseUS Partition Master

But If turning on the switch does not work, it is suggested that you should rely on a third-party tool, which is the safest and quickest solution for inexperienced users. Therefore, the other method is to use write protection removal software. It is recommended that EaseUS Partition Master can help you. EaseUS Partition Master will give you a useful solution to remove write protection from your USB flash drive, USB external disk, or SD card in simple clicks.

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Here are some steps for you:

Step 1. Download and install EaseUS Partition Master, click the Toolkit section, and choose "Write Protection."

Step 2. Connect or plug USB into your computer.

Step 3. Select your write-protected USB flash drive, and click "Disable."

Besides the above function, EaseUS Partition Master is also able to provide other functions for users, such as helping users to format a USB drive to FAT32 or NTFS, or EXT. Here are some reasons why we choose it over the Windows options to format a drive:

In a word, EaseUS Partition Master cannot only remove write protection but also help you address other related problems mentioned above so that you can try this software. Hope my answer can help you.

Now you can try to change the USB flash drive from read-only or write-protected.

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