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Thread: USB Thumb drive, Protection

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    Steve Guest

    USB Thumb drive, Protection

    How do I remove write protection from a USB thumb drive? Files on the
    drive, which I don't need, are not archived.


  2. #2
    Mark L. Ferguson Guest

    Re: USB Thumb drive, Protection

    It's likely that you have failed to notice a very small slider on the side
    of the thumb drive, to write protect it. A lot of people have failed to see
    that.

  3. #3
    Steve Guest

    Re: USB Thumb drive, Protection

    Can't find slider on any of my thumb drives, only one of which is
    "write-protected".

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    Mark L. Ferguson Guest

    Re: USB Thumb drive, Protection

    You can 'take ownership' of the files. If you have trouble seeing the
    Permissions button on the Properties, you can boot to safe Mode (F8 on
    restart)
    Access is Denied Error Message When You Try to Open a Folder - Permissions:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/810881
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    Uwe Sieber Guest

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    Re: USB Thumb drive, Protection

    If your USB Drive does not have a slider or switch
    You can use it in other computers
    You are running Windows Vista
    You get a Write protected message when trying to remove or add things from your thumb drive then follow these instructions:

    1) Click Start

    2)Type regedit in the search at the bottom of the pop-up and hit enter.

    3)Click on the arrow sign next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    5)Click on the arrow sign next to SYSTEM

    6)Click on the arrow sign next to CurrentControlSet

    7)Click on the arrow sign next to Control

    8)Click on the arrow sign next to StorageDevicePolicies

    9)Right click on WriteProtect and click modify.

    10)If the value data is 1 change it 0 and click ok.

    11)Repeat steps 7 to 10 for ControlSet001, ControlSet002, and ControlSet003 if you have these they will be in a folder just above the Control folder.

    12)Close Registry editor and restart the computer.

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