USB Jumpdrive became write-protected



Doug G
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
I've got one of those USB flash drive devices that has been working OK so
far. Now, for some reason, XP reports the device as being "write-protected",
even though there is no write-protect switch of any sort on the device. All
the files are still there and they can be read just fine, but any attempt to
delete a file, copy a file to it, or even to format it results in an error
that the device is write protected! I've tried this on several systems, so
it's actually not an XP issue.

Any idea how the device got into this state? Is there some way to reset this
condition, or should I just give up and start checking the warranty policy?

-- DG

Jone Doe
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
Go to my computer and find the drive. Right click and see if there is a
place for setting it. If not, try properties.

On some of my devices a right click allows a format, or a change of setting
to make it secure (write protect)

"Doug G" <nospam@frcnospam.com> wrote in message
news:uWu9vd8VFHA.3760@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> I've got one of those USB flash drive devices that has been working OK so
> far. Now, for some reason, XP reports the device as being
> "write-protected",
> even though there is no write-protect switch of any sort on the device.
> All
> the files are still there and they can be read just fine, but any attempt
> to
> delete a file, copy a file to it, or even to format it results in an error
> that the device is write protected! I've tried this on several systems, so
> it's actually not an XP issue.
>
> Any idea how the device got into this state? Is there some way to reset
> this
> condition, or should I just give up and start checking the warranty
> policy?
>
> -- DG
>
>

Doug G
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
Tnanks, but I have tried all that, including the Disk Management app in
Administrative Tools, Device Manager, etc., etc. I can't see anything that
makes the write protection settable or unsettable :-(.

"Jone Doe" <fake@nowhere.org> wrote in message
news:uZ3L9i8VFHA.2196@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Go to my computer and find the drive. Right click and see if there is a
> place for setting it. If not, try properties.
>
> On some of my devices a right click allows a format, or a change of
setting
> to make it secure (write protect)
>
> "Doug G" <nospam@frcnospam.com> wrote in message
> news:uWu9vd8VFHA.3760@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> > I've got one of those USB flash drive devices that has been working OK
so
> > far. Now, for some reason, XP reports the device as being
> > "write-protected",
> > even though there is no write-protect switch of any sort on the device.
> > All
> > the files are still there and they can be read just fine, but any
attempt
> > to
> > delete a file, copy a file to it, or even to format it results in an
error
> > that the device is write protected! I've tried this on several systems,
so
> > it's actually not an XP issue.
> >
> > Any idea how the device got into this state? Is there some way to reset
> > this
> > condition, or should I just give up and start checking the warranty
> > policy?
> >
> > -- DG
> >
> >
>
>

Don Schmidt
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
Can you copy all the data off of it and then format it?


--
Don
Vancouver, USA


"Doug G" <nospam@frcnospam.com> wrote in message
news:ec56vu8VFHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Tnanks, but I have tried all that, including the Disk Management app in
> Administrative Tools, Device Manager, etc., etc. I can't see anything that
> makes the write protection settable or unsettable :-(.
>
> "Jone Doe" <fake@nowhere.org> wrote in message
> news:uZ3L9i8VFHA.2196@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>> Go to my computer and find the drive. Right click and see if there is a
>> place for setting it. If not, try properties.
>>
>> On some of my devices a right click allows a format, or a change of
> setting
>> to make it secure (write protect)
>>
>> "Doug G" <nospam@frcnospam.com> wrote in message
>> news:uWu9vd8VFHA.3760@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
>> > I've got one of those USB flash drive devices that has been working OK
> so
>> > far. Now, for some reason, XP reports the device as being
>> > "write-protected",
>> > even though there is no write-protect switch of any sort on the device.
>> > All
>> > the files are still there and they can be read just fine, but any
> attempt
>> > to
>> > delete a file, copy a file to it, or even to format it results in an
> error
>> > that the device is write protected! I've tried this on several systems,
> so
>> > it's actually not an XP issue.
>> >
>> > Any idea how the device got into this state? Is there some way to reset
>> > this
>> > condition, or should I just give up and start checking the warranty
>> > policy?
>> >
>> > -- DG
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>
>

Doug G
07-10-2005, 12:25 AM
"Don Schmidt" <RetiredEngineer@pnb.telco> wrote in message
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> Can you copy all the data off of it and then format it?
>
>
> --
> Don
> Vancouver, USA
>
>

Nope. Formatting involves writing to it and the system sees it as hardware
write-protected. Seems like it must be some internal failure on the device
that it is reporting this condition to the driver.

dk
07-10-2005, 12:26 AM
Had same problem with my flash drive, fixed it by using the supplied utility
software to lowlevel format the drive and it has been working since.

Using windows format as you say would not work although I was able to read
from the drive.


"Doug G" <nospam@frcnospam.com> wrote in message
news:uWu9vd8VFHA.3760@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
> I've got one of those USB flash drive devices that has been working OK so
> far. Now, for some reason, XP reports the device as being
> "write-protected",
> even though there is no write-protect switch of any sort on the device.
> All
> the files are still there and they can be read just fine, but any attempt
> to
> delete a file, copy a file to it, or even to format it results in an error
> that the device is write protected! I've tried this on several systems, so
> it's actually not an XP issue.
>
> Any idea how the device got into this state? Is there some way to reset
> this
> condition, or should I just give up and start checking the warranty
> policy?
>
> -- DG
>
>


USB Jumpdrive became write-protected