Windows XP forum: How can I remove drive-protection from thumb-drive?

by: b2009m May 3, 2011 11:49 AM PDT

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How can I remove drive-protection from thumb-drive?

by b2009m - 5/3/11 11:49 AM

Hi there. This isn't specifically Windows 7, but I hope I have more
possibilities with Windows 7. My thumb drive, which I hate to have to
throw away, has become write-protected. It's a 16 GB thumb drive, so
nothing to toss easily. It has no physical switch on it. I read about
all sorts of solutions, like low-level format or registry editing.
Nothing helps. I always come back to square one: Can't format because of
write-protection. Registry doesn't do a thing. I also found out that
there is a virus on it. Maybe it caused the problem. However, the virus
program can't remove it, because of the write-protection or because it
is a 'non-local disk'. Vicious circles...
Does anyone have a fool-proof solution? I'd love to hear it.
Thanks in advance.

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