Jun 182013

Sometimes you plug you own USB stick and want to copy some files to it but it keeps prompts you “The disk is write protected. Remove the write protection or use another disk”. You never thought this would happen as it’s your own trusty USB flash drive.

However, don’t worry; it is just an error message. This article will show you how to fix write protection errors on a USB stick and make your USB flash drive work again.

Firstly, you need to check the USB drive for viruses. Viruses often act in a manner that will fill your USB drive with nonsense files and this can make your USB drive respond with the Write Protected error. So every time you plug a USB drive into your computer, you should be automatically scanning it for viruses.

Secondly, you need to check the USB drive body. Some USB flash drives have a mechanical switch on them that puts them into Write Protect mode.  This can be a very small slider switch which may have caught on something in your pocket or computer case. In this situation, simply move the switch to the unlocked position and try to copy files again.

Thirdly, you need to check to make sure the flash drive isn’t full. If your USB stick is full, you may also get the Write Protect error message. In this situation simple deleted some files on your USB drive.

Fourthly, Make sure that it isn’t just the file that is written protected. Right click on the file that you’re trying to write to and then click on “Properties”. Now you’ll see some options at the bottom of this window and one of them is Read-only. Make sure this box is unchecked and then click on the Apply button.

Finally, if none of these ways worked well, I am afraid you have to format your USB drive. This is an easy way to make your USB drive worked again, but the problem is the data on your USB drive will be wiped. Luckily, you can simple use Card Data Recovery to recover all your lost data after formatting.