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How to Remove Write-Protection on a USB Drive in Windows

Introduction

Sometimes, when trying to copy files into your USB drive and you get notified that the drive is filled completely you could decide to format the whole drive or delete some of the files in it to free up all or some space. What then happens when you consistently try to but aren’t successful at it? Chances are that it is write-protected. What then do you do when your USB drive is write protected? Read on to find out how to fix write-protected USB drives in Windows.

1 Remove Write Protection Via A Dedicated Switch

If your drive is one of those that come with a physical write-protection switch, flip the switch once, and confirm if write-protection has been disabled on your drive. If not, go to the next step.

USB Drive

2 Remove Write Protection Via The Registry (regedit.exe)

Open Registry Editor

  1. Go to the Start Menu by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard
  2. Search for Registry Editor and click to run the Registry Editor app that comes up in the search results.windows registry

Setup Your Drive To Remove Write Protection

  1. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies.register editor
  2. If you can’t find StorageDevicePolicies under Control, right-click Control, click New then Key to type StorageDevicePolicies.register editorregister editor
  3. Right-click on StorageDevicePolicies. On the Options shown open New->DWORD (32-bit) value for a 32-bit architecture system but if your PC is 64-bit, simply select QWORD (64-bit) value instead and name it with WriteProtect...Register EditRegister EditorFile explorerFile Explorer
  4. Double-click the WriteProtect in the right panel.
  5. Type 0 as the Value Data size in the dialog window that appears, and click OK.Register Editor
  6. Close the Register Editor app and restart your PC

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Sometimes, when trying to copy files into your USB drive and you get notified that the drive is filled completely you could decide to format the whole drive or delete some of the files in it to free up all or some space. What then happens when you consistently try to but aren’t successful at it? Chances are that it is write-protected. What then do you do when your USB drive is write protected? Read on to find out how to fix write-protected USB drives in Windows.

If your drive is one of those that come with a physical write-protection switch, flip the switch once, and confirm if write-protection has been disabled on your drive. If not, go to the next step.

USB Drive

Open Registry Editor

  1. Go to the Start Menu by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard
  2. Search for Registry Editor and click to run the Registry Editor app that comes up in the search results.windows registry

Setup Your Drive To Remove Write Protection

  1. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies.register editor
  2. If you can’t find StorageDevicePolicies under Control, right-click Control, click New then Key to type StorageDevicePolicies.register editorregister editor
  3. Right-click on StorageDevicePolicies. On the Options shown open New->DWORD (32-bit) value for a 32-bit architecture system but if your PC is 64-bit, simply select QWORD (64-bit) value instead and name it with WriteProtect...Register EditRegister EditorFile explorerFile Explorer
  4. Double-click the WriteProtect in the right panel.
  5. Type 0 as the Value Data size in the dialog window that appears, and click OK.Register Editor
  6. Close the Register Editor app and restart your PC