I have a Kingston 8 GB thumb drive. How can I remove the write protect on
this drive? I’ve tried to format it, but nothing works.
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Look for the switch
Ultimately, if the drive does not have a physical switch on it… ( and you
haven’t indicated specifically what format it is – if it’s just a USB drive,
there should be an obvious switch on it, if it is something that you
If there’s a write-protect switch on the device, you would physically switch
it. To be write protected, you’d simply switch it the other way.
Now, that being said, a lot of people are encountering the situation where
they have a thumb drive that does not have a switch and it suddenly shows up as
being write protected.
In that case, I believe the only option you really have is to replace the
thumb drive. If the device doesn’t have a write-protect switch, there’s no way
to un-write protect it. There’s something wrong in the device.
Either it’s worn out or something has broken internal to it. The fact that
you’re trying to format the device tells me that it’s obviously not something
like a file system permissions issue. Formatting should just work.
Try a different computer
Now, before you throw away all hope, I would of course suggest you take
this thumb drive to a different machine and see if you can format it on that
But I’m guessing you won’t.
I’m guessing this is a hardware problem.
I’m guessing that you do not have a physical switch on the device that would
allow you to set or clear that write-protect.
In which case, you really are out of luck and it’s probably time to just get
a new one.