Is your USB flash drive displaying a disc write protection error message? We’ll explain what that is and how to repair it in this article.
You’ve completed your day’s job. All that remains is to transfer the files to a USB flash drive. Then you receive the following message: “The disc is not writable. Disable write protection or use a different drive.” You instantly yank out your hair. This is your USB stick; it should allow you to read, write, and perform other functions!
To be fair, you did not shave your head. You maintained a pleasant demeanour. However, you really must have your USB drive repaired. Fortunately, there are a few straightforward procedures for removing write protection from a USB device. It is really a matter of technology. You can correct it.
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1. Virus-check the USB Stick
Each time you connect a USB drive to your computer, you should run an automatic virus scan on it, especially if you used it on a computer that you do not own or a public computer.
Viruses frequently work in such a way that they overwrite your USB drive with gibberish files, which causes the USB drive to react with the Write Protected error.
Depending on your antivirus programme, you may be able to arrange it to automatically scan a USB device upon initial connection. If not, you can open Windows Explorer, navigate to the USB drive, right-click, and force a manual antivirus check.
If you do discover a virus, use your antivirus programme to remove it. I would recommend conducting a full system scan at this time after upgrading your malware definitions. If a virus is present on your USB device, you never know what else may be spreading on your primary PC.
2. Inspect the USB Drive’s casing
Normally, I’d begin with something this straightforward. However, I’d prefer to see you protected against a virus than to begin with the simplest repairs. Certain USB sticks include a mechanical switch that enables Write Protect mode. This could be a very little slider switch that became lodged in your pocket or computer case.
If this is the case, simply unlock the switch and copy the files again.
Fortunately, these locks are no longer commonly found on newly manufactured USB sticks.
3. Verify that the USB Stick is not completely full
If your USB stick is full, you may receive the Write Protected error notice.
Navigate to My PC in Windows Explorer. This provides a graphical representation of all drives attached to your system. Select Properties from the context menu of your USB disc. You’ll see a beautiful donut chart (whatever happened to the famous pie chart, Microsoft?) detailing your current drive capacity.
As you can see, I have plenty of room. However, if your USB drive is totally full, a Write Protection error notice may appear.
4. Disable Write Protection on Individual Files
Occasionally, a single file might tip the balance. Perhaps one of the files on the drive is marked “read-only,” and thus refuses to be erased. This results in a completely different error message, yet it can still be off-putting.
Locate the troublesome file on your USB drive by browsing to it. Select Properties with a right-click. At the bottom of the window, under the Attributes section, uncheck Read-only.
Occasionally, individual filenames become corrupted. Additionally, lengthy filenames are a Windows characteristic inherited from the MS-DOS architecture. The simple version is that if a filename surpasses 255 characters, you’re in trouble.
Saikat Basu has demonstrated how to delete files with lengthy filenames precisely. Examine it, save yourself the trouble, and repair your USB flash drive.
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