How to reformat USB are falsely “write protected” to continue using

If your USB are falsely “write protected”, this is the solution for you.

“The disk is write protected. Remove the write protection or use another disk” or often referred to as “write protected” is an error message that arises when the USB is in a state where data is preserved and does not allow unwanted internal data to be replaced.

When USB is in this state, you will not be able to copy data back and forth between the USB and the computer. In case, if the USB device is equipped with the lock button, you just need to push it to unlock and finish. However, if the USB does not have this physical button and you want to reformat the USB to use, this article will suggest you how to do the following.

Use the Diskpart tool

Step 1: Connect the USB to the computer and identify the USB drive from This PC.

Step 2: Right-click the Start button and select Windows PowerShell (Admin).

In Windows PowerShell, enter the “diskpart” command and press the ENTER key.

Next, enter the “list disk” command and then press the ENTER key.

Windows will now list the drives that are currently connected to the computer. Make sure you see your USB drive in the list.

Step 3: Once you have identified the name of your USB drive in the list, use the “select disk [name of the drive number]”. For example, if your USB is “disk 2”, the complete command will be “select disk 2”.

Next, enter the “attributes disk clear readonly” command and press the ENTER key to execute.

When you see the “Disk attributes cleared successfully” message appear, you are successful.

Now you can simply open File Explorer> This PC, right-click on the USB drive and select Format to finish.

Use third party software

If you are afraid to use commands in Windows PowerShell, you can ask for the help of third-party software as follows.

SD Formatter

Although designed for use with SD memory cards, SD Formatter can also be used very well for USB. After all, USB flash is basically an SD card with a USB interface. All you need to do is plug the USB into the computer, launch SD Formatter, select the correct USB drive to work with and click Format.

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

Designed specifically for HP USB models, you can still use it on other USB devices to similar results.

Hope the article will be useful for you.