1.    15 Apr 2016 #1
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    Remove write protection

    So my harddrive crashed, I replaced it with one from newegg.com however it had no operating system so I bought windows 10 at best buy, it comes on a 16gig usb 3.0 flash drive. I have it all running good it's just that I want to use this flash drive for personal things but I can't remove the write protection from it, I've tried multiple tutorials and how to videos with no luck. Im running windows 10 home edition, and I do have a laptop running linux mint if you know a Linux program that could handle it for me...thanks in advance.
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  2.    16 Apr 2016 #2
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    I would keep that drive as it is, USB pendrives are cheap enough and you may need that one to reinstall/repair your windows.
    On the other hand, most Linux distros come with some kind of partition manager which should be able to erase any USB unless it has hardware lock.
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  3.    16 Apr 2016 #3
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    Windows 10 Pro (x64)

    That USB drive is physically write protected in the drive hardware itself. Nothing you do will unlock it. Its done that way to act more like a DVD, it cannot be infected by malware if it is inserted in an infected system.
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  4.    16 Apr 2016 #4
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    Windows 10

    I was afraid of that
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  5.    16 Apr 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixpounder08 View Post
    So my harddrive crashed, I replaced it with one from newegg.com however it had no operating system so I bought windows 10 at best buy
    Why couldn't you just re-install the operating system that was on the computer before? If it was a legitimate upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8/8.1 that was on it before, the computer would have had a digital entitlement for Windows 10 stored on Microsoft activation servers and you could have installed Windows 10 again without buying anything.

    In the meantime, why mess up a Microsoft certified Windows 10 installation flash drive when you can buy a 16gb for $6?
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