USB Stick write protected

  1. Sven1458's Avatar
    Posts : 301
    windows 10

    USB Stick write protected

    Hi, my wife got a new laptop and I was setting it up. Install
    software and moving all her files from the old one to the new one. So I inserted
    the stick in to the old computer and used drag and drop to copy the files, or
    better several folders.

    At one point at about 500 mb it stops and tells me that the
    drive is write protected. I tried it on 3 different computer all say the same.
    I tried to change that, but could not find a way to do that. I clicked on the
    drive and selected Properties, but I got no where. Any one know what to do?

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  2. Posts : 1,218
    Windows 10 Pro

    I would replace the drive. Even if the read only could be revered I would not trust the drive.

    To preserve existing data many flash drives will enter a special read only mode if an internal error is detected. This mode is typically not reversible. It may be possible to do so but you would run the considerable risk of corrupting the data.

    I am not saying that is what happened. But it does seem likely.
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  3. eLPuSHeR's Avatar
    Posts : 2,468
    Windows 10 Home x64

    A common symptom of a dying USB drive. Replace it. They are dirty cheap.
    Last edited by eLPuSHeR; 09 Apr 2020 at 04:11.
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  4. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,757
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928


    elpusher is correct. This is a commonly-reported symptom of a dying drive. You will be able to keep reading the existing data on the drive for much, much longer but that is generally of little consolation.

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  5. Sven1458's Avatar
    Posts : 301
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Thanks to all of you, I will replace it
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