Windows 10: How to Remove Write-Protection from an OEM USB Drive?

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  1.    19 Jan 2017 #1

    How to Remove Write-Protection from an OEM USB Drive?


    I got a USB drive from HP with Windows 10 as a recovery. I'm trying to remove the write-protect on it and tried many ways but I cant. Is there a way to do it?
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  2.    19 Jan 2017 #2

    Hi yahanna
    Please try this:
    Open a command prompt AS ADMIN
    type DISKPART press <enter>
    type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
    type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from.
    type ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
    you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
    type EXIT press <enter>
    That's it and Good luck!
    Last edited by Grom0X; 19 Jan 2017 at 14:13.
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  3.    19 Jan 2017 #3

    I'm a Windows 7 user, there is a switch to [un][click] buried in Control Panel --> Device Manager --> properties of usb device; however I have no idea how to do that in Windows 10. I'm making ZyKLon's post into a text file for future use; let us know that his post worked for you, thanks!
    ZyKLon, is there a similar script for clearing Write Protect from other devices? What is the command to activate Write Protect? I will make text files of your answers with "ZyKLon/w10f" at the top of each one.
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  4.    19 Jan 2017 #4

    RolandJS said: View Post
    I'm a Windows 7 user, there is a switch to [un][click] buried in Control Panel --> Device Manager --> properties of usb device; however I have no idea how to do that in Windows 10. I'm making ZyKLon's post into a text file for future use; let us know that his post worked for you, thanks!
    ZyKLon, is there a similar script for clearing Write Protect from other devices? What is the command to activate Write Protect? I will make text files of your answers with "ZyKLon/w10f" at the top of each one.

    Hello RolandJS
    Command to activate Write Protect is ATTRIBUTES DISK SET READONLY

    Disk Write Protection - Enable or Disable in Windows
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  5.    19 Jan 2017 #5

    ZyKLon said: View Post
    Hi yahanna
    Please try this:
    Open a command prompt AS ADMIN
    type DISKPART press <enter>
    type LIST VOLUME press <enter>
    type SELECT VOLUME X, where X is the volume number you want to remove the write protect from.
    type ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY press <enter>
    you will see a prompt that the write protect has been removed
    type EXIT press <enter>
    That's it and Good luck!
    I did all that. After I entered, "ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY", I didnt get a prompt stating that the write protect has been removed. But the command prompt stated that disk attributes cleared successfully.

    But when I tried to format the USB drive I get a pop up window stating that its still write-protected. Do you have any other suggestions?
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  6.    19 Jan 2017 #6

    yahanna said: View Post
    I did all that. After I entered, "ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY", I didnt get a prompt stating that the write protect has been removed. But the command prompt stated that disk attributes cleared successfully.

    But when I tried to format the USB drive I get a pop up window stating that its still write-protected. Do you have any other suggestions?
    Please look at this Remove Write Protection from USB Drive in Windows 10/8/7

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  7.    19 Jan 2017 #7

    Sorry but doesn't work on 14393 OS build, only on 10586 OS build.
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  8.    20 Jan 2017 #8

    Could the usb drive itself have a tiny switch?
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    Windows XP, 7, 8.1, 10, Knoppix [Debian] linux
       20 Jan 2017 #9

    Could the drive be ROM-based with no flash chip to write to?
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    Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10 x64 v1709
       20 Jan 2017 #10

    Check for a switch. Otherwise give Ufix a try. It's applicable to PNY and HP flash drives (Ufix-III is the version with Win 10 support)

    /* EDIT */
    Note it reformats the drive so everything will be lost. As it's a recovery drive, wonder if HP intended it for read-only
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