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flash stick write protected

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by pcrepair, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. pcrepair

    pcrepair Regular member

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    I have a 32 gig Flash stick nearly 3/4 full. I can read it but i cannot write to it, it says remove write protection. there is no way to remove the protection and it should not be there,.... so ideas please. (i have tried alot of things already and failed :( )
    I cannot format it either. hoping for lots of new ideas

    Kyran
     
  2. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    have you checked the manufacturer's website to see if there is any info on your problem? i presume you checked to see if there was no physical switch like on the old 3.5" floppy disks as have see those switches on some flash drives.
     
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    Yes checked there is no switch, It's a generic one from our local supplier who's told me to throw it in the bin and he'll post one out to me. but it seems a waste to just throw it away,will take it apart when i get the replacement and see where the chip was made.I have 'chkflsh' which managed to low level initalise it but still cannot format it.
     
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    try with pmagic or gparted and do a secure erase then format with ntfs
     
  5. pcrepair

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    tried pmagic it says the disc is write protected lol will try gparted tomorrow
     
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    don't think that will work.
     
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    if you have ccleaner on comp and look in tools drive wiper might work
     
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    nope didn't work, perhaps it has actually failed, although until the low level initialisation i could read every thing, just not delete or write to it
     
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    FIXED!!!!
    finaly managed to download the online recovery from transend got it back working :)
    even better the new one arrived today :)
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    so you now have 64gigs to fill so get working to fill them.
     

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