How To Format a Write Protected Pen-Drive

How To Format a Write Protected Pen-Drive
How To Format a Write Protected Pen-Drive
In this article, we will show you how to format a write-protected pen drive easily.

Were you trying to format a pen drive to use it for a different purpose and got the error, The Disk Is Write-Protected? What does the error ‘The disk is write-protected mean when trying to format your pen drive? Wait we’ll explain.

It simply means that the pen drive is write-protected. This is because the owner of the pen drive has set limitations on this pen drive so that it cannot be formatted. Other reasons could be a virus attack or some third-party encryption technique.

Whatever be the reason, let’s see how you can format a write-protected pen drive easily. This article will explain how you can remove the write-protected status of the pen drive and then see how to format it quickly. So let’s begin.

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How to remove the write protection from Pen Drive

Let’s see what can be done to remove your pen drive and other storage devices’ write protection.

  • Switch the lock to clear the lock protection from the pen-drive
  • The easiest way to do this is to turn off the mechanical safety of the device. Here’s how to do it:
  • Look for a physical switch on your Pen drive.
  • Now move the button so that it’s in the ON position instead of OFF.
  • Now your USB drive is unlocked and you can format it easily.

Remove the Virus that is write protecting the Pen drive

The virus is another reason that can cause your USB to be write-protected. Here’s what can be done to get rid of them.

Download and install one of the below free anti-virus software:

  • Avast Antivirus
  • Norton AntiVirus
  • McAfee
  • BitDefender
  • AVG

After you do it, scan your Pen drive with this anti-virus software. After you are done, the write protection will be removed from your pen drive.

Use Windows CMD to remove write protection.

Here’s how to remove the write protection from the pen drive using the CMD tool.

  • First of all, type CMD in the search box of the start-up window.
  • Now right-click on the Command Prompt in the results and choose the ‘Run as Administrator option.

Now you need to enter the following command in the Command Prompt Window.

  • diskpart
  • list disk
  • select disk #
  • attributes disk clear readonly

Make sure to press enter key after each command.

  • #=number of your write-protected disk

After you’re done with the commands, type the Exit command.

Use USB Formatting Tools to remove Write Protection.

If you were not successful in removing the write protection error from your USB drive, don’t worry. Here we are explaining two USB formatting tools that can easily format your write-protected pen drive. If you are good at using the Command Prompt tool, then these two tools are the best for you. Let’s learn about these tools and how to remove write protection using these tools.

SD Formatter tool

SD formatting tool is our personal choice if you are struggling to format a write-protected pen drive. Developed by the SD association, this software works like a charm for the write-protected pen drive, even though the software was specially developed for SD cards. This is because a USB flash drive or a pen drive is like an SD card bound to USB hardware.

To format a write-protected pen drive, you simply need to insert the pen drive in the PC and choose a formatting option from the list. Finally, click on the Format button.

Kingston Format Utility

This USB formatting utility was originally developed for older versions of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 7. If you have a USB flash drive from Kingston, this tool will be ideal to format a write-protected pen drive.

To use this software, you need to download its EXE file. After the download ends, run the EXE file on your PC. Now choose the location where you want to unzip the USB file, such as Desktop or Documents. Now choose a new location and run the Utility.exe file.

Now this will run the Kingston Format Utility app on your PC. Now you need to choose the pen drive that you want to format from the drop-down menu. Select the file system and press the Format button.

Wait for some time until the formatting is complete.


So that’s how you can easily remove the write protection from your pen drive. If you failed to do so, you can use one of the two USB formatting utilities to format your write-protected pen drive. Hope you found this post helpful. Do share the article with others as well.

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