How to Remove Write Protection From My USB Flash Drive

Write protection is a powerful resource which allows users to ensure the safety and legitimacy of content on a drive. If you've placed important material that shouldn't be altered on a drive that's shared among collaborators or other individuals, write protection can create specific "privileges" for each user and remove a person's ability to alter content on the drive. The time may come, however, when you need to remove write protection on your USB drive or reassign authoring permissions to another individual. Fortunately, removing write protection from USB flash drives can be accomplished quickly and easily using a few simple steps.

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How to Remove Write Protection on USB Drives

If you're using a Windows computer, you can remove write protection on a USB drive using tools provided in your operating system. Before initiating the write protection removal, you must first plug your flash drive into your computer. After the drive is connected to the computer, open your "Start" menu and select the "Run" option. Then type "regedit" into the window and press your enter key.

At this point, the registry editor window should open on your computer. When this appears, type the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies

This will direct you to the WriteProtect parameter adjustment tools. After clicking on the WriteProtect key, reset the given value to "0." This ensures that any and all write protection is removed from the drive. Once this is completed, you should be able to use the drive in question without any write protection hindering you or others you may wish to grant access to.

How to Remove Write Protection on Flash Drives

If you have administrator access to your computer and are the original owner of the drive, you can adjust Read/Write settings on the drive itself by right-clicking the USB icon once it's plugged into your computer and selecting "Security" from the "Properties" menu. After entering your administrator password, you should be able to enable "Write" settings for other users as needed.

Keep in mind that you can use these same processes repeatedly as needed in order to modify a user's permission as needed. For example, you can repeatedly lock or unlock a USB drive if allowing collaborators to add or modify content at specific periods of time. It's important to remember, however, that unlocking a drive does allow anyone in possession of the drive to modify all available content as he sees fit.

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