How to remove write protection from pen drive in mac

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JavaScript is disabled. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Dec 12, I am using I have a USB drive that is write protected, I like to format it now as the old contents have no more use to me. How do I do that? I tried using disk utility and it does not work. Last edited: Jul 18, Shirasaki macrumors G3.

May 16, 9, 3, You need to figure out how to remove write protection before formatting.

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Formatting disk needs something to be written on that disk. Jan 3, 4, Auckland. What does Disk Utility say?

Are you trying to Partition or format , or Erase using DU? I even tried using some PC programs on a Windows machine, but couldn't get it fixed. Double check to make sure there is not a tiny switch on yours that got moved. Sometimes they are under the plastic handle.

Fortunately they are going down in price all the time. I hate to throw away things, but sometimes we all have to move on. Aug 20, AM in response to pjdube In response to pjdube.

Hey, thanks for the fast response :- It's a s hame you couldn't get it fixed. Such a bizarre issue to spontaneously occur, eh. I can't find a little switch anywhere, so I guess I may have to admit defeat. Fortunately it's only a 32GB pen drive so not a huge sacrifice, although it had been a trusty tool until this issue. Csound1, all of the options are grayed out - both 'Erase' and 'Erase Free Space'.

On all of the tabs the only option that is available is 'Verify Disk' and even that produces no further options. Dec 30, AM in response to nuwan2k In response to nuwan2k. I had to finally contact the manufacturer for a restore app. So I'd suggest that once you've tried all of the forum options like Windows via the regedit, disk part, or even Mac disk utility.


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Or a third party restore app. Dec 30, AM. Mar 12, AM in response to nuwan2k In response to nuwan2k. It cleans your USB and removes. Plop your USB back in your Mac and erase and normal functionality is restored. Mar 12, AM.

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Unlock Write Protection on USB Flash Drive

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Format Write Protected USB

First make sure there is nothing valuable on the USB. Click on the USB. Click on Erase Tab. Then click Erase Free Space.

How to Remove Write Protection From USB Pendrive (5 Ways)

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Quick Tip: Solving "Read Only" External Drive Problems on Your Mac

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