Have you experienced such a situation: when formatting an SD card, a small window pops up, showing the disk is write protected? To be specific, disk write protection issue often happens on an SD card, USB drive, pen drive or Micro card.
Once this issue occurs, you can’t use the storage device like before and any operation will be rejected, for instance, write new data to, delete some files. Well then, how can you make your device normal? In order to troubleshoot disk write-protection issue, you should know how to remove write protection from SD card or USB drive.
In our experiences, there are three common ways to disable write protection on your SD card or USB drive.
Is there a switch on one side of your USB drive or SD card reader? Please turn the write protection off. If no switch exists, try the next way.
1. Connect the write-protected device to your computer.
2. Open Command Line dialog.
3. Type “diskpart” and hit “Enter”.
4. Then, input the following commands in turn:
“list disk“: display all hard drives, including the write protected device.
“select disk n“: n means the number of your USB flash drive/SD card.
“disk attribute clear readonly“: disable write protection on SD card/USB drive.
1. In Windows search box, type “regedit” to open Registry Editor.
2. Look for “WriteProtect” item by going to the location:
3. Then change the value from “1” to “0“.
The above three ways are useful to fix write protection. Then, you can easily format your disk.
To format the SD card/USB drive, we will recommend you a user-friendly format tool – MiniTool Partition Wizard. This free partition manager enables you to do disk formatting with simple clicks. Let’s see how it works.
Step 1: Run the Free Edition of MiniTool Partition Wizard. Select “Format Partition” in the left panel after clicking the SD card/USB drive.
Step 2: Choose a file system from the pop-out window. Here FAT32, NTFS, Ext2/3/4, exFAT and Linux Swap can be chosen.
Step 3: Make this change effective by hitting “Apply”.
After you remove write protection, the write-protected USB drive or SD card can be formatted successfully with only three steps via MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Tip: In fact, disk write protection issue can also appear when copying files to a USB drive or SD card. This post Get “The Disk Is Write Protected” Error during File Copy? Try These Ways shows you much information.