How to Unlock a Write Protected USB Drive, a SD or Micro SD Memory Card or a Hard Drive 👨‍💻🛠️🖥️

How to Unlock a Write Protected USB Drive, a SD or Micro SD Memory Card or a Hard Drive 👨‍💻🛠️🖥️


Hello everybody! Watch this video to learn how to unlock a
USB drive, a SD or Micro SD memory card or a hard drive when it has write protection
enabled. If you get the message “The disk is write-protected“
when copying files or formatting a device, don’t hurry to throw it away. Let’s see what can be done in such a situation. You can get similar error messages when working
with a computer or laptop, as well as with a mobile phone, tablet PC, TV or car audio. Do the following to remove write protection:
1. Some models of flash drives, memory cards
and external drives can have switches to enable write protection. Most often you can find such switches in SD
cards. Examine the device carefully and check the
position of the switch (if there is any). 2. Your device may be infected by a virus blocking
your attempts to write or format the drive. Check the device with an antivirus and clean
it if necessary. 3. Unlock the device by using the command prompt:
a. Launch the Command prompt as Administrator. b. Type in the command “Diskpart” and press
Enter. c. Type in “list disk” and press Enter. d. Find the drive number corresponding to your
flash drive, memory card or hard drive. When doing it, the drive size will help you. Type in “select disk” and the number of
the disk that corresponds to the device and press Enter. e. Type in “attributes disk clear readonly”
and press Enter. This will unlock the device for writing. We also recommend cleaning and formatting
the drive for further use. Take the following steps only if the drive
contains no important data. a. Type in “clean” and press Enter – it will
delete all data on this drive including service information. b. Type in “create partition primary” and
press Enter – it creates a new partition. c. Then type in “select partition 1” and
press Enter. d. Type in “active” and press Enter, and
the new partition will become active. e. Then type in “format fs=fat32 quick” and
press Enter – it will format the device in FAT32 format. f. After that, type in “assign” and press
Enter to give the flash drive a letter name. When you did it, try creating a file or folder
on the flash drive. As we can see, protection has been removed
successfully. If this advice didn’t help you, watch our
previous videos about fixing flash drive errors. If you liked this video, click the Like button
below and subscribe to our channel to see more. If you have any questions, leave a comment
to ask one. Thank you for watching and good luck!

100 Replies to “How to Unlock a Write Protected USB Drive, a SD or Micro SD Memory Card or a Hard Drive 👨‍💻🛠️🖥️”

  1. Watch how to unlock a write protected USB drive, a SD or MicroSD memory card or a hard drive. Did you like the video? Click Like button and subscribe to Hetman Software channel. We will be glad to answer any questions in comments.

  2. Ok! I found something out! In my case my problem was the microSD adapter. I used another adapter, and my microSD was perfectly formatted.

  3. Hi i have a question , since I change to widows 10, my card reader adapter is not working, I was working with windows 7, why? and how to fix; thank you.

  4. What are the typical causes and solutions for "Data error (cyclic redundancy check)"? This error appears whenever I attempt to "clean" the SD card or if I try to create a primary partition.

  5. DiskPart has encountered an error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.
    See the System Event Log for more information.

  6. getting error DiskPart has encountered an error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

    See the System Event Log for more information.

  7. DiskPart has encountered an error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

    See the System Event Log for more information.

  8. I get up to Create Partition Primary. Then it says "DiskPart has encountered an error: The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error.
    See the System Event Log for more information." Not sure what happened. Disk Management is also doing the same thing.

  9. This is solution for "DiskPart has encountered an error:The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

    See the system event log for more information."

    1)open this link:
    http://www.eassos.com/how-to/fix-diskpart-has-encountered-an-error.php

    2)then scroll to "Solution 2: Remove read-only state in Registry Editor"
    3)follow these step
    4)fixed

  10. I have a different problem, why does it say in the CMD that "Volume is write-protected?"

  11. I have a problem with a MicroSD card. When I try to format it, it says the disk is write protected. When I try to use the diskpart clean command it says "I/O device error."

    Any suggestions? How do I unlock the SD card so it can be formatted?

  12. After typing clean, I get: DiskPart has encountered an error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

    See the System Event Log for more information. What do I do? It's still locked!

  13. Hi
    My first command executive successfully but clean command is not working. The error given is Error "Diskpart has encountered an error: Data error cyclic redundancy check." Can you slove my error. Or tell how to slove this error.

  14. No usable free extent could be found. It may be that there is insufficient

    free space to create a partition at the specified size and offset. Specify

    different size and offset values or don't specify either to create the

    maximum sized partition. It may be that the disk is partitioned using the MBR disk

    partitioning format and the disk contains either 4 primary partitions, (no

    more partitions may be created), or 3 primary partitions and one extended

    partition, (only logical drives may be created).

    What is this means? This was at the created partition part

  15. It's not you're guys mini sd cards that are write protected, it's the adapter you are using, some have little switches on the side and some don't, those that don't you won't be able to write a image to it, though it does let you do basic stuff like copy to desktop, those that do have the switch! Just slide it up and now you can write the image file.

  16. Hello dear; I used all metod but my sandisk USB GB is like befor in weite protiction. is there any other tips to fix it? Regards

  17. I tried to unlock it worked till attributes and when I clicked on clean it showed error with I/o as such what can be done it is a new SD card and I am unable to use it since I brought it

  18. Methods in this video not work for me, thanks my old telephone for format SD Crad. Formating was failed but partition in card deleted. This allowed my new phone, with which the problems was, to successfully format the carrier in its native format. Neither Windows and not Linux could not.

  19. i have alternative solution. i found out that picture i cannot delete had read only checked on the properties. i untick it and that solve the problem. hope this helps

  20. That bruh moment when he says to look at the lock switch and you do and it was locked and you feel dumb. thanks man for the help!

  21. Quick tip: for all of you that, upon typing "active" got the message "The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk. The ACTIVE command can only be used on fixed MBR disks." do the following:

    1 – Download a prtition manager (EaseUS, for example);
    2 – Wipe all data again;
    3 – Create a new partition
    4 – Done 🙂

  22. DiskPart has encountered an error: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.

    See the System Event Log for more information.
    That's what I got….Frustrated even more now!

  23. Wow !! Thank you ! i tried everything every kind formatting and did not format my 1 TB HDD . Thank you !
    this was all operation for me!
    1…. DISKPART> select disk 3

    2…. Disk 3 is now the selected disk.

    3…. DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly

    4…. Disk attributes cleared successfully.

    5…. DISKPART> clean

    6…. DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

    7…. DISKPART> create partition primary

    8…. DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

    9 …DISKPART> select partition 3

    10 …The specified partition is not valid.

    Please select a valid partition.

    There is no partition selected.
    11…. DISKPART> select partition 1 <——————OBS i still don't understand why should i select number 1.
    12…. Partition 1 is now the selected partition.

    13….DISKPART> active

    14 …DiskPart marked the current partition as active.

    15….DISKPART> format fs=ntfs quick
    <—————— OBS i did not select format fat 32. i just select fs=ntfs format .
    16…. 100 percent completed

    17…. DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.

    18…. DISKPART> assign

    19 ….DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.
    Mannnnn !!!! Thank you again !!

  24. your video killed my laptop sdcard and phone. way to go!! i am not a computer expert so i dont know what shit is happening now..but i know that it has all crashed!

  25. For those who get to like the format fs=fat32 quick or just before that and get something about it still be write protected. Do window+run and type in regedit. This should open up registries and from there you look for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlStorageDevicePolicies. If you don't have a StorageDevicePolicies create a new folder by right clicking and click new->key. After that right click in the white section of the area and make a new->DWORD and call it "write Protection". Inside that set the value to 0. Save it and restart your pc and when its booted back up reformat you sd or whatever that was write protected. This worked for me.

  26. The commander didn’t work for me at first but I miss read the last word in the command from read only to randomly. Stay tuned I will do a final test and provide the results

  27. DiskPart has encountered an error: The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error.

    See the System Event Log for more information. What I have to do now?

  28. Can you help me with usb sandisk and can not fix it

    I have tried all the methods and will not work with me. Please explain my problem

  29. I did this. but it appears when I was written clean : Diskpart has encounterd an error: the rquest could not be performed becouse of an I/O device error.
    see the system Event Log for more information

  30. My huawei p10 lite lock sd card by it self? No device cant see it only my phone. How to enter pass or what to do i have family pictures. Thank you.

  31. Thank you! This was actually so useful as i was looking how to do it from the cmd,unsuccesfully , but you pointed out that some devices have a physical lock, you made it so easy.

  32. Got an error
    DISKPART encountered an error :The request could not be performed because of an I/O DEVICE ERROR.

    I ran CMD as administrator btw

    HELP ME PLEEAASSEE

  33. I have done everything but still i can't format my memory card it's showing windows was unable to format how to fix it please help me

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