How to Remove Write Protected on USB Drive or SD Card

Back then i was having issues on formating my SD card on my PC which took me some extra research why i cant format the Memory card, this always shows "write protected" after some seconds of processing and not only that you can as well get error message if you are transferring  files from your PC to a USB Flash drive or an SD Card.

At first I was confused if either the USB flash or SD card have been passworded or the storage devices had some internal fault. Although it could Also give such error messages if there is a twist in the manufacturer settings.

The Error message reads:
The Disk cannot be written because it is write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive \Device|Harddisk1\DR5.

If you had an experience on such error message due to "write protected", it will be impossicant to copy and paste files, modify and selecting any files from the storage devices.

This article is a Guide on How to Remove write Protected on your storage devices such as USB drive and SD card.

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How to Remove Write Protection From USB Drive or SD Card

This will work perfectly for you, follow the guides as appropriate.

✔ Witj the use of keyboard Press Win+R (This will open the registr
y editor)

✔ Type in this keyword regedit and click OK.

✔ Expand and collapse the entries that will be displaying on the left to navigate to the following location as written below:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
Check if you have this folder named storageDevicepolices in the control folder, but if otherwise, right-click in the folder to create and select "New" → "Key." Name it StorageDevicePolicies and then open it.

✔ Now, You should Double-click WriteProtect key which is located in the right side and then you are to set the value to 0. Go to the Data Value box and press OK.

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✔ Then turn off and on  or simply reboot your computer and insert the USB drive or SD card to the system, the drive should be written "writable" and not "write protected"

The above process should solve the write protected on USB drive or SD card but if you are still fazed with the same problem then you will need to hard format the storage devices.

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