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Posted 22 August 2013 - 01:20 PM
When you insert your drive, you may be prompted to scan the drive. Windows never found an issue with the drive, so I did not think anything of this scan prompt. You should take note when you see this scan drive prompt.
To get these files removed, you will need to use the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject media”, located in the System Tray. I had to close out of all Windows Explorer windows before it would allow me to Eject My Sandisk. Older Sandisk Flash drives may get an error when you improperly ejected it. This error message may not have cleared for years.
Safely removing older Sandisk drives gets rid of the prompt as well.
Posted 22 August 2013 - 03:24 PM
Thanks for the tip. I tried what you suggested, but the drive still remains write protected and unusable...
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Posted 22 November 2015 - 09:15 PM
If the flash drive is a Sandisk, they will revert to write protection only if a write fault is detected in firmware. You may also have a USB flash drive that was flashed to make it seem as a larger capacity. Once the original capacity is reached the drive becomes write protected. These are usually sold on Ebay as high capacity drives for a very low price.
The best thing to do is copy your data to another flash drive or disk.
Posted 08 February 2016 - 05:35 PM
I got a SanDisk, tiny 32 GB thumb drive. I backed up 22 GB to it from my hard drive, so far. It got halfway through the next folder, and then it went belly-up with the "write-protected-please-buy-another-brand-of-thumbdrive" error message.
It was working, then it spontaneously went *poof*.
This is one of two that I got at Sams Club a few years ago. I figured two-for-at-Sams; it must be a great deal. However, it turned out to be pretty much full retail price. Maybe that's a tangent.
You have to wonder, if their thumb drives can't be trusted, then how could I trust them with, for instance, an SSD?
Edited by Roger Grimsby, 08 February 2016 - 05:39 PM.
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