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#1 Dlance

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 06:07 AM

These past few days my removable drive has not been acting normal. When I double click on the icon, a window appears asking to format. Clicking no would result in not being able to access the drive so clicking yes would be much reasonable. However, when I reach the little box that contains all the info needed to format or soemthing similar, it fails when I click format, resulting in a "this drive is write protected". How can I bypass this ? Because if I don't then the drive be'd useless.
Help appreciated :thumbsup:

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Posted 11 October 2006 - 06:12 AM

Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the drive.
Click on it to see what files are on it.

You can also format it from there, but formatting will cause the loss of all data.

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 01:12 AM

What do you mean by windows explorer? I tried searching for it and it was a shorcut to my computer. Anyway I still can't get it to work >;O

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 04:13 AM

You access Windows Explorer by clicking
start/programs/accessories/windows explorer

It shows you what files and folders are on a particular drive.

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 04:36 AM

Okay I did that but when I navigate to the usb and try to open it, it still says the exact same thing when using without windows explorer.

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Posted 12 October 2006 - 04:52 AM

Your usb device may be bad.

Try going to disk management (you must be logged in with an administrator account)
start/programs/administrative tools/computer management/disk management

Click on the drive in the right side pane to highlight it and then right click

click "properties" then the "tools" tab

Click "error checking"

Edited by Enthusiast, 12 October 2006 - 04:53 AM.


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Posted 13 October 2006 - 04:44 AM

Well I did that, and when I pressed ok to fix it, it quickly dissappeared without showing any loading nor fixing o_O.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 07:24 AM

What kind of removable drive is it?
A USB external hard drive or ?

Try using a different USB port.

Edited by Enthusiast, 13 October 2006 - 07:24 AM.


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Posted 13 October 2006 - 10:46 AM

Well, today is "hunch" day for me. :thumbsup:

I'd suggest running this free, online scan: http://safety.live.com

It will not only check for malware, but will also check for problems with your registry.
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Posted 14 October 2006 - 01:20 AM

It's a USB.

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 07:10 AM

Yes, but a USB what?
A flash drive, and external USB hard drive, a camera, etc?

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 12:58 PM

Hello, Recently a security site was giving its software away for exactly one day. The Program was called Ninja and is for making the thumb drive secure and I tried it and made a driver secure with it and so secure that you can not even format it.

By chance you did not try to take apart in this free giveaway or are using any other security program for your thumb drive are you?

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 03:16 PM

if its a usb stick then maybe it has a "lock" switch?
If its locked you'd get an error like you stated above "this drive is write protected".
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Posted 14 October 2006 - 07:00 PM

Did you enable the write protection ap on the flash drive?

Look in your program menu and see if there is an entry for that in it.

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 12:11 AM

Hey you gave me an idea x], I'll try downloading a formatting program from the website and format it with that.




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