How to UN-Write-Protect a USB memory key.?

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ChrisGreaves
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How to UN-Write-Protect a USB memory key.?

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The memory key is labeled “Datastick pro” and is an 8GB capacity USB thumb drive.
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When I insert it in one of the four USB sockets on my DELL laptop, I receive a suggestion that the drive be scanned.
I agree to the scanning.
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I start the scan and after a pause of some two or three seconds, I am told that the disk is “write protected”.
I didn’t know that a memory key could be write-protected. I haven’t seen a write-protect tab since my last 3.5” floppy disk.

This memory key is not critical, although 8GB is still handy.
I can try anything within reason:-
(1) Special software
(2) Oven-baking
I no longer have access to one of those de-gausser tools that were pretty handy back in the floppy days.

Thanks for any suggestions.
Oh yes, Win7 Home Premium, updated recently.
Cheers
Chris
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Re: How to UN-Write-Protect a USB memory key.?

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Hi Chris,

Open this webpage...

See if step 5 will fix the issue. If not, try step 6 and step 7.
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Re: How to UN-Write-Protect a USB memory key.?

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But watch out for the Scary Registry - ooooo! :flee:
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Rudi wrote:See if step 5 will fix the issue. If not, try step 6 and step 7.
Thanks Rudi. Tonight; Will report back :salute:
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