SD card write protected|Disk Is Write Protected On Pen Drive

In this article , we will covering the topic of how to remove write protection from sd card usb drive quickly.There are lots of memory cards and USB pen drives which now a days comes with write protection switches. These write protection switches doesn’t allow user to copy or transfer any of the files to the device. It also results in prevention of files from being deleted and to fix a write protected flash drive Remove write protection from usb can be done three ways.We will see each of the ways in below step guide.We have categories write protected sd card error in 3 method you can use any one out of all of them why we have different for remove write protection on micro sd card that you will figure out later in the go ahead fix your micro sd card write protected issue.If you have any issue while performing below steps comment below down we will try to reached to you as soon as can also check out our last post where we have reviewed some amazing movie streaming sites.If you memory card is broken and lost data then here you should find out tips on how to Recover Data from Damaged Micro SD Card:


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But what if you will find that your memory card is refusing to being formatted and windows is informing you that your Micro/sd card write protected error, even though there is no type of write protection switch.

If you are facing issue in remove write protection usb  and want to get rid from this memory card write protection error then continue reading this article. You need not to take any type of tension because you have landed on a perfect page which will be helping you out by providing you solution for removing write protection on usb or from any other device.

So, without wasting more time, I directly come over my main purpose of writing this article. I have listed some of the simple and best ways by which you can easily get rid of write protection remover from sd card. Don’t worry this problem is not at all big as it seems. You will be only needing few couple of minutes for solving out this problem without even taking any kind of professional help. Just carefully follow the steps as shown below :-

How To Remove write protected micro sd card usb 

Step 1 : Check If Your Pen Drive Have A Lock ?

In most cases it has been found that memory cards and usb drives are having lock which prevent them from being formatted. So, kindly check that your memory card is containing any type of lock or not ? If yes, then push the lock on opposite direction to unlock it. If your SD card is having any type of lock then you will notice that there are markings provided for lock and unlock.

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Step 2 : Scan SD Card Using Antivirus Or usb write protect

Mostly, it has been found that these error generally occurs because of mischievous nature of viruses, trojans and worms in your computer or memory card.So, try to scan your pc and sd card for making sure that they don’t contain any type of harmful files. After scanning your sd card properly again try to copy files to your sd card. If the process is successful then it is okay but if not then continue reading this article.

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Step 3 :How to remove write protect in flash drive Using Windows Pc

Get Inside Your System Registry 

Many types of issues and errors occurs inside a windows system and can be easily solved using registry editor.

Just follow the below steps as shown : –

1. Click Start > type “regedit” and open “Registry Editor”.

2. Now follow the below path after opening registry editor :-


3. Now you will see “Write Protection” option. Double click on that and set the value data to ‘0’.

After setting the value data to ‘0’ again try copying or formatting your sd card. After performing the above step you are still not able to format your sd card then continue to next step.

Step 4 : Open Diskpart Utility For Removing Write Protected From Memory card/usb drive

  1. Open Command Prompt and type diskpart and press Enter key.
  1. After opening diskpart type “list disk” and again press Enter button.
  1. Now type “select disk 1” to select your sd card and press Enter key again.
  1. To remove write protection from sd card type “attributes disk clear readonly” and hit Enter.

Now you are almost done with this process. Simply type “exit” and press enter key once more to exit the menu. 

  1. Now, right click on your Sd card and click on Format option to format your card.

That’s all, now you can now easily remove write protection from micro sd card and can copy your data without any restrictions.

Hope, After reading how to remove write protection from sd card article.if you still have any type of doubts or questions then kindly leave your valuable comments below in the comment box. Also if you have found something interesting above then kindly share this article with your friends.

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  1. Yash tiwari says:

    After following all these steps. SD card shows Windows was unable to complete the format.

  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/StorageDevicePolicies

    i am not finding the StorageDevice Policies file in my pc….

  3. thank you.
    It DID NOT work.
    ‘Windows was not able to complete formatting”, was the answer.

  4. atul jaiswal says:

    Both the method to remove write protect media is not working.

  5. very nice steps but not solving the problem

  6. Can’t unlock my SD card password
    I don’t want to format it
    It contains valuable files
    I tried to open mmcstore in e series Nokia phone via explorer, but It’s a fail…
    Please help me

  7. thanks….

  8. thanks for sharing this amazing article on how to remove write protection from micro sd card, i tried above procedure it worked for me ,so keep it up with your good work…..i am looking forward for some more tricks like this ..

  9. Amazing article man , thanks for sharing it worked for me like a charmed to remove write protection usb on pc.

  10. showing successful but not working in reality


  12. shahana says:

    [[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/StorageDevicePolicies. ]] Here i am not able to find out the storage device policies. Please help me.

  13. srinivasareddy says:

    I tried all the techniques but it is not working still it is showing “windows was unable to complete the format ” so please send any other technique so that i can use my memory card again

  14. stil im gettting same error

  15. Nice Article I Try This but no success but i found its 100% Solution i share this on my website

  16. i try this but not success

  17. Nice and helpful article

  18. i have done these processses and tried to format my sd card but it says windows was unable to complete format… plz help.. it sucks

  19. Thank you! It worked, the write protection was removed.

  20. महोदय जी,
    आपने जो समझाया है वो सब ट्राइ कर चुका हु।
    लेकिन मेरा प्रोब्लेम वही का वही है। आपके हिसाब से REG EDIT मे [[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/StorageDevicePolicies. ये आना चाइएया लेकिन ।हमारे द्वारा लास्ट का /StorageDevicePolicies OPCTION नही आता है सिर्फ /Storage आता है
    क्या करू बोलये।
    बहुत प्रोब्लेम मे हौ जल्दी कुछ हल बताएय प्रभु।

  21. Mangesh Anaokar says:

    No one has ever attended the real problem for SD card formating. The partition on the SD card remains active but inaccessable. So this partition can neither be deleted nor be altered. No solution is provided if the SD shows active partition in Diskpart, when the size of the card has been reduced say from 16GB to 30MB and “select partition” does not select the active partition.

  22. sai laxmi shekar rao says:

    how to selet sd card after giving select disk 1.answer me soon pls

  23. fyou fyou says:

    my computer says none of the things you said are recognized as commands!

  24. fyou fyou says:

    There is a little switch on the side of the SD card “mine is white” switch it up. It’s that simple. This jerk just wasted a half hour of all our time…

  25. thanks for sharing this amazing post dude it really help in removing write protection from sd card. Remove Write Protection From Usb

  26. any of the solution is not working..

  27. If you still can’t format your SD card, have a look at this. It worked for me.

  28. thank you very much. i had 2 sd cards a 16gb and 32gb. now they are both completely formatted. step 4 really helped me. Thanks i can now use them freely.

  29. i have tried all off the above steps but it’s still saying my device is write protected. anyone know of anything else that will solve this or will i just have to get a new micro sd card?

  30. LOL…

    Nothing Works….

    I have tried all off the above steps but it’s still saying my device is write protected. anyone know of anything else that will solve this or will i just have to get a new micro sd card

  31. malc.cureton says:

    Many thanks. I am a novice at this technology but following step 4 it gave me every thing I needed.
    thank you for some plain language that I could understand.

  32. thanks for sharing this amazing method for sd card write protected removal , i would love to visit you site again.

  33. sachin roy says:

    thnxx for help worked for me 🙂

  34. Thanks! step 4 worked for me!

  35. God bless you

  36. Shah Manthan says:

    Sir i cant find storage polices at last i am using win10 and i wany to format transcend 16gb class 10 memory card using it in a1 android

  37. I’ll follow the steps and clear my sd card attributes.but still my card says write protected wat can i do..?

  38. Ismail Vasil says:

    The step four helped me…thanks

  39. Hi,
    Thanks for your information. Unfortunately I was not the StorageDevicePolicies in the registry. Whilst in dos I thought Why not try the old DOS format command… That worked for me. I’m using Windows 10 and it firstly told me that another process was using the drive but asked if I would like to dismount the drive and close all processes. After doing that it began formatting.

    After opening the command prompt in administrator mode simply type in format X: (or whatever drive your SD card is)

    All the best to all.

  40. nathi chaltu mota aa

  41. Thank you so much!
    Tried everything to fix write protection.
    This was easy to follow and WORKED!!!

  42. thank you!!! it worked for me !

  43. thanks! it worked!

  44. In this article , you cover below solution very well …thanks for sharing this amazing article with us looking forward some more tips and tricks article like this .. usb write protected , disk is write protected ,sd card lock ,device media is write protected ,disk write protected ,sd card is write protected ,how to format write protected micro sd card unlock micro sd card

    thanks again .Sammer


  46. I had four micro SD cards requiring formatting. The first two formatted fine but the following two, in a different adapter (from a different vehicle) refused to format regardless of what I tried. The lock on the adapter had never been locked so that was never a problem. I decided to try the adapter I had used on the first two cards and straight away they formatted. So try a different adapter first if you are having trouble formatting Micro SD cards.

  47. its not working..

  48. I also can not find StorageDevicePolicies. Please I need help with this 🙁

  49. its not working sir… i used cmd method… actually sd card used in android phone..

  50. Here i am not able to find out the storage device policies. Please help me.

  51. Here i am not able to find out the storage device policies. Please help me.i am using win 10 and win 7 same problem

  52. You shouldn’t say
    “Now type “select disk 1” to select your sd card and press Enter key again.”

    If the user has additional storage devices the sd card can be in any location. Make sure to check the MB number of the sd card for location.

  53. After following all these steps. SD card shows Windows was unable to complete the format.

  54. John Meggie says:

    For all of you that have tried everything (check the lock, diskpart, regedit) here is what worked for me. There is tiny notch opposite the lock switch on the SD adaptor. That is the write inhibit notch. Carefully put tape over the notch. Don’t cover the pins. It took me FOUR pieces of clear tape. The first three did not work. But the forth piece worked! I can write to the SD card on my PC.

    • Burt Stanton says:

      And the Winner is…

      JOHN MEGGIE!!!

      This guy gets the cheese!

      That takes me back to the days of 5.25″ floppies. Why the hell is that notch there on the SD adapter anyway?!

    • it works dude! thanks! you won the reformat battle *wink

  55. I tried all of above but could not work………………

  56. cool post dude thanks for helping me out with that,it worked for me like a charm , hope it will never come again.

    thanks for sharing ,by

  57. Glad i found the solution for this, you are doing really good work man , 4 step worked for me the best ,i hope i wont face this issue write protection issue on my mirco sd card again.

  58. Didn’t worked at all…
    It’s still showing that… “The disk is write protected”

  59. hi tried cmd option but my pendrive showing this is media write protected plz help me bro…..

  60. The diskpart worked for me. My micro sdhc recorder couldn’t format it, windows couldn’t format it normally, but using diskpart did for me. Thank you!

  61. Gaurav kumar says:

    Hey i have a 32 gb micro sd card and it has some content (don’t think about it). when i formate it by minitoolpartation tool it remove the partition and free the allocated space . after removing flash disk and reconnecting it it shows the previous data. and space it used …please fix it …

  62. those arent working…can you re-organize yourself before you post these things…

  63. Vikram Sandhu says:

    Hi bro
    I have a 4gb microsd card and I tried out many ways using DISKPART and REGIDIT but it didn’t worked.
    Please if there is a way to sought this problem out then let me know.
    Vikram Sandhu

  64. Haleigh Sharp says:

    Uh, I can’t do most of that stuff, so I tried flipping the switch. However, no matter which way I flip it, IT DOESN’T WORK! I hope it can be fixed so I can use my Nintendo normally…

  65. I tried both steps and it worked…but after a few hours I get back the same problem again. Is there a PERMANENT solution?

  66. very helpful thanks.

  67. thanks for sharing this amazing post with all of us dude it worked for me.

  68. Nice Steps But still I am not able to Remove write protected. It is showing Error.

  69. adrian c villanueva says:

    nice, it really helps… now i can use my SD Card Normally.. 🙂

    thanks a lot…

  70. adrian c villanueva says:


  71. adrian c villanueva says:

    i cant used my 16gb memory card… 🙁

  72. stellar says:

    Hi I can’t find storagepoliciesa…. all the previous steps were ok though… can you please help?

  73. Hi… My windows are unable to list my sd drive as an option. What should I do? Plus I’m not finding the StoragePolicies in my pc

  74. Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored at work so
    I decided to browse your blog on my iphone during lunch break.
    Ilove the information yyou present here and can’t wait to take a
    look when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your
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  75. thanks a lot this really help

  76. I am also unable to find the SD card policies after completing all the steps instructed by you

  77. Yugam Kumar Aggarwal says:

    Just found the lock on the sd card after going through all that shit you have posted and felt like an idiot following your steps. Too bad you are fooling everyone like that.

  78. Set the registry value to 0 and everything was OK again. Many thanks.

  79. aaditya says:

    tried all those three methods.. bullshit… just consumed my time… hav a better and working methods… dont waste others time

  80. christina says:

    worked for me went from 8-10 on laptop and some reason encountered a write protection when i was trying to format my memory card. the regedit process didnt work but this did finally thank you 😀 and btw it does help if you unlocked the card with the switched turned up. lucky mine was already unlocked when i tried this step

  81. ZAKSOLDIER says:

    it works , now my flash is back to life , thanks admin

  82. I am getting same error after following these steps please help me

  83. In my system no “Storage Device Policies” option. Its show only storage option
    how to enable this option please help meee..

  84. shahrukh says:

    first time it worked perfectly but next it is not working ….

  85. brereton says:

    after following diskpart step, i had no luck, but removed sd card and re entered, then i was able to format

  86. This didn’t work (as well as many other ways i’ve tried to remove this issue). I have no issues formatting or deleting files or writing to the cards when using Mac OS X or a variant of Linux.

  87. Abhijith kannan says:

    thank u for ur help frnd , thanks a lot.. my SD card is fully unwrittened

  88. SANJEEV PURBEY says:

    I was unable to formate or copy anything on my sd card but when I SAW A SWITCH ON CARD READER I TURNED IT UP AND EVERY THING WORKED FINE AND I WAS ABLE TO COPY AND FORMATE EVERYTHING ON SD CARD .so whole time is waste on reading it just switch it up and u are done.NO NEED TO DO MORE THAN THIS.

  89. i followed upto storage but i could not findthe write off option pls help

  90. i follow all the steps and dont work !

  91. this is crap, I have win 7, there is no. StorageDevicePolicies I’ve tried 5 different sites and none of them work.

  92. changed my card reader and it works now

  93. After following all these steps. SD card shows Windows was unable to complete the format.

  94. not working dude
    drive is write proteted (ERROR)

  95. after all steps memory card still show write protected. pls help me its very important to me

  96. Kartik Agarwal says:

    In registry editor method cant find ‘StorageDevicePoliciesÂ’ and in cmd diskpart after attributes disk clear read only command an error occur saying ‘Diskpart failed to clear attributes’

  97. All tricks used to formatting memory card but after completion of formatting every time message shows unable to complete format. In diskpart command only one drive is shown and another drive is not showing. Please help.

  98. Thank you…it was very helpful.

  99. This is a windows problem. i couldn’t format it on windows 10. but on windows 7 it worked without any problem.

  100. This was so helpful. Thank you!!

  101. elleia mabilog says:

    isn’t effective 🙁
    how come.. ,

  102. elleia mabilog says:

    if im going to format my card, it always say the disk is write protected.:( i really don’t know why is this happening…

  103. Hrishikesh Varma says:

    As the title says, I can’t format or delete files on my McroSD (16 GB Transcend MICRO SD CARD) that I used in my mobile. I’ve tried: 1. Moving the lock switch (hehe) 2. Diskpart attribute clearing 3. Regedit (there was no key so i made one) 3. HP format tool (no access) 4. SD formatter (no access) 5. Low Level Format Tool (shows that formatting was done, but when I pun the card back in all files are intact). When I delete/move files it shows ‘progress’ (i.e. no error message), but when I re-insert the card back all files are as they used to be. Any ideas (besides trash can for now)? Thank you in advance.

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