Pendrive read-only - how to format?

Discussion in 'Windows XP Help' started by ricardo.l, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. ricardo.l

    ricardo.l Guest

    Yes, a pendrive (FAT32) shows in Disk Manager as Removable storage device -
    read-only.
    Others work fine, so it's something wrong with that drive.
    How can I unlock it? It may be due to some virus, all files are readable,
    but the unit is write-protected!...

    What is it due to? (I have tried with linux live cd, same behavior)

    Just want to wipe out everything...
     
    ricardo.l, Mar 10, 2009
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  2. ricardo.l

    Leonard Grey Guest

    Ask the manufacturer of the drive.
    ---
    Leonard Grey
    Errare humanum est

    ricardo.l wrote:
    > Yes, a pendrive (FAT32) shows in Disk Manager as Removable storage device -
    > read-only.
    > Others work fine, so it's something wrong with that drive.
    > How can I unlock it? It may be due to some virus, all files are readable,
    > but the unit is write-protected!...
    >
    > What is it due to? (I have tried with linux live cd, same behavior)
    >
    > Just want to wipe out everything...
     
    Leonard Grey, Mar 10, 2009
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  3. ricardo.l

    M.I.5¾ Guest

    "ricardo.l" <> wrote in message
    news:D...
    > Yes, a pendrive (FAT32) shows in Disk Manager as Removable storage
    > device -
    > read-only.
    > Others work fine, so it's something wrong with that drive.
    > How can I unlock it? It may be due to some virus, all files are readable,
    > but the unit is write-protected!...
    >
    > What is it due to? (I have tried with linux live cd, same behavior)
    >
    > Just want to wipe out everything...


    FLASH memory devices have a limited life. One of the many failure modes
    causes the memory to become read only. Some of the cheaper pendrives
    utilise reject memory chips.
     
    M.I.5¾, Mar 11, 2009
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  4. ricardo.l

    ricardo.l Guest

    thank you, I didn't realize it could be an hw problem.
    Bye


    "M.I.5¾" wrote:

    >
    > "ricardo.l" <> wrote in message
    > news:D...
    > > Yes, a pendrive (FAT32) shows in Disk Manager as Removable storage
    > > device -
    > > read-only.
    > > Others work fine, so it's something wrong with that drive.
    > > How can I unlock it? It may be due to some virus, all files are readable,
    > > but the unit is write-protected!...
    > >
    > > What is it due to? (I have tried with linux live cd, same behavior)
    > >
    > > Just want to wipe out everything...

    >
    > FLASH memory devices have a limited life. One of the many failure modes
    > causes the memory to become read only. Some of the cheaper pendrives
    > utilise reject memory chips.
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
    ricardo.l, Mar 11, 2009
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