You may get an error that says the disk is write protected when formatting a USB or SD thẻ in Windows 10/11. Then, how khổng lồ remove write protection from a disk? Read on và you’ll find several useful solutions in this post.

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Help! The disk is write protected on Windows 10

Currently, USB drives (flash drives or pen drives) & SD cards (micro SD or memory cards) are widely used by computer users khổng lồ store và transfer data. However, some users are confronted with "the media is write protected" in Windows 10. Here is one scenario:

“I used my Sandisk Cruizer Edge (32GB) on Windows 10 x64 và Mac Os X 10.7.x for a long time, but from some days I"m unable khổng lồ add, change or delete files on both OS. I"ve checked on the Disk Management (under Windows) và I"ve noticed that the flash-pen is "Read Only" but I"m unable lớn change that status.

I can"t format it, because I receive the error "The disk is write protected"... So, now I"m trying khổng lồ change files status (I see that "Archive" is checked), but again in some files, I receive the same error...

It"s very weird... Even because I"m able to lớn read everything on it... So the flash-pen works... I"ve tried khổng lồ disable và uninstall it, but again, when Windows recognize it, present the same error... ”


Such experience sounds annoying!

Why does a disk become write-protected & some basic fixes?

When you encounter the write protection error, you must be curious about possible causes. Some of the causes are listed below:

● There is a physical write protection switch on some USB drives và SD cards. If this is the case, then simplymove the switch khổng lồ toggle it on.● The USB drive or SD thẻ is attacked by viruses. If you vì find a virus, eliminate it using your antivirus software.● The USB drive or SD card stick is full.

It seems difficult khổng lồ fix the write protection error in the third case for you can’t simply move or delete files on the USB drive or SD card. In this condition, you may try solutions offered in the next part.

How to lớn remove disk write protection on Windows 10 and 11

Do you find the disk is write protected onWindows 10/11 and don’t know what to do? Don’t worry! Windows built-in features ortrustworthy write protection removal software can rescue you. For detailed steps about removing write protection from disk in Windows 10/11, refer khổng lồ the following content.

Solution 1: remove write protection using CMD

CMD, or Command Prompt, is a Windows built-in command-line-based program that helps manage your hard disks và partitions via command lines. It supports different operations including disk format, volume extension, and write protection removal.

1. Hit Windows Key + X on your keyboard, & select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.

2. Type and press Enter.

3. Type list disk và press Enter.

4. Type select disk #(ex: Disk 1) khổng lồ select the disk which is write protected và press Enter.

5. Type attributes disk clear readonly to change the disk’s properties so that it is no longer read-only và press Enter.

6. Type exit & press Enter twice to lớn exit & Command Prompt continuously. Re-plug your USB flash drive to check if the write protection error is solved.


Solution 2: disable write protection by editing the registry

You can also disable write protection by tweaking some settings in the Windows registry. As this way is a little bit complex, you should be very careful when going through the steps.

1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialogue. Type regedit and press Enter or click “OK” to xuất hiện the Registry Editor.

2. Expand the entries on the left-hand pane to navigate to the following path:


3. Right click the Control (folder) key, select New, and click on Key. Name the new key StorageDevicePolicies.


4. Select the newly created key, & right click on the white space at the right-hand pane. Select New, và click on DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new DWORD WriteProtect.


5. Double click the newly created DWORD và change its value from 1 to 0. Click “OK” khổng lồ apply the change.


Tips: 1 means “Yes, write protect my USB storage devices.” Conversely, 0 means “No, don’t write protect my USB storage devices.”

6. Close Registry Editor & restart your computer.

Solution 3: remove write protection viafreeware

If you’ve tried the above two solutions & still can’t remove the write protection from Micro SD thẻ or USB drive, formatting the disk is a last resort. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a không tính tiền partition manager software & disk management tool for computers running 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Vista, & XP.It helps remove write protection by formatting in only a few steps.

Keep in mind that formatting a partition will destroy all the data on the partition, so it’s essential khổng lồ back up all the important files & data before you do. Follow the guide below lớn see how khổng lồ remove write protection from micro SD thẻ in Windows 10easily:

Step 1. Download, install và launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right-click on the USB partition và select “Format Partition”.


Step 2. In the pop-up window, you can name the USB drive by editing “Partition Label” và change file system based on your needs. Click “OK” to lớn continue.


Tips: FAT32 ensures cross-platform compatibility while NTFS supports single file kích cỡ up to 4GB.

Step 3. Confirm “Pending Operations” and click “Apply” lớn execute the operation.


Note:To enjoy more advanced features, such asconverting system disk into GPTwithout data loss, move programs and folders, you can upgrade to the Professional version.

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If the disk is write protected on Windows 10, don’t panic, as there are several practical ways provided in the post – using CMD, registry, or third-party freeware – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. As both CMD và registry are a little bit complex for beginners, the AOMEI hàng hóa might be your better choice – it’s easier khổng lồ use and contains much more powerful features in disk management. The software also has a hệ thống edition. If you want to use it on Servers, you can try this edition.