USB memory stick

  sil_ver 13:32 17 Mar 2007

PCLine 1GB memory stick worked fine until today. I wanted to copy an app to it but it says 'write protected' then I tried to uninstall another prog from it with the same result. Any ideas how to overcome this problem?

  VoG II 13:33 17 Mar 2007

Has it got a little switch to make it protected/unprotected?

  Technotiger 13:33 17 Mar 2007

Hi, some mem sticks have a little slide on the edge which is movable to protect/unprotect, have a close look.

  sil_ver 14:03 17 Mar 2007

No switches on drive

  Technotiger 16:56 17 Mar 2007

Hmm, with stick in slot, have a look in My Computer and right-click on stick's icon - look at Sharing and Security. You might have set it up by accident?

  Robotic_Rob 17:10 17 Mar 2007

I think you can protect the memory stick using software as well. As with the software i use with my memory stick you have an option to write protect it.

A file register/file in the memory stick might of gone corrupt making it think that's its on write protect. A format might solve it.

  sil_ver 19:01 17 Mar 2007

I wanted to reformat but it wont let me. Looking at 'Sharing' tells me nothing

  Technotiger 19:15 17 Mar 2007

I have done a bit of research via Google, it appears that others have the same problem, but unfortunately no one seems to have come up with the answer to it.

Sorry I can't help you further.

  woodchip 19:19 17 Mar 2007

If you can right click on the Stick in My Computer then Properties See if you can see a little Write Protect box with a tick. Remove it then press ok. check tabs at the top of the small box .

  woodchip 19:26 17 Mar 2007
  woodchip 19:32 17 Mar 2007

Found this but do not know if it works

OK – after an hour or so of faffing around :knock: , I think that I have found a possible solution :p . The problem seems to be something to do with Microsoft’s SP2 :dead: !
Here’s what worked for me (sorry for the Idiot’s Guide approach, but I used to :hotbounce hate it :hotbounce when I used forums and couldn’t understand what the technobabble meant!):

- Start > Run > type ‘regedit’ (without the speachmarks) > Enter
- Single-click on ‘My Computer’ > File > Export > save it to the Desktop (Always best to have a backup!!)
- Go to the following:
My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDe vicePolicies
*There seems to be some spaces here in 'StorageDevicePolicies' in the text above, there shouldn't be, OK*
- Double click on the string ‘WriteProtect’ and change the ‘Value Data’ box to ‘0’
- Then: File > Export > save somewhere useful as something like ‘StorageDevicePolicies001.reg’
- You also need to do this for the strings in any folders called ‘ControlSet***’ (* = any Digit, i.e. 001, 002) – for example: Everything is the same, just change ‘CurrentControlSet’ to ‘ControlSet***’
My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\StorageDevice Policies
*There seems to be some spaces here in 'StorageDevicePolicies' in the text above, there shouldn't be, OK*
- Save these to the same place as before as ‘StorageDevicePolicies00*’

The saves are in case it reverts at a later date, just double click (saying ‘yes’ to importing these to the registry) on all of the files and it will all work again!

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