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I have a USB pen which has for some reason write protected itself while making bootable copies of windows 7 onto USB and cannot remove the write protection.

There is no switch or StoragePolicy in the registry or anything and I've used just about all available Tools to format the USB pen.

Any suggestions ?
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by:strivoli
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Could you post make and model of the USB pen? Thank you.
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by:pjam
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Some USB sticks have a manual write protect manual switch, does this one?
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by:Everymancomputers
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Dont know the model its not a branded USB pen. The only thing I can see is GenDisk if that helps.

@pjam: nope it doesn't have a switch or anything on it to write protect it.
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by:strivoli
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Are you aware that there are fake USB pens? Fake USB pens behave in several ways and the most common is the following: OS reports a number of GBs available (for example 16GB) but the reality is that the pen has quite no space available because it's a fake.

How big is the pen (8, 16GB) and how much did you pay for it (and when, recently)?
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by:Everymancomputers
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Its a 16GB pen brought it legit from a supplier for around £4 or £5 I think It said 16GB and you get 15.6GB or there abouts.
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by:strivoli
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The cheapest Kingston 16GB USB pen costs £ 9.0784 which is quite double the average price you payed. I would consider the option you bought a fake pen.
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by:Everymancomputers
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Well lets put it this way it worked untill I tried making a bootable USB of Windows 7 So I personally don't care.
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by:strivoli
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You tried "all available tools". Did you try these tools from one PC only? Why not trying from another PC and/or another OS such as OS X or Linux or even another version of Win?
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by:Everymancomputers
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Well I tired from other computers Running Windows 7 I suppose I could try linux only I dont have it installed on anything at the moment.
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Which tool and which instructions did you follow to make a bootable USB of Windows 7?
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A Gparted live disk will allow you to repartition and format the USB device in any of several file system formats (FAT, NTFS, ext3 etc).

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php

Download the ISO and burn it to a disk.  Boot the computer with the disk in the CDROM drive (make sure your computer is set to boot CDROM first) and the USB stick plugged in.  Press ENTER at the prompts and a screen will come up with all the drives represented graphically.
It is important here to select the proper drive (from the top right of the window), so you don't repartition your hard drive.
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by:Sandeep
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Have you checked the registry settings for any such configuration being set by default?
http://www.ghacks.net/2011/03/18/how-to-enable-write-protection-of-usb-devices-under-windows/
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by:eGadgetGuy
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with quite a few experts already chiming in, I don't know if I can add much, but I am assuming to tried the disk management tool and deallocate and then re allocate/partition the drive? I do like Reach2... s answer tho!
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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