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how to un-password protect a usb flash drive

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We have a usb flash drive and it has a password that has been set using windows vista.
In windows xp we cannot use this drive as it does not recognize the password protection.
How can I remove the password protection.
We know the password, we have already reformatted the drive to no avail, it still asks for a password.
The "change password" function is no help as the new password cannot be blank.
Let me have your ideas please
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by:d0ughb0y
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I'm confused: What set the password? Because it sounds, to me, like it may have been set by some application on the device. Can you access it from another Windows Vista/7/8 device?
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Flash drives aren't password protected by the operating system, they are password protected by applications that come on the flash drive.

Since you have formatted the flash drive you have wiped out that application.  You will need to re-download it from the manufacturer, run it and remove the password protection.

If you cannot get this program then I suggest you take a hammer to the flash drive, throw the pieces in the trash and buy a new one.
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by:d0ughb0y
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I like that last suggestion - especially since they're not very expensive. I was thinking that it could have been protected by BitLocker, or TrueCrypt.
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by:Scott C
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Thanks.  There is a certain amount of satisfaction to be had by smashing technology.

I recenly saw a 16Gig flash drive for $12.99 USD.
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by:leovalk
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Well, we'll continue to use it for stuff on Vista/7 but I love your expert Hammer solution, definitively one for the knowledge base.
thanks all!
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