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What is the method to make a usb writable

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the usb is write protected

drag and drop a file onto the disk

windows 7 dialog box:
the disk is write protected, remove the write-protection or use another disk
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If it doesn't have a write protect switch that you can turn off,it's busted.
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by:CompProbSolv
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Did this ever work correctly?

A number of USB sticks will auto-load a program that creates a read-only drive (with some files on it) in addition to the read-write drive that is the native USB drive.  Is there any chance that there is another drive letter that you are missing?
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What is the model of the drive? It could be that you need to take ownership of the drive simply. If the drive does not support some type of write protection that could be enabled externally.
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does it show in disk management, and what are the options there?
if you can initialise it, it may be working again -  but try to backup the data first - if you can
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by:Scott C
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What is the size of the file you are trying to copy?  If it is larger than 2 Gig and the drive is fomatted FAT32 you might get this error.

For copying files larger than 2 Gig format it NTFS.
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by:rgb192
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drive g
filesystem FAT
size 62.2 mb


do not know how to take ownership of drive
do not know type of drive
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by:CompProbSolv
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Is the file listed only as G:?

If you click on the icon to Safely Remove the drive, what drive letter(s) does it show?

Are we working in Windows here?  If so, which version?
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by:noxcho
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Take a screen shot of your Windows Disk Management and losd it here.
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by:nobus
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i'll ask again :
does it show in disk management, and what are the options there? right click the drive to see them
if you can initialise it, it may be working again -  but try to backup the data first - if you can
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by:rgb192
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right click, allows me to format

format choice -- but  blocked

disk-management
disk-management
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A 62MB drive?  Not much can be done with that.

What are you expecting for the capacity of the drive?  It does not look like the drive is being viewed correctly at all.
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by:noxcho
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Seems to me like encryption key to some program and not the usb drive. Is it really usb flash drive?
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by:nobus
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you see how posting a screenshot changes the answers...
i agree it's been a long time a saw a 62 MB usb stick
maybe it's part of another device?  if so, which?
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by:rgb192
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clear.com 4G internet usb that has the install files

it has a circular shape so I am less likely to lose
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by:noxcho
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So it is an Internet surf stick. It is normally protected from formatting so that you do not loose the program on it.
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by:nobus
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if you don't want to use it as a surf stick - you may be able to find tools to do the formatting
but it is not intended for writing
best buy another stick for that
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by:rgb192
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thanks

these were the experts that led me to the answer of
that it can not be done
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