How to Remove Write Protection on Windows 10, 8, and 7
Write protection can be a frustrating issue to face when you’re trying to access or modify files on your external device such as a USB drive, SD card or hard drive. This feature is useful to ensure the safety of your files from being edited or deleted accidentally but it can become a hindrance when you want to modify the files or format them. In this article, we’ll be discussing how to remove write protection on Windows 10, 8, and 7.
1. Check write protection switch: Many external devices such as SD cards, USB drives or Micro SD cards come with a physical switch that allows you to enable or disable write protection. So, check your device and make sure that the write protection switch is turned off.
2. Check for virus infection: Sometimes, the virus can cause write protection on the device. Hence, it is important to check whether your device is virus-infected or not. Scan your device with a trusted antivirus software and make sure it is not infected.
3. Modify registry settings: In some cases, modifying registry settings can help you to remove write protection. Follow the below-mentioned steps to modify registry settings.
a. Press Windows+R key, type “regedit” and press enter.
b. Navigate to “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies”.
c. Find WriteProtect, if it does not exist, right-click Control and select New > Key. Name it StorageDevicePolicies.
d. Now right-click StorageDevicePolicies and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value, and name it WriteProtect.
e. Double-click WriteProtect and set its value to 0.
f. Click OK and close Registry Editor, restart your computer or remove the external device from the computer, then reconnect it.
4. Edit the file properties: Sometimes file properties can cause write protection. Follow the below steps to edit file properties.
a. Right-click on the file and select Properties.
b. Navigate to the Security tab and click on the Edit button.
c. Now, click on the username and check the box next to Full control.
d. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
5. Remove write protection using the Command Prompt: Follow the below-mentioned steps to remove write protection using CMD.
a. Press Win+R on your keyboard, type “cmd” and press enter to open the Command Prompt.
b. Type diskpart and hit enter.
c. Type list disk and hit enter.
d. Diskpart shows several disks, select the one that is write-protected.
e. Type select disk , the number represents the disk number of the external device.
f. Type attributes disk clear readonly and hit enter.
g. Close the command prompt and restart your computer.
Write Protection can be a useful tool but sometimes becomes a hindrance when you want to modify or format the files. The above-mentioned steps can help you remove write protection on Windows 10, 8, and 7. If none of these methods work, the external device may be damaged and you might have to replace it with a new one.