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Memory stick write protected (read only)
« on: January 25, 2018, 10:27:26 AM »
I have here with me a memory stick which suddenly turned into protected mode (read only) and whatever I tried didn't fix it. It's a Kingston memory stick, 64GB, and it seems that the items in it are all accessible. But I cannot format rename it or format it. I tried several methods found online, but none of them worked. I tried a registry fix concerning Storage policies, I run a third party software (easius) and tried to remove disk's attributes via command prompt (diskpart). Any suggestions?
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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 10:35:13 AM »
I just tried again to access the stick, but now it's not recognized at all. I can hear the sound when insert it in the usb port, but I can't see it anywhere. I didn't save the items in it. How stupid!
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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2018, 10:57:33 AM »
And this is the message I get from Device Manager -> usb stick's properties:

Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because a previous instance of the device driver is still in memory. (Code 38)

The driver could not be loaded because a previous version of the driver is still in memory.
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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2018, 12:09:48 PM »
Hi, Panos.  See if the suggestions in this thread solve the problem:  Windows 10 Error: Code 38 - Microsoft Community


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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 12:16:05 PM »
I was just about to post the same link, but Corrine beat me to it.

Also note that some memory sticks have a write protect switch on them. If yours does, make sure you did not accidentally flip it.

You might also trying doing a "cold" reboot with the device removed. By "cold" I mean to shut down the computer and unplug it from the wall for about 15 seconds, then plug it back in and boot. Unplugging ensure the ATX required +5Vsb standby voltage is removed too and may clear your driver still in memory error.

If a notebook, you will need to pull the battery as well as unplug.
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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2018, 12:21:48 PM »
Thanks, Corrine and Digerati.

Uninstalling the stick from device manager and restarting the computer solved the recognition problem. I started copying my files on the computer.

But the stick remains write protected- read only. No switch for protecting mode available.

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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2018, 01:45:05 PM »
If you can access the drive, see if there is a utility on it for the disk to change the attributes. If not you may have to format it using the Kingston Format Utility. Just understand any files you want to keep will be lost.
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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2018, 01:48:31 PM »
I was just about to post the same link, but Corrine beat me to it.
Just one more example of "great minds think alike".  :)


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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2018, 01:55:47 PM »
But how come yours is always quicker?  :-\ :-*
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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2018, 01:58:44 PM »
With age comes wisdom.  ;)


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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2018, 02:01:19 PM »
Note that the Kingston Utility has this
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Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 7 (SP1), Vista (SP1, SP2) and Windows XP (SP2, SP3)

So it might be best to try it on a computer not running Windows 8.1 or 10 to be safe.

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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2018, 03:07:45 PM »
I tried Kingsoft utility (on a Windows 10 computer, as I have no access to a computer with an older OS), but it says Format failed. :(
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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2018, 03:29:15 PM »
Just me 2 cents because this happened to me several years ago
I had a Kingston thumb drive and a very tiny tiny little switch on it that after several attempts a
good fellow at BBR forum told me to look very closely and sure enough, the tiniest switch was there.
try that

Another option :)

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Connect SD card or USB drive with PC, click Start.
Type "regedit" in the search bar and click it.
Select "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" and click "System".
Find "Current Control Set" and click "Control"
Check whether there is a key named "Storage Device Policies" to change the digit in the "DWORD value" box into "0" and press "OK" to save the change.

Note: if you cannot find the key named "Storage Device Policies", you are supposed to create a one: right click "Control" to create a new key and name it as "Storage Device Policies" > right click this new key to open "DWORD Value" and name it as "write protect" > Double click it to change number.

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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2018, 03:32:57 PM »
Thanks, hay59.

I already tried this. Also no switch on the little usb stick. The fact that the items in there are accessible, makes me think that the stick is not dead, and there must be a way to remove the protection and format it.
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Re: Memory stick write protected (read only)
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2018, 03:35:50 PM »
Well then one more option!!
1- Place tiny usb stick between your left boot and asphalt and stomp away... :)
2- Hit best buy or freddies and buy a new one.. lol good luck

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