Home > Think Tank > How To Remove Write Protection From USB Drive In Windows 8?
August 12, 2014

How To Remove Write Protection From USB Drive In Windows 8?

Sometimes when you are copying files from one disk to another, it may happen that you get an error message telling you that the destination disk is “Write Protected”. This protection can also be applied in USB drives. This tutorial will show you how to remove this protection using Windows 8 in order to copy files on drives.

There are 2 reasons why this protection may be activated on your USB drive.
1. First reason is because of virus attacks.
2. Second and most frequent is because your USB drive have a lock switch.

No matter from which of the above reasons this problem occurred, here is how to fix it.
Step 1: From your desktop press Win+R on your keyboard to launch Run window.

Step 2: Inside Run window type regedit and press Enter on your keyboard.

Step 3: If you got prompted by UAC click Yes.

Step 4: Inside Registry Editor window left pane follow this path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrrentControlSet/Control/StorageDevicePolicies.

Step 5: Now select Storage Device Policies and inside right pane right-click on empty space, choose New ->DWORD(32 bit).

Step 6: Name it Write Protect and assign value 0.

Step 7: Click OK to save your changes and close all active windows.

Step 8: Make sure you restart your computer, so changes can take effect.
17 8
comments powered by Disqus


60-Day Money Back Guarantee

Try before you buy with a free trial – and even after your purchase, you're still covered by our 60-day, no-risk guarantee.

Secure Online Payment

We value your privacy and protect your financial and personal data with full encryption and advanced fraud protection.


Knowledgeable representatives available to assist you through email response within 24 hours.