Free programs to remove write protection

Write Protection Error Cases 

“SanDisk SD card in my digital camera does not allow me to take or delete photos, so I want to format to solve this problem, I did by the Windows disk management, but I got the error shows the error write protection, does anyone know how to remove it? “

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“I can’t format my flash drive because it’s write-protected. Is there a tool that can format a write-protected flash drive?”

 The write-protection error usually happens when you try to format a storage device such as usb, pendrive, SD card, etc., which bothers many people, it’s not really a difficult problem to solve.

Here you will be introduced to the powerful software for removing write protection – Regedit.exe and we will show you how to remove write protection from memory card, USB stick, flash drive, SSD, etc as well as format them for reuse.

Two steps to remove write protection and format USB/SD card 

Step 1. Remove write protection with Regedit.exe

Click Start, type regedit in the search box and select Regedit.exe to open the Registry Editor, then navigate to the next location:


Note: If you cannot locate StorageDevicePolicies you have to create this folder. To do this right click on Control > New > Key, name StorageDevicePolicies. Right-click the new folder you just created called StorageDevicePolicies.

  • Select New > DWORD Value, name this WriteProtect in the right pane.
  • Double-click WriteProtect and set the value to 0 > OK
  • Close the Registry Editor, restart your PC and re-insert the USB memory stick. You can then format your device as normal using a third-party tool.

Step 2. Format usb/write-protected memory card

EaseUS Partition Master Free is a program to manage partitions, works well to format usb memory protected against writing, as well as flash drive, SD card or other storage devices after removing write protection from them.

It does not require technical knowledge or experience to do so, simply follow the guide below.

Insert your storage device that you want to format on PC. Execute EaseUS.  Partition MasterRight click on it and select “Format”.

You will see a window where you can edit the partition label and choose a file system (FAT/FAT32, NTFS, EXT2/EXT3). If your device is larger than 4 GB, you can only choose FAT32, NTFS or EXT2 / EXT3, on the contrary, select FAT, FAT32, NTFS or EXT2 / EXT3, also the cluster size (512 bytes, 1, 2, 4 … 64KB) and finally click “OK” to start the formatting operation.

  1. Click “Execute” to confirm the formatting operation.

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