12-02-2011 08:30 AM - edited 12-02-2011 08:45 AM
When I try to format my memory stick drive
12-02-2011 07:26 PM
Is the error a Windows 7 message, an AV message or a Cruzer message?
The XP solution is for Windows XP not Windows 7.
Why format the drive rather than simply delete the drive's files and folders?
Important files = Backed up files
12-08-2011 08:28 AM - edited 12-08-2011 08:30 AM
as you can see in the pic :
this is my problem
I'm sure it's not related to the OS I have tested in few other computers.
12-20-2011 04:51 AM
i am facing same problem. i have already replaced this pen drive for 2 times but m facing same problem. what to do?
sanddisk have disappointed a lot.
products are becoming worst day by day
12-27-2011 11:39 AM
Here's what I believe happens to those who experience a "write protection error" Two weeks ago, I purchased my first Flash Drive removable disk...the SanDisk 16gb Cruzer. There is not a switch on the removable disk to over ride the write protect.
I have the Windows Vista system installed on my Dell Inspiron lap top. When I brought the Sandisk 16gb cruzer home, I immediately placed it in one of my many usb ports. I immediately started loading "My Documents" on to the disk. It accepted them readily with no problems, all 2. something gigabytes of them. Since that time I have discovered that since the Sandisk comes already formated in the Fat32 format. I can only load 4. something gigs into it. After trying many advices from different forums I would still get the response of "This device is write protected, try again or insert a new disk" Therein lies the tale.
The following is my opinion as to why I can't reformat my disk: I should have (If I had known) immediately, before loading files onto it, formated it in the NTFS format then everything would be ok. I would be able to add additional files at my leasure with no problem. What I believe happens when you plug your removable drive into your machine with the SanDisk (comes with) Fat 32 in place. There is some command that automatically locks up the write protect feature of the SanDisk as soon as you remove the disk from your computer. Before I arrived at this conclusion, I tried using the suggested changes to my registry, tried formatting from the command prompt, used the disk management tool, all to no avail. That's when I concluded that all the file tweaking on your computer won't get the job done. It is an inherant part of the SanDisk removable disk file structure, good or bad! The only option I have from not being informed on any type of instruction is what I have tried to explain above.
In other words, "My tough luck" and 23$ not lost, but not completely satisfied with the product either.
12-27-2011 12:09 PM
The 4GB limitation of FAT32 pertains to the maximum size of 1 file only. There should be not problems in copying multiple files totaling 4GB or over. You may want to transfer them over in smaller 'chunks' though, as you may or may not have enough RAM on your computer to handle such a large transfer all in one bite.
12-27-2011 09:55 PM
IMO The only thing that stops/interferes with a reformat is a drive being in use. ie A file opened on it, the drive opened in Windows Explorer, an AV locking the drive.
Important files = Backed up files
12-28-2011 06:37 PM
I have 2gigs of ram on my dell inspiron laptop. Since I learned that---under the fat32 format---maybe I could add more files that would come close to giving me a total of 4gigs. The disk would not open up for me to accept the additional files. I keep getting the same ole, same ole---This disk is write protected, bla, bla, bla, I have gone through all of the suggested remedies and no such luck. I can read the files, copy them back to my documents- but as soon as I try to write to or make changes to existing documents---those in Microsoft Word---same reply---this disk is write protected.
12-30-2011 10:33 PM
If that was the case, I would be told that a problem exists due to a drive being opened. close the drive and try again. It does just what I said and my disk files are healthy according to CHDSK command. I sure didn't secure my disk. Placed new disk in usb port copied all files from my documents. removed disk checked the results...everything was fine...it showed that I had 2 point something gigs on my disk. I found some pictures that I wanted to add to those 2. something gigs the same way I installed the documents initially. That's when I get the: This disk is write protected. I think I might purchase another one and immediately format it in the Ntfs format. I can find sandisks like mine with free shipping and only $14. That's something I can live with. I'll try my suggestion and let the forum know the results when I purchase another one.