SanDisk Cruzer Blade 16GB write protected error

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@Ed_P, your absolute dedication to protect SanDisk on these forums astonishes me and I just had to register to tell you this! It’s amazing how someone who have (seemingly) no interest or gains from these laborious efforts (2362 posts at the time of writing this post) put in so much time and effort to protect the public image of a company which is “radio silence” about a basic issue such as this… Do you literally have nothing better to do? Anyway, let me tell you about my experience with SanDisk, it’s bittersweet but probably the last time I will buy a SanDisk product.

A couple of years ago I received a SanDisk Class 10 16GB SD Card with the purchase of a Canon 600D camera. It worked great and it’s still going strong even 5 years down the line. Before then I’ve never taken SanDisk too serious in the storage arena but since I’ve had good performance with the SD Card, on occasion I’ve bought various other SanDisk products when I don’t have the option to my preferred hardware vendors e.g. Kingston or Transcend. I’m currently busy with a project which required 5 x 32GB & 5 x 64GB flash drives; and the first unit failed today after only 2 months old. This is where my mind is blown, ONLY 2 MONTHS! WTF?! Same as a lot of other people have stated in their posts, the data on these drives is confidential so when they do fail I’m in a predicament because technically they’re still under warranty but I can’t get them swapped out without returning the dead units. I live in South Africa which is probably on the other end of the world of where you live (USA/EU I’m guessing because you keep on hammering on SanDisk’s own RMA process?), anyway things work differently here e.g. South Africans can’t RMA directly with a manufacturer, well to an extent we can by sending it all the way back to China/Taiwan or whatever the source of the product is but the shipping would outweigh the price of the product tenfold if not more… Our retailers/suppliers/distributors have their own testing labs to cut down on RMA and shipping costs due to the fact that we’re not so ideally located. So, I don’t have the option to “hammer” the drive before sending it back because the retailer/supplier/distributor require the product in its current state to perform their tests before they send it to their upstream suppliers and/or distributors. So now, I’ve spent +/- $200 on these drives only to wait for the seemingly inevitable “read-only” issue. This is literally the first time I’ve ever struck the supposed read-write cycle limit on a flash drive and I’ve had plenty of other flash drives doing much harder time under my hands. By default I usually buy Kingston flash drives as I’ve only ever lost them, none of them broke down; but a local e-tailer (www.takealot.com) had the SanDisk Cruzer Ultra flash drives at a better price than what I would’ve paid for Kingston hence the reason why I opted for them. To RMA them is not an acceptable option if the consumer can’t protect his/her data before sending the flash drive back, then the supposed 5 year warranty printed all over the packaging means absolutely nothing! So I have two choices now… Either I replace the 10 flash drives with a manufacturer’s flash drives which have never failed me, and don’t get me wrong I’m not saying other manufacturers are bullet proof but I must be honest I’ve never had Kingston or Transcend flash drives fail on me after just 2 months, if the failure had happened after a year or longer I’d feel less unhappy to replace them out of my own pocket even if the warranty was still in place. Or the other option is, I can regularly backup the data on the flash drives and replace the SanDisk flash drives as they fail. Regardless of what option I’m going with, I’m out of $200 which may not seem like a lot, but for a project that I’m funding out of my own pocket an additional $200 expense is not ideal. SanDisk definitely lost my business today, not because they can’t hold up their warranty policy but because they can’t protect my privacy and data. At the very least, SanDisk should provide a flashing utility to clear the flash drive before sending/taking it back to where it was bought in order for the user to protect his/her data. Nobody wants someone else to have access to their data. Would you open up your entire computer via torrents so that the entire world can have access to your data? I don’t think so…

@Ed_P, your absolute dedication to protect SanDisk on these forums astonishes me and I just had to register to tell you this! It’s amazing how someone who have (seemingly) no interest or gains from these laborious efforts (2362 posts at the time of writing this post) put in so much time and effort to protect the public image of a company which is “radio silence” about a basic issue such as this… Do you literally have nothing better to do? Anyway, let me tell you about my experience with SanDisk, it’s bittersweet but probably the last time I will buy a SanDisk product.

A couple of years ago I received a SanDisk Class 10 16GB SD Card with the purchase of a Canon 600D camera. It worked great and it’s still going strong even 5 years down the line. Before then I’ve never taken SanDisk too serious in the storage arena but since I’ve had good performance with the SD Card, on occasion I’ve bought various other SanDisk products when I don’t have the option to my preferred hardware vendors e.g. Kingston or Transcend. I’m currently busy with a project which required 5 x 32GB & 5 x 64GB flash drives; and the first unit failed today after only 2 months old. This is where my mind is blown, ONLY 2 MONTHS! WTF?! Same as a lot of other people have stated in their posts, the data on these drives is confidential so when they do fail I’m in a predicament because technically they’re still under warranty but I can’t get them swapped out without returning the dead units. I live in South Africa which is probably on the other end of the world of where you live (USA/EU I’m guessing because you keep on hammering on SanDisk’s own RMA process?), anyway things work differently here e.g. South Africans can’t RMA directly with a manufacturer, well to an extent we can by sending it all the way back to China/Taiwan or whatever the source of the product is but the shipping would outweigh the price of the product tenfold if not more… Our retailers/suppliers/distributors have their own testing labs to cut down on RMA and shipping costs due to the fact that we’re not so ideally located. So, I don’t have the option to “hammer” the drive before sending it back because the retailer/supplier/distributor require the product in its current state to perform their tests before they send it to their upstream suppliers and/or distributors. So now, I’ve spent +/- $200 on these drives only to wait for the seemingly inevitable “read-only” issue. This is literally the first time I’ve ever struck the supposed read-write cycle limit on a flash drive and I’ve had plenty of other flash drives doing much harder time under my hands. By default I usually buy Kingston flash drives as I’ve only ever lost them, none of them broke down; but a local e-tailer (www.takealot.com) had the SanDisk Cruzer Ultra flash drives at a better price than what I would’ve paid for Kingston hence the reason why I opted for them. To RMA them is not an acceptable option if the consumer can’t protect his/her data before sending the flash drive back, then the supposed 5 year warranty printed all over the packaging means absolutely nothing! So I have two choices now… Either I replace the 10 flash drives with a manufacturer’s flash drives which have never failed me, and don’t get me wrong I’m not saying other manufacturers are bullet proof but I must be honest I’ve never had Kingston or Transcend flash drives fail on me after just 2 months, if the failure had happened after a year or longer I’d feel less unhappy to replace them out of my own pocket even if the warranty was still in place. Or the other option is, I can regularly backup the data on the flash drives and replace the SanDisk flash drives as they fail. Regardless of what option I’m going with, I’m out of $200 which may not seem like a lot, but for a project that I’m funding out of my own pocket an additional $200 expense is not ideal. SanDisk definitely lost my business today, not because they can’t hold up their warranty policy but because they can’t protect my privacy and data. At the very least, SanDisk should provide a flashing utility to clear the flash drive before sending/taking it back to where it was bought in order for the user to protect his/her data. Nobody wants someone else to have access to their data. Would you open up your entire computer via torrents so that the entire world can have access to your data? I don’t think so…

Afternoon _ Tapeworm: _

_   _ I too, learned 'the hard way" as you did about the limitation of FAT32. There is one soulution, albeit a rather extreme one. If your familiar with partitioning a drive, then you could partition your drive in to 4 partions. You’d lose just a bit of memory space due to the partitions, but would be able to use the greatest part of the drive as opposed to just slightly less and 4 Gb. Just a thought. The alternative would be to format the drive in NTFS; which doesn’t limit file sizes.

Stay Sharp:

_ :wink:Rick _

 

my 32gb won’t let me have a password 

Why? 

On the side of the drive there is a little switch.  Move it in the opposite direction and then try it.

Hello forum, i create an account just to tell my story

maybe I have the ULTIMATE and FINAL solution to this ugly problem  hehe

try like 10 methods around the web  and this forum to solve this problem

some of them work for some people, but not for the most

Hope that this method work for everybody

it works for sandisk glide 32gb 3.0 and the cruzer blade 16gb checked by myself

THE SOLUTION WAS FORMAT THE PENDRIVE IN A LINUX ENVIROMENT.

i spend several hours trying to format the cruzer16gb with no success

and give to my neighbor the 32gb glide one, 5 minutes later he knock my door and  told me its done!

I use linux since ubuntu4.0 now i consider myself an advanced linux user… 
I cannot write by any method on the cruzer force 32 gb. 
I tried gparted . dd and fdisk…
@kbsound: if you know a working  method in the linux enviroment, please consider to share.
thanks in advance.

If the drive doesn’t work return it for a replacement, either the place where you bought it or to SanDisk.

Open command prompt window and execute these commands in this order:

  1. diskpart
  2. list disk
  3. select disk # (# is the number assigned to the flash drive)
  4. clean
    After I type this it says…(Diskpart has encountered an error: The media is write protected. See the System event log for more information.)
  5. create partition primary
  6. select partition 1
  7. active
  8. format fs=ntfs quick

Exit after it’s done, remove the stick from USB and plug it again.

Thanks & Regards,

Tom,

I would never recommend a journaling file system for a flash drive.  FAT or exFAT only.

I love this post. Thanks for starting it. I had the same issue but reading all the replies helped me a lot. I’m glad. :slight_smile:

Thanks,

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If the disk says ‘write protected’ using Dos how can you do ’ clean’ or any other command.

Я использовал USB-накопитель, чтобы создать диск резервного копирования / восстановления для моего ноутбука.

Я не понимал, что ноутбук переформатирует диск в меньший размер.

Когда я закончил использовать его для восстановления, я попытался использовать для резервного копирования данных и найти меньший размер.

@lounvre wrote:

Check your sd card if it is a FAT32 format drive, then manage your disk management by going to Start menu, right click My Computer, click Manage and look for Disk Management. You can see there the drive of your SD card showing FAT32, right click the SD card drive and format (make sure you backup your files). Change FAT32 format to NTFS, thick quick format and wait when its done. That’s it, you now have a working SD card. Good luck!

I think the problem may be OS dependent. Try running the cruzer blade within XP. I found it to work when I did but when I went over to Win 7 and higher I had problems. I have this theory there may be a virus causing it.

@britany wrote:


@lounvre wrote:

Check your sd card if it is a FAT32 format drive, then manage your d audacity temp mail origin isk management by going to Start menu, right click My Computer, click Manage and look for Disk Management. You can see there the drive of your SD card showing FAT32, right click the SD card drive and format (make sure you backup your files). Change FAT32 format to NTFS, thick quick format and wait when its done. That’s it, you now have a working SD card. Good luck!


I think the problem may be OS dependent. Try running the cruzer blade within XP. I found it to work when I did but when I went over to Win 7 and higher I had problems. I have this theory there may be a virus causing it.

 

I think the problem may be OS dependent. Try running the cruzer blade within XP. I found it to work when I did but when I went over to Win 7 and higher I had problems. I have this theory there may be a virus causing it.

I wonder if there exists any XP systems any more?  That was an OS 20 yrs ago,  hasn’t been supported in over a decade, and the hardware it was on has to be all dead at this point.

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