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SanDisk Guru
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Registered: ‎07-23-2010

Re: HOW TO REMOVE WRITE PROTECTION FROM USB FLASH-DRIVE???

No FopaUK I do not represent SanDisk in a professional capacity, I'm just a user, like you.

 

2 points you should consider:  If a USB drive should fail:

 

1. Would you prefer it preventing you from accessing the drive in any fashion.

 

-or-

 

2. Allow you to access, read, copy your files but prevent updating the files on the drive?

 

Ideally having neither problem is preferable.

 

So you have secure encrypted files on the drive and you can't update them.  And since they are encrypted nobody else can update, or view, them either, only you can.

 

Now if the drive is important and you need a replacement would you prefer a free one or to just buy a new one?  If you want the free one, return the damaged one to SanDisk and they will send you a free new one.

 

Concerned about the unencrypted files being seen?  Porn can be embarassing.  Then inform SanDisk when completing the RMA form of your concerns and they may allow you to destroy the drive with a hammer before returning it.  They have done that before.

 

Ed

 

 

 

Ed
Important files = Backed up files
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Re: HOW TO REMOVE WRITE PROTECTION FROM USB FLASH-DRIVE???

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Greetings,

 

it seems I have the same issue. I'm, getting it's case for RMA but since two it's predecessors from different manufacturer died exactly the same way I just want to make sure that it's not fault of my laptop USB slots or specific usage causing the drives defective but always the drive self.

 

I'm using also older pendrives of smaller capacity but never had this problem with them.

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SanDisk Guru
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Re: HOW TO REMOVE WRITE PROTECTION FROM USB FLASH-DRIVE???

If the problem has happened before and with different brand drives even it sure sounds like the problem is your system.  Not necessarily your machine entirely at fault.  The problem could be tied to heat, power surges, low power due to competing USB connections.  Or malware.

Ed
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Re: HOW TO REMOVE WRITE PROTECTION FROM USB FLASH-DRIVE???

HOW TO REMOVE WRITE PROTECTION FROM USB FLASH-DRIVE

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Re: HOW TO REMOVE WRITE PROTECTION FROM USB FLASH-DRIVE???

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