Flash Disk / Drive Problem

By gitauken
Oct 7, 2008
  1. Hi everyone... Im having a problem with a recently bought Sony 1 GB flash disk. It was working perfectly until yesterday when i plugged it in.

    It gave an error message stating that "the disk cannot be written to because it's write protected. Please remove the write protection from the Disk F: in drive\device\harddisk1\dr9"

    Could someone please help me fix the problem??? Is it a trojan virus? coz i cant even format it in XP or MAC. and when delete data from it using Linux, the data appears again when i use the flash disk in windows.

    I would appreciate any Help on this....

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Some flash disks have a tiny button that can be used to "write protect" the drive (it is viewable though)
    Please check for this switch, and its position

    Or use this:

    HP USB Disk Storage Format Utility

    Will format (ie remove all files on the flash device) any USB flash drive
    It can be known to recover Flash drives that are non-responsive too.

    Please let me know of the outcome
  3. gitauken

    gitauken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Flash Disk/Drive Problem (Urgent Help)

    Hi!! thank you 4 the reply to my problem. My flash disk does not have any physical switch that you can turn on or off or put on hold. Trust doesnt have any switch on it..

    I have downloaded the software you've given me but havent tried it out yet..(restrictions at work). However, i'll try it out later tonite then let you know how it goes.I hope it works....
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    It should (I hope)

    Warning: It formats the drive (the flash drive only) too
  5. gitauken

    gitauken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    as in it formats the drive, not the flash disk? mmhh...
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I knew I wrote that poorly!

    Just the flash disk

    Look I have it here, I'll run it hang on...

    Done, and guess what ? My Windows is still working :)

    Just the Flash Drive, oh and plug in the drive too (obviously!)
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Hi gitauken, how did it all go ?
    Still have Windows installed :)
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