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suresh manne Dec 10, 2004, 08:45pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,

I had kingston flash drive (KuSBDTI/512.) when i'm trying to copy some files in to it it's saying write protection unable to copy.and iunable to delete the existing files too.

i tried to fomat it but it didnt as it has write protection.When ever i tries to open the contents of memorystick its saying you want to format it click yes otherwise no.

when i click yes its saying not formatted and when i click no nothing happening

please help me out.

thanks,
manne



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Victor Hackney Dec 11, 2004, 03:40pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with USB flash drive
Surresh
Try This

Go to my computer and open it, and you should see the Flash Drive. Right click on it, and from the dropdown menu select format.. (It will be FAT 32)

As I am not familiar with your exact make of drive, check that IF it has a tiny slide protect switch on the side. If it has, try formatting it, if it won't, push the switch forward or back and it shouild then format.

As you do not give details of your computer, I cannot give further instruction for a your O/s.
If it's XP the drive should be recognised automatically, but if its Win98, it will need you to install the driver you got with it on the CD supplied.

Hope this helps
Kind regards
VIC UK

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suresh manne Dec 11, 2004, 05:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,

Thank you but my system is saying that windows unable to complete the format. Mine windows Xp

AND IT HAS NO SWITCH


thanks,
suresh

Victor Hackney Dec 11, 2004, 06:32pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with USB flash drive
Suresh,

http://www.kingston.com/literature/MKF_596_2DataTraveler.pdf
Read this thoroughly

Windows Xp automatically detects the usb2 pen-drive. Try this: Disconnect the usb2 pendrive and restart the computer, and when it is back to the desktop. Insert the usb plug into the usb socket on the computer, and it will give a message that it has detected the drive. If it does not do this, Try another usb port , do the same again and plug it into the second port.
You still have not given details of your computer, you state only that you have XP .what are the specs of your computer. Motherboard, Processor, etc...is there any other hardware working on usb, ie printers etc.
try this first...is it a PC or a Laptop

If it does not work. Further instructions are for you to go into the Control panel, and click on System icon, then select Hardware, then open Device Manager, and with the usb pendrive plugged in you will see if it is recognised in the Usb Devices.

Kind Regards
Victor UK


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Alton Davies Dec 24, 2004, 01:08am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with USB flash drive
I have had the same problem with a data traveller 2.0 512mb drive (blue side grips) When I contacted kingston technical support for USA/Can 1 (800) 435-0640 I was told these symptons, paticularly the non-formatable issue, indicates that the device has failed.
The good news is if you contact them there is a good chance the device is under warranty.
(5 years on most USB Drives) so if you contact them
(kingston.com/support or kingston.com/company/warranty.asp)
you will likely be able to get an RMA request for replacement

rayner coolkid Feb 02, 2005, 04:11am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with USB flash drive
Did u found ne solution for the problem???
me too having the same problem...
write protection..couldnt save and delete files and reformat
me using xp and there is no switcht on the cover...

plis help

Charmaine D Apr 06, 2005, 12:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Victor

I spent about 30 mins trying to find help with this, and your instructions worked! Thank you! That little write
protect switch at the side of the drive is so tiny and easy to miss!

Charmaine
Jamaica

Andrew G May 02, 2005, 01:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have also had a similar problem. I was given a flash drive after someone removed it without clicking 'Safely Remove Hardware' in the systray before he pulled it out. Now it's read only and the computer thinks it's write protected but it has no write-protect switch. I tried formatting utilities but they were all brand-specific and this drive is a generic one with an advertising logo on the side.
Does anyone have any ideas how I could format this drive so that it will work again?
I use Windows XP Professional, SP2

zahian ismail Jun 23, 2005, 10:46pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i've got problem with my usb flash drive.if i want to delete file this message appeared:

cannot delete file:the disk is write-protected
remove the write protection or use another disk.

it also happen when i want to save file

John Biggs Oct 11, 2005, 05:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with USB flash drive
I have had three drives (Memorex, Sandisk and Centon) die in a similar way... I think I am pulling them out when they are being written to (I.e. without using the safely remove hardware tool in the system tray because the machine has locked up or otherwise blue screened (thanks Bill))... end result is the device claims a write protect switch is on when in fact the device has no physical write protect switch. Data on the device can not be deleted. New data can not be written to the device. Data on the device can be read. If you try to reformat, you get a writeprotected error and now you can no longer read the data on the device.

I am running Windows XP Service Pack 2, so this description applies only in that environment.
Centon's tech support suggested doing the following...
Start->Settings->Control Panel
Administrative Tools
Computer Management
Under Storage in the left panel, click on Disk Management, wait a minute for Windows to do whatever it is doing,......
Locate the data stick/thumb drive/whatever-you-want-to-call it, in the right top windowand click on it.
Right click
in the popup, click on "Delete Partition" -- make darn sure you are doing this to the RIGHT drive!!!!!
Right click again, and choose "Create Partition" (or was it format, I forget maybe it was both).
Now I had a working Centon device again :)
Too bad I RMA'ed the Sandisk and Memorex drives.. that cost them money they did not need to spend.
Note that this procedure will cause the erasure of all information you have on the device, so kiss your data good bye! but it beats waiting for a RMA to go through and come back.

Simon Sobo Oct 25, 2005, 07:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with USB flash drive
Followed directions but when it came to delete partition wasn't able to do it. Still got the write protection message.

Simon Sobo Oct 25, 2005, 07:04am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Followed directions but when it came to delete partition wasn't able to do it. Still got the write protection message.(Sorry to repeat but forgot to click the send me an e mail for replies)

Victor Hackney Oct 25, 2005, 07:26am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi! Simon,.& ..John

Have you read my posts here, particulary the first one suggesting to look to see if the "write protect SWITCH is on".(on the side of the drive).it is one of the first things to check....it is very tiny on some of them.

Go to my computer, find the pen icon, right click on it. then in properties select "format", , and if the switch is in the protect setting it will tell you it is WRITE PROTECTED....then use the switch

Hope this helps...it worked for Charmaine here on this Post.

Kind Regards
Vic UK

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Simon Sobo Oct 26, 2005, 07:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with USB flash drive
Unfortunately there is no write protect switch. I don't think this is related to my computers which are both Dell with XP. It happens with both (I use it to bring data from one at the office to one at home)

Benard masita Nov 17, 2005, 04:02am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I bought a Kingston KUSB/512 recently, I want to use it on Windows 98SE but the drivers provided at the Kingston website are not helping me at all. Anybody please help me on this. Are there other drivers i could use?
Thanks in advance

Masita

Victor Hackney Nov 19, 2005, 07:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi ! Everyone
Take a look at this PDF from Kingston

http://www.kingston.com/products/DMTechGuide.pdf

Worth a look at, because there seems to be many members who are having trouble with the Kinston drive, including....... a friend of mine who sent me this PDF

Time to go to bed now
Regards to All
Vic UK

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John Lee Jan 10, 2006, 12:16am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with USB flash drive
Hello to everyone on hardwareanalysis who reads this reply.

Ive got an FC: CE - Apacer HandySteno HT 202, that also has the write protection problem and doesn't have a small switch at its sides. These are the methods i tried:

1. Formatting
2. Running a data program
3. There is no tiny lock switch

Please give me a solution to this problem. Thankyou.

Victor Hackney Jan 10, 2006, 05:54am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi! John.

Go to this site and send an email to "contact us" as the site does not
give any info on write-protect they will help you.

http://www.apacer.com/en/products/Handy_Steno_HA202.htm

Just try a little searching................................. sometimes it helps.:-))

Kind Regards
Vic UK

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Erin Sheffield Jan 17, 2006, 11:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 17, 2006, 11:43pm EST

 
>> Re: Problem with USB flash drive
Hey I am having the same problem with the "write protected" message. I have a Dell w/ windows XP. It doesn't have a write-protect switch. Please help! Thanks :)

Ajay Ramakrishnan Feb 06, 2006, 12:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hi guys,
Had the same problem with my flash drive/mp3 player(JNC 128 MB).I was smashing my head against the monitor trying to figure out why the damn thing was acting up and realised(after an hour of frustration) that my
hold switch was activated. this is similar to the write protect switch on normal flash drives. just switch it off, disconnect and reconnect ur flash drive and TADAAA!!!!

Erin Sheffield Feb 07, 2006, 10:04pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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yes, my hold switch was on too. oops!


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