problems deleting files off a memory stick

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I am having some problems deleting files off a memory stick. The option to delete is no longer in the menu and if I try to re format the drive I get a message stating "The disk is write protected".
I haven't requested this and I am at a loss of how to turn it off so I can reuse the stick.

Any tips appreciated! Jim.


  • neilwoodsneilwoods Forumite
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    What memory stick is it, would help to know the make
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  • marleyboymarleyboy Forumite
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    It sounds as though it has a lock switch on the stick, some have them to ensure you dont accidentally delete files.
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  • worried_jimworried_jim
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    Unfortunately I don't know the brand it is a 16gb cheapie off ebay (I wouldn't buy another!) I think that it is destined for the bin.
  • dogmaryxxdogmaryxx Forumite
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    1. Shutdown your computer or laptop
    2. Insert USB Memory Stick into your laptop or Computer
    3. Turn on laptop and then immediately start pressing (F8) key then Advanced Boot Options screen will come up
    4. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    5. After loading files if your USB Memory Stick drive letter is (G) for example then write as
    6. C:\windows\system32>G: and press enter
    7. G:\>format G: and press enter
    8. If ask you (Y/N) then press (Y) and press enter
    9. Now a full format will start which remove write protection from USB Memory Stick.

    Command prompt formatting source:
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