"How to recover files when USB thumb drive is write protected cannot format? Well, while transferring files from PC to my USB thumb drive, I got a message saying USB thumb drive is write protected. Then, I tried to reinsert my USB thumb drive and read files on it, but PC reported another message USB thumb drive needs to be formatted. Trying to format the thumb drive, it said USB thumb drive is write protected and cannot format. How can I remove write protection from my thumb drive and access data on it?"
"Windows PC says my USB thumb drive is not formatted, but it does not allow me to format the thumb drive since it is write protected. I have many important videos on this USB thumb drive. Can anybody tell me the way to extract files from a USB thumb drive that won’t format?"
"I want to transfer some data from my 16GB USB thumb drive to another external disk, but I was unable to open the thumb drive because it says USB thumb drive has RAW file system needs to reformat. When I reformat the USB thumb drive, it says disk drive is write protected, Windows was unable to complete the format. What should I do if I want to open the RAW thumb drive and recover all inaccessible data?"
Write protection on a USB thumb drive is able to prevent all data from being deleted, overwritten or erased. However, if your USB thumb drive is write protected when it asks to be formatted, it will disable you to fix the RAW drive error and all data stored on the USB thumb drive will becomes inaccessible.
When you are unable to access a write protected thumb drive, you can rely on iCare Data Recovery to restore inaccessible files. This data recovery software enables you to scan the RAW USB thumb drive even when it is write protected and inaccessible. With help of this software, you can restore all inaccessible data with a few steps as below:
Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on computer. Run the software and choose a proper scan mode.
Step2. Select the USB thumb drive as aim disk and then wait the software to scan it.
Step3. Preview files after scanning and then save the lost data to another drive.
When a USB thumb drive says write protected cannot format, the first thing you should do is to check if there is write protection switch on the thumb drive. Then, you should make sure that the thumb drive is not set to Read-only mode on your computer.