HP USB Format Tool Device Media Write Protected Error Fixing

How to remove media write-protected error? What to do when media cannot be formatted when you try to format it with a formatter or DOS bootable usb maker like HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool? See how it appeared in the following editions of HP USB Format Tool v2.0.6 and v2.2.3.

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3 Efficient Ways to Fix Device Media Write Protected Error(Video guide included in the end)

Way 1 - Turn off the write protection switch if it was locked

Way 2 - Convert the media no matter usb stick or memory card to be MBR with diskpart

Here are some pre-steps that you need to get it done.

  1. Step1 - open cmd by pressing 'Windows icon + R' on your keyboard to start Run
  2. Step2 - type 'diskpart' to open the diskpart function

CMD to convert media MBR to get the write protection problem fixed

  1. Step1 - type 'list disk'
  2. Step2 - type 'select disk *' (* you may need to replace * with the drive letter of your media)
  3. Step3 - type "convert mbr"

Note: if it does not work and reports some message like 'The sepecified disk is not convertible', here is another step that shall be added before the Step3.

  1. Step2.5 - type 'clean'

The above step2.5 is to fix the error when it was not working with the convert MBR.

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Video Guide - how to remove media is write protected error in HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

Way 3 - Remove the write protection with cmd Attrib disk clean Readonly

Besides the above way2 method, you may also try the following cmd to remove the read-only attribution on your pendrive or disk.

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You need to get your media connected to your computer at first, and then start cmd and here are the steps.

  1. list disk
  2. select disk * (You need to replace * with the drive letter of your media to remove the write protection error)
  3. attributes disk clear readonly
  4. exit

Or sometimes you may also use 'attrib disk clear readonly' as an alternative in the above steps when it comes to the step 3.

Did not work? Try more methods on this page: 10 free ways to remove write protection on usb drive

Last updated on April 15, 2020

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