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flash drive randomly changed to write protected

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I was in the middle of transferring files and it randomly said the flash drive is write protected roughly half way through. Now when I connect my usb to the laptop it makes the sound that a device…
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1m, 3d agoPosted 1 month, 3 days ago
I was in the middle of transferring files and it randomly said the flash drive is write protected roughly half way through.

Now when I connect my usb to the laptop it makes the sound that a device is connected and the USB lights up but it does not show up on the PC straight away and when it eventually does and I right click it the window freezes until I remove the drive.

Any ideas?
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1m, 3d agoPosted 1 month, 3 days ago
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#1
Drive is knackered. Time to buy a new one.
#2
kester76
Drive is knackered. Time to buy a new one.


​As above. Is it a decent make or likely to be a fake?
#3
I had an old one that had a switch that changed it to read only, maybe check if yours does. Failing that buy a new one.
#4
Sounds like it's reached it's limit, I agree there's not much you can do other than get another.
#5
dothedealnow
kester76
Drive is knackered. Time to buy a new one.
​As above. Is it a decent make or likely to be a fake?
Its a Lexar 32gb one
#6
kester76
Drive is knackered. Time to buy a new one.
Thanks! Just was in two minds if it was a virus that did it or not
#7
tomj17
I had an old one that had a switch that changed it to read only, maybe check if yours does. Failing that buy a new one.
I checked mine for any type of switch but none found. Ill just have to buy a new one. Thanks
#8
jjo9
dothedealnow
kester76
Drive is knackered. Time to buy a new one.
​As above. Is it a decent make or likely to be a fake?
Its a Lexar 32gb one


Where did you buy it from?
#9
jjo9
dothedealnow
kester76
Drive is knackered. Time to buy a new one.
​As above. Is it a decent make or likely to be a fake?
Its a Lexar 32gb one


​Be careful where you buy from. Plenty of undersized in GB fakes around.
#10
yeah i bought some that were fakes, had to threaten the seller with paypal to get money back
#11
I've had a Sandisk Cruzer for years and it's always been fine. Also have a HP metal one that's 64gb and 3.0 that works extremely well.
#12
misterleoni
jjo9
dothedealnow
kester76
Drive is knackered. Time to buy a new one.
​As above. Is it a decent make or likely to be a fake?
Its a Lexar 32gb one
Where did you buy it from?
I got it from MyMemory about 2 years ago maybe
#13
Lexar are very good with warranty - it could be lifetime...
#14
have u tried it in a different port but does seem like it's had its days
#15
If a flash memory device reaches its end of write life, it makes itself "Read Only".

If it was new, then almost certainly a fake; sadly there are many fakes about, even a few getting into the legitimate supply chain. I test all mine with h2testw.exe, a free program that tests the capacity and the read/write speeds.

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