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How do I put files on a write-protected SanDisk memory stick?

Problem with SanDisk Cruzer Blade

SanDisk Cruzer Blade

Our  Helproom Editor helps out a reader who has a problem with a SanDisk Cruzer Blade flash memory stick. The reader cannot put files on to his flash drive because of an error - specifically a 'write-protected' error message. Here's how to resolve problems with a SanDisk Cruzer Blade flash drive. See all USB drives reviews.

QUESTION I have a SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4GB USB flash drive which I can no-longer put files on because of a "write-protected" error. How do I fix this?

HELPROOM ANSWER It's hard to say what's going on here without a lot more information, but taking a look in SanDisk's forum we found several people with a similar problem. (Read all portable hard drive reviews.)

Many solutions are offered which have worked for some users but, unfortunately, the only guaranteed way to deal with the issue seems to be to back up the contents of the drive and return it to SanDisk for a replacement. Seeing as these can be found on sale for around £4 on line, we'll leave it to you to decide whether doing so is worth your time. See all storage reviews.

See all How to articles. Get free tech support in the Helproom Forum. Take a look at Group test: what's the best portable hard drive?Visit Windows 7 Advisor for more Windows advice. Or email our Helproom Editor for bespoke advice.

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