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    I bought a new HP 8gb flash drive. I tried to install password protection (MasterVoyager), but something went wrong while installing. Now it's write protected. I can't format it because it's write protected. Tried low level formatting, but always get some error messages.

    Can I still save my USB flash drive?

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    You could try using with Windows auto-run disabled.

    The encryption system automatically runs when you plug-in the USB drive. Since the software is active, it may prevent formating of the USB drive.

    Disabling auto-run would prevent the software from launching and hopefully give you access to your USB drive, including formatting it.

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    What's the simplest way to disable auto-run for external devices?

    I only got to disable my cd-rom

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    You may also want to try mounting the thumbdrive to a foreign OS like Linux or Mac.
    If the software protection does not kick in, you should be able to format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghosthunter View Post
    You could try using with Windows auto-run disabled.

    The encryption system automatically runs when you plug-in the USB drive. Since the software is active, it may prevent formating of the USB drive.

    Disabling auto-run would prevent the software from launching and hopefully give you access to your USB drive, including formatting it.
    How to do that?

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    Some thumbdrives come with their own proprietary formatting software. You may have a copy of that, or if not, a copy may possibly be download from the manufacturer's site.

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    Tried everything, still can't format the flash drive. It always says disk is write protected

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    Say bye bye to it and visit your nearest CDR-KING branch for a replacement USB flash drive. They even have 32gb flash drives...

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    If you're comfortable with linux and you have access to a linux box try this:

    try plugging it in a linux box, see if it will detect it, if it does, do an fdisk -l to check if it's either /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, etc. etc. once you've found out which device represents your flash drive, do an fdisk on it to totally erase it.

    Note: you have to do this as "root" (obviously) and if the flash drive auto-mounted when you plug it in, unmount it first before doing an fdisk on it.

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How to recover my USB flash drive?