I'm trying to erase a write-protected USB flash drive. This drive was distributed with Autodesk software on it; the write protection was intentional.
I've tried formatting and deleting, which of course doesn't work; I've tried to set the registry at
regedit, which hasn't changed a thing; somebody recommended I change the drive letter, which it won't let me do. Here is the output of
Flash Drive Information Extractor:
Volume: E: Controller: Phison 2303 (2251-03) Possible Memory Chip(s): Toshiba TH58TEG7DCJBA4C Toshiba TC58TEG7DC4JBA4C Memory Type: MLC Flash ID: 98DE8493 72D7 Chip F/W: 01.05.10 Firmware Date: 2013-01-18 ID_BLK Ver.: 220.127.116.11 MP Ver.: MPALL v3.64.0E VID: 0930 PID: 1400 Manufacturer: TOSHIBA Product: TOSHIBA USB DRV Query Vendor ID: TOSHIBA Query Product ID: TOSHIBA USB DRV Query Product Revision: PMAP Physical Disk Capacity: 15846080512 Bytes Windows Disk Capacity: 12586057216 Bytes Internal Tags: 2Q2K-S72K File System: NTFS USB Version: 3.00 Declared Power: 504 mA ContMeas ID: 1381-01-00 Microsoft Windows 8 x64 ------------------------------------ http://www.antspec.com/usbflashinfo/ Program Version: 18.104.22.1688
I'm using a Toshiba laptop, so I think that most of the Toshiba info has to do with internal hardware.
Edit: Turns out the drive is made by Toshiba, so the above may not be true.
Does anyone have any ideas for what I should try next? My laptop runs Windows 8.1, but I have access to a XP machine and a Raspberry Pi with Raspbian, if those would be helpful.
Note: I see that there are a lot of similar questions on this site, but I do not think that mine is a duplicate because the write-protection was intentional and the items listed above, many of which came from similar questions, failed.