By Ailsa / Last Updated January 16, 2020

About Kingston USB Flash Drive Write Protection

When you read this article, you must have encountered Kingston USB write protected error: cannot write, modify and delete files on the Kingston USB flash drive, even cannot access to your Kingston USB. What’s the Kingston USB flash drive write protection (known as read only)?

It’s a function to avoid virus invasion and incorrect operations, so the content on Kingston USB flash drive cannot be modified if the USB is write-protected, only for read.There are some conditions that the write protected information will pop up.

  • Your Kingston USB flash drive has the viruses, please check for it.

  • Check whether the write protection switch is turned on or not, confirm the write protection switch is turned off.

  • Make sure your Kingston USB isn’t filled up.

You can solve your problem easily under the above mentioned circumstances. If else, you could try another way to repair the write-protected Kingston pen drive.

Free download the Kingston USB write protected removal software

The best way to fix Kingston USB flash drive write protected error is to format the Kingston Flash drive usually. However, this way doesn’t work sometimes, because Windows doesn’t allow formatting the Kinston pen drive at the most times. Is there any professional write protection removal software for Kingston pen drive in Windows 10/8/7?

Of course, the free partition manager (AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard) can help remove write protection from Kingston USB, or other branded USB drives by force formatting it. Besides, it also offers great helps for your partition management, including clone partition/disk, merge partition, move partition, and wipe hard drive, make bootable media etc.

Now you can free download this (Kingston) USB write protected removal software and follow the steps:

Step 1. Insert the Kingston USB flash drive you want to format into your computer.

Step 2. Install and launch the Kingston USB write protected error repairing software (AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard). Select your Kingston USB drive (here is G partition on Disk 3), right click it, and choose “Format Partition”.

Format Partition

Step 3. In the next window, edit and preview the partition information, including Partition Label, File System and Cluster Size, confirm these details. Then click “OK”.

File System

Step 4. Confirm these operations on Pending Operations and the changes of G partition, hit “Apply” to format the write protected Kingston USB flash drive.


Eventually, Kingston USB write protection should be solved, and you can use your Kingston USB to read and write data again.

Note: to repair write protection errors on Kingston USB drives, you can also try to check whether there are some bad sectors on it and fix them via AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard’s “Check Partition” feature.

Another 2 Kingston USB write protected removal tools

Above we have introduced a piece of Kingston USB write protected removal software, and now we would like to share another two different USB write protection removal tools, built into the Windows operating systems. One is CMD commands and another one is Registry Editor.

1. CMD commands to remove read only from Kingston USB drive

CMD command line in Windows DOS is one of the solutions to repair write protected drives. As a write protected USB drive removal tool, it can help you clear read only attribute within simple steps.

Step 1. Press “Windows+R” to open Run dialog, input “cmd” and hit on Enter key.

Step 2. Type “diskpart” in the elevated Command Prompt window and press Enter.

Step 3. Then run the below command in given sequence.

  • list volume

  • select volume #: # is the volume number of your Kingston USB flash drive, which you want to remove from

  • attributes disk clear read-only


After a while, you will see the prompt says that the Kingston USB remove write protection has been successful.

2. Use Registry Editor to remove write protection from USB:

Step 1. Enter “Regedit” in Windows search box to enter “Registry Editor”.

Step 2. Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies.

Step 3. Double click the WriteProtect, Change the value from 1 to 0 and click “OK” to save this change.

Then close the Registry Editor and restart your computer, insert your Kingston USB flash drive again, you’ll find the Kingston USB is not write-protected anymore. You can format your Kingston USB flash drive at ease.


So, with the recommended Kingston USB write protected removal software and tools, you will be able to make your USB work as normal again with no hassle. If not, you can learn more ways to remove write protection from USB. If your USB's type is Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 3.0 (DTHX30), you can also try Kingston Format Utility to remove write protection.

Plus, AOMEI Partition Assistant also provides other functions to manage disk partitions such as format large partiton to FAT32, convert data disk between MBR and GPT, convert FAT32 to NTFS and vice versa, initialize disk etc. Moreover, the Professional edition supports migrate OS to SSD, command line partitioning, allocate free space, convert system disk between MBR and GPT, partition recovery, etc. If you are a Server user, you could enjoy all advanced functions with the Server edition.