How to Enable Disable Write Protection for USB Devices on Windows 10

Just like in most of the spy movies of Hollywood, it is straightforward to connect a USB device to the computer and copy files to it for using otherwise. But sometimes it becomes essential to protect the files. Windows offers you an option by which you can enable write protection on your USB device with the help of your Windows 10 device. The write protection aids in adding an extra layer of defense to the system so that it becomes challenging to write files off to USB devices or uploading the same on the internet. If someone is planning to tamper with the files on your USB device, this writes protection option will help you prevent such acts.

How to Enable Disable Write Protection for USB Devices on Windows 10

In this post, we will share how you can both enable and disable methods.  If you are new at allowing the write to protection on your Windows 10 device, follow the step by step guideline as to how to do the same.

1] Using Command Prompt and Diskpart tool

How to Enable Disable Write Protection for USB Devices on Windows 10

  • Go to the Settings option of the Windows 10 device and find the Command Prompt option from the list. It will provide you with the privileges of the administrator.
  • Type “diskpart” in the command prompt window and press the Enter key.
  • Next, you need to type “listdisk” and press Enter. It will display the number for the USB device you have attached to your Windows 10 device.
  • You need to note down the number attached to the disk for which you are trying to enable the protection.
  • Now you need to type “Select Disk #” on the command prompt window. # would be the number of the disk that you have copied from the previous line of commands showing and which you have duly noted down.
  • Now comes the main job. You need to write “attributes disk set readonly” on the command prompt window and then press Enter. It will enable the necessary setting for the protection of the USB device on your Windows 10 device.

2] Changing Registry Value

  • By pressing the Windows Key + R and open the Run dialog box where you need to type “regedit” and press Enter. It will open the Registry Editor.
  • You then need to right-click on the Control key, whereby you’ll get the option of the New Key.

How to Enable Disable Write Protection for USB Devices on Windows 10

  • You can rename this new subkey as per your choice. Right-click on the new subkey and select the New DWORD value option that will be available.

Create DWORD for DISK Protection

  • Change the DWORD value to 1 from 0 and click OK to enable the same.

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  • It will help you to enable USB protection.

Both of these methods will help you enable write protection for the USB device on your Windows 10 device. It is simple and super easy to use. We hope you now have a better defense system for your files so that they aren’t dealt in the wrong way.

Yogesh Mankani is a freelance content writer from last 6 years. His passion for blogging, giving words to his ideas and thoughts is what makes him fall more in love with his profession which he takes very personally.

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