How to format locked USB drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jessearl, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. jessearl macrumors member

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    I received a pen which has a USB drive in it from a drug company. Located on the USB drive are some advertising PDF files. I'd like to erase the drive so that I can use it but it stops me saying that the drive cannot be modified.

    Is there something I can do to erase this drive and use it?
     
  2. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    Have you tried to format it instead of just erasing the files? That might work.
     
  3. krimson macrumors 65816

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    some of those pen drives have a manual locking switch... see if there's one hidden.
     
  4. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816

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    Maybe the drive is read only to prevent people using it again :)
     

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