Read-Only USB drive, WTF?
September 2, 2007 10:10 AM Subscribe
Can I do anything with this read-only USB flash drive, or should I just write it off as a lost cause?
posted by misha to technology (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I received a USB flash drive from a sponsor of an event I attended, which I thought was fantastic because I could use the storage space. However, the drive is "read-only". I have a Windows desktop running XP and a MacBook Pro. This is the info my disk utility gave me on the device (with the serial number removed):
Name : USB Flash Disk Media
Type : Disk
Disk Identifier : disk1
Media Name : USB Flash Disk Media
Media Type : Generic
Connection Bus : USB
Connection Type : External
USB Serial Number : xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Partition Type : FDisk_partition_scheme
Locked : Yes
Writable : No
Ejectable : Yes
Mac OS 9 Drivers Installed : No
Location : External
Total Capacity : 126.9 MB (133,038,080 Bytes)
S.M.A.R.T. Status : Not Supported
Disk Number : 1
Partition Number : 0
I don't have any use for the promo stuff on the USB flash drive. So, should I just chuck it, or is there a way to edit the permission from "read-only"? I can't erase it as is. Would it be illegal for me to alter this, anyway? Consider my level of tech savvy to be that of "novice." Thanks!