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nfgKJgfh on March 12, 2007
RE: how to remove write protection on mp3s

how do ya take it out. i unlocked it and it still says tht damn shit.
deejay4angels on March 15, 2007
RE: how to remove write protection on mp3s

I was having the same problem and i have found that this is usually happening because of the file names.
Because almost all type of portable memory use a "fat" system, the files with to much characters give this error.
If you want to have displayed all song information, first GENERATE TAGS, because all music players use tag information to display music file information, and after that RENAME THE FILES using a maximum number of 12-15 characters.
This problem with "remove write protection" should disappear, and everything it should work just fine :).
I was using Flash Renamer to rename the files using just enumeration style (001, 002, 003, etc), because it was a mass rename of about 1000 files, and this job hase been done in less than a minute :D.
p.s. renaming is one of the unique solution, in many problems with file errors.
Confused on March 24, 2007
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WHAT??I see no hold button!my MP3 PLAYER is some random one iuno what brand but...the system is a "fat" system but this is getting confusing..I ve tried to delete a file on my usb mp3 or usb device but a error message came up and said CANNOT DELETE 12 TRACK 12

REMOVE WRITE PROTECTION OR USE ANOTHER DISK

WTF!!!HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO REMOVE THE WRITE PROTECTION??THERE IS NO SWITCH OR HOLD BUTTON!!
fuking annoyed on March 30, 2007
RE: how to remove write protection on sd cards

will someone tell me how to fuking remove write protect and ive tried the lock button and it doesnt change a thing so some 1 better fucking tell me or im goin 2 kill
shaz on April 9, 2007
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i am really gettin annoyed i used the lock button but still it aint workin... i cant remove the write protecion
hazem on April 29, 2007
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i reall dont know & that made me mad
ejadinho on October 10, 2007
RE: how to remove write protection on mp3s

if you have tried to unlock/unhold the memory card/adapter
but still can't remove the write-protection,

why don't you try this:

blow hardly to your memory card+adapter+reader and
make sure no more dust on them.
ennovy on October 11, 2007
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uhh im kinda confused, can someone tell me how to remove da write protection thingy from a mp3 player?
Andrew Hicks on October 22, 2007
RE: how to remove write protection on mp3s

ok, heres what i did and i got it working. on the side of the mp3 player there is something called a key hold or hold. make sure that it isnt on. take it off and try it again. it should work then.
toni on October 25, 2007
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I'm trying to delete the files on my sons Sansa m230 MP3 player..........i tried everything, lock , unlock, all of it. I still get a msg that says the storage is write -protected......please help he's driving me crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anwar on October 31, 2007
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Hi there by what ive read it seems many people have the same issues...so here goes, My laptop does not allow me to copy from the laptop to my IPOD or any sort of external device. But it for example lets me copy info already on a external memory device to my laptop but not from laptop to external device...this has been really driving me nuts!!! PLEASE HELP AS IT HAS RENDERED MY IPOD USELESS!!!!!
jason on November 11, 2007
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i was having the same problem as most of you when i switched the hold button it sitll said write protected then i went to the settings and then USB mode and changed it from MSC to MTP and now it works hope this helps all who have crappy mp3 players
summeroflove on December 13, 2007
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To all those swearing at the confused ones ... you're RUDE. Holy crap ... if people try your suggestions and they don't work, how can you insult them? I have a card reader and I've taken every single SD card I have and moved it from locked to unlocked and I still can't copy anything to any of the cards without getting that stupid message.

I am far from stupid. There is something that we need to do yet, and hopefully someone who is NOT rude can tell us what that is.

Thank you ... potty mouths !!!!
frustratd on December 18, 2007
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I'm having the same problem and the lock switch is not on. I was able to download songs into the memmory card but then about 3 weeks ago, I got the same message. I have tried everything, I've even bought a new card and its doing the same thing.

So no one has the answer to this, but a lot of people are having the same problem?
leslie on December 19, 2007
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yup it worked 4 me! all i had 2 so was look at the sd carde on the side and there was a tiny switch and there problem solved i hope everyone got that lol
frustrated on December 24, 2007
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I went and bought a new card reader and it worked with the SD card. I guess somhow I accidently locked my card while it was in the other card reader and maybe it messed the card reader up. I don't know. But I can now transfer my music.
May on December 27, 2007
RE: how to remove write protection on mp3s

Listen, I was having the same problem. My laptop would say that the chip was write protected even though the chip was not on lock. I found that I had to use an external multi-card reader that plugs into the USB port. Then it let me copy music to the chip just fine.
Miss Megan on December 27, 2007
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If you have checked your tab to ensure your chip was not locked and also checked out settings... as a last resort- try putting a piece of tape on the lock/unlock chip, being careful not to cover the connection prongs- this will ensure that the chip is not being slid to the unlock position in your computer/reader. I messed with this and finally called tech support and they suggested this and it was successful-- also perhaps try another chip to ensure you do not have a faulty card or another reader to rule that out. Good luck!
Nunya on January 6, 2008
RE: how to remove write protection on mp3s

How do u get itunes music as a ringtone on ur phone?
Insanity on February 9, 2008
RE: how to remove write protection on mp3s

Here is my issue.

I have an RCA Opal MP3 player. Bought it at Thanksgiving. I accidentally put protected MP4s on it and it will not let me remove them. It now says on the MP3 player that the files are "read-only". When I go into properties to uncheck the read-only setting, the box is grayed out and i cannot remove the setting.

Does anyone have an answer to my issue? I have been really frustrated with this.
person on February 24, 2008
RE: how to remove write protection on mp3s

cheers who ever wrote to unlock it i had been trying for ages to put stuff on. really folow thats guys intruction it doesnt sound like much but it really does work
nirmal on February 26, 2008
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to format mp3 player i have to remove write protection
Brenda on March 22, 2008
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There's no hold button...... So how then??
PERSON2 on March 26, 2008
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Hiii...i really need help. i have a mp3 player. i want to delete the music files in it but it won't let me. it says blah blah write-protection. i've tried everything you said. removing the hold button but the hold button isn't even onnn!!!
PLEASE HELPP ME!!!! (:

Thank-you
big k on May 18, 2008
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hey! I BOUGHT A NEW MP3 and when i wanted to copy music from my computer it says it's write protected plz help if u have any solutions is driving me crazy
NATTY BOY on June 1, 2008
RE: how to remove write protection on mp3s

Im not pretty good in English but i want to tell you guys about this problem. SO EASY!!! You have to switch the MMC,SD cards off (LOCKED) and plug it in and format it if it still appear " Write-protected" remove the mmc or sd cards switch on (unlocked) then you plug it in again and try to format the disk. Please repeat doing this, because sometimes computer is bullshit on you haha!. After you it's formatted you will be able to copy and remove all musics
Sammi on June 1, 2008
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Ahaha thanks guys! I unlocked the "lock" thing and it works :)
x
NATTY BOY on June 3, 2008
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If it doesn't work just try to repeat put it (locked) when computer found device, take it off immediately and unlocked it and plug it back agin and try to format while you doing that okay?. I mean you must format, after it formatted there you can instal and remove all files
Genius on June 20, 2008
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Have you heard of the solution where u switch the lock off and put clear tape over it? It works by the way.
Butter on July 14, 2008
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Hello Everybody...The MP3 player is MW3836---I've read All the talk about the word "UNLOCK" (I've grown to Hate that word"...This particular model is horrible! This MP3 player says HOLD & UNHOLD....Where is UNLOCK? I've been on hold for GPX Forever!!!!!I talked with someone earlier...They don't know a whole lot..Is there someone out there who has this same model???
Lindsey on July 21, 2008
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I'm so annoyed by the stupid write protection i had lime wire songs and figured maybe i should buy them because they didnt work so i bought them on itunes and they didnt work the hold button is turned off and i really dont know what to do
Govind on July 27, 2008
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WHAT??I see no hold button!my MP3 PLAYER is some random one iuno what brand but...the system is a "fat" system but this is getting confusing..I ve tried to delete a file on my usb mp3 or usb device but a error message came up and said CANNOT DELETE 12 TRACK 12

REMOVE WRITE PROTECTION OR USE ANOTHER DISK

WTF!!!HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO REMOVE THE WRITE PROTECTION??THERE IS NO SWITCH OR HOLD BUTTON!!
efnjenld/wQDW on October 29, 2008
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nothing works!!!!!! THIS SUX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hawque on November 18, 2008
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Some MP3's copy and some get the "write protection" message. It has nothing to do with "hold buttons" or "lock switches", the problem comes fron Windows. I went back to my trusty old laptop with Win2000 and the problem disappeared. By the way, all the MP3's will still write to a data disc (CD-R). Everyone here is telling us they have the same problem. HELLO!! We all have the same problem, what we need is a solution.
Frustrated on November 29, 2008
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hey!!!!!
MY mp3 says that i cannot remove the songs in it. wat the f happens to it?????????
Somebody please find out or ill throw out this shit!!!!!!! >:(
ha on December 26, 2008
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HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA AH AH HA HA
jared on January 2, 2009
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none of you helped me .. i tried the hold button didnt work .. still says about the write-protection cant delete anythin or put any songs onto my mp3 player its realy old and the screen doesnt work so i cant go into settings im not computer smart ao how about a little help that isnt smart arse
djlinnen on January 28, 2009
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cheers LOL was a basterd till i read ur post :)
jennifer on May 20, 2009
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i cant belive how simple that was i was so angry
Jen on May 25, 2009
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I was unable to delete some of the songs on my mp3 player. Even though there was a lock on the device and it was unlocked these specific songs would not delete. I received a message saying that they were write protected. Yes, there is a check box saying that they were read only but the check box would not let me change it just like I read on many other posts on your site. I tried deleting everything the mp3 but everything deleted except these few songs.

Finally I right clicked on the mp3 player drive on the computer and found an option of reformatting. That is how I was able to delete these few songs.

Hope this helps someone else who might be going crazy over it like I was!
CHRISSS on July 8, 2009
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all have a problem... just open your mp3 and you see a switch there good luck!!
TJ on July 19, 2009
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Have a Sansa M230, I right clicked on the disc on my pc, formated and it took care of the problem, Never did find out how to remove the write protect though. :) Oh well solved my problem, since I wanted to delete the files anyway.
The Dorkamese Twins on October 25, 2009
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to Mr. Andrew Hicks,
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE'VE BEEN FRYING OUR BRAINS FOR HOURS LIKE SERIOUSLY OVER WHY THE STUPID FILES WOULDN'T LOAD TO THE MP3 AND WE SEARCHED FOR HOW TO UNLOCK THE WRITE PROTECTION OR WHATEVER AND THEN WE STUMBLED HERE!

THE STUPID PINK THING WAS ON HOLD YOU GET THE PICTURE?? =?

THANK YOU A LOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SINCERELY,
THE DORKAMESE TWINS ^.^
Stu on October 31, 2009
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if you rip CDs to your hard drive, then copy to mp3 player, make this change: convert files to mp3 as opposed to wma files. MP3 won't automatically write protect as wma files will.Also when you set up folders on your hard drive with music files, then drag the folders over to your mp3 player, they are also read only. so, convert to mp3, and no folders. This seems to help.

btw I had to reformat my sony mp3 player and start over.
nellie on December 22, 2009
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thank you so much it worked for me.
MJ on December 29, 2009
RE: how to remove write protection on mp3s

If you ave the following problem as me, then follow the instructions
and it should work.

Problem:
Was unable to delete folders from my mp3 because they were write-
protected. It had nothing to do with the hold/lock function. Everytime
I tried deleting a folder, it said I had to remove the write-protect
first. I was unable to do that on the properties tab also.

Solution:
The folder itself isn't write-protected but the contents are. Open the
folder and find all the tracks that are write protected (if you open
their properties you can see that they're protected but you can't
change this option). Simply delete those files one by one. If it
doesn't let you delete them, then try playing them from your mp3 while
its attached to your computer and it does this 'copying' function,
after which you can delete the write-protected files one by one. Yes,
it's slow but in the end you can remove the files.
DUH on December 31, 2009
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lolololol everyone i had the same problem all you have to do in most
cases is switch the lock or hold button then try and do what you were
doing it works in most cases if it doesnt work go to best buy or
something im sure they can help you out and if they cant you are SOL
hope its still in warranty lol
Tina on January 13, 2010
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andrew hicks !!!! duh, thanks alot man !!!! my friggin lock bottom was on lol, that really helped getting rid of WRITE PROTECTED
liz on April 12, 2010
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i read to unlock the hold, and i did but it didn't work. THEN i realized
that the adapter might've been what's locking it, so i took it off and
inserted the mp3 player straight and it faackin' worked. hella smart.
Devon on May 14, 2010
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OMFG... Thanks Andrew i really was pissed that it wasnt working then i did what u said... and it worked im a dumbass lol thanks a lot dude i really didnt want to lose my GPX mp4 or i would of cried lol
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