USB flash drive keeps activating 'write protection' by itself. Disarms after unsafe removal


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My 16gb Kingston USB flash drive has been consistently giving problems. Under Windows XP it kept saying 'This storage media is write protected' after copying over approximately 7 gigabytes worth of files. At first I thought this meant that one of the NAND chips are not functioning properly(since it's only taking half the full capacity), since the USB has two on either side.

I used to use the USB quite frequently as a bootable USB drive for video editing, meaning that it got several gigabytes worth of data written to it on a daily basis.

However, now I am on Windows 8, using it as a backup disk. It is repeatedly throwing "0x8000FFFF Catastrophic Failure" messages at Windows when I try to create a file after writing 128mb of data on it. Plugging the usb drive back in will allow another 128mb of data before it locks up again.

Error preview:

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Trying to scan drive for errors:

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Trying again to scan drive for errors, after unsafe removal:

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Is there any way to fix this problem?

asked on Super User Nov 30, 2014 by TheJamaicanGuy • edited Nov 30, 2014 by DavidPostill

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