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Tried making USB drive bootable with Windows 8, it failed and now drive is write protected, nothing I do works to fix it?

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I have 2 flash drives, a Dane-Elec 8GB and a Sandisk Cruzer Glide 8GB, both USB 2.0. I tried on both of them to create a bootable Windows 8 installation disk (with the media creation tool), but both failed. I should've known, one of the issues I'm having right now with my Windows 7 installation is folders or drives don't have permission to be written to (sometimes it's not an issue, but when it is, nothing I do fixes it). But I guess because it failed in the middle of it, it messed up the USB sticks as well.


Attempting to format the drives either yield that the drive is write protected or some other windows error. I've tried diskpart attributes disk clear readonly and clean the drive, I've tried the registry trick to disable WriteProtect, nothing worked. I even booted into Parted Magic (another flash drive I leave it on and don't touch in case I need to boot into it) and tried creating a new partition table, which suceeded, but any time I went to make a new NTFS partition (for the entire drive) it was giving me "Error: Input/output error during write on /dev/sdd" and something about it being readonly and that I need to do a chkdsk /f. Even tried secure erasing a few various methods for external drives in Parted Magic including [some of these, but only some succeeded.

After booting back into Windows with them, they either freeze explorer.exe after plugging them in, and while I can see them as a disk in Disk Management, it says no media.

This happened once before when I used the Dane-Elec flash drive to try to make a Windows 7 bootable USB on this computer for my laptop, and somehow I think I was able to fix it by using the command prompt in the recovery environment on the laptop (since my laptop wasn't booting anymore). So I don't think they are bricked, but I honestly don't remember what I did to fix it, it was a random attempt that I didn't think was going to fix anything. After they were fixed I was able to use it as a regular USB and it was completely writable without issues.

Do you guys know of a way to fix this when all the other methods failed?

Thanks so much.
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If it was a single USB drive, I would say that its the drive and try another. Given that the same issue occurred twice now, it could be a controller error. More than likely the software you are using to create a bootable USB drive is trash or the controller is malfunctioning.

Let's check if the drive is Read-Only:
Code:
diskpart

list disk
select disk #
detail disk

//Look at Read-Only status

If read only is no, check the device for a read-only switch on it.

If it is yes clear the Read-Only attribute by doing this:
Code:
attributes disk clear readonly

If that fails or doesn't work correctly, it is possible to Read-Only enable a Volume.
So:
Code:
diskpart

list vol
select vol #
detail vol

//Look at Read-Only status
Code:
attributes vol clear readonly

Also, before you do anything again, run diskpart and CLEAN the drive. This is more than likely will fix any other issues with the drive, but you will lose all data. A partition will need to be created afterwards.
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