How to disable or enable USB Read/Write Protection on Windows

USB Write access or USB Write protection is the security feature that can be enabled for any USB Data storage. The main purpose of enabling USB write access is to maintain the integrity of USB data storage. In this post, we will show you the ways you can enable or disable USB Write access on Windows 11/10.

By enabling Write protection, the data in the disk will not be modified. Thus it can prevent virus attack on USB Data storage or unauthorized file access/copy from Windows 11/10 OS to a USB drive by PC users.

There are two kinds of Write protection available for USB drives viz:

  • Hardware Write Protection.
  • Software Write Protection.

Hardware writes protection is mostly available in the card reader or floppy disks. In hardware write protection there will be a mechanical switch at the side of the card reader, in floppy, there will be a black slidable block in the lower-left corner. Once this switch is pulled over then the write protection is enabled. To turn off/disable just slide down the switch.

In this post, we will look at how to enable or disable USB Read or Write access using the software method.

Disable or enable USB Read/Write Protection on Windows

You can enable or disable USB Read/Write Protection on Windows 11/10 either of two ways via:

  1. Registry Editor
  2. Local Group Policy Editor

Let’s take a detailed look at the steps involved concerning each method.

1] Turn On or Off USB Write Protection via Registry Editor

Enable or disable USB Write Protect

This is a registry operation, so it is recommended that you back up the registry or create a system restore point in case the procedure goes wrong. Once you have taken the necessary precautionary measures, you can proceed as follows:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl
  • On the left pane, right-click on the Control key
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