How to use (unlock) pen drive at office or college PC if it is blocked or disabled

Generally, in colleges and offices, USB drives are locked. It is sometimes irritating when we want to copy some important data from that computer.

Sometimes the computer refuses to recognize it and says “found new hardware, USB Mass Storage Device, please install drivers for it”, etc.

how to unblock pen drive at office

The system administrator at any office or school is able to block USB pendrive usage by employing any of the below mentioned methods

  1. By disabling USB ports from ‘device manager’.
  2. By tweaking registry values for ‘USB Mass Storage Devices’.
  3. By removing the ‘USB Mass Storage Drivers’.

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In this post, I will teach you to crack or bypass the above mentioned security measures. But before that, you should get administrator rights to your current USERNAME.

I assume you have administrator rights. Now let’s see how to fix all these situations one by one.

1) Unlocking USB ports from device manager.

  1. Go to Start >> Run, in run prompt type “devmgmt.msc” and press enter. This will open the device manager.
  2. Go to Universal Serial Bus Controller.
  3. See if there are any red-colored cross? If yes, right-click and enable those USB Ports. Enable USB at Device manager

Now try and use the pen drive. If it works fine, then great, else read the next two cracks.

2) Correcting Registry Value for USB Mass Storage device.

  1. Go to Start > Run, type “regedit” and press enter, this will open the registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\USBSTOR
  3. Double-click on the “Start” key to modify its value, change the value to 3 and press OK.

Now remove and connect the pen drive again, it should work fine, if it does not, then it means the drivers are missing. Follow the 3rd crack below to solve the issue.

3) Installing USB Mass Storage Device drivers

In case the USB Mass Storage drivers are not installed, windows will prompt you to install the driver. In such a case, windows will launch the Hardware Update Wizard. If you have USB Mass storage drivers, you can install it and restart the computer, it should work. If not, you can download the USB Mass Storage drivers here. Download and unzip the driver files on your desktop.

  1. In hardware update wizard, Select the option to install the driver from a specific location and click next.
  2. Now on this screen, click browse and select the path on which you have unzipped the drivers and press ok.

NOTE: Windows may give you a warning that the drivers have not passed Windows logo testing, so stop installation or Continue anyway, Select Continue anyway to complete the installation.

Now restart your computer and re-insert your pen drive, you should now be able to access your pendrive.

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Bret Mulvey

Bret is a seasoned computer programmer with a profound passion for mathematics and physics. His professional journey is marked by extensive experience in developing complex software solutions, where he skillfully integrates his love for analytical sciences to solve challenging problems.