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Any way to unlock cheap thumb drives from tradeshows?

I picked up a handful of thumb drives from a client that went to a trade show. I'm sure they are hardware locked even when gparted won't delete the partition or format the drive. Anyone found a way to unlock these?

They would be nice to recycle for linux installs.

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Can you give us some info on the drive. Also, did you try googling the company that preps these drives (if different than the supplier of the drive) to see what they offer as a service? trying to reverse engineer what they are up to here.

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It is probably possible. Try opening them, and look for any write protect switch or chip. If not, this may help

http://www.spotht.com/2010/08/how-to-for...

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