By default Windows allows to carry out Read & Write tasks to USB drives where there is a possibility of viruses in an USB drive entering into Your Computer and vice versa. Setting your USB drive for read-only mode makes it much harder for viruses to infect your Computer, of course data can’t be copied from your  Computer to pen drive & vice versa, this is helpful and  protects your data if you share your Computer with others.

Wenovo USB Disks Access Manager

Wenovo USB  Disks Access Manager is freeware portable app lets you set your PC in read-only mode to access USB drive and also allows to disable USB drives detection.

All you need to do is select the desired option from the app UI, click on Apply button and unplug and re-plug your USB drive again for the changes to take effect.

set USB drives in read-only mode

If you’ve enabled “allow Read- only” option then whenever you try to copy data to pen drive you’ll get ‘disk is write protected, remove write protection or use another disk” warning . To revert back your USB drive to read & write mode, select that option on app UI and unplug and re-plug your USB drive for the changes to take effect, then you can start copying data from PC to pen drive.

USB Disks Access Manager works on Windows XP/Vista/7.

Download USB  Disks Access Manager