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Locked memory card

Getting a memory locked error code on your camera or other device? An often overlooked possibility is the lock switch found on all SD type cards and many other types. You'll see an example in the attached picture.



Ensure the switch is in the unlocked position. If it is already, try moving the switch to locked and back to unlocked. If the card persists in staying locked, it is most likely damaged in which case you can still read a locked card, but can't change its contents. Download any images you want to preserve and start using a new card.

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wat is write protect


It's the memory card. SD cards have a slide switch along one edge. The position farthest from the contacts locks the card, protecting it from writes. The position nearest the contacts unlocks the card, allowing the camera (or any other device) to write to the card.

Mar 18, 2011 | GE Cameras

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SD card can't be read "Card Locked" is all that


There are several possible causes for "memory card locked", "memory card error", or "no memory card". Some include trying to use a 4GB SDHC card with an older camera made before SDHC format came out. Others include problems with the tiny slide switch on the side of the card, or the electrical contact switch internal to the camera. The problem may also arise from simple formatting problems if the card has never been formatted in the camera (note that this will also erase the card). Troubleshooting tips for this problem may be found at this link.

Dec 27, 2010 | Jazz DV-179 Digital Camera

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Hello, I'm getting the message "Memory Card Error


Hello

OK, if the memory card itself is locked, you might sometimes get this error code. All you need to do is to take out the memory card and switch the lever on the left side to the unlock.

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If the error is still displayed after you did the above, you might want to try the card in another camera.

If the card works in another camera . the problem is with your card reader in your camera.

If you open you sd slot and look inside with a sharp light , you should be able to see on the left side of the slot there is a little copper or spring steel lever switch. This switch work as follows:

1. When no card is inserted / no write protection , the switch is open and thus the protection is off.
2. When locked card is inserted , the tab is depressed and tells the camera that the card is lock.

Contrary to popular belief ,the little tab on the sd card is not an electronic switch and does not physically influence the card operation itself. If you put a locked card into a camera without a sd lock switch , you would still be able to use the card normally.

It is incredible difficult to fix this switch because of space limitations in the sd card. Look into the sd slot and if you can see the switch , use a needle to pull the little tab down toward the base of the camera by about 2mm or until it works being careful not to bend it.

If this does not resolve your problem , there might be a short in the switch circuit and the camera will need to be disassembled to resolve this error. This should cost no more than $50.

Please feel free to contact me if you need further information

Kind regards
Andrea

Dec 02, 2010 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 Digital Camera

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memory card error


There are several possible causes for "memory card locked" or "memory card error". Some include trying to use of a 4GB SDHC card with an older camera made before SDHC format came out. Others include problems with the switch on the side of the card, and the switch internal to the camera. Troubleshooting tips for this problem may be found at this link.

May 23, 2010 | Canon IXUS 960 IS Digital Camera

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