What do I do? It says... memory card is protected. I can't take photos or delete. :/
Hi there.. I need help ASAP. I haven't been able to take any photographs because my camera screen says... The memory card is protected. It won't allow me to take any photos nor delete anything I have on it. It's frustrating me because I use my camera so often ~ well, I used to. I have no idea where I have put my manual.. so please can anyone help me?! I really hope so. Thank you.
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The protect function allows a user to protect a picture from accidental deletion. To unprotect a picture on your camera, scroll to the protected picture that you want to delete, then press the Menu button (the button to the right of the Play button.) Scroll down the menu and you should come to an option that allows you to Protect/Unprotect the picture. Since your picture is currently protected, deselect that option. You should then be able to delete the picture normally.
Alternatively, you could also format the memory card, however this deletes ALL photos and data you have on the memory card. If you are trying to completely clear the memory, this is the best way. After turning on your camera, simply press the Menu button, scroll to Setup, then scroll down to Format. Select Format, it will ask you if you want to format the memory card, or the camera's built-in memory. Format whichever one you want to clear, if you are using a memory card then your pictures are stored on the memory card. It will take a few seconds to format.
The best way to delete all the photos on a memory card is to format the memory card. This is not only easier than deleting individual photos but also prevents future problems from fragmentation. FixYa is full of people asking how to recover photos from memory cards that haven't been formatted regularly.
The instructions for protecting/unprotecting images are in the "Protecting images" section of the manual (page 98 in my copy).
The best way to delete all photos on a memory card is to format the memory card. This should be done each time you finish transferring your pictures to a computer, as FixYa is full of people asking how to retrieve pictures from cards that haven't been recently formatted. Refer to the "Formatting Memory Cards" section of the manual (page 22 in my copy).
If you need a manual, you can download one from the manufacturer's web site at http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/2/0300003042/01/PSA3100IS_3000IS_CUG_EN.pdf
Look at 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. If the switch is already in the proper position, slide it fully the other way and then back again.
On the side of your card, there's a very small notch/switch that moves up and down. It can be bumped into the "lock" position which prevents writing to the disk. You need to switch this little tab back to the other position. This is a standard feature on most/all flash memory cards.
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. If the switch is already in the proper position, slide it fully the other way and then back again.
You have to use a card reader either on your computer or an external USB card reader. Put the card in the card reader, open the recovery program, then select the drive where files are deleted, then press "Start" and wait for it to do it's magic.