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My camera's memory card is locked and it will not allow me to take pictures.

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  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    My Casio (Exilim EX-Z40 4MP) and SD card have same problem: Thanks to everyone who suggested moving he "LOCK TAB," BUT THAT IS NOT THE PROBLEM. The Lock tab is in the correct "UNLOCK" position but the camera still says card is locked. Two things seem to work to fix the problem but both methods are extremely time consuming, and don't even always work so you have to repeat the process several times to get good results.

    METHOD 1

    The better answer seemed to be to first save photos to a different media (hard drive) then DELETE all photos AND FOLDERS. Sometimes you get a warning while deleting folders that they are write-protected. UNCLICKING "READ ONLY" does not work. What does work is moving the card and card reader to another computer and then trying the same process of either deleting all (I mean all, including "DCIM" folders... and or also formatting the disk. If you get a write protected error, switch again to a different computer. This does not make sense, and it doesn't always work, you have to keep switching computers and you get a 50-50 chance it will work. Try again on another computer if it does not.

    METHOD 2

    THE SECOND METHOD which is (if you can believe it) even MORE time consuming and (yes) LESS reliable, is taking the card out of the camera... then formatting the INTERNAL memory chip from the menu prompts on the camera... then turning camera off, putting in card, and formatting the actual card. Warning: you will lose all your data on the card, so save it before you format the card. The bad news: while this often works, I've sometimes had to repeat this process 7, 8, 9 times in a row. Can take 15-30 minutes to get the camera up and running again. NOT SO GOOD when you have a great photo you want to take. You'll definitely miss your photo opportunity. If anyone has any better info, please share. But these 2 methods work AT LEAST SOME OF THE TIME.

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Remove the memory card from the camera. try to look on either of the sides on the card and you will see a tiny latch that locks the card from being over written.

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