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Disk Protect My camera won't allow me to take photos. When I insert a floppy I get the message on screen that says 'Disk Protected.' I can't figure out how to get it off and use my camera. ANY help will be appreciated. Thanks so much! Sharon Young Jebavy <><

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Re: Disk Protect

Undo the disk protection tab on the floppy disk

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When a floppy disc is inserted it flashes disk

The floppy driver has an internal switch that detects when the floppy disk is protected or not.

It is likely such switch is damaged.

It is necessary to open the camera and the floppy drive to fix it.

If you have experience and skills in fixing electronic devices, or want to try it, then you can try its repair.

The alternative is to pay to have repaired, but is more likely that the quote you will receive is to replace the whole floppy drive, which costs around $40.00 plus the repair labor.


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Sony Mavica FD95 Camera

This is a common problem with the Mavica FD95. There is a little switch in the drive slot to sense the write protect tab on the disk. 

If you hold open the drive door without a disk in, you should see this switch where the write protect tab goes. Try operating the switch with a matchstick a few dozen times to attemp to clean the contacts. If that doesn't work then Very carefully let a drop of switch cleaner run into the switch and try operating it a few times then let it dry. Failing that you might want to open the camera to get to the terminals on the switch and test it with a multimeter.

If the switch is faulty and a replacement is not availble then you could just short(or disconnect) it to fool the drive into thinking any disk is writable. 


Good luck

Oct 19, 2007 | Sony Mavica MVC-FD95 Digital Camera

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Computer can't read floppy, says it is unformatted

is the write protect switch turned on?

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Card protect message doesn't allow any activity with camera how to remove?

Hi there
Face the card towards you, look for a small white tab on the left hand side of the card, to unlock it push the tab down, it will be at the side of the card like this 59a6de4.jpg .
Good luck and thanks for using Fixya!!

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How to shut off disk protect

The write protection is on the floppy diskette itself. Make sure the little sliding latch is covering the hole on the right side of the diskette. If you see through two holes on the diskette it is on write protect.

Jun 23, 2008 | Sony Mavica MVC-FD75 Digital Camera

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You may have a bad floppy... Just like floppy drives in PCs sony floppys do go out. If you search around as I did (sorry don't remeber the link) you can find diagrams on how to replace the floppy and they are available for sale! I think we found some for $25 per. Good hunting!

Dec 26, 2007 | Sony Mavica MVC-FD200 Digital Camera

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Won't read floppies

Buy only IBM floppys 1 May need to be demagnitize head. Try to reformat the cam itself,read book...

Oct 24, 2006 | Sony Mavica MVC-FD85 Digital Camera

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Problems with pc reading floppy after taking images

Hi JenneyLou, Install your software that came with your camera. Remove disk from camera and put in computer Open up the web page Go to "Insert Picture From File" Choose "A" drive Find the selected photo Choose and Click OK This will insert the photo. You can now resize to fit the page. Let me know if this helps, nightdiver

May 19, 2006 | Sony Mavica MVC-FD7 Digital Camera

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Transfering pictures using the FlashPath Floppy Disk Adapter?

To transfer pictures: 1. Remove the memory card from the camera. 2. Insert the memory card into the floppy disk adapter. Make sure that you insert the memory card into the adapter with the gold side of the memory card facing you and to the right and the silver side of the adapter facing away from you. 3. Insert the floppy disk adapter into the diskette drive on your computer. 4. Double-click the PhotoMAX shortcut on your desktop to open the software. 5. Click Get Photo. 6. Click Album or FlashPath. 7. Click Downlod from FlashPath. The images appear as thumbnails on the album manager window. 8. Double-click the image that you want to edit. The image appears in the image tray. 9. Remove the FlashPath Floppy Disk Adapter from the diskette drive when you are done.

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