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Locked Memory Card

My Memory card says it's Locked in my camera but the little tab has NOT fallen off, and it's NOT on Locked. HELP. PLEASE. my other memory card works fine so I know it's not my camera. I am having the exact same problem. Memory card worked and then it didn't and the tab is NOT locked. Replacement memory card works so can't be the camera. Has to be something with the memory card. Any advice on how to access the pictures - that's all I care about at this point. Retrieval software doesn't even recognize the memory card or device... I have a Sandisk ultra 2.0 gb memory card and i have had it for over a year. Its the only one that i use. I was taking pix with it, and that night when i tried to view them, my camera said memory card error.. card locked. When i took the card out, the little slide thing was NOT on lock....what do i do to save my pix???

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  • jadasmommy Oct 20, 2008

    I REALLY want to try to save my pictures!!!!! Thanx for trying.

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2008

    hey i have the same problem! i jsut got my card but im leaving in 2 days! so please how do you reformat :( thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    i had a memory card of 4 gb and i am using it in my cell nokia asha 308 and after updating the software of my phone it is asking password to access memory card even on formatting and deleting the password option also it is asking for password what should i do now can someone plzz help me out

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I use a Nikon D300 and have Sandisk Compact Flash memory cards. i ahve not come across this problem but would suggest that you insert the memory card into your camera and reformat the memory card. This should clear any errors in the system BUT IT WILL ALSO WIPE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS YOU AHVE TAKEN when formating the memory card.

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6c99e31.jpg

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