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When I try to take a picture an error message comes on the screen saying Write Protect

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You neglected to specify the model of your Olympus camera so I'm assuming it's one of those that use SD/SDHC cards.
SD and SDHC cards have a slide switch along one edge. The position farthest from the metal contacts locks the card, protecting it from writes. The position nearest the contacts unlocks the card.

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That usually means the slide switch on the side of the card is in the locked position.

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SOURCE: "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. If the switch is already in the proper position, slide it fully the other way and then back again.

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