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Card locked! I had my pictures trasferred off of my card onto a disc and now it says my card is "locked" when I put it back in my camera. How do I unlock my card?

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    Thank you!!!! Problem was solved.

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That depends on what type of card you have. for this case assuming you have a SD card so there is a little switch in a side of the memory where you can lock and unlock the memory for read/write or read only mode.

If you did the unlock switch proccedure and the problem persists, You can also have a false contact between the memory card and the slot so you can try cleaning and inserting the card again.

And you can also format the memory card in your computer to overpass any corruption problem.

Posted on Oct 17, 2007

  • Ed Perez
    Ed Perez Nov 07, 2007

    People which dont give good information about their problems expect too much from an generic answer.

    There out are plenty of memory cards, cameras and other devices models as to put a user manual and FAQ for all of each one normal problems in just and answer.

    If anyone want a good and detailed answer is good to make the correct and detailed question.

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