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Both these disks say error when put in printer to download and say locked when put in the camera, have moved the lock on the side with no luck.

I have two flash cards, 4GB SanDisk and a 4GB Edge, and I get an error message when I Put them in my printer to download and also in the cannon camera. Have other cards and have never had this problem, have moved the lock on the side and tried that, no luck. what's the deal?

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Have you ever formatted your cards in your camera? If not, that likely is your problem. They may work fine at first, but with time corrupt. Try formatting these cards in your camera, but note that this will also totally erase these cards. To format, put the cards in the camera, go to the "tools" menu, and select the item stating your cards memory capacity. Then follow the prompts to format, making sure that "low level format" is checked.

IF there are pictures on the cards that you don't want to lose prior to formatting, please see the following for some excellent freeware recovery software that you can use with your printer's card reader. AFTER you download your pictures with this software, then consider formatting:

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What kind of card is it? Some different cards have a physical miniswitch on the side. Maybe you moved it by mistake to the 'lock' position when handling it. Also, some cameras have a lever inside the slot where the card fits, this lever locks/unlocks the physical switch I was talking about, and it can sometimes move to an undesired position, namely always locking the card. Look into the slot and try moving gently any lever/protusions.

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Hi due to so many questions asked about this here it is. How to deal with memory card locked/write protected error.


SOLUTION 1 - Unlock the memory card.

There is a Lock switch on the left side of the SD card. Make sure the Lock switch is slid up (unlock position). You will not be able to modify or delete the contents on the memory card if it is locked.

SOLUTION 2 - Toggle the lock switch.

If the lock switch is not on lock:
1. Slide the switch up and down. Repeat this 3 times.
2. Let it stay on the Lock position for 30 seconds.
3. Slide the switch up to unlock the card.
4. Try to transfer files into the device.

For non-SD cards: Format the card

The data on the memory card may be corrupted.

WARNING: Formatting will delete all the files in the device. Backup all your data before formatting.

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The lock switch on the SD card looks like a bit of plastic without any electronics. A bit like the write-protect tab on a 3.5" FDD.
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It sounds like your card is locked. You need to unlock it. On one of the sides you should see a piece that can move back and forth. Move it from the position it is now to the other side. This should unlock your card. When locked the files are unaccessible to anyone. This also means that files on the SD card cannot be deleted while the switch is in lock position. When the switch is in up-position, then all files located on the card are accessible to anyone, and that files may be deleted from the card.

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