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Memory card locked on a canonpowershot sx10is how to fix it will not let me in the format program

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Take the card out and check to see if it has a switch, very small, that is in the locked position, this will stop you from formatting or even deleting things from the card

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    Take the card out and check to see if it has a switch, very small, that is in the locked position, this will stop you from formatting or even deleting things from the card


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In my situation, the "R/W" card when inserted into the Canon became a "R" card because the write protect tab slid into the card-lock position.

The cause was the write protect tab was very loose and the minimal pressure of the write protect read switch within the camera was enough to slide it about 90%, resulting in a "card locked!" warning.

My solution was to glue the tab in the read-write unlocked position, which is likely a good solution for most people, as I suspect most people never choose to write protect a memory card.

Further, not every SC-card device has the ability to read the write protect request, and therefore will ignore it anyway.

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