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Memory Card Locked

I have the Canon Powershot SD1000. It's never given me any issues the entire time I've had it until now. I was using the camera fine for a long time - it was taking pictures and I was able to view them but when I turned it off and went to turn it back on - the camera was saying 'memory card locked' preventing me from viewing my pictures and from taking new pictures. I tried to load the pictures onto my computer and it was saying nothing was found. I checked the memory card and it's actually not locked and I tried a different memory card and that seems to work fine. Is there anyway to fix this or recover the pictures that may be lost!?

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  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2008

    UGh

  • musicman87 Jun 16, 2008

    exactly the same problem.... almost 2GB of pictures and video are now inaccessible. I've tried toggling the lock switch on the card a few times, didn't help. I'll get a new card but I'd like to be able to get to all those pictures.


  • Anonymous Sep 03, 2008

    Same problem. Camera shows "card locked" which it is not . Tried several other cards with same result. Thought this was supposed to be a quality camera.

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I too had the same problem where the camera said card locked. I put in a new card and it worked fine, so I figured it had to be the card itself and not the camera..The card has a small slide button on the side that I just slid up and presto, the card works fine.With the card faceing up, the slide is on the left side. I am now able to see and take pictures.

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:'( i'm in the same situation right now! :(((( I want my pictires back! i don't know what to do!

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