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I am unable to take pictures or do anything with my camera because I suddenly have this message that my memory card is "write protected". Please let me know how to get this off!

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The SD memory card that Nikon Coolpix camera use have a small slide switch on the edge of the SD memory card. This slide switch is used to set the SD memory card to Read/Write or Write protect.

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The memory card may be full. Transfer the pictures from the camera as normal (or directed), and once sure they are on your computer or printed out, delete all the pictures (erase) from the memory card.

Try to take pictures again - if the error is still present (or you are unable to transfer the pictures to the computer) , there may be an issue with the card. You may not be able to use the card anymore - but before discarding, see if it works in another device or "stand alone memory card reader". If it works in either of those devices, there may be a problem with your camera. Try using another memory card to see if you get the same message when trying to take pictures with the new card installed. if you do, it looks more like a camera problem than a memory card problem. Hopefully, it's the memory - and not the camera.

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You should power off the camera, take out the memory card and move the little switch on it's side to disable the write protection.

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Make sure the SD card lock is 'off' and then use thin, opaque sticky tape (ie non see-through; eg insulation tape) to cover the whole gap but keep clear of the metal contacts at the back.
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The best way around this problem is to have a card reader installed on your PC.
Using the card reader you can format, delete, copy or whatever just like it was a hard drive attached to the computer.
You can even get a usb card reader so there is no need to install anything into your PC. Check yourlocal PC for either version.

There is however a possibility that the card has been put into write protect mode. Pull the card out and there will normally be a tiny switch. One way is writeable, the other is write protected.

Let me know how you go =)

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