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My camera says the memory card is locked when it is not. No other solutions I've found have helped such as taping the switch in place or reformatting the card.

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Try a different brand of memory sd card.

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When I insert my pny optima sdhc 4gb into my olympus camera it says write protect and I can't use the camera. It has worked before so what is wrong with it?


SD cards have a slide lock switch to enable/disable write protection on one side. Check if you flipped the switch to the locked position when you put the card into the camera. (The switch will be on the left side of the card. That's the side without the angle cut out.) It's locked when the switch is towards the contact area that goes into the card slot. When you put the card back into the camera, use care to avoid accidentally moving the switch. If the switch moves very easily, you should probably replace the SD card. In that case, sometimes the lock will enable as the camera is moved.

If that doesn't help, copy the pictures that are currently on the SD card to another device. Then try to reformat the card. (You may need to try to reformat it on another device. Put the card into a card reader on your computer. Then use the Disk Management commands on the computer. For Windows XP and later, this can be found under the System and Security Control panel near the bottom of the page.)

If the lock switch has been damaged, you may be able to temporarily disable the lock by trimming any remaining plastic from inside the lock groove and then covering the groove with Scotch tape or a similar product. (Make sure not to cover the contacts or leave the tape lumpy enough to keep the card from fitting into the card slot.) Plan on replacing the card soon.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Feb 25, 2014 | Cameras

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Dane elec 8gb


I have found that sometimes the little locking switch will lock itself as you push it into the card holder in the camera.My solution is to unlock the card, then use some scotch tape to hold the switch in place.

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Oct 06, 2013 | Canon Cameras

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Kodak memory card.4G, SDHC. Have uploaded pix, erased and reformatted this card. Camera still says its locked? Slide is up closest to contacts. Can you help? Thanks.


Just checking, but it's important that you format the card in the camera, and not in the computer. Here are some troubleshooting steps for a locked SD card. If the slide switch is indeed toward the contacts, might consider trying the toothpick fix (Fix 4), and if that doesn't work, the tape fix (Fix 4a).

Jul 22, 2011 | Kodak Cameras

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My camera says "card locked"


Hi,

Remove the memory card and you will find a switch on the left side of the card. It must be locked, so slide or push the lock on other side to open it and then insert the card back to the Camera.

Regards
Ron


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Feb 11, 2011 | Canon PowerShot A570 IS Digital Camera

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Everytine I turn my camera on "The card is locked"


Why does my camera say "Card Locked" or "Write Protected"?

The basics. In the same way that the recordings on audio cassettes and VHS tapes could be protected by breaking off the little tab on the back corner, the material on a memory card can be protected against being overwritten. Instead of a tab to break off, write protection is done by a tiny slider on the edge of the card (opposite the cut corner). Before the camera will take pictures, it's necessary that this slider on the card operates a microswitch in the camera, which it will only do if it's NOT in the 'lock' position. The slider actually does nothing inside the card, which is why I don't call it a 'switch' even though it seems like one. Its only purpose is to be detected by the microswitch in the camera's slot, and it's the camera that takes care of the write protection, not the card.

Diagnosis.
Obviously the first thing to do is to check that the slider is NOT in the lock position. If the camera is giving you this error in the unlock position, it means that the slider has failed to operate the microswitch, or that the microswitch itself is faulty, or possibly that there's some file system error with the card. To diganose the problem, it would be really helpful if you could try two or more different memory cards in the camera and see if just one, or all of them exhibit the problem.

If only one memory card exhibits the problem: In this case, it's clearly something to do with the memory card. Is the slider worn, bent or missing? A missing slider will write protect the card in the same way that sliding it to the 'lock' position will. There's another possibility. I've recently discovered that
some cameras which use xD-Picture cards also give this error even though those cards don't even have lock sliders! Furthermore, some users have reported fixing this error by reformatting the card. Therefore, I feel it's also possible that your error may be fixed by reformatting. Before you do this, make sure that you've copied all you want off the card and then use the camera's 'format' function to reformat the card. I advise using the camera for the format function because this guarantees the correct file system. If you use your computer to format it, you may easily get the wrong one. However if you need to do it this way, see which file system is currently in use on the drive before you start. Go to "My Computer" and right click on the drive which is the memory card, and choose "Properties". Examples of filesystems are "FAT" (probably FAT16), "FAT32" and NTFS; to make sure your reformat is successful, ensure you use the same filesystem as before.

If some memory cards work, and others don't, or the same cards sometimes work but only sometimes:
The slider is really tiny, so it's possible that the number of people reporting this error is caused by lack of precision in manufacturing sizes. It must be hard to make a microswitch that can feel such a small thing. Does a better brand of card work? Can you bear to simply stick to the better brands, or the ones that work most reliably? As a remedy of last resort, you could try wrapping a small strip of sticky tape over the slider to increase its thickness, but I think this is a risky solution. There's a risk that the tape will come off in the slot and cause even more problems, or that the tape will be so thick that the card will jam in the slot and you'll have trouble getting it out.

If all of your memory cards behave in the same way: In this case, it's clearly something to do with the camera. It could be that the microswitch is broken, or there's some software error. Although it's less likely, let's cover the software error first; please find the 'system reset' function in your settings menu and use it to clear everything. Any good? If not, try the sticky tape solution in the last paragraph in the hope that it's a size/fit problem with operating the microswitch, but if that fails we're out of options really, beyond a repair of that microswitch.

Feb 04, 2011 | Casio EXILIM Card EX-S770 Digital Camera

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How do i unlock the write protect switch


The "write protect switch" is a tiny slider on the side of the memory card:

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Why does my camera say "Card Locked" or "Write Protected"?

The basics. In the same way that the recordings on audio cassettes and VHS tapes could be protected by breaking off the little tab on the back corner, the material on a memory card can be protected against being overwritten. Instead of a tab to break off, write protection is done by a tiny slider on the edge of the card (opposite the cut corner). Before the camera will take pictures, it's necessary that this slider on the card operates a microswitch in the camera, which it will only do if it's NOT in the 'lock' position. The slider actually does nothing inside the card, which is why I don't call it a 'switch' even though it seems like one. Its only purpose is to be detected by the microswitch in the camera's slot, and it's the camera that takes care of the write protection, not the card.

Diagnosis.
Obviously the first thing to do is to check that the slider is NOT in the lock position. If the camera is giving you this error in the unlock position, it means that the slider has failed to operate the microswitch, or that the microswitch itself is faulty, or possibly that there's some file system error with the card. To diganose the problem, it would be really helpful if you could try two or more different memory cards in the camera and see if just one, or all of them exhibit the problem.

If only one memory card exhibits the problem: In this case, it's clearly something to do with the memory card. Is the slider worn, bent or missing? A missing slider will write protect the card in the same way that sliding it to the 'lock' position will. There's another possibility. I've recently discovered that
some cameras which use xD-Picture cards also give this error even though those cards don't even have lock sliders! Furthermore, some users have reported fixing this error by reformatting the card. Therefore, I feel it's also possible that your error may be fixed by reformatting. Before you do this, make sure that you've copied all you want off the card and then use the camera's 'format' function to reformat the card. I advise using the camera for the format function because this guarantees the correct file system. If you use your computer to format it, you may easily get the wrong one. However if you need to do it this way, see which file system is currently in use on the drive before you start. Go to "My Computer" and right click on the drive which is the memory card, and choose "Properties". Examples of filesystems are "FAT" (probably FAT16), "FAT32" and NTFS; to make sure your reformat is successful, ensure you use the same filesystem as before.

If some memory cards work, and others don't, or the same cards sometimes work but only sometimes:
The slider is really tiny, so it's possible that the number of people reporting this error is caused by lack of precision in manufacturing sizes. It must be hard to make a microswitch that can feel such a small thing. Does a better brand of card work? Can you bear to simply stick to the better brands, or the ones that work most reliably? As a remedy of last resort, you could try wrapping a small strip of sticky tape over the slider to increase its thickness, but I think this is a risky solution. There's a risk that the tape will come off in the slot and cause even more problems, or that the tape will be so thick that the card will jam in the slot and you'll have trouble getting it out.

If all of your memory cards behave in the same way: In this case, it's clearly something to do with the camera. It could be that the microswitch is broken, or there's some software error. Although it's less likely, let's cover the software error first; please find the 'system reset' function in your settings menu and use it to clear everything. Any good? If not, try the sticky tape solution in the last paragraph in the hope that it's a size/fit problem with operating the microswitch, but if that fails we're out of options really, beyond a repair of that microswitch.

Feb 02, 2011 | Olympus Cameras

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My camer screen says the memory card is locked.


Check the memory card itself. Somewhere on there is a small switch that locks and unlocks the card. Make sure it is in the unlock position.
Thank you,
Lee

Feb 02, 2011 | Cameras

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How do you unlock the card on a Canon Powershot A1100is? My wife was playing with her camera and she locked herself out of her SanDisc Ultra II SD Card


Pull the sd card out and look on the left side with the card facing you. You will see a slide switch on the left side. It is probably in the down position (locked). Move the switch up and the card will be unlocked. Done!

Sep 06, 2010 | Canon Cameras

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Canon powershot a470 card locked


This is nearly always an indication of an issue with the memory card, not the camera. I have had a similar problem with flimsy lock tabs on memory cards myself. I solved it by placing a small amount of scotch tape over the tab - starting near the connection pads, over the tab to the back edge of the card. There's usually not a whole lot of extra room in the slot, so insert carefully and remove portions of tape as needed.

Worst case scenario - if you never use the locking tab (I never do) you could place a small dab of super glue to hold it in place. Let it "set up" before reinserting - you don't want the tab to move an be held on the lock position.

The tab may very well become repositioned as it is being inserted into the camera, and then repositioned again when it is removed. If the tab is loose, it will probably be nearly impossible to determine with any certainty how and when it is occurring, unless it is prevented from moving with tape or glue described above.

I hope you found this Very Helpful and good luck!

Nov 17, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A470 Digital Camera

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Memory card locked


Hi everyone,

Here's the solution, I just had the same problem LOL!
1. take the memory card out
2.On the memory card there is a little switch (it will be the little tiny piece on the side of the card thats a different color) slide it up.

That's it!

Bye

Nov 05, 2007 | Canon PowerShot SD500 / IXUS 700 Digital...

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