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SD memory cards have a little switch on the card that can write protect or "lock" it. Take the card out of the camera and check this switch. To unlock it, it should be moved towards the edge of the card which has the electrical contacts.

I don't see why dropping the camera should cause the card to become locked though. Maybe there has been some damage to the connections to the card.

Posted on Nov 09, 2010

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Have 4GB scandisk ultra...memory card when i using that i dropped.. that lock nob is gone and if i use in my camera says write protected.. pl. help me fix that lock nob again - thanks


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You may be able to take a knife blade and still slide the tab...if it is completely gone then you may no be able to unlock the card...
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I had a canon digital camera my memory card of that camera got locked can u help me to unlock it.


Remove the memory card from the camera if it isn't already, and look along the left edge of the card. Find a small tab and slide it forward (to the unlock position) and carefully slip the card back into the camera and try again. If it reports locked again, carefully remove the card to see if the tab has moved back to the locked position.

If the tab is moving to the locked position during the insertion process, you could place a small amount of tape along the card edge - over the tab - and carefully insert the card again. You might have to remove some tape to allow the card to fit into to slot. If you never locak the card - you could put a very small drop of super glue on the tab to hold it in place. Wait for the glue to set completely before inserting into the camera.

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My sister dropped my camera a while go and it now says "protected card"...how do i fix this???


I am surprised that nothing else has malfunctioned since dropping your S700. Remove the SD or XD memory card from the camera and make sure that the little slide switch on the memory card is in the "unlocked" position. Replace the card back into the camera (make sure that the switch doesn't slide back into the "locked" position again). Some memory cards, especially off-brand ones have very loose lock/unlock slide switches. I had to jam one into unlock mode by shoving a tiny piece of plastic into the slide slot. If that doesn't solve the problem, try using a different memory card and see if the results are the same. If this advice has solved your problem, please rate my answer accordingly. Good luck.

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hi crazytami,

the memory card on your camera is SD. on the side of the card you should be able to see a whitwe toggle switch, try to put it to the left, then try it again on the camera, if not, then try the switch on the right then try it on the camera.

one of them should unlock the memory card. if not, please let me know.

regards,

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