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SD cards have a slide switch along one edge. The position farthest from the contacts locks the card, protecting it from writes. The position nearest the contacts unlocks the card. If the switch is already in the proper position, slide it fully the other way and then back again.

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  • martinos2029 Nov 14, 2010

    I tried that and did not work. I even tried a new card. What else could it be?

  • kakima Nov 14, 2010

    If you have the problem with multiple cards, then check the slot in the camera to make sure it's not obstructed by dirt or other debris. If the slot is clear, then your camera may require service.

  • jaffna_bearl Nov 17, 2010

    my camera shows line when i took a picture.what would i do?

  • kakima Nov 17, 2010

    jaffna, that problem seems to have nothing to do with a card being locked. I suggest you post it as a question, identifying the make and model of the camera.

  • towh Apr 06, 2011

    Thank you that worked great! Now back to taking pictures of the kids!

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After locking memory card, do I then unlock it to take pictures and will that then erase the memory card or can you tell me how to so


Locking the memory card prevents you from taking and adding photos to the memory card. It also prevents you from deleting photos from the memory card.
If you want to erase all the photos off the memory card. unlock the memory card, go to the camera's Menu and scroll through the settings ti Format the memory card, then format the memory card.

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Memory Card Locked / write protected error.


Hi due to so many questions asked about this here it is. How to deal with memory card locked/write protected error.


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SOLUTION 1 - Unlock the memory card.

There is a Lock switch on the left side of the SD card. Make sure the Lock switch is slid up (unlock position). You will not be able to modify or delete the contents on the memory card if it is locked.



SOLUTION 2 - Toggle the lock switch.

If the lock switch is not on lock:
1. Slide the switch up and down. Repeat this 3 times.
2. Let it stay on the Lock position for 30 seconds.
3. Slide the switch up to unlock the card.
4. Try to transfer files into the device.


For non-SD cards: Format the card

The data on the memory card may be corrupted.

WARNING: Formatting will delete all the files in the device. Backup all your data before formatting.





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My memory card is locked


Remove the memory card - take your finger nail and slide the tiny lever that says "lock" on the side of the memory card to the "unlock" position. Then reinsert the memory card and it will no longer be locked.

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Cant take photos and the LCD screen says "Memory card is locked. Slide lock to 'write' position"


I don't own this camera but My guess is your memory card is in a LOCK SETTING you need to move the memory card to unlocked " wrirte " so you memory card isn't locked.....
Step 1 remove the card from you're camera
Step 2 there is a small little side on the side of the memory chip move that to the unlock position.
step 3 insert the card and start shooting!

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I use a Nikon D300 and have Sandisk Compact Flash memory cards. i ahve not come across this problem but would suggest that you insert the memory card into your camera and reformat the memory card. This should clear any errors in the system BUT IT WILL ALSO WIPE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS YOU AHVE TAKEN when formating the memory card.

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I had the same problem - just put the lock button of the card to the lock position and than again to the unlock position

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I noticed that this camera does not work well with cheaper memory cards. The only brand that works without fail is the SanDisk brand.

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