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"Write Protect"?! I'm not sure if it's the camera itself or the memory card, but when I turn on the camera, I can't see the screen. All that shows up is an alert/error message saying "Write Protect". Essentially, with that screen showing, I can't take any pictures, or access any of my old pictures. I can get to the various menus, but once I exit the menu, I get the same error message again.

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It's the memory card. 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.

Posted on Mar 09, 2010

  • Anonymous Oct 13, 2011

    You put that nicely K_akima ;)



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Camera shows write protect when open

When what is open? Always keep the battery / memory card door closed. If it is not closed correct, the camera won't work as expected. To protect the file system, when someone should pul out the memory card, while the camera is accessing the memory, it will or shut down completely, or at least protect the memory card against writing to it.
Before opening the battery / memory card cover, always make sure the camera is completely shut off. That means no light is allowed to burn or flicker. The memory card can also be write protected (SD cards) when the lock switch is down like in the picture on the 32GB card.
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I just turned my camera on and on the screen it says Write Protect. WHat does that mean?

It means the memory card inside it has been set to write protect so that images cannot be lost. If you take the card out there should be a tiny slide switch on the card itself (usually on the side). If you move the switch to the opposite direction you should be able to write to the card. You might want to check what is on the card before formatting to make sure there's nothing you need to keep :)

When camera is switched on, the screen show WRITE PROJECT above a KEY image. Camera is E1055W. I've no idea how this has been turned on and cannot find how to turn it off. HELP please. ...

The write protect tab is on the SD memory card itself. Just remove the memory card from the camera, find the little tab on the side of the card, and slide it to the other position. For others experiencing this problem, there are several possible causes for "memory card locked", "memory card error", or "no memory card". The most common is trying to use a 4GB or higher SDHC card with an older camera made before SDHC format came out. Other causes include problems with the tiny slide switch on the side of the card, or the electrical contact switch internal to the camera. The problem may also arise from simple formatting problems if the card has never been formatted in the camera (note that this will also erase the card). Troubleshooting tips for this problem may be found at this link.

What does "This memory card is write-protected

On the SD card itself is a write protect switch - it's on the side. Check the switch to see if it's in the protect position.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Digital Camera keeps giving me a memory card error. The memory card is a 4gig PNY memory card (lower budget)

Make sure the slide switch on the side of the card is unlocked. Your camera may just want you to format the card in the camera. Download any pics from it first using a card reader if necessary.

The screen says write protect and so i cant take any photos or delete the old ones... What to do?

Do the foowing instructions please:
1. Turn off your camera.
2. Remove your memory card.
3. Switch the position of memory card.
4. Install the memory card to its own place.
5. Turn on the camera.

I hope this will help you.

Card cannot be formatted


Make sure the write protect lock is off on the SD card itself. To remove the write protect lock, take the memory card out of the camera, face the card towards you, look for a small white tab on the left hand side of the card, to unlock it push the tab up to unlock it, it will be at the side of the card like this 59a6de4.jpg .


I can not get a new memory card to format. When

That is a really old camera. Is it a new card? The camera may not support the size of the new card. Being released in 2002, I doubt it will handle 2GB cards.

Check and make sure the ard you are putting in does not have the write protect on.

Memory card is locked

Make sure taht the write protect notche of the device found on the side part of the card is on.

What does write protect mean?

"Write Protect" means that something is locked and your device (camera) cannot "write" to it's storage area.
What type of "storage media" are you using?
For example:  the camera's internal memory, a CompactFlash card, a Memory Stick, an "xD-Picture Card" (micro, mini or regular sized), or a Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard.
[Did you put something  (a small plastic card of some sort) into a slot on the camera before or after turning it on?
Those little cards usually have a tiny button (also called a switch or lever) on them that will move back and forth to lock (write protect) or unlock it. This sounds like the memory card inside your camera is locked or "Write Protected.

To fix this simply take it out, closely examine the memory for the button- the button will be closer to the word "lock" or "protect" and all you need to do is gently slide it in the opposite direction from where it currently is. Put it back into the camera and see if it still says "Write Protect."

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