I just had this problem and was looking on the net to solve it and could find nothing. I finally opened up my camera. I wouldn't suggest it because I found the problem and I could have fixed it without opening it up. The solution to my camera is that there is a little, spring held lever that lets the camera know whether the card is in write protected mode or not. For my camera I just stuck a tiny screwdriver in side the card slot and worked that lever back and forth a couple of times. I turned my camera back on and finally after months of not being able to use my camera, the card formatted and I am taking pictures again.
**do this at your own risk of damaging the camera, I am not a camera tech. but it didn't hurt mine at all.
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Oops. The little latch on the side in the unlock position, should engage a switch in the camera, indicating the memory card is not writ protected. It is not an electrical switch doing something in the memory card. But is the switch in the camera is defect, you get the same result. If someone once tried to press in a memory card, the wrong way around, this could have been the cause of a damaged switch. Just check the memory card slot, of nothing is in the cardholder, blocking the little switch from working correct. Sure the switch is in the up position, like in the picture?
SD type 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.
There is also a software protection feature on some cameras, but this is used to protect a folder or individual picture from accidental deletion, not the whole memory. You set or release this protection from the camera menus.
Look on the left side of the SD card and move the lever up to the top Write protect OFF down is on.Sometimes when inserting a card the lever catches and moves slightly off the top posotion and is then read as locked.
Hi there, do this: To fix this, remove the SD card from your camera. Look on the side and you will find a little switch. One end of the switch says locked the other end says unlocked. Move the switch from locked to unlocked. Replace it in your camera and turn it back on.
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"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."
thought the cards have a little tab on them so they can be "write protected" it is a little plastic tab on the side of the memory card you slide up and down. I know most SD cards have it, CF cards dont so if its anything besides SD memory its probobly the memory card or some little switch or somthing in the camera that tells the camera when the card is in the "Locked" or "Write protected" mode.
Looking at my SD memory cards they have a little arrow on the edge and they say "Lock" pointing down, the slider is up. Move yours both ways, maybe it has a bad connection in the card (im not sure what it actualy does) or its in a position the camera thinks its locked?
Please look at the memory card closely. If there is a write protect switch, it will give you this error. Please ensure that the write protect switch on the memory card is not in the lock, or protected position.