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How to remove write-protected property from SD memory card?

sk8erboy 32 August 30, 2008 at 01:59 PM
I'm trying to delete pictures from an SD card that were taken with my new digital camera. I've copied the files to my computer, and need to remove them from the SD card.

But, when I try to delete the files from the card, I get an error: "Cannot delete the image: The disk is write protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk."

I've tried removing the Read-Only property from the folder that the pictures reside in, but I get the error: "An error occurred applying attributes to the file: F:\<location & file name> The media is write protected".

Any idea how to remove this write protection?
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Take out your SD card..and The little nob on your SD card that says "Lock"..push it the other way, and plug it back in. Tell me what happens..and if it works..
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Take out your SD card..and The little nob on your SD card that says "Lock"..push it the other way, and plug it back in. Tell me what happens..and if it works..
I forgot to mention that I did try that. No dice. Any other thoughts?
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I forgot to mention that I did try that. No dice. Any other thoughts?
Sometimes my SD card reader with initiate the the lock button by itself when I plug it in. Can you still take pictures with it..lock or unlock mode?Do you have any other device that you can plug into your computer that will read SD cards?
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Sometimes my SD card reader with initiate the the lock button by itself when I plug it in. Can you still take pictures with it..lock or unlock mode?Do you have any other device that you can plug into your computer that will read SD cards?
I don't have another device that reads SD cards, but I could borrow one from a friend. When I removed the SD card from my computer's memory reader and put the card back in the camera, I was able to take pictures, so it appears that my memory reader doesn't initiate the lock on the SD card.
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I don't have another device that reads SD cards, but I could borrow one from a friend. When I removed the SD card from my computer's memory reader and put the card back in the camera, I was able to take pictures, so it appears that my memory reader doesn't initiate the lock on the SD card.
I'm asking though..can you turn the lock on and still take pictures? Just curious that's all..have you also tried another computer? Are you using Vista?
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Put the SD card in the digital camera and format it (or delete each image induvidually).
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I'm asking though..can you turn the lock on and still take pictures? Just curious that's all..have you also tried another computer? Are you using Vista?
With the card locked, I can't take pictures. I'm using XP. Haven't tried another computer. My other computer doesn't have a media reader.
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Put the SD card in the digital camera and format it (or delete each image induvidually).
Cool, that worked. Was able to format the card from the camera - took about 2 seconds. Thanks everyone for the advice!
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Cool, that worked. Was able to format the card from the camera - took about 2 seconds. Thanks everyone for the advice!
laugh out loud That just erased all the pictures on your card..you realize that right? I didn't recommend that in the first place since I assumed you wanted to keep your pictures laugh out loud
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laugh out loud That just erased all the pictures on your card..you realize that right? I didn't recommend that in the first place since I assumed you wanted to keep your pictures laugh out loud
The OP said that he copied all the pictures over and he wants to delete them from the SD card.

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I've copied the files to my computer, and need to remove them from the SD card.
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The OP said that he copied all the pictures over and he wants to delete them from the SD card.
laugh out loud Doh Well I guess I didn't read carefully enough Stick Out Tongue
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I'm trying to delete pictures from an SD card that were taken with my new digital camera. I've copied the files to my computer, and need to remove them from the SD card.

But, when I try to delete the files from the card, I get an error: "Cannot delete the image: The disk is write protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk."

I've tried removing the Read-Only property from the folder that the pictures reside in, but I get the error: "An error occurred applying attributes to the file: F:\<location & file name> The media is write protected".

Any idea how to remove this write protection?[/QUOTE]

when i formats ym mamory card mass show disk is write protected
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again, check the little tab on the SD card to make sure its not in the locked position.
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hi, i have the same problem.

SD-card works fine within my camera, I can take picture, delete one by one or once at all,
i can also do the format, ONLY if I do it all through the camera button.

but soon if I connect my camera to PC using USB cable provided, winXP can still
browse and open the file (considering that the camera as a USB mass storage device),
but I can NOT delete/add files and also can not do the formatting via computer.
write-protected error message appeared.

so I took out the SD-card, feed it into card-reader, connect to PC, no luck
the same write-protected error message appeared.

to minimize the advice respond, i've tried all of these with no luck :

1. switch back and forth the "lock" switch on SD-card
which i'm quite sure it has nothing to do with this, because the camera can take pic,
delete and format when it's "unlock", and can not do anything if the card "locked".

2. change the card-reader
which also i'm quite sure it has nothing to do with this,
because even with direct connection without the card-reader
so it's camera - PC direct connection, the problem also exist....

3. put a tape on the switch of the SD-card
i just did this though also it's irrelevant,
because everyhting work OK if operated by the camera.

4. bought and try new SD-card
5. try on 4 different computers
6. Change regist setting on XP "StorageDevicePolicies" to null
7. Re-format the card via camera
8. Can not format the card via computer, even in safe-mode "write protected" error.

the camera of mine is Minolta and cheap digital camera Spektra.
with both camera, happened the same problem.

what on earth is happening on me?
any kind of responds will be greatly appreciated.

thank you in advanced.
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