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2 Easy Fixes for SD "Memory Card can't be Written to"

Dec. 09, 2013 11:27 am / Posted by Bobby Hills to Card Tips
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I have an 8 GB SD card and got the error: "Card Locked". I was not able to download anything to it, nor can I delete anything on it. Can somebody please help me?

If you are unable to write to your SD card, there are 2 possible causes.

SD card can't be Written/Added/Edited/Deleted– Just Unlock It

Actually, this is not an error. SD card has a built-in lock feature that means it is "write-protected," so that photos can't be saved to or deleted from the card while it is locked.

To unlock your SD card and remove write protection, follow these steps:

Tips: If the card adapter's lock keeps locking, the act of inserting the card into the card reader could be switching the lock back. A small piece of tape over the locking switch will prevent this from happening.

SD card can be Read but not Written to – Just Format It

If you can read from the device, but not write to it, this lock is the most likely culprit. However, data on the card can also be corrupted and prevent reading from or writing to the device. If that's the case, you will need to format the card and start over.

You'd better back up data on your SD card before formatting since formatting will wipe all the data on it. Forgot to back up? Try SD card data recovery software to recover the lost data immediately.

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