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Old 09-04-11, 08:25 AM
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The Mystery Write-Protected SD Card

I have this 4gb SD card for my camera and a USB HCSD card reader. It works like a charm on XP but when I try to use it on Vista or Win7 it says the drive is "write protected" and I can't write/delete anything, just read.

Is annoying.
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Old 09-04-11, 08:37 AM
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maybe try having the windows 7 operate in XP mode to access the card?
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Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
I have this 4gb SD card for my camera and a USB HCSD card reader. It works like a charm on XP but when I try to use it on Vista or Win7 it says the drive is "write protected" and I can't write/delete anything, just read.

Is annoying.
Reformat the card under Windows 7. Be sure to use "FAT32". It's probably slightly corrupted and Windows 7 detects that and doesn't want to cause further damage / data loss.

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Old 09-05-11, 06:23 PM
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If it's write-protected, you can't reformat it. There's no such thing as "slightly corrupted." Make sure the lock thing on the SD card is slid to "unlocked."
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Hit it with a hammer.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 09-06-11, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
If it's write-protected, you can't reformat it. There's no such thing as "slightly corrupted." Make sure the lock thing on the SD card is slid to "unlocked."
If the lock is locked, then yeah, you can't do anything to it.

The file system could be partially corrupted. I've had it happen. Windows XP still worked with it fine, but Windows 7 loaded the file-system read-only after detecting an issue. Formatting is allowed (unless that little lock is switched). If that doesn't work, use Disk Manager to delete the volume on the drive. The re-format.

Ruben, let us know. We're curious.
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Start with your smallest hammer if you go my route. And tap may be a better word than hit.
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I disagree with jsharr. Small tiny taps may only cause more damage to the surroundings and not actually knock the write protect bit loose.

Best is to hit the write protect bit with the largest hammer you can find. Swing from the end of the hammer, being very careful to hit only the write protect bit. I usually use a punch.

A bench vise really helps here.

Look forward to reading which method works the best for you.
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Seems everybody misses the symptoms and makes the same question (on every forum I ask). Let me put some more details of the troubleshooting.

1) Place card in usb card reader.
2) Plug card reader into USB port on Win7 PC....
***write protected! can't write/delete ***
3) Take usb card reader out, with sd still on it.
4) Plug card reader into USB port on Windows Vista PC...
***write protected! can't write/delete ***
5) Take usb card reader out, with sd still on it.
4) Plug card reader into USB port on Windows XP PC...
*** Works like a charm ***

If the write protection tab had been on, the WinXP PC would have never let me write/delete stuff on the card. No duh, the tab is not on.

Can't format on Vista or Win7 cuz is write protected. I formatted it with the camera and try it again. Still "protected" on Vista and Win7... *and* now it's also "protected" on XP.

At this point I believe this is an issue with the card itself. I google'd the card and it seems the same card is sold with both the HP & PNY brand logos. On both cases the internet is full of people posting the same exact problem, no solution.

Here's the card from hell:

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Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
Seems everybody misses the symptoms and makes the same question (on every forum I ask). Let me put some more details of the troubleshooting.

1) Place card in usb card reader.
2) Plug card reader into USB port on Win7 PC....
***write protected! can't write/delete ***
3) Take usb card reader out, with sd still on it.
4) Plug card reader into USB port on Windows Vista PC...
***write protected! can't write/delete ***
5) Take usb card reader out, with sd still on it.
4) Plug card reader into USB port on Windows XP PC...
*** Works like a charm ***

If the write protection tab had been on, the WinXP PC would have never let me write/delete stuff on the card. No duh, the tab is not on.

Can't format on Vista or Win7 cuz is write protected. I formatted it with the camera and try it again. Still "protected" on Vista and Win7... *and* now it's also "protected" on XP.

At this point I believe this is an issue with the card itself. I google'd the card and it seems the same card is sold with both the HP & PNY brand logos. On both cases the internet is full of people posting the same exact problem, no solution.

Here's the card from hell:

In that case the answer is simple. Buy a new card. They're not exactly expensive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820171479
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Old 09-08-11, 08:17 AM
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Your SD reader probably doesn't have the correct driver for Win7, and therefore, sees the volume as "Write Protected" (Because of the presence of the tab).
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I'm confused. Did a hammer fix it or not?
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I'm confused. Did a hammer fix it or not?
I will bet you a cup of coffee and a cruller that he did not even try using a hammer on it.
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I say use an axe (or maybe a nice 10 lb sledge and a splitting wedge - a maul may work but is widely considered cheating). Lazy loggers use chainsaws, but we don't talk to them.
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My former boss used this method.
1. Spill hot coffee on offending data storage device.
2. Wait until beverage residue drys.
3. Rinse off with hot tap water.
4. Place in microwave on popcorn setting til dry.
5. Buy new data storage device.
6. Repeat every two weeks.
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This is why digital cameras will never be popular. Too much crap that can go wrong, and too expensive (you already have THREE computers to try to read this SD card). You should save yourself the money, aggravation, and time. Just take a notepad and pencil with you and draw what you see.
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This is why digital cameras will never be popular. Too much crap that can go wrong, and too expensive (you already have THREE computers to try to read this SD card). You should save yourself the money, aggravation, and time. Just take a notepad and pencil with you and draw what you see.
I am reminded of the old quote: I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.

For here, it would be: I carry a camera because an artist is too heavy.
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Throw it away and get another brand. (I mean the card not the PC.)
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