Write-protection is a feature on SD cards and other forms of flash memory that prevents data stored on the card from being deleted and new data from being added. It exists to ensure that you cannot inadvertently write over critical data on your SD card or delete data to make space to write new files.
Why is my SD card write protected all of a sudden?
Check the Card’s Properties and Space
When you add a removable device to Windows, you can toggle a setting that prevents writing to it. You may have inadvertently enabled this setting, preventing you from changing the SD card’s contents. To check it, open This PC and look for your SD card under Devices and drives.
How do I remove write protection?
To remove the write protection, simply open your Start menu, and click on Run. Type in regedit and press Enter. This will open the registry editor. Double-click the WriteProtect key located in the right side pane and set the value to 0.
How do I remove write protection from SanDisk?
- Type DISKPART in Windows search box and hit enter.
- Enter LIST VOLUME and press enter.
- Type SELECT VOLUME #, the # is the volume number of your SanDisk USB/SD card/SSD drive, which you want to remove write protection from.
- Type ATTRIBUTES DISK CLEAR READONLY, press enter.
How do I remove write protection from online?
Removal of write protection with the Diskpart utility
- list disk and press Enter. (This command displays a list of drives connected to your PC).
- select disk 0 (Replace 0 with the write-protected device number) and hit Enter.
- attributes disk clear readonly and confirm, with Enter. …
- exit (exit from diskpart utility)
Why can’t I remove write protection USB?
Disk Write Protected FAQ
If your USB flash drive, SD card or hard drive is write-protected, you can easily remove write protection. You can try running a virus scan, checking and ensuring the device isn’t full, disabling read-only status for a file, using diskpart, editing Windows Registry and formatting the device.
What happens if SD card is locked?
If you use a locked SD card in your camera, the camera simply loses writing access. This means you can’t save any new images to the card or alter the already stored photos. On most cameras, you’ll get an error informing you that the card is locked.
What does it mean when a SD card is locked?
SD cards have a lock because it prevents anything to be written on it. When an SD card is unlocked position, you can read and write the SD card. But, when it is in locked position, it will not allow you to make any changes to its file system, making it a read-only device.