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Old 19th of July 2011 (Tue)   #1
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Default SD Card "Write Protected"

I fired off a few shots with my 60D last night and then downlowded them onto my computer via a built in card reader. I then removed the card and put it back in my camera. I attempted to delete all images from the card but I recieved a message on the rear display saying the card was Write Protected. I could not format the card either. What's going on?
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Old 19th of July 2011 (Tue)   #2
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Default Re: SD Card "Write Protected"

If the lock switch hasn't been moved to lock the card then it could well be that the card has been corrupted. One of the ways this can happen is removing the card before using the Safely Remove option in the task bar.
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Old 19th of July 2011 (Tue)   #3
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Is the card ruined? Anything I can do?
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Default Re: SD Card "Write Protected"

If it's corrupted then as far as I know that's the end of it. I don't use SD cards, but I believe corrupted cards aren't all that unusual. Maybe someone else can give more detailed information on what to check, or use Google to read about corrupted SD cards.
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Try jiggling the switch back and forth a couple times and then try formatting it on your computer. Always make sure to use "remove hardware safely" on Win, drag to trash on Mac, or unmount on Linux before removing your card.
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Old 19th of July 2011 (Tue)   #6
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Where is that on Windows 7?
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So did you try the suggestion of toggling the switch on the SD card?
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Old 19th of July 2011 (Tue)   #8
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If the switch isn't the problem, you can go into Hard Disk Management on your computer, delete the partition on the card, create a new partition on the card, and try formatting again to see if that works.
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If the switch isn't the problem, you can go into Hard Disk Management on your computer, delete the partition on the card, create a new partition on the card, and try formatting again to see if that works.
And then format it in your camera before using.
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If you look at "Computer" on your menu you should see the memory card as a "drive" with data on it. Right click on it and choose "Eject". You might get a warning "Card is in use", but can still click "continue anyway" or something similar. You should see a pop-up that says "removeable media can be safely removed" or somthing similar.

Always do that when removing a card from the computer. (I always simply use drag and drop to transfer data from my cards, then I'm already in "Computer" to do the eject once all data is moved or copied.) It's the same as unplugging any USB device.

I agree with Dwain.... if you format the card in your computer, be sure to format it again in your camera before starting to shoot with it. In fact, it's a good habit to get in, always formatting in camera any time you put a card in... All data that was on the card prior will be lost, though. So be sure you have transfered all the images you want to keep.

If using Windows 7 64 bit and shooting RAW, you might not be able to see the images in Windows Explorer. There is an applet or codec you can buy for little money that will make the images viewable. I have it installed but can't recall the name. If using 32 bit operating system, Canon's codec should work...it's free, but there isn't a 64 bit version yet.
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I just tried moving that little switch and the damn thing fell off! I think this card is a write off. Thanks for the help all the same.
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I just tried moving that little switch and the damn thing fell off! I think this card is a write off. Thanks for the help all the same.
What brand of SD card were you using?
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Default Re: SD Card "Write Protected"

Even if the switch has come away you can still use a small flat head screwdriver to push the white bit to the open position?

Used this trick a lot working in a photo lab- a lot of the cheaper brand cards tend to come apart in your hands!!!
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Default Re: SD Card "Write Protected"

It's likely that you have simply accidently moved the little plastic "lock" on the side of the card, as has been mentioned..

Also, you may have "write protected" your images in-camera... reset the camera.

You should try and format the SD card in-camera..
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Default Re: SD Card "Write Protected"

If the switch itself broke off, you can try using a small folded piece of paper to move the switch in the slot itself.
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