why does my camera say write protect

Memory Card Write protection switches make it possible to
prevent the memory card from being erased or wiped. Not all types of
memory cards will feature these; SD and Memory Sticks often include the
write protect switch. SD Cards have a physical switch on the side of them which sets the
write protection of the card. If the write protect switch is in the
locked position, then it will not be possible to write to the card. It
will, however, be possible to read the photographs from the card if
they are already there. Mini and Micro SD cards do not feature a switch, however, when they
are placed in the SD card adaptor to fit into your computer, there is a
lock switch. Some people mistakenly believe that this is to lock the
card in position, however, this is actually a write protect switch. When using the adapter, you shouldn't touch the switch. Sometimes the switch can break off the memory card, which will leave
the card in a locked position. This will mean that you won't be able to
unlock the card because there's no switch. If this is the case, then
it's fairly easy to repair the switch.


The switch itself does not do anything inside the card; it is simply
a piece of plastic which hits a switch inside the camera or reader. This means that it works in exactly the same way as the switch on an
old 3. 5" floppy disk, or the tabs on a VHS tape. Repair the switch by simply sticking a piece of tape over the
correct section of the switch. Once this is fixed in place, the switch
will be depressed correctly. This will mean that the switch is no
longer write protected and it will be possible to write photos to it
once again. It's also possible to protect individual files on your camera's
memory card by selecting an option in your camera's menus. This
protection will need to be removed before the individual files can be
removed or adjusted. If you're not sure how to do this, look through the instruction manual of your computer. If you are having problems removing the memory cards write
protection, but have already adjusted the physical switch, then another
option is to format the card. Put the card in your computer and format
it to Fat-16 or Fat-32, depending on your camera.


There are also other types of memory card which support write
protection. These will all work in similar ways, although not all of
them use a switch. With memory sticks, for example, there is a switch
on the underside of the card. This is a more substantial switch which
will lock the contents of the drive. XD and Smart Media memory cards feature a sticker, and covering a
specific area of the card with the sticker will write protect it and
prevent anyone from writing to it. Some types of XD card might also
feature a writer protect switch. Popular Cameras for High Quality Photos:
Originally posted by: Brutuskend The Smartmedia Memory Card is an SSFDC (Solid State Floppy Disk Card) removable memory card. With a card like this you can record and erase data from Cameras, MP3 Players, Handheld PC s and more. A Smartmedia Memory Card is very small and thin. It is about 1/64 of an inch thick, (The Thickness is an estimated guess be me. ) 1-n inches in length and 1-m inches wide. Actual Dimensions are 45mm x 37mm x 0. 76mm and the Weight is approximately 1. 8g. There is a gold metal like area on the card, this is the contact area with the device for storing and deleting your photos or data. (DO NOT TOUCH THE GOLD AREA. ) You will see a little circle in the right center of the card, this is the write-protect area.


To make a Smartmedia Memory Card read only place a write-protect adhesive seal over the circle. Removing the write-protect adhesive seal will make the card like it was before so you can place data or your photos back on it. Smartmedia Memory Card come with a static-free sleeve and plastic case for storage. Usually included are index labels and write-protect adhesive seals. Use a little common sense when handling these tiny storage cards, you could damage them if misused. Storage sizes come in 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128MB. (Megabytes) Each Smartmedia Memory Card is marked on what size they are on the outside of the card. The 8MB and 16MB cards are the Olympus cards. The Olympus Camedia Smartmedia Memory Card have a Panorama function. The 2048x1536 Resolution is in the High Quality Mode and the 1280x960 640x480 Resolutions are in the Normal mode of camera.

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