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How to Format Write Protected SD Card and Repair It to Usable Again [2024 Newest Guide]

You can easily remove the protection and format write-protected SD cards. This guide will teach you two easy solutions to format write protected SD Cards: #1. Use Write Protected Format Software #2. Format Write Protected SD Card Using CMD

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In this article, you'll learn:

  • Can I Format Write Protected SD Card or Micro SD Card?
  • How to Format Write Protected SD Card in Windows 11/10

Are you trying to format your SD card, but it is showing a message The SD card is write protected? If your card is write-protected, you can read the files it contains but cannot modify, delete or copy them. The situation can be distressing when we can see your crucial data and is unable to write it. Until the SD card's write protection is removed, your SD card becomes useless.

Well, there is no need to worry, the article is dedicated to providing relief and teaching you some easy solutions. You can easily remove the protection from SD card and format write-protected SD cards. Let's dive into the topic and learn how to format write-protected SD card and repair it to use again.

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Topics you may also interested: SanDisk Write Protected.

Can I Format Write Protected SD Card or Micro SD Card?

First, you will need to remove the write-protected of your SD Card and then format it with no hassle. However, it depends on the cause of why the SD card is write-protected and is experiencing failure. Here are the most common reasons why you are encountering the error:

  • Your SD card is locked with its physical switch
  • You may add write protection, or the SD card is encrypted with a BitLocker password
  • SD card gets write protected by viruses or unknown malware
  • There are chances that the card is corrupted or contains bad sectors.
  • SD card gets written and protected by third-party encryption software.

Unfortunately, you cannot format a write-protected SD card until you enable it to write information. Keep reading to get quick and easy solutions to remove the security of your SD card.

The provided solutions on this page also works to:

How to Format Write Protected SD Card in Windows 11/10

There are two methods to format write-protected SD card in the Windows system. The first method is most recommended as it's easier and more efficient to format write protected SD card to a normal state. Moreover, anyone can use it with no hassle. 

#1. Format Write Protected SD Card with Write Protected Format Software

If you are not tech-savvy and want to format your write-protected SD card, you can use a trusted and reliable software - EaseUS Partition Master. It offers avant-garde write protection functionality to unlock and clear the write protection state from the SD card.

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This write-protection removal tool has a straightforward user interface that simplifies the process to get the work done most quickly. Download EaseUS Partition Master and follow the given steps to format write protected SD Card:

1. Remove Write Protection from SD Card

Step 1. Download and install EaseUS Partition Master, go to the Toolkit section, and click "Write Protection".

Click Remove write protection

Step 2. Select your write protected USB, USB external disk or SD card, and click "Disable".

Click Remove write protection

2. Format SD Card After Removing Write Protection

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Step 1. Find your SD card and right-click the partition you want to format and choose "Format".

Step 2. Set a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4/exFAT), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Step 3. Click "Yes" on the pop-up window to continue.

Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button on the toolbar, then click "Apply" to start formatting your SD card.

In addition, EaseUS Partition Master can also effectively handle storage media operations, whether HDD, SSD, USB, memory card, SD card, etc. The tool offers incredible features to help you manage all your storage devices.

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#2. Format Write Protected SD Card Using CMD

The CMD tool enables Windows users to find and solve errors on the selected disk. It helps to clear write-protected attributes of storage devices. Carefully follow the steps to remove the read-only state of your SD Card using CMD.

Step 1: To start the process, connect your SD card to the computer and check if the card is showing up under Devices and drivers in This PC.

Step 2: Press Windows + R buttons, in the dialog box type cmd, and click OK.

Step 3: Type diskpart and press Enter.

Step 4: Now, paste or type the following commands one by one and press Enter after each command.

  • list disk
  • select disk # (# is the number of the SD card.)
  • attributes disk clear readonly

Remove write protection using cmd

After successfully clearing disk attributes, type exit and hit Enter. The protection will be removed, and you can now format the data. Now you can easily format your SD card using the command line. Follow the steps:

Step 1: Open CMD, type Diskpart, and hit the Enter Key.

Step 2: Type the list disk command and press Enter.

This command will show the list of available disks in the system. 

Step 3: Use the following commands and hit Enter each time.

  • select disk + disk number ( eg, select disk 2)
  • list volume
  • Select volume + volume number (eg, volume 10)
  • format fs=ntfs quick (or format fs=exfat)

Step 4: Type exit and press Enter to close the CMD window. 

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Check if your SD card is formatted successfully.

🔥Read More: How to Format SD Card Using CMD | Full Details

Bonus Tip: How to Protect SD Card from Write Protection Error

Encountering a write protection issue on the SD card can be annoying. It takes a lot of time to figure out the causes and find solutions. When your SD card shows the write-protected message, you will need to check some initial fixes to solve the issue and prevent data loss. Here are the essential tips to protect your SD card from becoming write-protected:

  • Back up SD card data to a safe location
  • Remember the BitLocker or encryption password for the SD card
  • Clear viruses and remove malware from PC and SD card
  • Safely plug and eject SD card from PC or other devices
  • Check the free space and properties of the SD card.
  • Remove any protection from the Disk Utility in your laptop.
  • Examine the metal chips on an SD card or micro SD card if it's not locked but is write-protected.

Final Verdict

We hope this article helped you to format write-protected SD card. This guide provides you with two solutions to fix the issue. You may feel less connected to the second solution as the CMD is time-consuming and confusing. Thus, we recommend you use EaseUS Partition Master. It is a reliable method to get rid of the problem and format your write-protected SD card.

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FAQs About Format SD Card from Write Protected to Normal State

Please follow this FAQ section if you have any quarry write-protected SD cards.

1. Can I format write protected sd card online?

So far as we understand, you cannot format a write-protected SD card online. However, you can download trusted and reliable write-protected software from the internet.

2. How to format write protected SD card using cmd?

CMD is a convenient method to solve the write-protected issue. To do so, Run the command prompt on your computer and type CHKDSK. It will show any error or corruption on your SD card and fix them automatically.

3. Can I format write-protected Micro SD cards?

You cannot format a write-protected SD card unless you remove the read-only mode. Remove the protection using the command prompt or a write-protection removal tool on your Windows PC.

4. Why is my SD card saying write protected?

Your SD card is saying write protected because it is in read-only mode. It prevents you from storing or deleting new files within your SD card. Check if your SD card is locked with the lock switch or might be affected by malware or virus.

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Updated by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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