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Fix Memory Card Locked Error without Losing Data

Updated on Nov 20, 2018 by Abby Haines to Resource


This page shows you how to recover data from memory card locked error and format the card to fix the issue without losing data.

Memory card locked, how to fix it without losing data?

"Recently, I have some problems with my camera card. Every time when I am trying to take pictures using my Sony camera, it shows me "Memory card locked" error message. So ... how do I unlock a locked memory card without formatting or losing my data?"

memory card locked error

Fix memory card locked error by turning off locking slide switch

Usually, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card or Eye-Fi cards have a small plastic slider switch on the left side edge of the card which is used to "write protect", or prevent the writing or erasing of files contained on the card.  In the 'up' position the card is unlocked and writeable and may be erased. In the 'down' position the memory card is 'locked' and then the camera will remind "Memory card locked" error. 

Turning off locking slide switch to fix memory card locked error

So, when you get "Memory card locked" error message, please check to make sure that you didn't accidentally place the tiny locking slide switch on the side of your SD card in the "locked" downward position. It is the first and easiest step to unlock memory card

Fix memory card locked error without losing data

If your camera still shows "memory card error" or "card requires formatting" error even after you turning off locking slide switch, your card or file system might be corrupted. In this case, formatting the card in the camera is the only way to fix this issue. But it will also erase all files on the card. So, how can you fix "memory card error" without losing data? It's easy! You can try EaseUS file recovery software to recover your data from memory card and then do the formatting job later. 

To recover data from memory card locked error, follow these steps:

Usually, deleted or formatted data is not permanently removed. Stop using the memory card once you lost data on it. With powerful memory card recovery software, you can hopefully get lost data back.

Step 1. Run memory card recovery software

  • Connect the memory card on which you lost your files to your computer and launch EaseUS card recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
  • Select your memory card under External Devices and click "Scan" to start finding your lost files.
Select memory card to scan and find lost files.

Step 2. Scan to find all lost files from memory card

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will fully scan your memory card and find all your lost data on it.

Scan memory card to find lost files.

Step 3. Scan to find all lost files from your memory card.

After the scanning process, you can check and preview found files in this program.

  • Underneath Deleted Files, you can find your deleted memory card files there.
  • And if you formatted the memory card, you can check those files under Lost Partition Files.
  • And Filter will help you quickly find your lost files from Graphics, Documents, Videos, Audio, and Email, etc.

You can directly double-click the files to preview and see if found files are all right. After this, you can choose those files and click "Recover" to restore them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices.

Restore lost memory card data.