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- Recover Files from Virus Infected Hard Drive
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- Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive
When your memory card gets locked, don't worry. Follow one fo the provided methods here to unlock your memory card without losing any data:
|Workable Solutions||Step-by-step Troubleshooting|
|Fix 1. Switch Card Lock||If the memory card has a plastic slider switch, switch if from "OFF" to "ON"...Full steps|
|Fix 2. Unlock with Password||On Android Phone, go to "Settings" > "Security & privacy" > ""More settings" > "Unlock SD card"...Full steps|
|Fix 3. Remove Write Protection||Use attributes disk clear readonly command or EaseUS M Tool to remove the write protection...Full steps|
|Fix 4. Format Memory Card||Connect SD card to PC > Use File Explorer or Disk Management to format the card...Full steps|
|Bonus Tip. Recover Data||If you lost data, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard > Scan and recover lost SD data...Full steps|
Memory Card Locked
"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 cards, including SD cards, Micro SD cards, CF cards, and more, are commonly used in digital cameras and Android phones. Like memory card not showing files on mobile, "memory card locked" error also occurs quite frequently. If your memory card is locked or write-protected, you will get the error you cannot add new files to the device or edit the existing files on it, which is not wanted by most of the users. To make sure you can use your SD card as usual, you need to unlock the memory card to remove the "memory card locked" or "SD card locked" error.
4 Fixes for "Memory card locked" Error
Depending on your specific situation, you will need different ways to unlock the SD card.
Method 1. Remove "Memory card locked" Error via Lock 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 of the card which is used to unlock or unlock the device, serving to prevent the writing or erasing of the files stored in the card. In the 'up' position the card is unlocked, writable, and can be erased. In the 'down' position the memory card is 'locked' and then your camera or Android phone will show you the "Memory card locked" error.
So, when you get "Memory card locked" error message, check your SD card and 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.
If the switch is missing or broken, you can use a toothpick or something similar to carefully toggle the switch to unlock your SD card.
Method 2. Unlock SD Card with Password
If you have locked your SD card on your Android phone, you need to remove the error "SD card locked" on your mobile using the password you set.
Step 1. Open "Settings" on your Android phone.
Step 2. Go to "Security & privacy" > "More settings".
Step 3. Choose "Unlock SD card" and enter your password when needed.
Method 3. Remove Write Protection on the SD Card
Write protection on the SD card may also cause "SD card locked" error on your digital camera or mobile phone. Thus, removing write protection could be helpful in some cases. Here you can remove the "read-only" attribute using diskpart on computer.
Step 1. Connect your memory card into your computer via a card reader and run "Command Prompt" as an administrator.
Step 2. Enter diskpart and click "Yes" in the prompt asking for notification.
Step 3. Enter the following command in order:
list volume select volume X (Replace "X" with the number of your write-protected SD card.)
attributes disk clear readonly
If you are not professional in computing management and not familiar with command lines, don't worry. EaseUS R&D team has promoted a fresh kit for helping you resolve the write-protection issue on your hard drive, external hard drive, USB or SD card, etc., devices.
EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to the command line.
Use this one-click tool to solve the write-protection issues on your own:
Step 1: DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS Tools M for free.
Step 2: Run EaseUS Tools M on your PC, choose the "Write Protection" mode.
Step 3: Select the device which is now "Write-Protected" and click "Disable" to remove the protection.
There is more than one way to remove write protection on an SD card. For other ways, you can refer to the article about how to fix the error "Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected".
Method 4. Format the Memory Card
If you don't remember the password you set when lock your SD card or the tips above fail to fix "memory card locked" error on your storage device, you can only force unlock your memory card by formatting, which will erase all the existing files on your device. Besides, data erased by force unlocking your SD card is difficult to recover.
How to Recover Lost Files from Locked Memory Card
If you have successfully removed the error "memory card locked" but find there is data loss on your device, you can use the hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover the lost data. Besides, although retrieving the data erased by force unlocking the device is hard to get back, you can also try the software to scan for lost files.
To perform SD card data recovery:
Step 1. Select the memory card and scan
Connect the memory card to your computer and launch EaseUS card recovery software on your PC. Click "Scan" to start looking for your lost data.
Step 2. Wait for the scanning process to finish.
After the scanning process, you can check and filter wanted files in this program. Click "Filter" if you are looking for a specific file type.
Step 3. Recover wanted files.
You can directly double-click the files to preview and see if the files are all right. After this, you can choose wanted files and click "Recover" to restore them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices.
The Bottom Line
To fix a problem like "SD card locked" is always companied with data loss if you forget the password or the switch isn't working. This should remind you of backing up data regularly. You can do back up your SD card by manually copying files to somewhere else, using free backup software or sync the files to the cloud storage. No matter which way you choose, taking action is the most important.
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