Write Protection is one of the many technologies that we have these days and it can be seen in the smallest of electronic devices – even devices as small as your conventional SD Card. Given that a media card is bought for the sole purpose of having extra memory on which to keep your files, documents, games, application data, music, video and the likes, it is therefore frustrating when you are about to use your media care and it is now allowing you to perform tasks for which you have bought it on it.
When the Write Protection on your card is active, it would not allow you copy files to it from any external device. This has been put in there as a safety precaution to safeguard the user against the SD Card obtaining unnecessary files which might be harmful and dangerous to the files therein or in the long run, the media card itself. Today, we would be talking about three different ways to remove the write protection.
Place your media card (or San Disk or any other SD Card adapter) on the palm of your hands and carefully observe the sides. On one side of the SD Card, there appears to be a tiny, white, plastic switch that can be pushed up or down. When the Write Protection is active on your card, push the tiny switch and voila, Write Protection is removed.
Another way to remove Write Protection from your card is by formatting the said card. Using Windows software on your Personal Computer, insert the media card into the media card slot provided by your computer manufacturer and wait for it to pop up in “My Computer”. Right-click on the pop-up that indicates the card is inside the computer and proceed to click on the “Format” option. After the full format is done, Windows would have removed the Write Protection from your card.
Note that this procedure should only be performed on new SD Cards else you risk losing all of your data without mode of recovery unless you have them backed up somewhere.
Using the Mac OS, insert the SD Card into your computer system and click on the “Applications” tab. Proceed to click on “Utilities” and from there, access “Disk Utilities”. Select your SD Card from the panel you’ll see and ask the system to “Erase”. A dropdown menu would be provided you. Select “MS-DOS File system or exFat”. The erase function should then remove the Write Protection.