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This guide will show you a couple of methods that you can use to remove the write protection on your Micro SD card.
Write protection on your devices is a great way of protecting the vital data that you may have stored on it from becoming erased or otherwise overwritten.
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However, that protection system for your data can also make it a massive pain to try and add any new data to your SD card, especially if you do not know how to turn off or remove it.
Have we got what you’re looking for? Let’s dive into our three methods of removing write protection.
Try To Toggle The Physical Switch
You may have noticed that for most SD and micro SD cards, there is a small slider or switch on one side of the storage device.
These are the physical locking mechanisms for your SD and Micro SD card, which help prevent any of the data from being altered without needing to use additional software.
It is the easiest method of both locking and unlocking your SD cards and managing their data.
Remove From Device
To unlock the card and remove the write protection on the SD card, simply remove it from whatever device it is currently in.
Look for the slider on the card, and slide it to the top of the card. This will unlock it from write protection, and allow you to add, remove or modify data.
To Lock Again
To lock it again, simply move the slider to the bottom to lock it again.
Check The SD Card’s Properties And Space
If you do not want or can’t use the physical switch on your micro SD, you can also change the settings of the card that are involved in the write protection system while it is connected to your computer.
Open ‘This PC’ Folder
To do this, open your ‘This PC’ folder whilst the micro SD card is inside your computer, and look for the SD card in the ‘Devices and drives tab.
Go To Properties
Once you have found it, right-click on the micro SD card and choose ‘properties’. You may be able to find a write protection section or entry in the new window.
Make Sure SD Card Is Not Full
There are a few things that you should keep in mind if you are attempting this method.
Firstly, the write protection may start to cause errors if there is little to no space on the drive, so make sure that the SD card is not full when trying this.
Secondly, accessing the drive through your computer isn’t a feature that all SD cards share, so this may not be possible with your micro SD card.
Resetting Your SD Card’s Attributes
This is a method that you can try if neither of the two previous methods worked, which involves using a command prompt
Select ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ Option
To do this, right-click on the start button, then select the ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ option that should appear on the list.
Display All Drives Connected To Your Device
Once the command prompt option has loaded, type in ‘diskpart’ to open that command, then type in ‘list disk’. This will show all the drives that are currently connected to your device.
Type In The Command
Once you have found the faulty micro SD card drive on the list, you then need to type in the command ‘select disk [DISK NUMBER]’, then use the command ‘attributes disk clear readonly’.
You should now be able to use the SD card normally and use one of the other methods we have shown.
These are the main methods that you can use to get around the issue of write protection on your Micro SD card. We hope this guide has helped solve your problems and answered all your questions on this matter. So, now you have the freedom to make edits to your SD card to your heart’s content.