Remove Write Protection on SD Card: SD card or Secure Digital card is an ultra small flash memory card designed to provide a large memory for storage of data in small size. These cards are widely used nowadays in gadgets like digital cameras, camcorders, handheld computers and smartphones to store large amounts of data securely in an encrypted format. A smaller version of this card called micro-SD card is also based on the same principle and are used as memory chips in mobile phones to increase the secondary storage space of the device.
Since a large amount of (sometimes sensitive) data is stored in an SD card, it features a protection mechanism of its own called ‘Write Protection’. This feature when enabled does not allow a user to modify or delete the data stored in it. Apart from that, it also stops viruses from corrupting the data stored on it and avoids mal-operation. However, this safety feature can be troublesome at times when we want to clear the storage space of the card or want to add new files to it. But thankfully, there are a few methods by which you can easily disable this write protection feature on SD cards. In this article, we are going to discuss in detail about the various procedures by which you can remove write protection on SD card effectively and easily.
Remove Write Protection on SD Cards with These Methods
Here we are going to list some of the best methods of removing write protection on SD cards. However, to use these methods you need to have a Windows PC/laptop or an Apple Mac device. You are free to try out any of these methods as per your choice but we recommend you to start from procedure one.
Method 1: Remove Physical Write Protection
This is one of the most basic methods of removing write protection on SD card. Most SD cards these days come with a physical lock switch that can be enabled or disabled by the user. To check whether your SD card has a lock switch and it is in the enabled position or not, just follow the simple steps below.
- Place the SD card on a flat surface with the label facing upwards
- Locate the lock switch (if any) which is usually found on the upper left side of the SD card. (the lock switch is usually a small white or black tab that can be found on the left side of the SD card)
- If you find a lock switch, slide it down towards the gold connectors at the bottom. This will disable the write protection feature of your card and enable you to modify or delete data.
Method 2: Remove Write Protection Using Diskpart Utility on Windows
If the above-mentioned method does not work or if your SD card does not have a physical lock switch, you can try this method. However, to use this method, you will need a Windows PC or laptop and need to use an administrator account to open the Disk Partition tool. Now follow the steps listed below carefully.
- Plug the SD card into your PC/laptop (if your PC/laptop does not have an SD card slot, use a multi-card adaptor to plug in)
- Open the command prompt by clicking on ‘Start’ and type ‘cmd’ on the search bar to locate the command prompt and open it
- Now type ‘diskpart’ and press enter
- On the diskpart, type ‘listdisk’ and press enter again
- Now type ‘select disk 1’ to select your SD card and press enter
- Type ‘attributes disk clear readonly’ and press enter
- Once you are done, type exit and press enter to exit the disk part utility tool.
- After you exit the tool, right click on your SD card and click on the ‘format’ option to successfully format your card.
Method 3: Remove Write Protection using Registry Editor on Windows
If none of the above-mentioned methods work, then you can try out the third procedure that uses the registry editor tool of Windows to clear write protection on SD cards. Follow the steps below
- Plug the SD card into your PC/laptop like above
- Click on Start menu (found on the bottom left corner of your Windows device)
- Type ‘regedit’ and open the Registry Editor tool
- Once the tool is opened follow the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/StorageDevicePoliciesÂ
- Now you will find the option of ‘write protection’ following the path above
- Double click on ‘write protection; and set its value to ‘0’
- Once the value has been set to 0, the write protection feature will get disable automatically and you will be able to copy files to and from the card again.
Method 4: Remove Write Protection on Mac
If you own a Mac device instead of a Windows PC or laptop, you can use this method to remove write protection on SD cards easily. Just follow the steps below.
- Plug the SD card into your Mac device using an external card adaptor
- Try to locate any read-only file (if any). The presence of a single read-only file can sometimes cause the whole SD card to lock. If you find one, change it to ‘read and write’ status to disable the write protection
- Now open ‘spotlight’ by clicking on the magnifying lens-like icon in the top right corner of the screen. This will bring a search bar in the middle of the screen
- Type Disk Utility on the search bar and then double click on it after the search results are displayed
- Now select your SD card’s name in the upper-left side of the Disk Utility tab
- Click First Aid to run the tool on your SD card
- If your card is locked due to an error, First Aid will resolve the issue and you will be able to use the card again
So these were some of the best methods to remove write protection on SD cards. These processes are not difficult to execute at all if you follow the steps carefully. However, if you face any issues while following any of these procedures you can use the comment section to notify us.