8 Ways to Remove Write Protection From SD Card (Updated for 2022) (2023)

Summary:This post introduces 8 useful ways to remove write protection from SD cards or micro SD cards. With these fixes, you can access data or format write protected SanDisk, Samsung, or Transcend SD cards.

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Write protection on your SD card in the first place is a way to protect your files from accident deletion or disk erasure. When you need to write to or format an SD card or micro SD card that is write-protected, you would get an error message saying "The disk is write protected" on Windows PC, "Memory card locked" on cameras, and "read-only" on Mac.

In order to make the micro SD card writable, you need to remove write protection from SD card. In this post, you will learn 8 methods on how to get rid of write protection on SD cards:

  • 1. Unlock SD card by sliding up the physical SD card lock
  • 2. Clean SD card's metal connectors
  • 3. Disable write protection on SD card by third-party software
  • 4. Clear read-only attributes on SD card
  • 5. Edit Windows Registry to fix SD card write protected
  • 6. Repair corrupted file system that prevents write permission
  • 7. Recover data and reformat write protected SD card
  • 8. Replace with a new SD card
  • 9. FAQs about removing SD card write protection

Unlock SD card by sliding up the physical SD card lock

Basically, all SD standard cards have a physical write protection switch that can be toggled up to disable write protection on micro SD card. Hence, when a micro SD card/Sd card is write protected, the first thing to check is the physical lock position.

How to remove write protection on micro sd card:

  • 1. Locate the Lock switch on your standard SD card, or find the lock on the write protected SD card adapter containing a micro SD card.
  • 2. Slide the SD card Lock switch up to the unlock position (like the picture below) to remove physical write protection on micro SD card.

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  • 3. Reinsert the SD card (or SD card adapter loaded with the micro SD card) into your device or attach it to a computer through an SD card reader. Then the SD card write protection should be removed.

If you find the SD card unlocked but the card is write protected, it could be a bad connection that prevents you from writing to the SD card.

For an micro SD card or SD card write protected but not locked, take a close look at the metal chips on an SD card or micro SD card. They are supposed to connect to a digital device that should be flat, clean, and dry. If the SD card's metal contacts are dusty, oily, or covered with an oxidized layer, it might be "protected" from writing.

Use a piece of soft and dry cloth and wipe the connectors gently or clean it with a piece of cotton moistened with alcohol if they are oily. Also, you can use an eraser to get rid of that oxidized layer or stains.

If the metal connectors are scratched or flaked off, there is no need to remove write protection on micro SD card but to replace the entire storage media.

After checking the lock and connectors, you can't write to SD card? Try the following solutions for removing write protection from sd card.

Disable write protection on SD card by third-party software

Standard SD cards or micro SD cards could be protected by password using mobile devices or third-party software from unwanted data modification. In this case, you need to recall if you have locked your SD card/micro SD card with an encryption tool (such as SanDisk micro SD card Secure Access) or any write protection software.

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If so, remove write protection on micro SD cards with the correct password using that specific software.

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Clear read-only attributes on SD card

In some cases, the write protected SD card has only the read permission. Such digital write protection on micro SD card could be removed using Diskpart on Windows 10/8/7. In macOS, anadmin accountmay set up a read-only privilege to this SD card/micro SD card, making it a write protected SD card, you need to take over the admin right to edit the privilege.

So, if you are using a PC, make sure you are the administrator and carefully follow these steps to get write protection on micro SD card removed:

  1. Click the Windows logo or Start in the bottom-left corner of your desktop.
  2. Type in: command prompt for search and run Command Prompt as an administrator from the results.
  3. Type in: diskpart into Command Prompt followed by pressing the Enter key.
  4. After allowing it to make changes, type in: list disk and press Enter.
  5. Locate your SD card according to the disk information and remember its disk number.
  6. Type in: select disk number and replace "number" with your SD card's, then press Enter key.
  7. Type in: attributes disk clear readonly and press Enter.

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Your SD memory card won't have the write protected error after you see the "Disk attributes cleared successfully" message in the command prompt window.

If you are using a Mac, you need to follow these steps to fix a micro SD write protected:

  1. Right-click the SD card/micro SD card icon on the desktop or in Disk Utility and select Get info.
  2. Scroll down to find Sharing & Permissions.
  3. Click the yellow lock to make changes and enter your admin password.
  4. Select your user name and change from Read Only to Read & Write.
  5. Click the yellow lock again to save the change.

If the write protection still can't be removed after read-only permission is disabled, you may need to go deep to modify the Windows registry to remove write protection on micro SD card.

Edit Windows Registry to fix SD card write protected

Be careful when you are editing Windows Registry. Back up your memory card first.

  1. Keep your SD card/micro SD card connected to the Windows computer.
  2. Use Windows + R together to open the Run window.
  3. Type in regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.
  4. Expand the folder in the left panel as the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies. If you don't see the StorageDevicePolicies folder, right-click Control folder and select New > Key to create a new key called StorageDevicePolicies.
  5. Right-click the StorageDevicePolicies folder and click New > DWORD (32-bit) Value to create a new value named WiteProtect.
  6. Double-click the WriteProtect key in the right window and set its value data as 0 and click OK.
  7. Close Registry Editor, disconnect the SD card, and restart your PC.

If all attempts above don't help remove write protection on micro SD card or SD card, you need to check if the device's file system is corrupted.

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Repair corrupted file system that prevents write permission

It's possible that you can't write to SD card because parts of your SD card (that are related to writing permission) are corrupted. Then, you'll need to repair such corruption to regain write access to this SD card.

On your Windows PC:

  1. On your Windows PC, find your SD card in File Explorer and right-click on it.
  2. Choose Properties in the context menu.
  3. Choose Tools and then click on the Check button.

Such an SD card repairing process could also be completed with Mac's First Aid. Once the error scanning and repairing process completes, you can reinsert your SD card or micro SD card to your device and access it again.

How to repair SD card with First Aid on your Mac?

If the write-protected SD card error can't be repaired, you need to recover data from the corrupted SD card and then format the SD card to make it work again.

Recover data and reformat write protected SD card

Formatting an SD card or micro SD card will force remove write protection on micro SD card caused by a corrupted file system. Before you reformat write protected SD card or micro SD card, do remember to back up your important files by recovering them from the corrupted SD card using reliable data recovery software.

How to recover data from corrupted SD card on Windows?

How to recover data from SD card on Mac?

After files are recovered, go ahead to format SD card with free tools.

How to format an SD card on your Mac?

How to format an SD card on your Windows?

Cannot format SD card, what to do?

Replace with a new SD card

If theSD card still can't workright, you may have to get a new SD card or micro SD card for your device.

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Conclusion

After reading this post, you know how to remove write protection from SD card or micro SD card, then you'll be able to take new pictures using the SD card in cameras, transfer files from computers to the SD card, and do any operations to this SD card including formatting.

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FAQs about removing SD card write protection

QWhy does my SD card say write protected?

A

Because you have enabled the write protection on the SD card. With this feature of the SD card turned on, it prevents the data stored on it from being deleted or overwritten.

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QHow do I unlock a write protected SD card?

A

There is a physical switch used to protect the SD card. To unlock a write-protected SD card, you need to shift the switch in the opposite direction and reconnect the SD card to the computer.

QHow do I make my SD card writable?

A

You can follow the methods we provide in this post one by one to remove write protection from SD cards or Micro SD cards, including using the physical switch, checking the connection, utilizing third-party software, clearing read-only attributes, editing Windows Registry, etc.

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FAQs

How do I remove the write protection on a new SD card? ›

3 Ways to Remove Write Protection on SD Cards in Windows
  1. Toggle the SD Card's Lock Physical Switch. Almost all full-size SD cards include a slider on the side that acts as a write-locking mechanism. ...
  2. Check the Card's Properties and Free Space. ...
  3. Reset the Card's Attributes via the Command Prompt.
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Is it possible to remove write protection from SD card? ›

Virtually all SD cards have physical locks that can be toggled to enable (or disable) write protection. If your SD card is locked down due to digital write protection, you can use a Windows or Mac computer to remove the write protection.

How do I make my SD card writable? ›

Unlock Read-Only SD Card with Physical Write Protection Tab. Most memory cards for Android or Nintendo Switch use are usually with a physical write protection tab. If you find such a tab on your card, then first you need to slide it to the unlocked position to remove the read only attribute.

How do I remove write protection from my Sandisk SD card? ›

If you are using a microSD to SD adapter, make sure the lock switch on the left side of the adapter card is slid up (unlock position). You will not be able to modify or delete the contents on the memory card if it is locked.

What tool removes write protection from SD card? ›

To remove write protection from an SD card, you can use third-party write protection removal tool like EaseUS Windows CleanGenius as recommended above. Or, you may try running CMD or Registry Editor to clear the write protection.

How do I turn off write protection? ›

Change write protection through the Windows registry
  1. To enable write protection, change the WriteProtect value to 1 and click OK. To disable write protection, change the WriteProtect value to 0 and click OK.
  2. Close the Windows Registry Editor and restart your computer.
Jan 31, 2023

How do I remove the write protection on a micro SD card without a switch? ›

What to Know
  1. If you're using an SD card adapter, slide the write-protection switch from locked to unlocked.
  2. From command prompt: type diskpart, press enter. Type list disk, press enter ( make note of disk number).
  3. Type select disk [disk_number] and press Enter. Then, type attributes disk clear readonly, and press Enter.
Sep 28, 2022

Why is my SD card now write-protected? ›

What does it mean when your SD card is write-protected? Write protection is a way of preventing modification and deletion of important data on a storage device. So when your SD card is write-protected, it means the SD card is read-only, and you cannot modify, add or erase any data on your SD card.

How to remove write protection on SD card using command prompt? ›

To remove write protection from your SD card, follow the quick guide below:
  1. Run Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type diskpart.exe.
  3. Type list disk.
  4. Type select disk + number.
  5. Type attributes disk clear readonly.
Mar 6, 2023

How do I grant permission to write on my SD card? ›

Turn on Save to SD card. You find a prompt that asks for permissions. Tap Allow.
...
If Files by Google doesn't show your SD card:
  1. On your device, open your Settings.
  2. Tap Device maintenance. Storage.
  3. Check if your SD card is recognized. If the SD card isn't recognized in Settings: Remove and reinsert the SD card.

How can I fix my SD card write problem? ›

  1. Way 1: Try Another USB Port or Change the Adapter or Card Reader.
  2. Way 2: Fix a Card by Trying CHKDSK Command to Check for Memory Card Errors.
  3. Way 3: Use SD Card Data Recovery Software to Recover Files.
  4. Way 4: Try to Use SD Card on Another Device/PC.
  5. Way 5: Assign a New Drive Letter.
  6. Way 6: Reinstall SD Card Drivers.
Jan 4, 2023

How to remove write protection with diskpart? ›

Disabling Read-Only With Diskpart
  1. Type "diskpart" in the black Run window and press Enter.
  2. Type "list disk" and press Enter.
  3. Type "select disk d," replacing the "d" with the drive letter you are working on. ...
  4. Type "attributes disk clear readonly" and press Enter. ...
  5. Type "Exit" and press Enter to close the window.

How to remove write protection on SD card without switch on Android? ›

Remove Write Protection From an SD Card on an Android Device
  1. Unmount your memory card in your Android's settings and remove it from your device.
  2. Insert the card into an adapter.
  3. Put the adapter with the memory card into your PC's SD card reader slot. 600.
  4. Follow the instructions above for your PC's operating system.
Aug 23, 2022

Why can't I remove write protection? ›

To remove write-protection in USB, pen drive or SD card, right-click the file you want to copy and select Properties. Then you can view three options on the bottom, among them, please ensure that the Read-only option is unchecked. Finally, click Apply to let this change effective.

How do I force a write-protected micro SD card to format? ›

Still, connect the SD card to your Windows computer. Launch MiniTool Partition Manager. Right-click the partition on the SD card and select Format option in the menu list. Select a file system format for the SD card like FAT32 or NTFS to continue formatting the SD card.

Where is the write-protect switch on SD card? ›

SD cards have a write lock. This is a switch on the side of the card. The DOWN position is write protect ON and the UP position is write protect OFF. To use the device in a camera the position of the switch must be UP.

Why is my new SD card write-protected? ›

Write-protection is a feature on SD cards and other forms of flash memory that prevents data stored on the card from being deleted and new data from being added. It exists to ensure that you cannot inadvertently write over critical data on your SD card or delete data to make space to write new files.

Why is my SD card suddenly write-protected? ›

SD card is write-protected for physical reasons. Here, the switch that protects the SD card from being overwritten is active. To fix it, disable the lock. On each SD card on one side, there is a switch, which needs to be shifted in the opposite direction and then the SD card can be reconnected to the computer.

Why did my micro SD card become write-protected? ›

Your Micro SD card could have turned on write protection for various reasons. It could be due to a virus attack, your PC is failing to read the SD card, your SD could be damaged, and many other reasons that led your SD card to automatically enable the write-protect feature to protect your files from being lost forever.

How to remove write protection from SD card using CMD? ›

To remove write protection from your SD card, follow the quick guide below:
  1. Run Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type diskpart.exe.
  3. Type list disk.
  4. Type select disk + number.
  5. Type attributes disk clear readonly.
Mar 6, 2023

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