Locked SD Card

SD Lock Troubleshooting Tips:

  1. Make sure that the card is not physically locked. Many SD cards have a small toggle switch or lock on the side. While some SD cards will say which position is locked other do not, so it's important to first make sure this simple fix is not the culprit.
  2. With the camera OFF and SD card removed, look on the side of the card to see if it is in the locked position. If it does not indicate which position is locked, move the switch to the opposite position. Put the card back in the camera. Turn the camera back ON. If it no longer reads “SD LOCK,” then the card was physically locked. If it still reads “SD LOCK,” it is most likely due to a problem with the SD card itself. 
  3. The SD card could be corrupt or it could be a formatting problem. Pease see this information on PROPER USE OF SD CARDS.
  4. If the card is not locked and you have gone through the SD card information, purchase a new SD card.
  5. If, after replacing the old SD card with a new one, the camera still reads “SD LOCK,” use a keyboard cleaner to blow any debris out of the SD card slot. This should be done with a can of compressed air like you would clean your keyboard with. It can be purchased anywhere that sells computer supplies such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, or an office supply store.
  6. Additionally, you may want to try to use a clean pencil eraser to clean the metal contact points on the SD card. In some SD cards these points have a tendency to oxidize over time, causing them to become unreadable by the camera. In the same manner that you would erase pencil markings from paper, use the eraser to clean the SD card contacts. 
  7. If the camera is still giving you the “SD LOCK” message, please contact us.
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