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What does it mean when my Nikon camera says "Memory Card is

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What does it mean when my Nikon camera says "Memory Card is write protected" and will not take a picture?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell H. replied 2 months ago.

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When you cannot take a picture, and the error message references "Write protection", that means the picture is registered in the camera's optical sensors, but cannot be stored on the memory card.

Write protection means a switch has been thrown into a position on the memory card, which indicates to the circuitry of the memory card reader, that writing to the memory card is forbidden.

Most memory cards have a little switch on them, and next to it the writing says 'LOCK' and has an arrow-head pointing in one direction.

Remove the memory card from your camera. Slide the 'LOCK' switch in the direction opposite to the direction the arrow-head indicates, to un-lock and allow writing to the memory card.

Put it back into the camera. Take a picture! it ought to work then.

Let me know how it goes, please. I'd like to know whether my advice helped with the case. Thanks.