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How to get around an sd card being "write protected."

Get Around an SD Card Being "Write Protected."

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Did you get this notice when you try to move your pictures/files off your SD card?  Take a deep breath, there's a way to fix it.

Did you get this notice when you try to move your pictures/files off your SD card? Take a deep breath, there's a way to fix it.

First, gather your "supplies."  As shown in the picture, you'll need duct tape, your SD card, and a pair of scissors. Make sure you use minion duct tape. This is absolutely vital. \ud83d\ude09

First, gather your "supplies." As shown in the picture, you'll need duct tape, your SD card, and a pair of scissors. Make sure you use minion duct tape. This is absolutely vital. 😉

Cut a piece of duct tape about this big.

Cut a piece of duct tape about this big.

And start to wrap Phil around your SD card.

And start to wrap Phil around your SD card.

Make sure you do not cover up the metal sensors on the back of the card.

Make sure you do not cover up the metal sensors on the back of the card.

Cut off the excess tape

Cut off the excess tape

Tada! a custom minion SD card!  Naw, we'll save that for another guide. \ud83d\ude09

Tada! a custom minion SD card! Naw, we'll save that for another guide. 😉

Here's what the back of your card should look like.

Here's what the back of your card should look like.

Insert Phil into your computer's card reader slot

Insert Phil into your computer's card reader slot

All the way, go ahead\u2026 He's not afraid of the dark.

All the way, go ahead… He's not afraid of the dark.

Once your computer recognizes the card, right-click on it. Then select "Format."

Once your computer recognizes the card, right-click on it. Then select "Format."

Under "volume label" you are able to rename your card.

Under "volume label" you are able to rename your card.

Keep in mind, this will erase all files and or pictures on your card. Be sure to copy them onto your computer before you format your card!

Keep in mind, this will erase all files and or pictures on your card. Be sure to copy them onto your computer before you format your card!

You should receive this notice soon after pressing "Okay."

You should receive this notice soon after pressing "Okay."

When you are done, simply peel off the duct tape and you're back to your old boring card that is all ready to go.

Why wrap it in tape? It blocks a certain sensor from being read incorrectly which leads the card to believe it's "write protected." How? I have no idea. Go ask a nerd. 😉

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