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Why do I get a card locked error message when card is in unlocked position?

New card same problem but neither card is locked. both are fully in unblocked position

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Your question does not display properly, but I'll assume that the error message is telling you that your memory card is locked and cannot be written to.

Make sure that the camera is turned off and then remove the SD memory card from the camera.

Look at the card carefully, and you'll see a small switch used to lock the card to protect the data from being deleted/overwritten. Slide it fully to the unlocked position; if it's already there then slide it fully to locked and then fully to unlocked.

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If this still does not work then you need to buy or borrow another SD card and make sure that it's switch is fully unlocked. If it works then you have a faulty SD card and must replace it with a new one, if not then you have a camera fault and this is beyond the scope of any DIY/FixYa repair.

I hope that my posting has assisted you and in return I ask only that you please take a moment to rate my answer.

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