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Changing SD card from read only

by doogie16 / August 7, 2006 9:41 PM PDT

When I put my SD card in my Kodak DX6490 it says the card is read only. How can I change this?

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SD card - Read Only
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / August 8, 2006 12:27 AM PDT

The first thing that pops into my head is the tiny switch on the side of the SD card.

Look carefully at the SD card and you should find a very small slide switch on the card. That switch is used to keep you from writing on the card if the switch is in the locked position.

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SD card - Read Only
by doogie16 / August 8, 2006 8:58 AM PDT
In reply to: SD card - Read Only

Thanks for your response, the card is unlocked and I did try it in the locked position in case it may have been labelled wrong. The camera gave me a "card is locked" message when I tried this. Any other ideas, it seems to work in my PDA.

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SD card
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / August 8, 2006 9:19 AM PDT
In reply to: SD card - Read Only

If you have written on the card with some other device, your camera may not like that.

A memory card should always be formatted with the camera when it is first installed, or when it has been used on some other device.

Check you camera User Manual and find how to format the memory card.

If the camera will not let you format the card, you need to use a card reader attached to your computer and delete all files and folders on the card. The camera should then let you format the card.

Note: a format will remove all data on the card.

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SD card
by doogie16 / August 8, 2006 10:32 AM PDT
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Thanks, I'll give it a try tonight.

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DX6490
by jscheiben / November 17, 2006 11:40 AM PST
In reply to: SD card

We just bought dx6490 and e are having the same problem to ou find a way to rectify this? We are all out of ideas, help would be greatly appreciated!

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So you tried the above?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 17, 2006 11:43 AM PST
In reply to: DX6490

You didn't tell.

Bob

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Options I've Tried
by jscheiben / November 18, 2006 2:52 AM PST

I've tried the switch(first thing i thought of), i formatted the card in a card reader then placed in the camera and nothing. I tried placing a piece of tape over the switch just in case it's sliding when being placed into the camera to no avail. And last but not least i went out and purchased a SanDisk 256MB SD card and right out of the package it did the exact same thing. Both cards work fine in my card reader for my laptop (read, write, format, etc..) so i'm at a loss as to what to try next.

Thanks in advance,
Josh

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Ouch. Sounds like a bad camera.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2006 3:01 AM PST
In reply to: Options I've Tried

I own a dx6490. Last hurrah is to format it in the camera but if not, then it's time to ask Kodak "How much?"

Bob

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Thanks
by jscheiben / November 18, 2006 3:47 AM PST

Will call kodak monday then the person i bought it from to see if they'll refund the price of the cam + $60 in brokerage/customs fees i paid out!

Thanks Again
Josh

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Guess who's probably to blame...
by Leon Jarvis / December 12, 2009 8:01 AM PST

More than likely, the culprit is Microsoft. They began locking hard drives and every memory device that come in contact with its OS later in XP releases (and anything released thereafter, i.e. Vista). So, if you've read your card with Windows products, they have probably locked your card whether you wanted it or not. I've tried the old ATTRIB command on my cards to remove the read-only switch and it's still recognized as read-only. I haven't tried to format but why should I have to format the cards? There was nothing wrong with them to start with.

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doubt it
by kalel33-20416052469708587370302374692233 / December 12, 2009 8:25 AM PST

The OP never did do what snapshot recommended and that was to format the card using the camera, not the computer.

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Not so sure...
by Leon Jarvis / December 12, 2009 11:22 PM PST
In reply to: doubt it

I don't doubt it at all. In my experience, if I use the expansion card directly with my PC, they have not only been rendered READ-ONLY but they are permanently locked (this was after SP2 or SP3 XP). Afterwards quite mysteriously, they will work with transferring data between PC and card but will not accept data transfer via Palm software. I contacted tech support at Palm and after approximately two hours of rebooting, reinstalling, fresh hard resets, reformatting cards, etc., the cards were still READ-ONLY and locked that way. It smacks of M$ if you ask me. the file structure if FAT, who created FAT? Cards don't elect to make themselves READ-ONLY. Someone flips the switch. I don't think its Palm.

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Additionally
by Leon Jarvis / December 12, 2009 11:30 PM PST
In reply to: Not so sure...

I know that this is not exactly associated with the camera issue. What I do know is that there is a relationship between using expansion cards (SDs) with a camera or PDA that change their file I/O permissions when the expansion card is used directly with a PC. I think as long as the expansion card is not used as a logical drive with direct access by XP (and probably Vista), the locking shouldn't occur.

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