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Error message in Canon A570

error message of "Memory Card Error" "Card Locked". The card's tab is not in the locked position. The 16 MB card works fine.
i cant access to the card at all
all phthos from my vacation to greece are gone.

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Memory Card

In reply to: Error message in Canon A570

Most likely, the photos are still there.

Take the memory card to your local photo processing store.
See if they can copy the contents of the memory card to a CD ($2.00).

If not, you will need a card reader for your computer.
If you do not have a card reader, you will need to buy one ($20.00).
They are available at any store that sells digital cameras.

Install the card reader on the computer and try to read the memory card.
Use "My Computer" or "Windows Explorer" to look for the card reader (with card installed).
It will appear to be a new hard-disk.

If that doesn't work:
Then you need some "photo recovery" software.
There are hundreds of such programs on the Internet.
Go a Google search for:

photo recovery software

Here are some recovery programs that were recommended by another of our Moderators:


Search for them with


After you have recovered your photos and have them safely on your computer.
I suggest you immediately write a copy of them to a CD or DVD blank.


Then if you want to be able to use that memory card again in your camera:
Using the card reader and computer; delete all files and folders from the memory card.
Then insert the card in your camera and "format" the memory card with your camera.
Your camera has a "format" command in the menu.

"Always format a NEW card with your camera before you capture any photos on the card."
Failure to do that, can result in the problem you just had.


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Memory Card

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Thank you for the answer...
but nothing works...
i tryed all the prgrams and nothing...

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Memory Card

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If the programs found no files, then you are out of luck.
The card must be defective.

I would not attempt to use that memory card again in a camera.
Buy a new one.


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Memory card

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The message in getting in the camera.
i tried the paper clip on a memory card that someone suggest ...
(but nothing changed...)
the computer don't even read the card.
and cant access or recognize the card at all.
(i am using card reader but it did not work also)

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Just to clarify

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You getting this error both in the camera AND on the Computer/Card Reader? Or is it only happening in one of the two locations?

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Your post said...

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"...the 16MB card works fine...." Does this mean the problem is with another card of higher capacity ? Check with the user manual whethr the card is supported..[e.g. if it says SD card only...then SDHC is not acceptable, and there may be a capacity limit, e.g. 2G... ]

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