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Old Aug 2, 2006, 6:16 PM   #11
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This is a curious question. The specifications for xD cards state that they have write protect.

I have Fuji xD & Olympus xD cards. They all have a "notch" on the side, but I cant see any switch, slide or otherwise. Stanka cant find any switch on his Olympus xD card either.

Maybe some do, and some dont ?

Strange?


According to the FAQ for xD cards over at Fujifilm..

Q: Why is there no write-protect feature?

A:Research into other media has shown that write-protect is very rarely used. Also a greater degree of PC compatibility can be achieved by removing it.


Also ifyou look at the specifications of the xD cards over at http://www.olympus-europa.com/

Then you will see for each card

Write protect: No
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Old Aug 2, 2006, 7:53 PM   #12
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Good to know (no actual switch).

I thought I remembered seeing one for some reason (probably from looking at too many Secure Digital cards and Memory Sticks that have switches). lol

I'd probably check the playback menu and remove any locks showing up there, too (you can lock files from being overwritten).

It's more likely a defective card if formatting it doesn't solve it, though. A format should overwrite any "locks" put on files by most cameras (typically, they're just flagging files read only).

But, I wouldn't rule out that Olympus is doing something unique in the partition table to control it.

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Old Aug 3, 2006, 5:49 AM   #13
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I tried this program, but it is not working. On the screen is:'' The disk cannot be written to because is it write protected. Please remove the write protection from the volume in drive.''
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Then dump the card.

Not sure you can even buy new 32mb cards anymore, you can pick up a 2nd hand one for around $5-6

You should check what the max size card your camera can take and buy say a 128mb card if supported.


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Old Aug 4, 2006, 3:59 AM   #15
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I think, I' ll buy a new card.

I just don't know from wherethat write protection come. It' s weird.
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Old Aug 4, 2006, 4:20 AM   #16
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It seems to be a common problem if you do a google, thats where I got the idea for the eraser program , it helped in some cases according to various forums.
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I do have the same problem:

Olympus xD H 1 GB - I can format the card with my Finepix F30 but if I use a card reader both XP and VISTA do give me a write-protection error.

There is no slider on the card´s side, nothing.

Has anybody found a solution?
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If you put the card into your computers card reader and remove anything it shows on it and then reformat the card on the computer, It should work fine. I have done this on two of my cards. I do not know why or how it got the write protect on it , it just came up when i turned on the camera. hope this helps, it worked for me. Be sure to remove anything on the card first before you format are this will not work.

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Old Mar 29, 2009, 8:20 AM   #19
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vHi Steve

I have an Olympus 830. Yestrrday i copied some of the pics to a PC via USB. the PC detected a virus and i shifted that virus to antivirus vault. After copying the photos i removed the camera. But now, whenever i turn on the camera, it says WRTE PROTECTED. is this a problem with my cam, how do i solve it?? When i reconneted the camera to my PC i can view the photos on my PC....But i cannot TAKE OR VIEW PICTURES from :?the camera.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"AND THERE IS NO SIDE BUTTON ON THE CARD... OR ELSE... PLEASE TAKE A SNAPSHOT and INDICATE THE EXACT LOCATION IN THE PICTURE.
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This worked for me.
1. Backup contents to a pc folder.
2. Format card from pc. (Ex. format f
3. Insert back to camera.
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