Disable SD-Card write-protection in Windows 10 ?


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Jun 6, 2019
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Hello. I am trying to perform a firmware update for my DSLR camera, and so have to copy some files in the root directory of my SD Card. I usually transfer the files from my camera to my PC by plugging the usb cable and using the camera brand's software utility so thisis the first time I am trying to actually copy something ON the card by using my laptop's sd-card reader slot.

Upon trying to copy the file, I get a "The disk is write protected. Remove the write-protection or use another disk".

I can confirm having tried the following without any success:

1. Checked the physical switch on the SD memory card to be in the correct position

2. Performed a diskpart from the cmd-line as administrator with the following operations:

DISKPART> select disk 5

Disk 5 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> list partition

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 29 GB 4096 KB

DISKPART> attributes disk clear readonly

Disk attributes cleared successfully.

DISKPART> select partition 1

Partition 1 is now the selected partition.

DISKPART> attributes volume clear readonly

Virtual Disk Service error:
The operation is not supported on removable media.

DISKPART> detail disk

Disk ID: 00000000
Type : SCSI
Status : Online
Path : 0
Target : 0
LUN ID : 0
Location Path : UNAVAILABLE
Current Read-only State : Yes
Read-only : No
Boot Disk : No
Pagefile Disk : No
Hibernation File Disk : No
Crashdump Disk : No
Clustered Disk : No

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
* Volume 4 F NIKON D500 FAT32 Removable 29 GB Healthy


3. Added a 32-bit D-WORD value key named WriteProtect to the windows registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ with value 0

After performing these steps I am still denied permission to write to the SD Card. Can anybody please help me, I feel like I am going insane with this operating system, this being one of the innumerable list of problems I am continuously having with Win10 since I first installed it two years ago. Sometimes I feel like I should uninstall it...

I should mention that the SD-Card in question is functioning perfectly and when inserted into my camera the pictures are written to it without any issue.

Thank you.


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Apr 3, 2013
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Have you tried using Disk Manager in Windows 10?

Insert your SD card and ensure that Windows recognises it

Right click on the Start Menu (Windows Icon)

Click Disk Management

Your SD card should be listed there.

Right Click on your SD card and select Format - FAT32 or NTFS etc

This should fix your problem.

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