How to format a write protected micro SD card? – Fixed

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How to format a write protected micro SD card? - Resolved

There are several reasons why the SD or micro SD memories are write protected. At the same time, the methods used to carry out this procedure are also different, in each case it is necessary to take into account the nature of the block.

Factory block and physical block

Many times the SD or micro SD memories are blocked directly at the time of production. Sometimes certain programs, video games or other types of content are distributed in SD memories which are locked for writing, in these cases in most cases it is difficult to convert them into writable memories.

In turn, there is another way a write memory can be protected, this is more common in SD memories or adapters, we refer to switches for converting a memory into protected or locked memory. This practice is good if you want to protect your memory from viruses or other dangers.

In relation to the previous case, it should be noted that this can be easily solved by changing the position switch. This way you will have successfully unlocked yours SD or microSD memory and you can reuse it to write on it.

Software lock

We call software blocking the procedure used to protect a memory from writing, the truth is that there are many methods to perform this procedure, you can even disable USB write protection in Windows 10 . Likewise, there are several ways to finally unlock memories.

Undoubtedly, the first of them would be precisely that of try to format the memory. In the vast majority of cases this means that it can be reused in the normal way without the annoying warning that it is write protected.

Try to format your memory as follows:

  1. Go to the section «Computer», which is where all active storage drives are located, i.e. hard drives.
  2. There press the right mouse button on your micro SD card. Click on the «Format» option.
  3. To start the formatting process, you just need to click the button "Start".
  4. By performing the process mentioned above, in most cases you will be able to recover the write options from your memory.

As you can see, this tutorial is designed to perform the procedure from Windows. However, it is also possible to format a Micro SD from Android, although the process can be complicated for write-protected memories and may need to be unlock them before.

Unlock a write protected micro SD card

Although it is not something common, it usually also happens that the memory write protected cannot be formatted, if that's the case don't worry, there is also another efficient method for this:

  1. For this you will need to open the Windows command console, you can perform this process by pressing Windows key + R.
  2. on the screen will display the menu "Run", here you need to write the following «CMD» and click on the «OK» option.
  3. Type the following command "Diskpart" in the screen that appears, then press the «Enter» key.
  4. When you do this, a new screen will appear, here you have to type the following «List Disk» and press the «Enter» key. Then the list of storage devices will be displayed, you will be able to recognize the SD memory as it will appear with its weight and the space it occupies.
  5. Now you have to issue the following command, taking into account the number of your hard drive, let's assume it is number one, in that case this would be the code you have to write «Select disk 1» and press «Enter».
  6. Type "Attributes and press the »Enter key.
  7. The last step is to write the code " Disk clear readonly »And press the« Enter »key again. After completing this procedure, you will have removed the write protection from the SD card.

Using DiskPart also allows you to create a boot partition and many other actions, which makes it a very relevant tool in this operating system.

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