Micro SD Card Locked No Switch

I talked about how to fix the "memory card locked" error in another post, but what happens if you have a Micro SD card that is locked and has no switch. If you have a micro SD card that shows as locked, the fix is to borrow or buy an SD card adapter. Slot the Micro SD card into the adapter and flick the switch up for unlock. Then, take the Micro SD card out of the adapter and place it in whatever device you were trying to use it in when it gave the "locked" message. It should now be unlocked.

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If it isn't unlocked, do the same procedure again but this time put the adapter with the Micro SD card inside into a compatible device and turn it on. It should now show no locked message. Then, take the Micro SD card out of the adapter and you're good to go.

I know there are other methods to unlock a Micro SD card with no switch but this is the method that I have always used and it works fine, every time. And I've used it a lot with me having quite a few different types of cameras, lots of which I regularly use with a Micro SD card that's been placed inside an SD adapter. Adapters a very cheap to buy, and sometimes they come free when buying an Micro SD card.


EJV said...

THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU!!! I looked all over on how to unlock my new SanDisk SIM card. All the images showed the blue version with the lock/unlock switch, but my 32GB didn't have that. I was at my wit's end when I found your simple solution. Bless you!!

SP said...

You're welcome. Glad it helped you out.

Unknown said...

Hi there.
Tx but i've tried that many times and il doesnt work at all.
Still read only.
Cant format create or erase anything.
But all files are accessible.
I also tried everything with diskpart stil locked...
Any other solution plz ?


Still Paused said...

Hello. If the card is old, fake, or has been used extensively, what you have described can be a sign that it is at the end of its life cycle. If this is the case copy the data you want to save from the card and just buy a new one.

However, If you don't want to give up there are a few options. You may have already done this, but if not try messing with the permissions of the drive (while plugged into another device). Turn off all restrictions / read only options / security settings etc.

If that doesn't work give this tool a try:


Alternatively, you could try AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard 9.1 to format the drive.


You may be able to find a free version of AOMEI Partition online.



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