• Linkedin
  • Reddit

Summary :

SD card lock

If the SD card is locked, you can’t access the files on it. This post introduces 6 methods for how to lock or unlock SD card or memory card. An easy and free data recovery program from MiniTool Software is also provided to allow you to recover any deleted or lost files from SD/memory card.

Quick Navigation :

A locked SD card won’t let you read or transfer files. Check the 6 tips below for SD card lock or unlock operation.

#1. Lock or Unlock SD/Memory Card with SD Card Lock Switch

You can remove the micro SD card, SD card or memory card from your device, and inspect if it has a lock switch and if the physical SD card lock switch is in Lock status. Make sure the lock switch is in Unlock status to unlock the SD card.

Still, if you use an SD card adapter to use the microSD card, make sure the lock switch on the SD card adapter is in Unlock position.

To lock the SD card again, you can slide the lock switch to Lock status.

If the SD card lock switch is loose or broken, then you should back up data on it and change a new SD card. To recover deleted or lost files from SD card, you can use MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

Tip: MiniTool Power Data Recovery – Easy and free data recovery software for Windows. You can use it to recover any deleted or lost files from SD card, memory card, computer local hard drive, external hard drive, USB, and more. 100% clean and safe.

Free Download

#2. How to Lock or Unlock SD Card with CMD

The SD card may be locked by digital write protection. You can learn how to unlock SD card by removing write protection on SD card with CMD.

how to remove write protection on micro sd card thumbnail
How to Remove Write Protection on Micro SD Card – 8 Ways

SD card is write protected? Learn how to remove write protection on micro SD card Samsung, SanDisk, etc. in 8 ways on Windows 10.

Read More

To unlock SD card with CMD:

Step 1. Open elevated Command Prompt window. You can press Windows + R, type cmd in Run dialog, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to run Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2. In Command Prompt window, you can type the command lines below. Remember to press Enter after typing each command line to execute the command.

  • diskpart
  • list disk
  • select disk * (replace * with the drive letter of your SD card)
  • attributes disk clear readonly

unlock SD card that is write-protected

It should take write protection off the SD card and the SD card lock issue should be solved.

To lock SD card with CMD:

You can type the command lines below to enable write protection on SD card after you are in Command Prompt window. Still, press Enter key after each command line.

  • diskpart
  • list disk
  • select disk * (replace * with the drive letter of your SD card)
  • attributes disk set readonly

#3. How to Unlock SD Card on Mac Computer

If you use a Mac computer, you can follow the steps below for SD card lock or unlock.

Step 1. At first, plug in the SD card to your Mac computer. You may need to use an SD card adapter.

Step 2. Make sure no file on the SD card is read-only. You can right-click a file on the SD card and click Get Into. Under Sharing & Permissions, check the file status. If it’s read-only, change it to Read & Write.

Step 3. Repair SD card errors with First Aid. Click the Spotlight button on Mac. Type disk utility in the Search bar and click Disk Utility to open it. Next select the SD card in the left list and click First Aid tab. Click Run to repair SD card errors.

#4. How to Lock or Unlock SD Card with Password

You can also lock or unlock SD card with password. Related article: How to encrypt or decrypt SD card.

#5. How to Recover Data from Locked SD Card

MiniTool Power Data recovery lets you recover files from SD card and memory card. This professional data recovery software also allows you to recover lost or deleted files from computer, USB flash drive, external hard drive, SSD, CD/DVD etc. Corrupt or formatted SD card is also supported.

Download and install MiniTool Power Data Recovery on your Windows computer and check the 3 simple steps below for how to recover data from SD card or memory card.

Free Download

Step 1. Connect the SD card to your Windows computer and launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

Step 2. Select Removable Disk Drive, and choose the SD card in the right window. Click Scan button.

Step 3. After the scan completes, you can check the scan result, find wanted files and click Save button. Select a new destination folder to save the recovered files.

recover data from SD card

#6. Format the SD Card to Unlock It

If the SD card is locked for unknown errors, you can format it to see if it can fix SD card stops working issue to make the SD card work well again.

To format SD card, you have many ways to go. Here we introduce how to format SD card for free with MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Free Download

  • Connect your SD card or memory card to your Windows computer, and launch MiniTool Partition Wizard.
  • Next right-click the SD card and select Format from the list.
  • Then choose a file system format for the SD card and format the SD card.

format SD card

After formatting, the SD card is should be unlocked and work normally again.

MiniTool Partition Wizard is a powerful disk partition manager. You can also use this program to fully manage your hard disks. For instance, you can create, delete, extend, resize, format, wipe partition; convert partition format; clone disk; test hard drive speed; check and fix hard drive errors, and more.

Click to tweet

Tips to Fix a Corrupted SD or Memory Card

To repair corrupted SD card, you may try some solutions. Aside from reformatting it, which will delete all data on it, you can try Windows CHKDSK to fix logical errors on the disk.

  • Connect the SD card to your Windows computer.
  • To run CHKDSK, you need to enter into Command Prompt window first. Open Windows Run dialog by pressing Windows + R keyboard shortcut. Type cmd in Run box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to run Command Prompt as administrator.
  • In Command Prompt window, you can type chkdsk /f /r command, e.g. chkdsk E: /f /r, replace E with the exact drive letter of your SD card, and press Enter to run CHKDSK to check and repair errors on the SD card. /f switch helps find and fix errors with the file system, while /r switch helps detect and mark bad sectors on the SD card.
fix sd card not showing up windows 10 thumbnail
Fix SD Card Not Showing Up Windows 10: 10 Solutions

SD card not showing up on Windows 10 computer? Check the 10 solutions in this tutorial to fix micro SD card not showing up or recognized Windows 10 issue.

Read More

Bottom Line

For the SD card lock or unlock issue, this post provides some thoughts for how to lock or unlock SD card. If you meet problems when using MiniTool software products, please contact [email protected].

SD Card Lock FAQ

How do you unlock an SD memory card?
You can check the SD card lock switch to make it in Unlock status or remove SD card write protection with CMD.
Why does my SD card says it’s locked when it’s not?
The SD card may be digitally write protected. You can follow the steps in this post to unlock SD card with CMD.
Can you lock Micro SD?
Yes. You can physically lock an SD card by sliding its lock switch to Lock status, or you can set its attribute to read-only with Command Prompt so as to lock it.
Can I put a password on my SD card?
Yes, you can set a password to lock your SD card. You can insert your SD card to computer, right-click the SD card in File Explorer and choose Properties to open its properties window. Turn on bit locker and follow the instructions to put a password for your SD card to encrypt the memory card.
  • Linkedin
  • Reddit

User Comments :