Nov 162013

sd-card-errorSelf-storage within camera offer limited capacity of storage space, memory cards can expand the amount of photos and video footage that a camera can hold. However, when using your camera, you might experience a memory card error. This renders its temporarily unusable or unable to display or offload photos and videos.

So we handpick 6 common memory card problems and their fixes. Straightforward solutions are presented for each issue.

1. Memory Card Is Write Protected or Locked

SD memory cards have a lock on them that prevents memory from being stored on the card while the lock is on the “on” position. If the memory card is in the locked position and a message will appear, signifying that the memory card is write-protected or locked when you try to record photos or videos,

The solution for this problem is simple. Go to check how to unlock a memory card.

2. Card Cannot Be Used Error Message

Sometimes the camera will display a message that the memory card can’t be used. In this case, it is not clear what the problem is, only that the camera is not properly reading the card.

When you receives this message, the first step is to turn the camera off and back on. Don’t do so while the camera’s busy light is on. Then you are able to view photos and videos by pressing the camera’s playback button. If this still does not solve the problem, you should try to back up the card’s data on the computer and format the memory card.

3. Missing or Unreadable Files

Some of photos or videos appeared to be missing or unreadable?

In this case, a piece of card data recovery software is required to restore the seemingly lost photos and videos. If software still does not work, you should take your memory card to a computer or camera repair center, or sent to a data recovery center. Whether either of these methods is successful in recovering photos and videos or not, the memory card should always be formatted after recovery is attempted.

4. Memory Card Runs Slowly

At times, it might seem like a memory card is transferring data much more slowly than usual.

In cases such as this, it may not actually be a problem with the card. Every memory card has a speed rating that indicates how quickly photos and videos can be transferred from the card to another storage device. If the card has a low speed rating, transfer times will be longer. It is also possible that the memory card is performing sub-optimally. In this case, formatting the card may solve the problem.

5. Damaged or Corrupted Card

Memory cards are sensitive devices that are prone to damage. Immersion in water and being subjected to extreme heat or cold, can damage or corrupt a memory card. In this case, the memory card is generally unusable. The best that you can hope for is to recover the data on the card.

6. Computer Will Not Read Card

Sometimes a computer will not read a memory card, even though the memory card works just fine with the camera. This is problematic because it makes transferring photos and videos to a practical storage device inconvenient. The issue here is likely with the computer, rather than with the memory card.

Firstly, try another USB port. Failing that, try downloading drivers for your computer’s operating system. Some older computers with older operating systems are not capable of reading memory cards larger than 2GB, but updating the operating system’s firmware generally solves the issue by making the operating system compliant with larger memory cards.