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delawaredrew

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Hi,
I have a 1gb PNY SD card that I cannot write data to. I have a cheap Zonet card reader. Windows XP always says it is write protected, no matter where the lock switch on the card is. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can use this thing. The reader and card are brand new so I don't know if the reader might be bad. I'll try to borrow another card off a friend to test it tonight.
This is the second card I've tried. I thought the first one was defective, but obviously it is my computer.
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have you tried the card in another computer? what is the card coming out of? if it's like a digital camera...does the camera have a usb connection as well? can you access teh card that way?
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The card is going to be used for mp3 storage for my car stereo, but is a standard SD card.
The card works in my camera, stores photos, and allows access to those photos in the cam or on my computer. But I cannot write or delete from it on the comp. I am at a loss as to why my computer thinks it is write-protected.
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ok, I think it is the cheapo zonet reader as it refuses to allow writing to or deleting from the 256mb Sandisk card from my camera either. Guess I am getting a new reader.
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delawaredrew –[SD Card Write Protect]
9th Feb 2006

Check Properties of SD Card Drive – May be set for – [Read Only] – Uncheck if it is – Need to be logged on as the – [Administrator]

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i'd say get a reader...also...just as a temperary fix...when you have the card in your camera...can you access the camera through " my computer" as if it were a disk drive? if so...you can just drag the mp3s over to the card while it's in the camera
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Jack 123 - where would a read only setting be? I've been all through device manager, BIOS, and every where else that seems to have any relavance but I haven't seen that option yet, or have missed it.
Thanks for replying,
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dsenette,
I do not have the cable to connect the camera here at home, but I will retrieve it and see. I have ordered a Sandisk reader, so hopefully that will solve it. I would still love to get it working, since owning a useless reader is frustrating.
Thanks,
drew

Edited by delawaredrew, 09 February 2006 - 07:35 AM.

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delawaredrew –[SD Card Write Protect]-(#2)
9th Feb 2006

Jack 123 - where would a read only setting be? I've been all through device manager, BIOS, and every where else that seems to have any relavance but I haven't seen that option yet, or have missed it.
Thanks for replying,


Here is an alternate method - [Windows Explorer] –

(1) Insert SD Memory Card into Reader SD Port
(2) Open [Windows Explorer]
(3) Expand [My Computer]
(4) Expand – The SD Drive – it should be Visible
(5) Right click the Folder – that appears associated with photos
(6) Open [Properties Folder]
(7) Click [General Tab]
(8) The Attribute Boxes - [Read Only] – [Hidden] – [Archive] should be visible


You can do as dsenette suggested -

i'd say get a reader...also...just as a temperary fix...when you have the card in your camera...can you access the camera through " my computer" as if it were a disk drive? if so...you can just drag the mp3s over to the card while it's in the camera


You can Drag & Drop – [Files] – To & From – Set up Folders – Rename – just like any other Drive – It probably a lot quicker than writing via Card Reader –

Are you sure your Reader is both – [Read & Write] – or maybe just – [Read] – Then again you may have to set some – [Preferences] – for your – [Hardware] - Zonet card reader – Search thru documentation – If you have an Installation CD – Browse the CD –

http://www.shopping....rd_Reader_Combo

This model only implies – [Card Reader] – Which is all you really need – with a Computer –

Note – (1)
Notice when you Right Click the Drive – On the – [Pop Down Menu]- there is an – [Eject] – Option –
This is what you use – When you want to remove – the SD Card – from the Reader – Just click on – [Eject] – Then remove Card from Reader -

Note – (2)
Make sure that when you insert the Card into Reader – You do so by – Carefully Aligning Card – And Then – Use a –Single Positive Insertion Force – so as not to – Bounce the connection- during the insertion process –

This will prevent the annoying – [Improperly Disconnected Drive] – Message from USB PnP - - -

One other note – Is this a Dell Notebook PC – I do not have this handy right now – but I remember helping a similar problem - & discovered Dell has problem with certain SD Manufacturer’s Card – but if it is not a Dell – I’ll not look for it –

Jack123

Edited by Jack123, 09 February 2006 - 06:50 PM.

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jack - it is a zonet model ZUC2800L reader. It does just say "card reader" on it, but the description on their website says it is a combo reader/writer.
It is a dell inspiron 8500 laptop. I should be geting a new Sandisk reader in a few day so don't spend too much time thinking about the Zonet one. If the Sandisk unit also fails, I will post back.
A little googling led me to other people with similiar problems and they seemed to find that it was a problem with the reader. So hopefully the new one will solve it.
The card is going to be used in my JVC car stereo which has a card reader in it so writing to the SD card is a must.
Thanks for helping

Edited by delawaredrew, 09 February 2006 - 05:10 PM.

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Well the Sandisk reader writes to the SD card as expected. Guess the Zonet unit is just a P.O.S. Second time a Zonet product failed to function for me. No more Zonet for me.Thanks for helping
Thanks,
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03-delawaredrew –[SD Card Write Protect]
11th Feb 2006

Thanks for posting back results – Guess I put Zonet in my – [Negative Ledger] – Sandisk is a very good choice

Hate it when the Hardware is actually bad – Arrrgghhhh -

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