Format Write-Protected SD Card with RAW File System

Need Access RAW SD Card with Write Protection?

I want to access RAW SD card with write-protection. Is it possible? In fact, I have a 16GB SD card that has been strangely write-protected recently. The SD card file system is also changed into “RAW” and it always asks me to format when attempting to access the held data. Moreover, when trying to format this card, the computer just says it is write-protected and cannot be formatted. How can I get rid of the “Write-Protection” and also access the inner data?

Access RAW SD Card Data

OK! As to your card problem, the common order to fix everything is really clear: remove the write protection, rescue SD card data with card data recovery software and format SD card to restore its NTFS or FAT32 file system. What have you done since then? Regards to the card data recovery, you can try to follow my words. Before all your card data is really lost for formatting or other reasons, never hesitate and download a professional RAW SD card data recovery tool to access all useful data at first.

Step 1:

Insert this SD card to computer (use a card Reader to help you, if the original electronic device is not workable.) and Download RAW SD card data recovery software. (This freeware has been tested by many people and always been given highly praised.)

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Select recovery options in the main interface

Step 2:

Run and choose a data recovery mode to restore all inaccessible data back. (Four data recovery modes are provided there.)

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Select card to search photos off card

Step 3:

Scan this SD card thoroughly.

wait for photo searching

Wait while scanning lost photos, sometimes it takes about 20 minutes to scan a 32G card.

Tips: if it takes more than 2 hours to scan a 32GB card, you may stop the scanning and wait to see
what's already found. Since the card may contains bad blocks that takes longer time than usual.

Step 4:
Save all restored data on another memory card or drive.

restore lost photos

Preview lost photos and save found files. It would generate a folder to contain your lost data.
Please do not save the photo to the card where you lost them. Save them to your PC drive!

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* Install this data recovery software on computer, not this SD card.
* Prepare much more copies of everything important on different locations in the future.

Why to Remove Write-protection firstly?

Without removing this write protection, you often cannot do anything to this card. Why? Let’s firstly know what write protection is. Write-protection, as its name implies, is a sort of card feature that always can help protect your SD card data away from any unexpected change (including copying, pasting, deleting and eve modifying, etc, without your permission). That’s why you cannot format this SD card as you’ve mentioned above. So, in order to re-access card data and also fix RAW file system problem, you are always supposed to remove the “write-protection” firstly.

How to Remove Write-protection?

Since the “write protection” is not necessary for your SD card right now, you’d better firstly remove it. Do you know how to do?
OK! There are three common ways for you:
1). Move Your SD card switch
In order to let customers open and close the write protection freely, many SD card manufactures have designed a special switch that often locates on the one side of this SD card. So, simply move the SD card switch up or down to control it as you wish.
2). Use computer setting to remove this function
Without a switch or functional switch, you can also try to remove it on your computer manually. Simply search the detailed steps over the internet. 
3). Special program or service also works.
Of course, for avoiding trouble as many as possible, you also can use a special program or service online remove the write protection. It may also cost some money.

Why to Format RAW SD Card at Last

Formatting process can clean everything on a card and give this card a new beginning. Therefore, in case of any farther card data loss problem, you’d better rescue your data before formatting. Moreover, the formatting process also is the simplest way to fix RAW file system. So, just remember to format this RAW SD card after every possible problem is settles, except this RAW file system problem.  

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