My camera is an Agfa Photo DC-302. The memory inside is full but I can’t
format it because every time I try it writes “card protect.” When I connected
it to the computer and tried formatting it, it writes “write-protected” and
even notifies me of numerous virus alerts. What do I do?
Emptying a camera memory card
Well, normally formatting a memory card in a camera is not the way to make more room. The way to make more room is to delete the pictures that are on the camera.
Now of course, before you do that, you want to make sure to copy all of those pictures off to your PC or to wherever you want to store those pictures long term. But normally, you should actually never have to “reformat” a camera’s memory card.
Formatting the card
It is available however. It should be an option; and in fact, reformatting it while it’s in the camera is probably the best way to do it.
My guess is you have an SD memory card that has a little write protect tab on it – but that should also prevent you from taking anymore pictures so I’m a little confused as to exactly what’s going on with the camera itself.
Connecting it to the PC and trying to format it that way is not the way to do it. You don’t connect the camera to the PC and then try to reformat the drive that shows up. The only way to do it with the PC would be to actually take the memory card out of the camera and put it into a compatible memory card reader that’s on your PC. Then you should be able to format it and make it empty.
Faulty memory card
In that case, if this continues to happen. In other words, if you can’t format it even in the camera, I’d actually be really, really tempted to replace the memory card. I’d be really, really tempted to think that there’s a problem with the memory card itself and that it’s time for it to be replaced.
But like I said, the very first thing you should be doing is copying off all of the pictures from that camera, putting them someplace safe before you go out and try to erase anything.
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