Built-In SD Card Reader Write Protection Error


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Greetings,
This is my first post on the forums, so if I've misplaced this thread or it's already been answered, please forgive me. I tried searching for my issue with the search feature prior to starting this thread.

The Issue:
No matter what SD Card (or Micro SD Card w/ Adapter) I insert into the card reader that came standard on my HP Envy 17, it will NOT let me Delete pre-existing photos from the memory card. When I try to Format the drive (using the various options and methods), it simply gives me an error message that says the card is "Write Protected." I know this is not the case, because all 15 SD Cards work perfectly find in other machines and devices. I guess it's safe to say it's an issue with my SD Card Reader.

I came here in hopes of finding a remedy besides ordering a USB Card Reader that I have to plug into my laptop every time I need to edit the contents on a memory card. Has anyone heard anything about a possible driver issue? an HP Envy 17 issue? A recall perhaps? I just recently upgraded to Windows 11 about 6 weeks ago, but I don't recall ever trying to edit an SD card prior to the upgrade. So I wouldn't know whether or not the problems came about with the Windows upgrade or not.

Thanks in advance!
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 Pro Version 22H2 (OS Build 22621.3007)

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  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY 17-cw0xxx
    CPU
    13th Gen Intel Core i7-13700H, 2400 MHz, 14 Core(s)
    Motherboard
    HP 88DD
    Memory
    16 GB
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    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Intel Smart Sound Technology for Bluetooth Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17 in. Touchscreen
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080x60Hz
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD
The write protect "switch" on a SD card is no real switch.
It's just a piece of plastic that can be shifted in two positions.
In the SD-reader of the device there is some sensing device, that determines in which position the "switch" is standing.
I have read reports of devices where the sensing device was missing or not functioning and thus the write protection did not function at all, even with "write protected" SD cards!

I your case maybe the sensing device does not function properly and is always telling the system that the SD card is write protected.

But as it is possible to do the write protection via registry settings as well, it is not sure that the reading device itself is malfunctioning.

You could read more about the registry settings by searching the Internet with a search string like "(Number like 5 or 6) Ways to Remove Write Protection on an SD Card". Many results lead to (semi-)commercial sites, that's why I don't want to post a direct link here. ;-)
 

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I’ve noticed that on occasion the switch will move to locked when inserting the SD card so you may wish to double check this isn’t happening.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PC Specialist Optimus VII V17-960 Gaming Laptop.
    CPU
    6th Gen Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core processor.
    Memory
    16GB HyperX IMPACT 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M - 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 12
    Sound Card
    Intel 2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema 2 & Realtek
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    Optimus Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD IPS LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
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    4TB SSD (internal).
    1x 1TB & 1x 5TB external HDDs.
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    Logitech K800 wireless keyboard
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    Logitech M705 wireless mouse
    Internet Speed
    Upto 100Mbps
    Browser
    Edge.
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    Windows Defender & MalwareBytes pro.
the card reader that came standard on my HP Envy 17
1 What does Device manager have to say about your card reader?
2 Does Device manager display any yellow warning triangles or does it have an Other devices section [which is a euphemism for no driver found]?
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3 Have you tried going to the HP support site, Drivers & downloads section for your computer to download & re-install the card reader driver?


All the best,
Denis
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
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