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Windows 7: Issues with Bit Locker - It's locking my camera SD card as Read-Only

25 Feb 2012   #1

Win-7, bog standard
Issues with Bit Locker - It's locking my camera SD card as Read-Only

G'day all

[Mods - if this is in the wrong place, pl swap it around]
1st post to this site - so here goes ...

I have a bog-standard Toshy Laptop L640 running Win-7 with its many & varied auto updates and w- 500Gb HDD, partitioned into 6 drives of about 75Gb each

I am a photographer and use various drives for various purposes

About 4-6 months ago I started to have "problems" in exchanging photos from the SD card [placed in the Toshy internal SD card slot] to my D:\ drive\Photos

My SOP for many years has been to mount the SD card into the SD slot, Select All images, then Cut 'n Paste into a target folder on D:\ drive

4-6 months ago I started to get issues - sometimes I could not Cut 'n Paste - only Copy then Paste. Now I find that I can only get Copy & Paste and I cannot delete images from the SD card either

In My-Computer, Right-Clicking on the SD card Properties, then going into "ReadyBoost" [whatever that is], I see a msg stating that "the drive is mounted read-only" ... locked by Bit Locker [whatever the hell that it]

Q- does anyone know why it has started to plague me with this behaviour? and
Q- does anyone know how I can zap the bloody thing so that my SD card will operate as it had done for years

Thanks in advance ...
Regards, Phil

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Bitlocker only operates if you have Windows Ultimate or Windows Enterprise and is a way of encrypting your hard drive so as to protect your data should your computer go missing or stolen. It also prevents unauthorized people reading your personal data.

Check out this tutorial for unlocking it: BitLocker Drive Encryption - Windows 7 Drive - Turn On or Off with no TPM

You can also try the following:

Go into Control Panel and switch to Small Icons view then click Bitlocker Drive Encryption and see if you can turn it off there.

Issues with Bit Locker - It's locking my camera SD card as Read-Only-bl.jpg

You mentioned ReadyBoost. ReadyBoost is a way of using a USB flash drive to assist a computer to improve performance where the amount of RAM installed is very low: typically 1-2 Gb. With today's RAM configurations of 4 Gb and upwards, ReadyBoost is no longer relevant.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2012   #3

Win-7, bog standard

G'day sv32

Thx so far for the qwik response

If I use the primary SD card from my camera, I get this problem
If I have used 'her' camera - her SD card works 'perfectly' ~ I can cut 'n paste images quite okay

The card has been camera-formatted about 1-dozen times over many months
I am totally unable to format the card inside Windows - but I certainly can in the camera

In frustration tonight I went into Windows and with the SD card loaded, I right-clicked on Properties & went thru the tabs at the top of the dialog box
On a tab header titled "Ready Boost" I get the following msg:-
"the drive is mounted read-only ... locked by Bit Locker" [see image-1] .....

Once formatted, the card no longer has any Bit Locker activity [see image-2] - but immediately I insert the card into the laptop's SD slot, it gets 'zapped' by Windows and that's the end of things

Image-1 ................................................................................ Image-2

FWIW - the computer is a bog-standard Toshy Laptop with nothing special:- Windows 7 Home Edition + the regular windows updates & the usual anti virus + anti spyware stuff

I'll have a look at other downloads that may have arrived unexpectedly, but I have no recollection of Bit Locker arriving via any choice that I made

Regards, Phil
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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