Is my SD card bro­ken?

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

I have a Late 2012 Mac mini run­ning Yosemite 10.10.4. My dig­i­tal cam­era takes 4GB mi­cro-SD cards and I im­port my pic­tures into the Photos app us­ing an adap­tor card to con­vert from mi­croSD to the nor­mal size. I would like to share some pic­tures by copy­ing them back onto the card, but when­ever I try this us­ing Ex­port in the Photos app, it warns ‘Ex­port Com­plete with Er­rors’ and ‘Could not write file to des­ti­na­tion (1,016)’. I’ve been ad­vised to re­set the PRAM but this doesn’t seem to have helped. Ju­dith Har­vey That er­ror is be­cause the SD card is read-only and I think this is much more likely to be a hard­ware prob­lem. Does your SD card adap­tor have a lit­tle slide on one edge (usu­ally la­belled ‘lock’)? If so, and even if it is cur­rently not in the lock po­si­tion, this may be the cause. SD adap­tors are very flimsy things – lit­tle more than some thin gold- plated con­tacts sand­wiched in a plas­tic en­ve­lope. The write-pro­tect lock doesn’t change the elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions on the card it­self in any way. It’s just a lit­tle bit of plas­tic that slides back and forth. The card reader in your Mac de­tects this with a spring-loaded con­tact that fits into the tiny slot. Some­times this gets stuck and the Mac thinks the card is locked. Blow­ing a can of com­pressed air into the slot might free it, oth­er­wise you’ll need to open up the mini and gen­tly prise the con­tact free.

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