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Released in April 2011, the D5100 replaces the D5000 as one of Nikon's popular consumer DSLR cameras. It features a replaceable Nikon F-mount lens.

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How do I install a replacement memory card door

My memory card door has broken and I plan to buy a replacement, however I can not find any instructions on how to install this.

Amazon says easy to install but doesn't say it comes with instructions. I don't want to have to take the camera apart.

Is is possible to do this myself.

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Did you ever find a solution to this? I would love to know.


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I just did this last night. The D5100 tear-down guide above was a big help. You need a tiny phillips screwdriver (like for repairing eyeglasses) and tweezers for handling all the tiny screws. A sharp pick tool is a help as well.

*EDIT* Here is the complete guide WITH PICTURES: Nikon D5100/D3100 SD Memory Card Door Replacement

FIRST: open the memory card door and take a good long look at how the spring is installed. There are two "feet" coming off of the spring that need to be installed into two "insets" on the rear camera cover, this has to be done before you put the cover back on.

1. Remove 3 long screws behind the eye-piece (note that the one on the top-left is slightly longer than the rest and uses a different thread), then remove the plastic cover over the diopter (a pick tool is helpful here) and remove the silver screw behind it. (4 screws total)

2. Peel the rubber thumb-grip back slightly, there's a short screw there closest to the left side of the thumb-grip. This one seems to be slightly thicker than the ones in the next step, keep it separate.

3. Remove 3 short screws from the bottom of the rear cover.

4. Remove 2 long screws from the left side of the camera.

5. Peel back the rubber grip on the right side of the camera, closest to the top and bottom behind the rubber grip there is a silver screw (2 total).

6. Once you remove those screws (12 altogether) you can pull the back cover off the camera, it is still attached to the camera body via two cables so be careful not to damage them. You will then see that the memory card door slides right out between the rear cover and the camera body. Install the new door making certain to put the spring back the way it was, with the two feet installed into the insets.

7. Put the rear cover back on and test the memory card door to make sure it's working, then install all of the screws back where they went. Reapply adhesive to the rubber grips and diopter cover if desired.

Good luck!

- Written by Shroud - lordshroud@gmail.com - Link with pictures to follow.

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Great! Please feel free to create a guide on the D5100 device page and add those pictures that you took.


Hi David, I did as you suggested, here's the link with pics: Nikon D5100/D3100 SD Memory Card Door Replacement


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From the looks of it, it's a pin that holds the door and spring in place. My guess would be to try and use a pair of needle nose pliers to slide the pin out one way or the other.

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hey, check the link below, you will need to follow untill 5 step to change that door

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Beverley Howard wird auf ewig dankbar sein.

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