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Old January 28th, 2011, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I’ve just bought an Orange San Francisco…
The phone specs state that it can store up to 32Gb of stuff on a micro SD, so I also bought a 32Gb card to replace the 2Gb card that comes with the phone.
One of the reasons for my buying the phone was that it would act as replacement for my excellent but ageing IRiver HP40Gb MP3 player…
The trouble is that the SD card refuses to accept more than about 2.5Gb of data…
I’ve tried copying into one folder, and into multiple folders, but the result is the same whatever permutation I use – once I reach about 2.5Gb any new files that I transfer over via USB are dumped into the LOST.DIR folder as unreadable files.
I’ve tried taking the SD card out of the phone and into the media port on my PC and copying the files directly onto the card – this works fine (copied about 6Gb when I tried it), but as soon as the card goes back into the phone and is mounted, the same thing happens, the folders I created above about 2.5Gb still exist but are empty, the actual files seem to be have dumped into LOST.DIR…
Am I doing something stupid?
Is there some setting I need to change?
Is this an issue with Android or the San Francisco phone?
Are the any Apps I could try that would assist me?

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Old January 31st, 2011, 08:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You didn't buy the microSD card off Ebay by any chance?

I've a 32Gb card at home in my Galaxy Tab - I'll try it tonight in my SF.

EDIT: Just tried, it certainly reads it fine, tried a couple of music albums I've just added (at around the 28Gb full mark), though I added the tracks from the PC in the USB card reader, rather than via the phone USB, simply becuase it goes about 10 times faster.

Recalling my Unix days, the LOST.DIR is probably lost&found, usually indicative of bad disks or faulty sectors. You could try formatting the card on the SF, then trying to copy on the data again.
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You didn't buy the microSD card off Ebay by any chance?
How did you guess!!
Yes, I suppose it could be just a dodgy card, but it appears to be genuine Kingston Memory, and it works fine in the PC with no bad sectors or other problems reported by Windows…
I’ve formatted it several times both in the phone and in the PC and it doesn’t appear to make any difference.
There’s a long discussion on the MoDaCo forum about the problems of using large capacity cards in the ZTE Blade / San Francisco, so it seems I’m not alone…
I’ve ordered an 8Gb Sandisk card (not from EBay!), I’ll see what happens with that…
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How did you guess!!
Yes, I suppose it could be just a dodgy card, but it appears to be genuine Kingston Memory, and it works fine in the PC with no bad sectors or other problems reported by Windows…
I’ve formatted it several times both in the phone and in the PC and it doesn’t appear to make any difference.
There’s a long discussion on the MoDaCo forum about the problems of using large capacity cards in the ZTE Blade / San Francisco, so it seems I’m not alone…
I’ve ordered an 8Gb Sandisk card (not from EBay!), I’ll see what happens with that…
Hmmm, peculiar. What Class is the card? Mine is a Class 4 & never had any problems with it. Even video playback is smooth from it.

Try copying files onto via the PC & a card reader - it maybe a more robust method than via the phone (& as I mentioned, about 10x faster!). You can get microSD to SD card adapters for 99p on Ebay, then use a standard SD card reader.
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the Blade has awful issues with SD cards
16GB SD cards that definitely work - Android @ MoDaCo

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Hi i have brought my son the san francisco but i cant move anything from the phone to the sd card how can i do this please
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Hi i have brought my son the san francisco but i cant move anything from the phone to the sd card how can i do this please
Is it giving any error messages? Are you doing it via the phone or your PC?
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Hi i have brought my son the san francisco but i cant move anything from the phone to the sd card how can i do this please
Apps2SD is not in 2.1
You can put a 2.2/2.3 ROM on, go for Swedish Spring

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its all there
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where do i go to get these
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07/Apr [GUIDE] How to Install a Custom ROM on the ZTE Blade [GEN1] - Android @ MoDaCo

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or you can follow this guide

How To Root The Orange San Francisco / ZTE Blade

i think thats equally as good
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I too have a san francisco and although I can put music onto the sd micro card, ( 4gb), the phone shows the play list as empty.
I have found the music in the 'filer' app on the phone but want to know how to get it from there to the music app. I have formatted the card but cannot find anywhere on the phones settings, how to save the music.

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