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Old September 11th, 2012, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sandisk 32gb class6 MicroSD stopped working, cannot be detected, cannot format....

My case involves a Sandisk 32gb class 6 MicroSD card. Initially my S3 says that I have a blank card, but later it can detect the card again. For a few days this keeps on happening, on and off. Until the S3 continuously says the card is blank for a whole day. I took out the card, then it worked again....but after a few minutes, the S3 says the card's blank again...and again...until the microsd card is undetectable.

I took it out and plugged it into my PC using the Sandisk MicroSD adapter, but the PC cannot detect it. I tried the plug it into at least 4 different laptops and PCs but it still cannot detect. I put it back to my S3 to try to format, but it didnt format. Now I can't do anything but ask here.

What happened to my microSD card? Is it only me or did this happen to someone else here? Anyway I can bring it back to life?

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it sounds like your SD card has died. With your phone only temporarily recognising it at times (and now not at all) sounds like to me that it was on its way out, and now it's gone. As memory cards are mass produced, and relatively cheap, unfortunately they can lack in quality and not be as reliable and just die.
I'd invest in another card with a reputable brand (such as Kingston) but even these have been known to fail.
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Welcome to the forum phichanad.

There seems to be a few dodgy sandisk sd's which are making it past quality control at the moment so you're not alone.
If you're having trouble with your 64GB SanDisk microsd card, it may be defective

I'll move this thread over to the main gs3 forum
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While it may be the SD card, it could also be your phone. I had a Lexar Class 10 32GB micro SD card -- and it did much the same. Suddenly, it wouldn't mount and then gave me an error message that the card might need to be reformatted. Like your, nothing could read mine after that.

I mounted it in my PC, ran RecoveryMyFiles against it and discovered that hundreds and hundreds of my MP3 files had been zeroed-out.

Not long after that, the phone started crashing with filesystem failures.

So, it's likely your phone is failing, too.
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I'd invest in another card with a reputable brand (such as Kingston) but even these have been known to fail.
or get the Samsung flash cards. i have the 32 GB Class 10 Brushed Metal, and it works great.
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While it may be the SD card, it could also be your phone. I had a Lexar Class 10 32GB micro SD card -- and it did much the same. Suddenly, it wouldn't mount and then gave me an error message that the card might need to be reformatted. Like your, nothing could read mine after that.

I mounted it in my PC, ran RecoveryMyFiles against it and discovered that hundreds and hundreds of my MP3 files had been zeroed-out.

Not long after that, the phone started crashing with filesystem failures.

So, it's likely your phone is failing, too.

I wouldn't put it down to the phone yet as 4 PC's didn't recognise it either.
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or get the Samsung flash cards. i have the 32 GB Class 10 Brushed Metal, and it works great.

Ditto - cheapest option on Amazon for a 32gb card.
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Thanks for the replies guys, really got disappointed that up to now I didn't buy a new MicroSD card even if the largest electronics mall in this country is just a 5-minute walk away...sigh...

Hopefully it's not my phone that's having problem though...I'm temporarily using a China-made 1GB microsd card from my old 2007 Nokia phone for now (considering its not a branded one but a generic fake China card, and after 5 years it's still damn working!)...can only fit 1 movie!
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Switched to two G3's last week and one of them would not recognize that I had a SD card installed. Transcend 32gb. The card worked flawlessly in my Razr Maxx and in older phones AND with my computer. So back to Verizon I went. Switched out the phone and the new one works fine. It "might" be the GS3.
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Switched to two G3's last week and one of them would not recognize that I had a SD card installed. Transcend 32gb. The card worked flawlessly in my Razr Maxx and in older phones AND with my computer. So back to Verizon I went. Switched out the phone and the new one works fine. It "might" be the GS3.
pre, I just do hope it's not the phone, I've been using it for 3 months already and this has been the only flaw I encountered. So far I'm using my 5 year old CDR King (China made counterfeit unbranded) 1GB since my Sandisk 32gb failed me, and its still working perfectly fine...for now.
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Switched to two G3's last week and one of them would not recognize that I had a SD card installed. Transcend 32gb. The card worked flawlessly in my Razr Maxx and in older phones AND with my computer. So back to Verizon I went. Switched out the phone and the new one works fine. It "might" be the GS3.
Well ... that was the case with MY SD card problem. Got a new phone and have had no problems since.
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my problem is the same.. this is my 3rd transcend 32 gb micro sd card that crashed. maybe the problem is on the unit.
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Hi, I,ve got a Dapeng A9230 doing a similar thing. My Adata 32gb microsd works great for awhile then my phone say theres a problem with the card and it might need to be reformated. So I reformat and away I go again for awhile maybe 3-4wks then same problem. Very annoying
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I had the same issue with my S3 (I9300). 32GB generic card bought off ebay - worked fine for about 3-4 weeks and then came up with an error message and was not recognised by the phone. Computer doesn't recognise it either.
Tried all the forums etc for info, but basically it appears to be a dead card - lost lots of music and pictures. I have sent the card back to the ebay seller in China and I await a new one.....if I'm lucky!
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I have a S3 and it has just trashed my second Sandisk 32GB class6 MicroSD card.
Original from Amazon which failed on 26 days, which they replaced, 2nd died on 32 days so outside their 30 day return window.
I can not work out if it is the phone or a dodgy batch of microSD cards so who I should complain to..
Has any one had better luck with different manufacturers or different size cards?
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I have a S3 and it has just trashed my second Sandisk 32GB class6 MicroSD card.
Original from Amazon which failed on 26 days, which they replaced, 2nd died on 32 days so outside their 30 day return window.
I can not work out if it is the phone or a dodgy batch of microSD cards so who I should complain to..
Has any one had better luck with different manufacturers or different size cards?
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My guess would be that it's the phone. My wife and I have identical phones and HAD identical SD cards. My phone overheated and trashed the card, hers did not. I replaced the card, and was able to demo to a Verizon person how the internal file system got corrupted also -- so they replaced the phone.

New phone has not had this SD card problem.
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I forgot to note that after my 32GB card died in my S3, I put in an old 1GB card (brand: Kingston) and have been using it fine for over a month. In terms of 'overheating', one of the applications I use makes the phone very warm / hot indeed for extended periods, but the card does not appear to have been affected. The mystery continues....
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okay, here is my story.

My wife and I have S3's (32Gig version Sprint). We both bought Sandisk 32Gig cards. After 30ish days, my microsd card died. It could not be read by any device I tried it on (even my wife's S3). Sandisk replaced it for free.

<Fast forward another 30ish days>

Just the other day, the replacement died! Again, it wont be read by any device including my wifes S3. (it does however pop up with "blank card, do you want to format" every once in awhile)

The weird part is that each time this has happened I _am_ able to read by wife's card just fine.

I also have tried to format the microSD card (when the phones are able to read the card) with both S3 phones. It says that it is formatting and then it returns to the mount screen and it pops up saying "blank card, do you want to format".

So, do you think it is my phone or two bad microSD? I dont see how the phone could corrupt the card so badly that a format would also fail.

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I had a 64GB Sandisk SDXC card behave similarly. Worked for 5 days, then reported itself as write-protected 31MB card and a day or two later stopped being recognized entirely. I'd already destroyed the retail packaging so I had to go through Sandisk RMA process which took a few weeks. The replacement card arrived yesterday. I'm curious...Seems there are numerous reports of these sorts of failures in various online forums. It seems that most, if not all, involve Sandisk cards of various sizes. Has anyone had this sort of problem with a brand other than Sandisk?
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similarly i used transcend 32gb class 4 for my phone which died immediately and got it replaced the same day, and the new one worked for 2 weeks and died. i think it could be something to do with android ics as one of my other friend too had the same problem but now he is using 16gb and its working fine.
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Just stumbled across this thread, wanted to add my 2 cents, don't think it is an ICS issue, I have 2 Transcend 32GB micro SD cards, one in my ICS phone ~6 months, one in my Jellybean Tablet (Gingerbread ~1 year, upgraded to JB ~3 months) with no issues. Did have an 8GB Kingston die which is how I got here.
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just joined this forum as my s3 corrupted my sd card as well.

luckily not much on that wasn't duplicated elsewhere. but it is a scary thought that everything was just wiped like that. this has never happened to me before on any phone. it is odd becuase i usually think, if the phone packs in at least my data is safe...

after reading around (in other forums as well) not sure if it is comforting or not to know that there are quite a few s3's that do this. it is known problem.

the card will now not be read by any other phone or device. it is shot & can't be reformatted.

i lost today's photos as they hadn't uploaded to g+ yet. very lucky escape.
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That sounds like what an SSD does when it dies. Nothing can be accessed on the SSD. Usually that happens when the flash memory has catastrophically failed.

Any number of things can cause flash memory to catastrophically fail like that. The silicon can break down, the blocks in the flash memory fail because of overuse, etc.

There was talk in some circles that as we make the memory smaller through the process of die shrinkage, there's a chance that in the process of making it smaller you reduce the lifetime of the memory in the process.

Maybe, we are indeed pushing the boundaries of what flash memory can do in the form factor that we are making them in, namely the MicroSD card. If you really look at it, a MicroSD card is really tiny.

Also, not all flash memory is created equal. Cheaper brands will probably die sooner. I'd stick to Sandisk or Kingston.
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Just stumbled out of the bar and into this thread. I've had weird things happen with my SanDisk 32 GB and 64 GB cards. When I purchased a new 64GB card, S3 didn't recognize it at all. Dropped it into a reader for my desktop and my Mac Pro wouldn't recognize it either. Brand spankin' new card, out of the package. Stuck it in the reader of my Macbook Pro, and viola, read and formatted without a problem. Put it in the S3 and it said, hey, new card. 63 and some change available. Go figure. I took my 32GB card, copied everything to another drive, then copied that to the new 64 GB card. Placed it in S3, not a problem with it in the phone since. Try it in my Mac Pro to add more music files, card isn't recognized. Gets funky at times when in the S3. No worries, So I use Dropbox to transfer.

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It happen to me too 2 weeks ago. When i put the drive in window it ask me to format the drive i say no. The drive is a Sandisk 32Gb showing only 31 megs to be formatted.

I didn't backup all data to dropbox or google+ at full resolution so i wants to recover my files, i just install a lot of program to do that, and nothing :
- ***** card recovery free
- Recover my file v5
- Recuva
- EaseUS partition master
- testdisk 6.13 (photorec)

Even with winhex, everything is 00 00, not MBR at all. No wonder no program can recover this broken partition.

I have found several program that can format the drive from 31 megs back to 32 gig. The partition should be primary first instead of logical. This program seem to do the job fine : fat32format from Ridgecrop Consultants Ltd (source: forum.xda thread = 1698672)

But i am still looking to recover my card first !
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thanks for the link GTWalling, unfortunately that doesn't help at all. It seem that Sandisk do not acknowledged the problem. If i have to play 15$ to get a replacement card with is worth 30$ that is no help
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this also happened to me dose Samsung do anything to help or replace you pictures and music or are you left alone?
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or sandisk im not shure who's to blame?
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Neither of them help you replace your pictures or music. Or I should say they might help you replace them with new stuff, but not retrieve the ones you've lost.

That's why you ended up posting here.

Sandisk however will replace your card free of charge (or even the retailer from which it was purchased).
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thanks for the link GTWalling, unfortunately that doesn't help at all. It seem that Sandisk do not acknowledged the problem. If i have to play 15$ to get a replacement card with is worth 30$ that is no help
SanDisk replaced my card with very little grief. They even sent a call tag. Whole process took less than a week.

In your chat with support include a link to the register story or the SanDisk mea culpa.
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Hey guys. I happened upon this thread today while researching my own MicroSD problem -- a 32GB chip showing up as 32MB. I was really kicking myself, as it started intermittently having issues on Friday, and totally died on Sunday. (I should have A) been taking backups regularly and B) taken a snapshot at the first sign of trouble. Lesson learned.)

I tried a number of data recovery techniques to no avail. I even tried The Freezer Trick, which for those of you might not know, is the method of pulling data off nearly-dead hard drives. (You leave the hard drive in a freezer for a day or so, then pull it out and try to get data off before it heats up. There are some important nuances regarding condensation, but that's the jist.) The problem I encountered was that I'd pull it out of the freezer and it'd be at room temperature by the time I got it into the USB reader -- MicroSD cards apparently don't have enough mass to retain the cold.

So I took it to another level: I put the card and reader in the freezer, with a USB extension cable leading out. I left it for a couple of hours, and then plugged it into my laptop (with the card+reader still in the freezer) and lo and behold, there was my data. A quick rsync command later, I had it all safe and sound on spinning rust. ;-)

I can't promise anyone this will work for them -- I really don't know -- but I thought I'd share my entirely unexpected success story. Might be worth a try!
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I will never ever buy another SanDisk card as long as I live. This is the only brand I've ever had issues with. Nothing like thinking everything on it is safe....false hope.
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I can absolutely understand that feeling. My wife is more than a little freaked out that she has two or three more of this exact model that she's been trusting, and our roommate has another. Obviously both have been appropriately warned.

I consider myself extremely fortunate that my last photo backup was only three months ago, and that I was able to recover this at all. I don't expect such fortune again.
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Are you guys formatting your cards in your phones or on your computers?

Are you formatting to FAT32 or exFAT?

When you take photos or record video do they go directly your internal or external memory?
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If you contact Sandisk they will replace the card providing it is under 12 months old. I had the same problem with a class 10 card and they sent me a replacement.

My advoce would be buy a Samsung Card (Class 10), had mine in now for 6 months no issues at all.
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I even tried The Freezer Trick,
I think it was just a coincidence it worked...but good for you.

I works with traditional hard drives (and it's saved me more than once), because the cold causes the platters to contract slightly, freeing them to spin until they warm up.

SSDs and MIcro cards have no moving parts, so this can't work. Worse still you don't want condensation getting in your phone or your card reader in case it shorts!!
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Default Same issue with s3 and sandisk micro sd

Guys I've got the same issue, me and my girlfriend have the exact same phones a Samsung s3 Mini GT-I8190 and we both have a sandisk 32GB Micro SD

Anyways her one works great no problem, but mine kept on saying There is no memory card detected so I kept removing it and re-inserting it which fixed the problem for a few weeks. But then the error kept coming up more and more frequently until removing it and reinserting it didn't fix it anymore. I ignored it for a little while, thinking maybe the contacts where not touching correctly or something but then I started getting errors on my phone such as "The memory card is blank, you need to reformat it" etc.

I started getting worried at this stage so again i removed it and reinserted it into the phone but this time the phone didn't even detect the card. So i took it out and connected it to my PC but same problem, it wasn't even being detected. Took a long time to try and seek the card but no joy :(

I was absolutely devastated coz I lost so many photos and videos. I didn't even bother trying recovery software coz the card wasn't even being detected by the pc in the first place. So I got a quote from a recovery specialist and they said it would cost at least $500+ to get data back.

So I just put the memory card aside for about two weeks and just today decided to try it again...

AND IT WORKED.... managed to get all my data back safely on my PC :)

I have no idea why it suddenly started working but it just did and am pretty happy for that.

So yeah Im just letting you guys know if the same issue happens, maybe put your mem card away for a lil while and try it again after a few weeks and see how you go.
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