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Old December 5th, 2012, 09:19 PM   #51 (permalink)
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You guys have me confused with another poster. My wife doesn't have an S3 and I never mentioned anything about music.
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And by the way, blindly defending Samsung/the S3 reminds me of Apple fanboy type behavior. Let's be objective here and open to the possibility that your phone or my phone could be next...
I know I am not blindly defending the SGS3, but just because it happened to you and a small percentage of owners doesn't mean it's some epic problem some are making it out to be.

I know that there is something going on but there are waaaayyyy to many variables to start screaming this will happen to you nonsense. Various apps, transfer data methods, type of card, the os could be the culprit.

I travel a ton, I have a long train commute each day (3 hours each way, it's temporary ) Every 2 to 3 days I'm deleting and adding 16gb or more of movies and tv shows to the sd card keep in mind I have a 32 gb adata micro sd card. adata is the bottom rung of flash memory. If I haven't trashed this card yet, it's definitely not hardware. I doubt anyone moves as much data as I do with as much frequency, so it has to be something else.
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Old December 6th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #52 (permalink)
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just killed my second sd card in my galaxy s3. they were both both brand new at the att store. both were 32gb sandisk
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Sorry, totally didn't mean to quote you in the reply!
It's all good. But, while there may be a small percentage of us S3 owners that are having SD card issues... we are in fact having issues. I like the phone a lot, but mostly for the non-phone features. As a phone, it's not the greatest when you live in the boonies or are heading that direction. Had never given radios much of a thought 'til I bought my S3. When I'm done with this phone, I hope Motorola has something on the cutting edge.
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It's all good. But, while there may be a small percentage of us S3 owners that are having SD card issues... we are in fact having issues. I like the phone a lot, but mostly for the non-phone features. As a phone, it's not the greatest when you live in the boonies or are heading that direction. Had never given radios much of a thought 'til I bought my S3. When I'm done with this phone, I hope Motorola has something on the cutting edge.
I know people are having problems, but it seems like it's software because it was hardware a lot more people would be having the problem. If was software that every single SGS3 had then a lot more people would be having the problem, so that leaves software that either is installed by certain carriers or a slightly popular 3rd party.

I should have encountered the problem with my extreme usage, but I am 100% stock and the only apps I have installed are ones from reputable companies.

That's funny that you are looking to go to moto when I just came from moto. I wouldn't trade this SGS3 in for anything motorola.
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I bought a Samsung Galaxy S3 and a Sandisk 64 gig class 10 micro sd card in July. Four months later I started getting strange random messages like "sd card unexpectedly removed" etc. Finally the card completely died. I couldn't even format it on my pc. Sent the micro sd card back to Sandisk for a replacement and put in my tried and true Kingston 16 gig micro sd card from my HTC Incredible. Now two weeks later, my phone is slowing up and I'm getting the "sd card unexpectedly removed" message again. My 64 gig replacement should be here any day but I'm afraid to put it in my phone.
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I know of an issue another user on anoer forum was having with his micro sd card. Malware was eating constant read write cycles burning out the card.
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3 times this week I have had a notification at top of screen saying that my SD Card was unexpectantly removed, and then Preparing SD card.
Is this a signed of an SD card about to fail ?? All data is backed up anyway.
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SD cards do have a limited lifespan they generally can only take so many writes until errors occur. that being said I am still using a 16Gb card from my old Eris. which is only a class 4 card if I recall. most of my use is just pictures and nand backups and titanium backups. its been running since I got the phone in early July from my preorder. the card itself has been in use for almost 4 years.
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Off topic question so execuse me but I just upgraded from an evo 4g lte yesterday to the SIII on sprint basically im wondering why apps to sd is no longer supported? Is that a gsIII thing or jelly bean? Thanks everyone.
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Off topic question so execuse me but I just upgraded from an evo 4g lte yesterday to the SIII on sprint basically im wondering why apps to sd is no longer supported? Is that a gsIII thing or jelly bean? Thanks everyone.
You might consider searching the forum. There are plenty of threads that discuss this issue, but this thread is not one of them.
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Hi, another s3 card killer here. Yesterday my s3 battery was down to 5% after only 6 hours standby use and today the card is dead, this is the second time this has happened , both times I have lost all my data and the card becomes unrecognized by any other device. I don't remember the battery being discharged like this the last time.
Phone is stock and only 5 months old, I don't know if I could get a warranty replacement out of Vodafone, but will write to them anyway.
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Had this problem on my S3 with a SanDisk 32gb card, replaced it with a 16gb and it was fine. Now I'm having the problem again with my note 2 and the 32gb SD card I ordered on black Friday. Got the "SD card unexpectedly removed" and then finally woke up to a dead card. Getting it replaced with a 64gb and I pray that gives me no trouble.
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Going to stick my neck out here and say -- it's the implications that it's somehow MY fault that SG3s keep destroying SD cards that really bugs me!

Someone said that if it were a real hardware problem, it would be a LOT more prevalent. Not so. I spent a few years working hardware quality assurance testing, and one of the first things you learn is that there will ALWAYS be SOME failures -- period. Second thing you learn is that reducing the failure percentage costs increasingly greater amounts, the closer to zero percent you try to get. Third thing is -- that's what warranties are for, to catch the failures that get out.

Saying that because folks live together, that both of their phone failing is more than coincidence is implying that, once again, the failures are somehow THEIR fault! Tell that to the thousands of Toyota drivers who had their vehicles recalled. Tell the couple who BOTH drive Toyotas that the failure of BOTH of their cars was somehow THEIR fault!

Look -- even if a thousand GS3s fry SD cards, that's a very small percentage of the total number in circulation. So, in product quality terms, that failure rate is actually very good! And, to remove that very small percentage of failures might very well have driven the manufacturing cost of the GS3 so high that no one could have afforded one.

So OK, overall, it's a very high quality product -- I'll give you that.

But ... don't go telling folks that ARE unfortunate enough to be part of that 1000 that the failure is somehow THEIR fault -- that is being arrogant and insulting!
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Add me to the list of S3 owners who had their phone kill their SD card. 16gb SDHC from my old Motorola Droid X, never had a problem on the Droid, killed just a week after plugging into my S3.

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I haven't had my SD card die entirely yet, but I've had random issues with it since day 1. Got an S III on the Sprint black friday deal, and got a SanDisk Ultra 64 Gb SD card off of Amazon.com.

I never see the "unexpectedly removed" message, but I see 3 issues regarding my SD card. So I either have a faulty SD card, or the phone has issues. But if I put the micro SD card in a regular SD adapter and plug it into a card reader on my computer it looks and works just fine. So I DON'T think it's the card.

1. After powering off the phone and back on, it will, probably about 75% of the time (but not always), tell me that that there's an issue with the SD card and want to reformat it. I skip the reformat and instead I go into Storage Settings and mount the card. It always mounts, but then sometimes I see what I'll mention in # 2 below (it's mounted but no files present) and I have to unmount and mount the card again.

2. Even though the card technically stays "mounted" it will suddenly act as if it's empty. I usually find this because I will go to access music or pictures on the card and it can't find them. then I go into My Files and it shows "No Files" on the entire card, like it's blank. I unount and remount the card, some times I have to do this 2 or 3 times though, and it comes back and shows the files.

3. With the card validly mounted and properly showing files ON THE PHONE itself (per # 2 above), if I connect the phone to my computer via USB and try to browse the card using Windows Explorer on the computer, I can see SOME files, but not other files that I KNOW I copied to the card previously. I had copied some music, pictures, ringtones, and notifications sounds to the SD card previously, but now when I attach the phone to the computer via USB and try to browse it on the computer, the ringtones and notification files don't show up (I see the directories on the card but when I go into the directory it appears empty). But on the phone I can still see them in the My Files browser on the phone, and I can select the ringtones or notifications I had copied to the SD card in the phone Settings, so the phone itself knows they're there.

I have tried twice reformatting the card in the phone and recopying my files to the card, but these problems always return. I read somewhere to try formatting it on a PC (by using a card reader on the PC to use the card directly instead of through the phone) so I tried that. Same issue. I read somewhere to try formatting it using FAT32 instead of the exFAT that the phone uses (I think it's exFAT64 that the phone uses if you format it in the phone, or something like that) and that didn't help either. So now I'm back to having formatted with the phone a 3rd time and still see the issues.
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This is driving me crazy too
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I have been wondering if Samsung cards would work better, or if the speed of a card would cause issues?. Or if the S3 has a dislike for SanDisk and prefers Kingston?.
I haven't a clue, just trying to come up with something that the far more experienced Android users may be able to home in on an idea.
Perhaps everyone putting in a claim for cost of dead micro sd cards may (not holding breath) get Samsung get their finger out and find a fix.
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Just bought a 16GB Patriot LX Class 10 card. It won't write to it... formatted from the phone a couple times, no luck. Trying to format now in Windows.

My old 8GB no-name card worked perfect :/

And my fault, didn't read the reviews before buying. Luckily it was dirt cheap and i can still use it:

Amazon.ca: Customer Reviews: Patriot LX 32 GB Class 10 MicroSDHC Flash Memory Card PSF32GMCSDHC10
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I haven't had my SD card die entirely yet, but I've had random issues with it since day 1. Got an S III on the Sprint black friday deal, and got a SanDisk Ultra 64 Gb SD card off of Amazon.com.

I never see the "unexpectedly removed" message, but I see 3 issues regarding my SD card. So I either have a faulty SD card, or the phone has issues. But if I put the micro SD card in a regular SD adapter and plug it into a card reader on my computer it looks and works just fine. So I DON'T think it's the card.

1. After powering off the phone and back on, it will, probably about 75% of the time (but not always), tell me that that there's an issue with the SD card and want to reformat it. I skip the reformat and instead I go into Storage Settings and mount the card. It always mounts, but then sometimes I see what I'll mention in # 2 below (it's mounted but no files present) and I have to unmount and mount the card again.

2. Even though the card technically stays "mounted" it will suddenly act as if it's empty. I usually find this because I will go to access music or pictures on the card and it can't find them. then I go into My Files and it shows "No Files" on the entire card, like it's blank. I unount and remount the card, some times I have to do this 2 or 3 times though, and it comes back and shows the files.

3. With the card validly mounted and properly showing files ON THE PHONE itself (per # 2 above), if I connect the phone to my computer via USB and try to browse the card using Windows Explorer on the computer, I can see SOME files, but not other files that I KNOW I copied to the card previously. I had copied some music, pictures, ringtones, and notifications sounds to the SD card previously, but now when I attach the phone to the computer via USB and try to browse it on the computer, the ringtones and notification files don't show up (I see the directories on the card but when I go into the directory it appears empty). But on the phone I can still see them in the My Files browser on the phone, and I can select the ringtones or notifications I had copied to the SD card in the phone Settings, so the phone itself knows they're there.

I have tried twice reformatting the card in the phone and recopying my files to the card, but these problems always return. I read somewhere to try formatting it on a PC (by using a card reader on the PC to use the card directly instead of through the phone) so I tried that. Same issue. I read somewhere to try formatting it using FAT32 instead of the exFAT that the phone uses (I think it's exFAT64 that the phone uses if you format it in the phone, or something like that) and that didn't help either. So now I'm back to having formatted with the phone a 3rd time and still see the issues.
I had the almost identical things happen to me. I used a micro sd card adapter to read the files on my pc. I never tried using the USB connector.

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I have been wondering if Samsung cards would work better, or if the speed of a card would cause issues?. Or if the S3 has a dislike for SanDisk and prefers Kingston?.
I haven't a clue, just trying to come up with something that the far more experienced Android users may be able to home in on an idea.
Perhaps everyone putting in a claim for cost of dead micro sd cards may (not holding breath) get Samsung get their finger out and find a fix.
My card was a Samsung (from my old galaxy s), so I don't think it matters who manufactures the card. I think it is the phone, but admit I haven't tried any ther cards. I'm actually hesitant to try.
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I had the almost identical things happen to me. I used a micro sd card adapter to read the files on my pc. I never tried using the USB connector.
Yeah, the first couple times I also used an adapter and card reader to like copy my 20 Gb of music files to it and a few other things. So now I've reformatted the card a 4th time from the phone and purely used the USB cable with the phone to transfer stuff. It went about a week stable, but then last time I powered off and back on my phone, sure enough, when it powered up I got the message that my card had an issue and wanted me to reformat it again. I didn't, and just went into Settings/Storage and mounted the card. It mounted but I still couldn't see any files on it. So I unmounted and mounted it again and then I could see the files. I haven't power cycled the phone again yet since then (about 2 days ago).
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Add me to the list of S3 owners who had their phone kill their SD card. 16gb SDHC from my old Motorola Droid X, never had a problem on the Droid, killed just a week after plugging into my S3.

The EXACT same thing happened to me. Please help!

My phone is not rooted and it updated to JB while I was still in the store. I am hoping to at least recover my photos/videos. I had no music or apps on my card. I have very few apps installed from the Play store. I had not yet connected the phone to my computer since I had had it less than 10 days (purchased Dec 15th failed on the 23rd).

I'm just not sure if I should try to use the warranty to get a new phone.
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Add me to the list of those unaffected with SD card issues. Have had a 32GB sandisk card in since I bought the S3 in summer and that card came used out of my old Moto Droid 3. Use it for all my music, pictures and video and it gets used well daily. No issues.
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My 2 cents for what its worth i personally believe it is a either a sandisk issue or something to do with the higher capacity formats of these new sd cards.

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8236/related/1

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/7879/~/microsdhc-cards-fail-to-format

read this and related answers towards the bottom
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My 2 cents for what its worth i personally believe it is a either a sandisk issue or something to do with the higher capacity formats of these new sd cards.
While BOTH of these could certainly be true ... the problem is not strictly a SanDisk one. Neither of the cards that got fried in my two SG3 were SanDisk.

My third SG3 is using Samsung SD card -- and so far, I've not had problems with it.

So, there may be something to the claims that Samsung memory is a better choice for SD cards for this phone.
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My card did this yesterday.. nothing showed up on my phone music or pics. I had to download wifi file transfer to recover my files.
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I've got a 64gb class 10 card. Been using it for several months with out issue.
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My 2 cents for what its worth i personally believe it is a either a sandisk issue or something to do with the higher capacity formats of these new sd cards.

SD Card Damaged or No SD card error in Android device

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Neither of these apply to my situation. My card has not failed completely yet to where I can't format it on the phone. I just have stability issues with it failing to be recognized sometimes (either fails to mount initially saying it has an "failure" of some sort, but then I can mount it manually, or it mounts but the phone sees no files on it, but again I can unmount and remount the card once or twice and the files show up again).

And it the case of that first article, I already have tried that, formatting on my PC using an SD card adapter and card reader, and then in the phone, and it didn't help.
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1 freakin month. Just 1. I thought all of this was bs but nope, my s iii just killed my sd card. 32 gig sandisk. Took a lot of pics in Atlantic city of the family and get to the room, card removed error. Took the card out put it In my laptop, no go. Loved the phone but for 2 years I never lost a picture on my iPhone so I'm turning it back on. Nice chatting in these forms. Nice informative people here. Now just have to sell my s iii, great phone so it shouldn't be a problem.
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Hmm, this has me nervous about putting my sd card from my old phone in here now.
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, wow that sucks.

I have not had any issues with my SD card yet. In fact it's the same 16 GB from my last 2 phones. I wonder if matters that yours is 32GB compared to a smaller one.

Edit: Then again maybe I have an issue. I use my phone to film while i drive and twice it has stopped and switched to phone memory when I appear to still have room on my Card. Hmm, I'll have to look more into that.
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, wow that sucks.

I have not had any issues with my SD card yet. In fact it's the same 16 GB from my last 2 phones. I wonder if matters that yours is 32GB compared to a smaller one.

Edit: Then again maybe I have an issue. I use my phone to film while i drive and twice it has stopped and switched to phone memory when I appear to still have room on my Card. Hmm, I'll have to look more into that.
Its not the size that matters because I've had a 32GB class 10 SanDisk SD card that I had in my last phone in my GS3 now and haven't had any issues with it at all. No problems with pictures, videos, music, etc. No card removed errors either.
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I agree with the OP. I have the s3 since its release and used an original sandisk 32gb card with no problems. However, yesterday for some reason I started getting error messages that my sd card was unmounted, or unsupported, blank, etc. After googling this problem I see many many people all over the place are having problems with the s3 and sd cards. Google it yourself and see.
I even tried putting the card in the pc to reformat it but it didn't recognize it. So after putting it back in the phone after three hours the s3 decided to recognize the card and so far its not giving me error messages yet. But people the s3 definitely has issues with sd cards and its only a matter of time till you see so yourselves!
Add me to the list. My 16gb card I've had in 3 phones without a problem suddenly started having those are messages show up.after removing and replacing it several times to no avail, I went and got a 32gb card that so far is fine. Thankfully, when I put it in an adapter, I was able to recover all my pics and music. Yes many of us have ripped our cds.
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I have a 32gb sandisk and I had no issues until I recorded a big video. After recording this semi long video (4mins), my card was not usable any more after this.

My settings was to save all camera stuff onto the external sd. I think recording a long video might have stressed it out.

I don't know if you guys want to try it, but try recording a long video and tell me if this breaks your sd cards.

Luckily for me, everything is backed up into my dropbox. I just lost that stupid long video.
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It happened to me too. I activated a brand new S3 on Monday, inserted the SAMSUNG 8gb class 2 SD card from my old EVO (formatted FAT32 on card reader first), and loaded some music files, which I was able to verify completed OK. Later the same day, the SD card disappeared and is no longer visible even to my card reader.
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Count me in as well. My card is shot: 16gb Sandisk originally used in my Droid X. I backed up most of my files recently but some of the more recent pics and apps are gone.

As a side note, it may be coincidence but after months (July) of no issues, this occurred shortly after the news OS update.
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I guess I'm one of the lucky ones: transferred the original card that came with the Dx and have never had a problem.

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Count me in on this. I started buying cheap SD cards from local superstore. My S3 wouldn't even read them. I then bought a Sandisk. Was working great. On the 24th of last month, I woke up to a message on my phone saying something about the SD card. Phone wasn't reading it at all. I pulled it and put in an adapter and put in my PC. First it told me I needed to format it. I didn't do this cause I didn't want to lose data. After switching back and forth, PC wouldnt even give format option anymore. I had to go buy a new Sandisk. Since then I have all phone being backup up.


Photo solution: Create a dropbox acct. Use the setting to backup all photos from camera roll and ongoing photos immediately. So basically as soon as I take a pic or video, it instantly uploads to Dropbox.
The additional albums I have, well I just copied those to my PC, since I no longer add to them.

If this happens to me again, I can restore roll from DB and then drag albums from PC. Music and such...well that's just one.
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I think enough people are having this problem to consider it a legitimate issue. Hopefully Samsung is paying attention and will fix it.
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Samsung sold 18 million S3 units in Q3 2012. We have 88 posts in this thread and if we assume 80% of them are from single users with issues, that gives us a number of 66 users with this problem.

What percentage of users have the problem? Ido not even want to try and calculate this, but it seems the number would be called 'negligible'
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No way to know if it's negligible or not. It's not like a large percentage of GS3 owners are members of this forum. I do know more people are reporting this same problem every day. Not sure why you feel the need dismiss the issue offhand, not to mention blaming and borderline ridiculing the people having the problem.
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I am not having the sd card issues, but if an app is beating the card to death with constant writes, it could happen. That or an odd power spike- or connection issue that eventually shorts the card out.

Seems this could be related to the motherboard issue and why some have the problem and others do not. My 64gb is filled up with tunes and game roms and has worked fine since the GS3 launched.

I have a VZW 32GB blue.


As far as files not always being seen, that is a normal problem with MTP and I run into it with all my Android devices that use it. Unplugging and replugging the device and giving it a minute to index usually fixes the issue. MTP sucks.

That all said, if it were a write issue, seems all the devices with apps2sd would have had the problem too. I do not recall a focus on the issue in the old days of small internal storage devices.
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No way to know if it's negligible or not. It's not like a large percentage of GS3 owners are members of this forum. I do know more people are reporting this same problem every day. Not sure why you feel the need dismiss the issue offhand, not to mention blaming and borderline ridiculing the people having the problem.
Now subtract all those with defective cards, PCs that break their cards and yo uwill have 20 users here. Let's not suddenly assume that the S3 is resposible for every single card that gets broken out there.
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I woke up this morning to the"SD card removed" message and haven't done anything to check the card yet. I hoped reading this thread might provide some insight, but instead it was mostly a waste of time with various people continuing to attack those with SD card issues.

My phone is a vzw 32 gb blue with a 32gb SanDisk class 10. The card is used for photo and video storage and app backups.

And I do use Dropbox but I am constantly filling it, and don't always have the time to delete the unwanted photos in s timely manner.
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Card is dead! I put it in my PC and it is unrecognized. I checked my old 8gb Samsung card from my Contiuum in the adapter and it popped right up.

So that's it. No warning, no signs of decaying performance it literally died while my phone charged overnight.

It is a major problem that a card should die after light to average use in less than six months. Hopefully they can fix this in a future update.
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Samsung sold 18 million S3 units in Q3 2012. We have 88 posts in this thread and if we assume 80% of them are from single users with issues, that gives us a number of 66 users with this problem.

What percentage of users have the problem? Ido not even want to try and calculate this, but it seems the number would be called 'negligible'

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Now subtract all those with defective cards, PCs that break their cards and yo uwill have 20 users here. Let's not suddenly assume that the S3 is resposible for every single card that gets broken out there.
And you think this is the only thread on the entire internet about this issue? Do a Google search. There are lots of threads very similar to this one in various different Android, Galaxy SIII specific, or Carrier forums.

In the grand scheme of things, cards themselves also do not go bad all that often. Yes, they can, but not nearly to extent of what has been posted in this and other threads. And the fact that in many cases, people can put the card in a card reader after it messes up in the phone and reformat it gives me a good clue that the card itself is not going bad. Yes, some people get to the point where they can't even reformat the card with this issue, and that could be a bad card, but I see enough evidence to at least point to a possibility that it MIGHT be the phone causing the issue.

Are you a Samsung employee or something? Why are you so adamant that it CAN'T be a Samsung issue? What stake do you have in defending that it might not be a Samsung issue? Can it hurt for Samsung to at least investigate the issue?
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I would suggest everyone with this problem contact Samsung and complain politely but forcefully until they acknowledge the problem and offer a remedy.
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Now subtract all those with defective cards, PCs that break their cards and yo uwill have 20 users here. Let's not suddenly assume that the S3 is resposible for every single card that gets broken out there.
you do realize that not everyone use their external sd card? Most users just use the phone as is and never install a different sd card because it is enough space for them. I'm sure we would see more problems seen if EVERYONE used their external SD.

I did not use the external SD for a while and I wasn't seeing any issues. But I ran out of space and used the external SD for the camera. That's when I messed up my card.
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I would suggest everyone with this problem contact Samsung and complain politely but forcefully until they acknowledge the problem and offer a remedy.
I made complaints on several Samsung Facebook pages and then endured a one hour chat with a CSR. During the troubleshooting with the CSR the card was briefly recognized but was corrupt and unable to be formatted.

I was actually going to go along with her and do the factory reset so that they would have record of all attempts being made to resolve the problem when the card was suddenly recognized several minutes after a soft reset. Here is the end of the session.

Visitor: I was just about to power the phone down and when the screen opened to settings the SD card has been recognized but it says it is blank or has unsupported files and needs to be formatted!
Valerina: I request you to format the SD card.
Visitor: It won't format. I tried twice and both times it shows it as blank and requiring format.
Valerina: I am sorry to know that.
Valerina: I request you to remove and re-insert SD card.
Valerina: Not to rush you, are we still connected on the chat?
Visitor: yes, i am doing it now
Valerina: Thank you.
Visitor: I have removed the card with the phone off, should I reinsert it now and power on?
Valerina: Yes, please go ahead.
Visitor: Now it is not being recognized again
Valerina: I am sorry to inform you that.
Valerina: As you have already tried with all possible steps to resolve the issue and the issue still persists. The issue might be with Software/Hardware part in the device. As this is beyond the Technical Support, the device has to be examined by the Technicians. To service the device from the Technicians you have to place a Service Request.
Valerina: As we have performed all possible troubleshooting steps and the issue persists, I suggest you contact the carrier or purchase store for any insurance or 30 days exchange warranty or I will be glad in filing a service request to send the device for repair
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i have 3 sd cards i had 8gb, 16gb, 32gb, they worked perfectly fine. 2 was a samsung sd and the other was a sandisk. it must be ur phone or ur buying cheap sd cards
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Yeah I had a very similar problem with a Kingston 64Gb SD - went to Thailand Bali and Oz took loads of photos and video. The Settings told me I had only used 10Gb of card when it crashed. Recovered many photos using "Zero Assumption" recovery software. I saw that I recovered 30.5Gb off the card so I think there is an error in the space recording/ space allocation/ io space software in the phone. The card maybe OK, though until I have finished recovering all the videos I won't try reformatting the card
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