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Old January 19th, 2013, 08:25 AM   #151 (permalink)
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YES ... that is the case.
Nope,
statistics say otherwise.

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I have used four different smart phones, and three different cameras, all using SD cards -- and THIS phone is the ONLY device that has trashed SD cards. So, in my experience, YES, the phone has something to do with the cards dying -- it's killed them!
How many of those smartphones and cameras had a thread about cards dying in them?

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Even if only 100 units experience problems, out of 10 million phones, while that is a very small percentage, that is not zero -- it is not "nothing".
Statistically it is nothing and does not count as a problem. If the phone was causing that, we would be seeing it on a much larger scale.

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It IS statistically insignificant (the term you should have used instead of "represents nothing") and, because of that, it is very unlikely that Samsung would commit any time or resources to fixing this problem.
It simply means that there are as many cards dying in this phone as there might be in any other piece of equipment. See above regarding posts about cards dying in other equipment.

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But, for those of us who HAVE been affected by this, saying it "represents nothing" is being insulting.
I am just saying that having a thread with 100 people reporting a problem with their cards does not mean the phone causes the problem.

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How many of those smartphones and cameras had a thread about cards dying in them?
NONE -- but this phone DOES have threads about cards dying in them.

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Statistically it is nothing and does not count as a problem.
In Samsung's view, YES, it is statistically insignificant. In the view of folks affected by this problem, it is a very different picture. In my case, 2 out of 3 SGS3s had this problem -- that is 67% for me, and THAT is statistically significant -- for me.

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If the phone was causing that, we would be seeing it on a much larger scale.
No necessarily. I've read on other forums that it is a KLUDGE to get Android ICS (and JB) to even WORK with SD cards. So, the fact that this kludge fails on a small scale is quite possible.

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It simply means that there are as many cards dying in this phone as there might be in any other piece of equipment. See above regarding posts about cards dying in other equipment.
That might be true -- but it still does not mean that this phone does NOT have a problem.

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I am just saying that having a thread with 100 people reporting a problem with their cards does not mean the phone causes the problem.
If it were the case that, in all of these failures, it was the same BRAND of SD card, or the same Size of SD card, or the same Speed of SD card -- then it would most likely be that one thing that is in common. But, if you actually READ through these threads, you will find exceptions to these attributes.

I did hardware testing for a few years at a Laboratory a while back, and when we found failures in a set of equipment, and one item was common across all the failures -- it was THAT item that was most likely the main cause of the problem.

In this case, across all the different brands, sizes, and speeds of SD cards, the item that is the common one is THIS phone.

And ... in my own experience, I've used different brands, sizes, and speeds of SD cards across a variety of equipment, and as I indicated earlier, the ONLY piece of equipment that trashed ANY of those SD cards was this phone. And, of the SGS3s I have had, TWO of them have done the same thing -- I am on the third now.

So, you can choose to believe what you want -- I'm not arguing with you any more.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 10:09 AM   #153 (permalink)
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In this case, across all the different brands, sizes, and speeds of SD cards, the item that is the common one is THIS phone.

And ... in my own experience, I've used different brands, sizes, and speeds of SD cards across a variety of equipment, and as I indicated earlier, the ONLY piece of equipment that trashed ANY of those SD cards was this phone. And, of the SGS3s I have had, TWO of them have done the same thing -- I am on the third now.

So, you can choose to believe what you want -- I'm not arguing with you any more.
This phone is the common factor as it is THE ONLY phone we are discussing here

I do not know what testing techniques you used, but saying that this phone kills cards on the basis of this thread is totally presumptuous. Try open threads in other forums for very popular phones and you will then have grounds to say anything. You need SOMETHING to compare this phone to, otherwise there is no knowledge as to how many cards die in phones and whether what we're seeing here should be considered worrying or not.

This thread is like a study where the conclusion is drawn to say that X is more prone to kill cards than Y, without actually checking how many cards died in Y . that means the conclusion has completely no grounds.
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Maybe it was a good idea that I spent the extra money and got a Samsung 64gb card. Haven't had it for very long so time will tell.

Even if it does konk out I have everything backed up on my computer.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 02:33 PM   #156 (permalink)
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Hardly. 5 threads about sd issues that we have here, yet none of them related to the issue at hand
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I think i've got a similar problem. last week I updated my galaxy s3 to jellybean 4.1.2. a few days later i got the 'damaged sd card' error. after having having (re)formatted the about three times now, I'm considering a full system reboot.... it's got to be the system. I tried two different sd cards of different sizes. both of them can't be faulty, I'm sure...
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YES Galaxy s3 kills sd card. Today killed my second sd card without any reason. First was killed on the desk nobody touched , today second sd card killed with same condition. Sits on the desk and just said no sd card or unsupportd file. Tomorrow Ill take it back to o2 mine only 3 months old. mine were 32gb Kingston and Sandidisk Ultra
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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.
Iphones don't have sd card slots.
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For those who have lost sd cards have you done any of the following:

Formatted the card to a different file format than it originally came.

Updated to jellybean.

Powered down your device.

Disconnected your phone during a transfer process.
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For those who have lost sd cards have you done any of the following:

Formatted the card to a different file format than it originally came.

Updated to jellybean.

Powered down your device.

Disconnected your phone during a transfer process.
One card that S3 said was bad I was able to reformat in my camera. It's still there and working fine.
The next card that the S3 complained about was successfully reformatted in the S3, but a day later was bad again and couldn't be read or formatted by my camera.
Both were 32GB Lexar class 10 cards. (microSDHC).

Both of these failures were on ICS.
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One card that S3 said was bad I was able to reformat in my camera. It's still there and working fine.
The next card that the S3 complained about was successfully reformatted in the S3, but a day later was bad again and couldn't be read or formatted by my camera.
Both were 32GB Lexar class 10 cards. (microSDHC).

Both of these failures were on ICS.
did you run a full format on the cards before using them(no quick format)?

did you format them to exfat from FAT32 or vise versa?


when i bought my samsung 64GB card it was defaulted to exFAT and i did a full format to exFAT. i put it in my S3 and it gave me the "preparing Sd card", "safely remove card" notice and didnt recognize the card. after quick formatting it in my Lg motion i put it back in the S3, it recognized it, and i put all my stuff on it.

i've only had it for less than a week so its too early to tell if it wont have problems. the 32GB samsung card i had in my motion had no issues for the almost 3 weeks i used it in my S3.
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did you run a full format on the cards before using them(no quick format)?

did you format them to exfat from FAT32 or vise versa?


when i bought my samsung 64GB card it was defaulted to exFAT and i did a full format to exFAT. i put it in my S3 and it gave me the "preparing Sd card", "safely remove card" notice and didnt recognize the card. after quick formatting it in my Lg motion i put it back in the S3, it recognized it, and i put all my stuff on it.

i've only had it for less than a week so its too early to tell if it wont have problems. the 32GB samsung card i had in my motion had no issues for the almost 3 weeks i used it in my S3.
I'm fairly sure that with my first Sandisk 32gb I formatted it in the phone, to whatever file system that was. The card died with no warning just shy of three months of usage. One morning when I was taking my phone off the charger I had a notification it had been removed. Earlier in this thread I documented my contact with Samsung about it.

On my new Sandisk 32 I have done a full format to FAT32. As of now i have done some app backups and transferred some music to it. I am definitely not going to use it for camera storage ever again.
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Drawn to this discussion as I have just upgraded to the SIII from the original Galaxy S which I had for 2 years. I certainly had external SD card problems with the original S. I put a 16 GB PNY card in soon after I got it. It was fine for a couple of months but over a period of time it started to lose pictures and videos randomly, and music saved to it would freeze during playback, requiring a reboot to get the phone going again. My partner put an 8GB in hers and after a few months had identical problems. Presumably these problems have not been carried over to the SIII, but having lost the only video of my partners uni graduation ceremony I am understandably wary of putting anything important on the SIII external drive.
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Hi,
I'm not convinced it is only an SIII issue. My phone is a Sony Xperia T and I have recently getting the SD card unexpectedly removed messages, so far hasn't killed it.
Sony may use the same material when assembling the SD card mount point, or might be an issue with the Android itself. I googled around and found not only SIII topics
I also have Samsung SDHC 10 32 GB, my buddy has the same having no problem so far with the same phone (sony).
I noticed that I get this error mostly when I'm in cold places, for example skiing or jogging outside, so might be connectivity issue, however my fried dosn't have.
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I'm not convinced it is only an SIII issue. My phone is a Sony Xperia T and I have recently getting the SD card unexpectedly removed messages, so far hasn't killed it.
Sony may use the same material when assembling the SD card mount point, or might be an issue with the Android itself. I googled around and found not only SIII topics
I also have Samsung SDHC 10 32 GB, my buddy has the same having no problem so far with the same phone (sony).
I noticed that I get this error mostly when I'm in cold places, for example skiing or jogging outside, so might be connectivity issue, however my fried dosn't have.
Well, sd cards do just fail sometimes, but the fact that Googling only brings up S3 topics should tell you something. This isn't a common problem to non Samsung phones.
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did you run a full format on the cards before using them(no quick format)?

did you format them to exfat from FAT32 or vise versa?


when i bought my samsung 64GB card it was defaulted to exFAT and i did a full format to exFAT. i put it in my S3 and it gave me the "preparing Sd card", "safely remove card" notice and didnt recognize the card. after quick formatting it in my Lg motion i put it back in the S3, it recognized it, and i put all my stuff on it.

i've only had it for less than a week so its too early to tell if it wont have problems. the 32GB samsung card i had in my motion had no issues for the almost 3 weeks i used it in my S3.
I originally formatted both cards in the S3. I assume that Android knows what to do.

I've been using SD cards for years. These are the only failures I've had.
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Well, sd cards do just fail sometimes, but the fact that Googling only brings up S3 topics should tell you something. This isn't a common problem to non Samsung phones.
I've said it and will repeat again: How many phones with an SD slot have been old as well as S3?

Wanna know the answer? NONE!

That should answer your question about why you get hits for it. Not to mention this thread has probably added a few results on its own.
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I've said it and will repeat again: How many phones with an SD slot have been old as well as S3?

Wanna know the answer? NONE!

That should answer your question about why you get hits for it. Not to mention this thread has probably added a few results on its own.
Why do you participate in this thread only to constantly repeat yourself when you have nothing constructive to offer. As I posted, if you specifically Google many other popular phones you will find few discussions of high failure rates of SD cards.
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Why do you participate in this thread only to constantly repeat yourself when you have nothing constructive to offer. As I posted, if you specifically Google many other popular phones you will find few discussions of high failure rates of SD cards.
A few reasons:

1. I hate when people spread unconfirmed information based on a 0.00005% occurrences.

2. People will come here and believe now that very single card that dies, dies because of the S3, which of course is untrue.

3. I know how research and statistics work and cannot stand it when someone says that the phone causes all the trouble when there is no reason to believe 90% of the stuff in this thread.

4. I am a no-BS person and just hate anything that balances on the verge of a myth, urban legend, misconception, misinformation, arrogance and this thread represents everything I just mentioned.

5. The result of threads like this: newbies coming here and believing what all the people with dead cards say.

6. Half of those cards, and especially in the case of users who had 2 of them dead in 2 different S3s might just as well have died from viruses on a PC the S3 was connected to.

If you do not understand the fact that there are other reasons for a card to die other than manufacturing fault or S3, you should really go out there and do some proper research on how all that works.
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Well, sd cards do just fail sometimes, but the fact that Googling only brings up S3 topics should tell you something. This isn't a common problem to non Samsung phones.
Its all in how you google, notice there are other phones reporting problems.

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A few reasons:

1. I hate when people spread unconfirmed information based on a 0.00005% occurrences.

2. People will come here and believe now that very single card that dies, dies because of the S3, which of course is untrue.

3. I know how research and statistics work and cannot stand it when someone says that the phone causes all the trouble when there is no reason to believe 90% of the stuff in this thread.

4. I am a no-BS person and just hate anything that balances on the verge of a myth, urban legend, misconception, misinformation, arrogance and this thread represents everything I just mentioned.

5. The result of threads like this: newbies coming here and believing what all the people with dead cards say.

6. Half of those cards, and especially in the case of users who had 2 of them dead in 2 different S3s might just as well have died from viruses on a PC the S3 was connected to.

If you do not understand the fact that there are other reasons for a card to die other than manufacturing fault or S3, you should really go out there and do some proper research on how all that works.
For such an ardent believer in hard numbers and statistics it sure looks like you take liberties making up your own percentages in items 1, 3, and 6.

I get your point, nobody knows exactly what is causing the SD failures. However, for the people who are experiencing the issue with an S3, statistics mean very little. The problem is very real for them and it should be ok for them to discuss the issue or even infer the problem may be related to the phone. In the world of statistics, this is after all a viable possibility, even if a remote one.

Don't get so hung up on what people may or may not think after reading this or any other thread. As a statistics guy, you know that a miniscule percentage of Galaxy S3 owners frequent web forums. Also, it's true that hardly anyone ever comes to a forum to say "my phone is working fine". The nature of the forums lends itself to discuss problems so most threads are just that.

The point of the forum should be to discuss, whether we agree or not. I have read these forums as I research my next phone. Tonight, I will be buying an S3 to replace my iPhone 4S. This thread is not going to keep me from buying the phone or using an SD card but I'm glad I read about it and I'm going into it making an informed decision.
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My gs3 fried my sd card. I lost all of my pictures and music. What a pain it was. It was a brand new 32 gb sd card also
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When people say fried, what exactly does it mean.

And what troubleshooting was performed?
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When people say fried, what exactly does it mean.

And what troubleshooting was performed?
For me the card is completely dead. Even my PC does not detect the card so I can't even try to format it.
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For me the card is completely dead. Even my PC does not detect the card so I can't even try to format it.
Did it show up in disk management? assuming windows.
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Did it show up in disk management? assuming windows.
No. When I place a different SD card in my PC it automatically assigns it a drive letter. With this card nothing happens. It's as if I never inserted the card. The card is completely dead.
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Based on what I am reading this sounds more like a problem with the SD card standard than any particular device, if you spend enough time goggling you will find people saying their SD card is failing in almost any device.

The S3 is now one of the most popular phones that has a SD card slot so its not surprising the number of issues people are having.
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If you read through the thread you'll see that Samsung told me my phone was defective and should be serviced. Babelfish had SanDisk perform a full diagnostic of the card he sent for warranty exchange. They reported that the card had been completely corrupted because of a voltage failure during a write process. The card had no physical problems and they were able to restore the card to full function.

I'd like to hear from other members who have contacted any type of tech support for service of either the card or phone.
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If the corruption occurs when the cards are written to by the phone (as a poster earlier suggested),it would be interesting to know if their have been failures of cards used for READ ONLY.If you put music on an external card from your pc and then put the card in your phone then shouldn't your card remain uncorrupted if this is true? Just a thought....
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If the corruption occurs when the cards are written to by the phone (as a poster earlier suggested),it would be interesting to know if their have been failures of cards used for READ ONLY.If you put music on an external card from your pc and then put the card in your phone then shouldn't your card remain uncorrupted if this is true? Just a thought....
You might be right actually... but the problem is that most people want the camera to save photos to the sdcard as a way to have their pictures saved outside of the phone memory. This would obviously risk corrupting the card.

I suppose if you relied on backing up photos to Dropbox, say, you could avoid writing to the card but not everyone has a large or unlimited data plan.

It's not really acceptable to have to avoid writing to external memory. The device should be capable of this basic function without corruption and data loss.
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For such an ardent believer in hard numbers and statistics it sure looks like you take liberties making up your own percentages in items 1, 3, and 6.

I get your point, nobody knows exactly what is causing the SD failures. However, for the people who are experiencing the issue with an S3, statistics mean very little. The problem is very real for them and it should be ok for them to discuss the issue or even infer the problem may be related to the phone. In the world of statistics, this is after all a viable possibility, even if a remote one.

Don't get so hung up on what people may or may not think after reading this or any other thread. As a statistics guy, you know that a miniscule percentage of Galaxy S3 owners frequent web forums. Also, it's true that hardly anyone ever comes to a forum to say "my phone is working fine". The nature of the forums lends itself to discuss problems so most threads are just that.

The point of the forum should be to discuss, whether we agree or not. I have read these forums as I research my next phone. Tonight, I will be buying an S3 to replace my iPhone 4S. This thread is not going to keep me from buying the phone or using an SD card but I'm glad I read about it and I'm going into it making an informed decision.
30 million sales by November 2012. Add November, December, January and it will be at least 35 million.

0.001% is 350. We have less than 200 in this thread, but let's assume that as our start number.

You are still right, everyone has the right to discuss the issue. I just see no reason to make such far fetched conclusions and ASSUME S3 kills all of those cards.

Reasons for a card to die.

1. The phone is actually defective and kills it.
2. The SD Card is defective
3. The Phone is connected to a PC and disconnected improperly.
4. The card is taken out of the phone without unmounting it.
5. The PC the phone is connected to has a virus, etc.
6. The media placed on the card is corrupt.

It is all just an assumption, but divide the number of users here by 3 and we get the number of 100 users affected.

Did not even bother checking what percentage that is as it already is negligible.

Discussion of course is a good thing, but drawing conclusions about anything on the basis of 0.001% of its population is not a great idea and this thread's title is simply inadequate.
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In my situation, this is definitely a hardware issue...

I have two SGS 3s (one is 16GB and one is 32GB)... they are both running the exact same custom ROM and have the exact same SD Cards in them. One of them has now gone through three SD Cards... the other has not had a single problem.

I will be sending this thing back to Samsung immediately for a replacement. Perhaps I can ask them to upgrade as well in the process as I've read this seems to be an issue with the 16GB versions.
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My card died in a 32gb Verizon phone.
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I'd like to hear from other members who have contacted any type of tech support for service of either the card or phone.
I have just had a 2nd card failure on the Note 2, both of which occurred after 19 days, exactly. There were no warning signs that the card was about to fail, I just woke up to the card removed unexpectedly error message. On the first card, it happened while the phone was on charge overnight & on the second it happened while the phone was just sitting on my table, again overnight.

The first time it happened, I tried rebooting the phone to see if the card would be recognised - nothing. Then, I tried a different card in the phone - it was recognised instantly. So, I tried the defective card in another phone & PC (Windows & Linux) & it was not recognised. I had the card replaced by the retailer the first time & thought no more of it - putting it down to being a faulty card & just one of those things.

This time, I decided to ring Samsung tech support. Amazingly, the operator tried to tell me that it is a software issue & that it would need to be fixed by having the software updated. When I queried the logic of this, she proceeded to waffle on about how this was somehow Google's fault in the way they release software and/or the initial release of each version, before telling me how she had, different, multiple (software) issues with her HTC One X as some kind of validation. She then gave me the phone numbers of the service centres I could use to get my phone 'fixed'.

I rang the numbers she gave me & the guy I spoke to immediately said that the issue was almost certainly hardware related & would necessitate the phone being sent away for repair.
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Had two guys here at work on Sprint Galaxy S3 with Sandisk 32 GB class 10 cards that got corrupted. My card however is still ok (knock on wood) but I have a cheap chinese class 4 32GB from fry's sale. I have a launch verizon 32 GB S3. Just more
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So, to give an epilogue - after working again with almost no problems for well over two weeks my sd card finally failed me completely this time (full format previously solved the issues). This time there seems to be no easy chance of recovery. I can actually see it in disk management, but it says that card has 30MB and is write protected, so no way to format it. Tried few other apps, but no go...

Any ideas? Phone etc. dont recognize sd card, it is only in computer that i can see it as some unknown file system format which I cannot reformat due to weird size and write-protection.

Ah, it happened while watching HD movie over wifi, so no activity on sd card at the moment... And phone was barely noticeably warm due to movie i suppose, but nothing that should in my opinion effect sd card of reasonable quality...

32GB was sweet spot for me in terms of space i need and price of card, so i hope next one will outlive this one or at least last until i get replacement via warranty - could be up to one month.

edit: now it just says no media.

Anyway, old Sandisk doesn't even show up anymore on computer. Obviously it died completely. Company where i bought the card said they actually heard of failing cards, but also said it happens to other phones with sd card to. They will take it back no problem and give me another card. I hope I can also exchange it, since I already purchased new 32gb c10 Kingston. For now it works perfectly and without a glitch. We'll see for how long. :P
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Ok well it didn't take long for me to finally become the latest victim of this BS. Got my card early December after black friday sale...SanDisk 32gb ultra. Last night shortly after I finished recording a video, all of a sudden it started giving me that "blank SD card" message everyone on this thread is quite familiar with now.

Card is still able to read by my PCs, and I put it into my gf's S2 this morning and it was reading the card just fine as well. It's back in my phone now...and it's sporadically cutting in and out...being able to read the card for a while and then not.

I'll be getting in touch with Samsung shortly
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Mine has started acting very flakey... It will mount and unmount randomly and then disappears all together for a while. I called Samsung today and was told to reset my phone and that there is no reported problem.... blah blah blah. I then went to best buy to talk to them who informed that that I can exchange my phone but there is no point as they have had lots exchanged for the same issue and that it will happen again. The guy told me that one customer exchanged his phone 3 times in 2 months and it happened to each phone after a period of time.
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Tapatalk is acting up on me.

Badically what I'm trying to say is in MY own personal experience the higher class of and SD card I use in a SMARTPHONE, the more likely it will be ruined. (In cameras it's fine)
The write speeds might be too fast for your phone, causing data loss in the transfer process, corrupting the card.

After all, 32gb IS 32gb, no matter how fast it writes.

Try using a class 4. Never had a problem on ANY phone with those. When I DID have my s3, it never gave me an issue. I'm still using the same card in my current phone.
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Tapatalk is acting up on me.

Badically what I'm trying to say is in MY own personal experience the higher class of and SD card I use in a SMARTPHONE, the more likely it will be ruined. (In cameras it's fine)
The write speeds might be too fast for your phone, causing data loss in the transfer process, corrupting the card.

After all, 32gb IS 32gb, no matter how fast it writes.

Try using a class 4. Never had a problem on ANY phone with those. When I DID have my s3, it never gave me an issue. I'm still using the same card in my current phone.
Who makes a class 4 32gb or 64 gb micro SD?
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My experience, Samsung Galaxy S III:

Team 32 Gb card - after a month, 'SD card removed' (while still in the device), no access to music or other files on the card. Removed, into a Win7 machine - can't complete a full format, totally busted. Maybe a bad card, RMA for a new card.

A couple of months - SAME THING.

OK, Team cards maybe low quality, replace with a SanDisk. Guess what, took a couple of months, but that cards has also failed, also can't be regognized by phone, can't be formatted in Win7.

Samsung sez maybe I have a 'corrupt file'. Sigh. This is a real problem, prehaps low frequency, perhaps a range of manufacture batches - I don't know. But a real problem and requiring a real response...
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I have been having this problem too. First with a Samsung 16GB class 6 then a sandisk ultra 32gb class 10. Now the most recent is a lexar 16GB. This is crazy no matter what I do it keeps messing up my sd cards. Im on jelly bean and bone stock. No root no custom nothing. It's ridiculous that I can't use an external sd card. Going to call Samsung
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Ok well it didn't take long for me to finally become the latest victim of this BS. Got my card early December after black friday sale...SanDisk 32gb ultra. Last night shortly after I finished recording a video, all of a sudden it started giving me that "blank SD card" message everyone on this thread is quite familiar with now.

Card is still able to read by my PCs, and I put it into my gf's S2 this morning and it was reading the card just fine as well. It's back in my phone now...and it's sporadically cutting in and out...being able to read the card for a while and then not.

I'll be getting in touch with Samsung shortly
Once it starts acting up, it seems like only a matter of time before it dies. I'd back up anything you want from that SD card while you still can.
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Tapatalk is acting up on me.

Badically what I'm trying to say is in MY own personal experience the higher class of and SD card I use in a SMARTPHONE, the more likely it will be ruined. (In cameras it's fine)
The write speeds might be too fast for your phone, causing data loss in the transfer process, corrupting the card.

After all, 32gb IS 32gb, no matter how fast it writes.

Try using a class 4. Never had a problem on ANY phone with those. When I DID have my s3, it never gave me an issue. I'm still using the same card in my current phone.
My first card was SanDisk 32gb, class 4. They only had that one in stock where i purchased my phone, so after assuring me that card will do full hd and everything and that difference is minor, I went ahead with it and for sure all was fine for 1.5 months. I think class shouldn't be an issue, class 10 is most cards sold these days and it's working fine for some users apparently. Maybe sd cards just became junk in terms of quality control. The guy in store told me that they don't even bother customers with warranty any more, because card failing happens all the time. They just give out new sd card and do claim on their own. Cards are all original ofc.

And it's not only siii issue, since i have Note ii. But this topic has more users and responses then similar Note ii topics, which are also many... Also saw some xperia threads. Might even be an Android os issue?
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I understand that this is a frustrating and emotive issue, but please keep your contributions polite. Accurate data points are far more useful for diagnosis than insulting and/or patronising others.
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The Sprint "Basics Guide" that came with my phone does mention on page 56: "It can support MicroSD cards of up to 16GB."

The 244-page manual I downloaded has slightly conflicting info on page 211: "Be sure to use only recommended microSD cards (<64GB)." [That means "less than 64GB"]

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My white 32GB GS3 killed two cards. The first card was a Sandisk 32GB card, class 4. I used that card for 4-5 months before it died while having photos being written to it.

When that card died I switched to the 16GB class 2 card that came with my Droid X. The 16GB card performed perfectly for nearly 2 years before putting it in my GS3, and then it died after about 3 weeks.

I can't say that all GS3s kill SD cards, but mine sure did.

These problems, plus the awful battery life, will be pushing me back to an iPhone when my new every two is here in March 2014.

(My wife's iPhone 5, with LTE, wifi, and bluetooth radios on all day, with playing games and checking internet moderately, will have at least 75% battery left after being off the charger for 11-12 hours. It's incredible. And yes I realize iPhones do not have card slots for expansion).
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3month n my sandisk ultra is still fine but i keep it backed up though lol.
Seems to be a random thing and all Samsung say is "you should only use samsung accessories"..... umm then they should have different shaped sd card slots that only fit thier own cards.....!
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(My wife's iPhone 5, with LTE, wifi, and bluetooth radios on all day, with playing games and checking internet moderately, will have at least 75% battery left after being off the charger for 11-12 hours. It's incredible. And yes I realize iPhones do not have card slots for expansion).
same here with my GS3. though i did switch off double tap home button for S-voice and wakelocks. with that it would be 70%.

gaming will kill my battery however, but i play stuff like FFIII and choas rings.

what games does your wife play?
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