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Old February 3rd, 2013, 10:55 AM   #201 (permalink)
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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.....!
I've had my s3 since black Friday and today my second sd card went the same way as the first one I had put in it. When I woke up the phone, I had a notification that my sd card was removed and to insert a sd card. There is no way to Mount it--settings says to insert a sd card. I haven't had the back off this phone since I inserted the new card Christmas eve.

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I've had my s3 since black Friday and today my second sd card went the same way as the first one I had put in it. When I woke up the phone, I had a notification that my sd card was removed and to insert a sd card. There is no way to Mount it--settings says to insert a sd card. I haven't had the back off this phone since I inserted the new card Christmas eve.
I hope you have the receipt. Perhaps after manufacturers have done enough warranty replacements they will start putting some pressure on Samsung. I wish there was a way to monitor sd card health. Although it seems that failures are from a single bad write and not something that can be predicted.
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Hey all,

I joined this forum just so I can give my personal results/perspective.
I too am a victim of SD card mayhem. First of all, I have a Verizon branded S3. I have used nothing but 16GB cards that were sold to me by the Verizon store. From the first time I attempted to insert the card it exhibited the SD card removed error. So after a couple reboots of the new S3 phone and reinserting the card eventually it mounted the card. Around 2 weeks later I was greeted with than damn SD card removed error. Once again I popped the card in and out a few times. Rebooted the phone and the card remounted. Later that day the error popped up again. I tried inserting it into my PC and was greeted with the "Card needs to be formatted" message. I decided not to. I had a brand new Verizon supplied 16GB card to use. I popped it into the phone, system mounted it and it was a done deal. Now, ~ 2 months later, I open up the file browser and there's no files or folders on the SD card showing. There was NO warning what so ever. I decided to USB connect the phone to my PC "FOR THE FIRST TIME), I opened Kies and low and behold I couldn't read anything off the SD card. Opening up the native android file manager, it showed the card but couldn't read anything. After multiple attempts I decided to try the card by itself in my laptop. Card is not formatted message. By now I'm upset because I didn't have a current backup. So as a last effort attempt I put the card BACK into the phone and hook up via USB. Windows is taking a looooooong time to show any info. Then all of a sudden I started getting directory listings. SLOWLY getting them. My download folder had been renamed to uownload (that wasn't a typo) and another directory that held all my photos was empty but the LOST.DIR folder now contained all my photos but were renamed to a numerical value with no extension. I saved the majority of the data. Phew.

I'm a firm believer in factory restore anytime after an upgrade which was done immediately following the JB update. My phone is not rooted nor have I tinkered with it. When the first card corrupted I had loaded nothing else from stock on it. I just assumed it was just one of those things. The second time the phone scrapped out a card I had loaded a couple games "Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2" on it. For apps I have loaded Drippler, Speed Test, Led Light and Quadrant. Nothing should cause any problems there.

So once again let me point out that this phone has corrupted 2 cards now. After I formatted them the phone magically mounts the cards and acts like nothing happened. But I certainly no longer trust my phone.

So you see people, for me this was never an issue about:
Incorrectly disconnecting the phone from a PC
or it being a 32 or 64gb sized card
or a virus
Or a 3rd party app
or (insert whatever other ideas I may have missed from this thread.)

I absolutely agree that the # of sales for the S3 certainly speaks volumes about it not be a 100% failure across the board. However this "theory" doesn't disprove the possibility of certain models (whether it's Verizon or sprint or at&t branded or I9300 version) possibly have different revision card readers, cables etc. We honestly don't know exactly what we're dealing with.

Luckily my wife just signed me up for the ultimate Verizon warranty 2 weeks ago.
Speaking of Verizon - they have open enrollment going on as of the date of this post. Sign up people
I am seriously going to ask for another phone. If you are asking yourself why.....it's because I believe it is an issue with SOME S3's not all. The replacement phone will tell the tale. I'm not trying to be a smart arse here, simply posting my personal experience and suggestions.

For future reference I suggest we also start posting the brand and actual model of the S3. Kind of hard to actually do any real research without the pertinent info being provided.

I have the Verizon branded sch-I535v
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Hey all,

I joined this forum just so I can give my personal results/perspective.
I too am a victim of SD card mayhem. First of all, I have a Verizon branded S3. I have used nothing but 16GB cards that were sold to me by the Verizon store. From the first time I attempted to insert the card it exhibited the SD card removed error. So after a couple reboots of the new S3 phone and reinserting the card eventually it mounted the card. Around 2 weeks later I was greeted with than damn SD card removed error. Once again I popped the card in and out a few times. Rebooted the phone and the card remounted. Later that day the error popped up again. I tried inserting it into my PC and was greeted with the "Card needs to be formatted" message. I decided not to. I had a brand new Verizon supplied 16GB card to use. I popped it into the phone, system mounted it and it was a done deal. Now, ~ 2 months later, I open up the file browser and there's no files or folders on the SD card showing. There was NO warning what so ever. I decided to USB connect the phone to my PC "FOR THE FIRST TIME), I opened Kies and low and behold I couldn't read anything off the SD card. Opening up the native android file manager, it showed the card but couldn't read anything. After multiple attempts I decided to try the card by itself in my laptop. Card is not formatted message. By now I'm upset because I didn't have a current backup. So as a last effort attempt I put the card BACK into the phone and hook up via USB. Windows is taking a looooooong time to show any info. Then all of a sudden I started getting directory listings. SLOWLY getting them. My download folder had been renamed to uownload (that wasn't a typo) and another directory that held all my photos was empty but the LOST.DIR folder now contained all my photos but were renamed to a numerical value with no extension. I saved the majority of the data. Phew.

I'm a firm believer in factory restore anytime after an upgrade which was done immediately following the JB update. My phone is not rooted nor have I tinkered with it. When the first card corrupted I had loaded nothing else from stock on it. I just assumed it was just one of those things. The second time the phone scrapped out a card I had loaded a couple games "Subway Surfers and Temple Run 2" on it. For apps I have loaded Drippler, Speed Test, Led Light and Quadrant. Nothing should cause any problems there.

So once again let me point out that this phone has corrupted 2 cards now. After I formatted them the phone magically mounts the cards and acts like nothing happened. But I certainly no longer trust my phone.

So you see people, for me this was never an issue about:
Incorrectly disconnecting the phone from a PC
or it being a 32 or 64gb sized card
or a virus
Or a 3rd party app
or (insert whatever other ideas I may have missed from this thread.)

I absolutely agree that the # of sales for the S3 certainly speaks volumes about it not be a 100% failure across the board. However this "theory" doesn't disprove the possibility of certain models (whether it's Verizon or sprint or at&t branded or I9300 version) possibly have different revision card readers, cables etc. We honestly don't know exactly what we're dealing with.

Luckily my wife just signed me up for the ultimate Verizon warranty 2 weeks ago.
Speaking of Verizon - they have open enrollment going on as of the date of this post. Sign up people
I am seriously going to ask for another phone. If you are asking yourself why.....it's because I believe it is an issue with SOME S3's not all. The replacement phone will tell the tale. I'm not trying to be a smart arse here, simply posting my personal experience and suggestions.

For future reference I suggest we also start posting the brand and actual model of the S3. Kind of hard to actually do any real research without the pertinent info being provided.

I have the Verizon branded sch-I535v
Welcome to the forums! I'm glad you were able to save most of your data at least. Good idea about listing the phone info. Good luck with your replacement phone!
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... So once again let me point out that this phone has corrupted 2 cards now. After I formatted them the phone magically mounts the cards and acts like nothing happened. But I certainly no longer trust my phone.
Me, too. I'm on my third SGS3, the first two BOTH fried their respective SD cards. This one does seem to be doing better (so far) but it also has a Samsung SD card -- the others did not.

But, I'm also on the hunt for a different brand phone. I don't care if this is a "small" problem, or as SOME have claimed, even "not a problem", because for me, the failure rate has been 67% -- two out of three -- and that is way too high to have any trust in this model phone.

Problem is, I really LIKE having an SD card, and many of the newer models don't have those anymore.
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I recommend everyone pick up a cheap usb otg (on the go ) cable it's a male micro-usb to female usb cable and also get a thumb drive equal in size to your SD card so you can do backups on the fly if you have videos or photos that exceed your cloud storage.
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Thanks for the warm welcome folks.

I expect no pity about data loss. Clearly anyone that is foolish enough not to do backups deserves what they get

I'm a huge fan of actually researching and comparing notes. Finding similarities and taking a logical approach to nail down an issue. In fact I spent the better part of 2 days reading threads (here and any where Google picked up a thread) about the SD card corruption/destruction issue.
There is clearly an issue and anyone that disagrees (while certainly entitled to disagree) can't turn a blind eye to there being quite a few reports. Most people don't make stuff up just to post heh.

Thus far, I see no "gotcha" info. While a large mass believes it's the size of the card (I disagree), there is also an equal amount that believes it's a Sandisk compatibility issue and also a very small handful of people whom believe it's the cable from the reader to the main PCB.

The card size I highly doubt. After all mine are 16GB cards.
The card being a Chinese knockoff - not in my case as they came directly from my local VZ store.
Sandisk being incompatible. Possibly but I've read people buying the Samsung SD also had those corrupt.
Now the cable thing/reader hardware I could easily get onboard with. The next section covers why.

This is just my gut feeling. I come to this conclusion by being in the PC technology market for over 20 years now. It wasn't uncommon for any PC manufacturer to run short on quantity of certain hardware. When the main supplier couldn't meet the quota, the PC manufacturer had no other option than to pick up another supplier of a particular component. When this happens (for arguments sake) let's say a network card. A network card is a network card by the very definition. However it doesn't mean it's the same brand/model. Typically when this happened the manufacturer uses the same part but adds (rev2) for instance. This could induce an unforeseen problem. Whether it be a driver issue, hardware incompatibility issue, engineering/manufacturing failure or the manufacturer of said card simply had firmware issues. Again - lot's of possibilities right there.

But I do encourage people to also consider what we haven't factually determined is if it's a branded/model issue or not. All of the threads I have read, have not attempted to nail that aspect down. It very well could lead right back to supplier of the cable/card reader PCB being different.

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Hi Folks
Brand new to this forum. I took me quite some to read all the comments.
I have my S3 now since september and it's my 2nd SD Card ( sandisk 32 GB) that is damaged now. Same a Gmash, I haven't done any exceptional things that might lead to malfunctioning of my phone.
I just want to add one small remark : since I took the SD card out of my phone my battery takes now more than 2 days before it needs to be charged again. With the SD card inserted, the battery discharged in less than 1 day.

To my opinion, it's not a problem of the SD card but with the phone. I must join cellison in his remark on the components used in the S3 which might be from a different supplier (and thus having a new revision code) and might caused the problems with SD cards.
Might....might .... might...
I logged an issue with Samsung (Belgium) but so far no response.

Will update the thread when I have more info.

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Tonight I was attempting to load a video from my computer to my phone. I was plugged into my computer and transferring the movie to my SDcard (32gb Sandisk). I wait a few minutes while the movie loads. I attempt to play the movie and it says it is not able to play the video. I attempt to play other videos that I have taken from the phone and I get the same message. Next thing you know my phone no longer sees the SDcard, it states the folder is empty!!!! I plug the SDcard into my computer, same thing... EVERYTHING IS GONE!!!! The card is toast.....WTF

When I originally plugged the phone into my pc I received a Verizon/Samsung message asking me to install software to allow for an easier experience with my PC. I did so thinking it would help, not blow up my card...

Is there any recovering the SDCard or is it gone??

Below is a print screen of something I find odd on the phone... what's with all the USBdrives and the dates?!?!

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Not really sure what all the USB folders are, but you may be able to recover the files onb the SD card with one of these tools:

PC Inspector File Recovery

Recuva

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TestDisk. The best program out there.

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Those usb drives folder belong under the mnt folder. I have them too. I've used recuva to recover most of my stuff when my sd card got corrupted. The only things that I lost was the pictures in the camera folder. All the pictures in other folders were fine. Now I no longer set my camera to store picture on the external sd card by default. I've learned not to trust my sd card for anything now. I do use it to store pictures, but only after I backup every thing on the computer.
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This morning I pop the SDcard back in my computer and sure enough I am able to see all my files, first thing I do was to make sure to back everything up again to be safe.

I went to put the card back in the phone and it is still not seeing the card, any reason my computer is able to read the card but not my phone? I have a 16gb card in the phone that seems to be working fine for now.

Any ideas on how I can get my phone to read this card?!?!
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Did the card ever work in phone?
Id format it in the phone (think its in storage settings) then just use a card reader/writer to transfer files.
Thats just what id do but theres maybe better/easier ways mate
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If you put it in your computer, can you check the root directory of the SD card (so the 'main' bit where all the folders are) and turn on show hidden files (I think it's in right click > properties). Are there any individual files beginning .no.....? (E.g .nomedia)
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No need to start yet another thread about this. Go to this thread and join the growing number of victims:
Samsung Galaxy S3 KILLS SD CARDS!!!!!!

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Yes, sadly the S3 and sd card issues are being reported in many threads and many forums across the internet.

Between that and the almost universal battery drain issues of that particular phone, I'd think we'd be hearing about an OTA update remedy coming along at some point.
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Wow i'm amazed at how many people had issues with their SD cards with this phone. I guess i'm lucky for now that my card is still working.
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If you put it in your computer, can you check the root directory of the SD card (so the 'main' bit where all the folders are) and turn on show hidden files (I think it's in right click > properties). Are there any individual files beginning .no.....? (E.g .nomedia)
No hidden files beginning with .no

I had been using this card for about 2+ months...
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This is what SanDisk has written on their support site regarding this problem, though it didn't work at all for me:

SD Card Damaged or No SD card error in Android device

When I try to access my microSD card in my Android device I get an error message SD card damaged or No SD card. How can I resolve this?

In some cases the SD card may become unreadable by your Android device. We have found that many times the card is still usable and the data is recoverable. This issue may be resolved by connecting the card to a computer using an external USB card reader. If the card is recognized when connected to the computer using an external card reader you can follow the steps below to recover your data and restore your card to working order in your Android device.

SOLUTION
1. Back up all data on the card.
2. Format the cardusing the computer.
3. Connect the card back to the Android device.
4. Once the card is recognized, format the card in the Android device.
5. Insert the card into the computer and restore the data.
6. Insert the card into the Android device.


After I followed the above steps and formatted the card on my PC and then reinserted it into my S3, it had the same old mounting problems where sometimes it would detect that there was a card inserted and other times it wouldn't. Couldn't even get to step 4, but my PC still reads the card fine though. This is an S3 problem for sure
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Yes, sadly the S3 and sd card issues are being reported in many threads and many forums across the internet.

Between that and the almost universal battery drain issues of that particular phone, I'd think we'd be hearing about an OTA update remedy coming along at some point.
I don't think this type of problem can be fixed with an OTA update though. I think it's something to do with bad hardware/components of the phone
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This is what SanDisk has written on their support site regarding this problem, though it didn't work at all for me:

SD Card Damaged or No SD card error in Android device

When I try to access my microSD card in my Android device I get an error message SD card damaged or No SD card. How can I resolve this?

In some cases the SD card may become unreadable by your Android device. We have found that many times the card is still usable and the data is recoverable. This issue may be resolved by connecting the card to a computer using an external USB card reader. If the card is recognized when connected to the computer using an external card reader you can follow the steps below to recover your data and restore your card to working order in your Android device.

SOLUTION
1. Back up all data on the card.
2. Format the cardusing the computer.
3. Connect the card back to the Android device.
4. Once the card is recognized, format the card in the Android device.
5. Insert the card into the computer and restore the data.
6. Insert the card into the Android device.


After I followed the above steps and formatted the card on my PC and then reinserted it into my S3, it had the same old mounting problems where sometimes it would detect that there was a card inserted and other times it wouldn't. Couldn't even get to step 4, but my PC still reads the card fine though. This is an S3 problem for sure
This seems to have worked, at least temporarily. My phone recognizes the card now, we shall see how long it lasts!
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SD Card Damaged or No SD card error in Android device

When I try to access my microSD card in my Android device I get an error message SD card damaged or No SD card. How can I resolve this?

In some cases the SD card may become unreadable by your Android device. We have found that many times the card is still usable and the data is recoverable. This issue may be resolved by connecting the card to a computer using an external USB card reader. If the card is recognized when connected to the computer using an external card reader you can follow the steps below to recover your data and restore your card to working order in your Android device.

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1. Back up all data on the card.
2. Format the cardusing the computer.
3. Connect the card back to the Android device.
4. Once the card is recognized, format the card in the Android device.
5. Insert the card into the computer and restore the data.
6. Insert the card into the Android device.


After I followed the above steps and formatted the card on my PC and then reinserted it into my S3, it had the same old mounting problems where sometimes it would detect that there was a card inserted and other times it wouldn't. Couldn't even get to step 4, but my PC still reads the card fine though. This is an S3 problem for sure

I tried this with my defective card. My PC isn't recognizing my card. I may be SOL for recovering this card.
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Old February 11th, 2013, 10:27 AM   #224 (permalink)
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I don't think this type of problem can be fixed with an OTA update though. I think it's something to do with bad hardware/components of the phone
I disagree. I think if it was strictly hardware related you would see higher failure rates and cards failing much more quickly. It is very possibly a firmware only problem, but most likely a combination of hardware and firmware. It seems that the failures are related to a bad write caused by a lack of voltage during the write. In my limited knowledge I think that poor instructions could cause that failure.
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Just an idea... I had been using every possible charger lying around. Since i bought new sd card I decided to eliminate that variable... So since then regardless usb is usb and 5v is 5v, there could be power fluctuations when charging with non original charger... ? Most failures do happen during night and non usage. Anyway new card is working perfectly for now for 2 weeks+ without so much as a glitch...
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Two weeks is nothing. Takes at least a month - two months before you see symptoms.

Oh and I wanted to mention that my phone seemed to be reading my card again for a few days out of nowhere, and then when I was in the middle of recording a video to the card two days ago, and it stopped being able to read the card again in the middle of recording the video. Hasn't been able to read the card for the past two days now
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This isn't an issue with the Galaxy S3s. Sounds like you may have a faulty phone.
It isn't an issue? Are you living under a rock? There are hundreds of threads about the problem.
I suggest a SDXC card. The GS3 Seems to be happy with them. My 64g card has been working fine.
Do not format the card, and never remove it from the phone.

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It isn't an issue? Are you living under a rock? There are hundreds of threads about the problem.
I suggest a SDXC card. The GS3 Seems to be happy with them. My 64g card has been working fine.
Do not format the card, and never remove it from the phone.

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And if you would read the other posts you will see that after I posted this my card too finally failed. So yes, At first I did not think this was an issue. I was wrong about that.
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I had bought a 32gig from Lexmark, had it for a year and it crapped out on me. But it was still under warranty so they replaced it. Two months later that one crapped out on me,and they replaced that one. Now they were in my HTC Evo 4G, then I put it in my GS3 back in Dec. and haven't had any problems since. Hope I didn't jinx myself.
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My wife and I both have S3's. Mine killed the SD card about a month ago, recovered most of my data then exchanged the card, been good since. Tonight my wifes phone started the "SD card dance of death". First it said card unexpectedly removed, then it came back. Then card unmounted. I have been backing up all my wifes pictures and video since mine crashed and I read all the issues everyone is having.
Mark down two more S3's killing SD cards.
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My SD died 2 days ago..

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i have an answer!!!

spent an hr on the phone with Verizon & Samsung

I've gone through 4 sd cards... n ..this morning my 32gb sandisk Ultra card failed too..

The process was long... the fix was simple ..... DON'T FORMAT!!!!

GO TO SETTINGS
- DEVELOPER OPTIONS
- CLICK PROTECT SD CARD BOX

done ... all info was restored to my sd card.. no formatting needed!!
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i have an answer!!!

spent an hr on the phone with Verizon & Samsung

I've gone through 4 sd cards... n ..this morning my 32gb sandisk Ultra card failed too..

The process was long... the fix was simple ..... DON'T FORMAT!!!!

GO TO SETTINGS
- DEVELOPER OPTIONS
- CLICK PROTECT SD CARD BOX

done ... all info was restored to my sd card.. no formatting needed!!
Can you better spell out exactly what was wrong with your card and how this fixed it?

Are you supposed to leave it checked now? If so, how does it effect using the phone? Do you have to permit access every time you run the app that accesses it?

Who told you to do this, a Verizon or Samsung tech? I'm not in any hurry to enable an option like that with out knowing exactly how it works.
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i have an answer!!!

GO TO SETTINGS
- DEVELOPER OPTIONS
- CLICK PROTECT SD CARD BOX

done ... all info was restored to my sd card.. no formatting needed!!
This solution doesn't seem to address the complete and utter failure of an SD card, which I have just experienced for the first time on a Galaxy S3. After reading this thread, I'm a afraid to put another card in there.
As for this problem not being too widely reported (a mere several hundred from this thread) - this is the kind of issue that could easily be ignored by most users, since the phone still chugs along just fine and with ample memory after card failure. How many people bother to upgrade their sd card in an s3 anyways?
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Samsung tech ..gave me the info.. after a few other tries..
this was my 4th or 5th Sd card..

all of my cards ..I had believed to be garbage..


Just try it... if it works fine... if NOT o well.. best of luck to you.

Samsung tech said.. card gets to hot with all my 50apps trying to access bits of info from it in the bank round.. our something like that.


I have a SanDisk 32gb ULTRA micro sd card in place - class 10

in case you wanted to know.
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I agree, I think some S3's do something to SD cards. I have a Sandisk class 10 64 GB microSD Card in mine, and for the last month or so, every once in awhile it will say there are no files on the sd card, and won't read it at all. I either have to un-mount and mount it again, or pop it out physically and back in again and it will usually recognize it. I originally had a 16 GB microSD card but I Had MAJOR problems with that, it would say the formatting was wrong or there was an error, so that's why i got the class 10. I think it's just the S3 having issues with them, it's very frustrating. I hope in the future, they make more phones with on board storage at a lower price point.
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Could you better answer my first four questions? Your response is kind of vague.
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I joined this site just to talk about my experience with my SD card problem. So, I don't usually download many apps to my phone (I download most apps to my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1) but I was wanting some new music so I downloaded "Download Music Paradise". I found songs that I was looking for and they downloaded properly and I added them to my playlist, etc. I downloaded this app about 3 days ago. The very next day I noticed notifications popping up in my bar with a star symbol which I thought was weird and it said "viruse (spelling is correct) affecting your android" or something like that. I just cleared the notification and thought it was just an ad, but it was weird of it to pop up in my bar. I didn't download anything else from this app after the notification.

Well yesterday I was at dinner messing around with my phone and I got the "!" symbol in the notification bar saying that the SD card was unexpectedly removed. Unmount/mount SD card" then it would go away randomly on it's own. Then it would pop up again and it repeated this process throughout the night. I tried removing it and putting it back in all night at work, but I still kept getting the error message.

I started thinking about what someone said earlier on this thread about apps and how they could be the problem, how they might be carrying viruses. So I uninstalled Download Music Paradise but I still had the problem with the SD card, no more notifications though about "viruse affecting my android". I removed the SD card from my S3, put it into a reader, and into my laptop. The SD card popped up quickly and all my files were there (all that I had on my SD was music, all photos are on the internal) so I figured that the card was not the problem. I opened the SD to view files and sure enough I found all sorts of folders that were not originally put onto my SD and they all had the little "u" symbol that you see on utorrent. And those folders were the only ones that were "modified" as recently as last night. I didn't open them, I just deleted them because I know I never put them on my SD card, bc I had only loaded music files on it. I then backed up all my original music files to my laptop, reformatted the SD, put all my original files back, and put the SD back into my S3 and the card works properly now.

I just wanted to add my 2 cent hoping this might help someone and to warn about being more careful when downloading any apps to their phone in the future. Hope this helps someone! And for the record, I do have an antivirus on my S3 and it did not catch this app! So for me the issue was: the card wasn't my problem, but I think this app must've installed folders to my SD card when I downloaded some of the songs, and whatever was in those folders was causing the error message. I'm glad I figured out the problem before my SD was completely fried!
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i have an answer!!!

spent an hr on the phone with Verizon & Samsung

I've gone through 4 sd cards... n ..this morning my 32gb sandisk Ultra card failed too..

The process was long... the fix was simple ..... DON'T FORMAT!!!!

GO TO SETTINGS
- DEVELOPER OPTIONS
- CLICK PROTECT SD CARD BOX

done ... all info was restored to my sd card.. no formatting needed!!
Mine doesn't have that option.
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So for me the issue was: the card wasn't my problem, but I think this app must've installed folders to my SD card when I downloaded some of the songs, and whatever was in those folders was causing the error message. I'm glad I figured out the problem before my SD was completely fried!
Let us know how your card holds up. I don't think you had a virus. I think the torrent app was putting your card to very heavy use and it was malfunctioning due to that. The "virus notification" was probably a push notification that would have downloaded a virus if you had clicked it.
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The star thing in notification bar is definately an app pushing an ad. With Jellybean you can long press it and disable notifications from the app responsible.
With ICS you have to put up with the ads or uninstall the app you think is causing it
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My 32GB Sandisk was fried overnight. Woke up with a SD card removed notification. The card is gone. Tried it on PC and a camera that used micro SD, it's not recognized.
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My 32GB Sandisk was fried overnight. Woke up with a SD card removed notification. The card is gone. Tried it on PC and a camera that used micro SD, it's not recognized.
Welcome to AF!!
I have had that happen twice now.
I realize everything is gone, so I used this program to reformat the card.
At least I can still use the card again:
https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_3/
Keep things backed up on your computer or a cloud service so when it happens again, at least you can restore the files.
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Samsung tech ..gave me the info.. after a few other tries..
this was my 4th or 5th Sd card..

all of my cards ..I had believed to be garbage..


Just try it... if it works fine... if NOT o well.. best of luck to you.

Samsung tech said.. card gets to hot with all my 50apps trying to access bits of info from it in the bank round.. our something like that.


I have a SanDisk 32gb ULTRA micro sd card in place - class 10

in case you wanted to know.
I also wonder if there are any differences in daily usage. l use extsdcard for downloads, Camera... Anywhere possible in short
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i have an answer!!!

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GO TO SETTINGS
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- CLICK PROTECT SD CARD BOX
Tried this after seeing the post. It didn't help. My card still regularly flakes out. (My card has never totally died, but I'll go to use it, like play music stored on it or view pictures stored on it, and it comes up empty. I go to My Files and into the external card and shows the card but shows "No Files". I go into Storage settings and unmount the card, then remount it. Sometimes I have to do this 2 or 3 times and then the files finally show up in My Files. I can use it right then, but by the next time I want to use it after that, it has flaked out again. Really frustrating. I'm about to the point where I'll be taking the phone back to a Sprint store and asking it to be fixed or replaced under warranty.
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For people whose cards are completely fried and cannot be formatted either in the phone or through a PC, I have heard of a solution that is supposed to work, although I am still to try it.

I read somewhere that fried microsd cards can be formatted successfully in Nokia phones that run Symbian 9

Apparently those phones can write to a protected sector of the card that cannot be written to ordinarily by anyone other than the card manufacturer (hence stories about Sandisk being able to fix fried cards using their proprietary tools unavailable to the public)

I have a friend with a phone that I think is running the appropriate version of Symbian, so next time I see her, I will give it a try. If anyone else has an opportunity to try this and confirm, that would be awesome.

As these phones are going to be harder to find as time goes on, if this works, anyone with one could find themselves very busy...
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For people whose cards are completely fried and cannot be formatted either in the phone or through a PC, I have heard of a solution that is supposed to work, although I am still to try it.

I read somewhere that fried microsd cards can be formatted successfully in Nokia phones that run Symbian 9

Apparently those phones can write to a protected sector of the card that cannot be written to ordinarily by anyone other than the card manufacturer (hence stories about Sandisk being able to fix fried cards using their proprietary tools unavailable to the public)

I have a friend with a phone that I think is running the appropriate version of Symbian, so next time I see her, I will give it a try. If anyone else has an opportunity to try this and confirm, that would be awesome.

As these phones are going to be harder to find as time goes on, if this works, anyone with one could find themselves very busy...
Hm, don't know by heart which devices are Symbian 9, but I tried formatting mine with e52 and e63 and neither were able to save my old sandisk.

Ps. Month and a half now on Kingston sdcard, without a single problem... Hope they don't start now.
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Still on my Samsung 64gb card without a hitch after about 4 months.

Go Sammy go!
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don't scare me, I just bought a S3 and I have a 64GB Sandisk with lots of data.
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