"Your SD card is full" but it shouldn't beSupport

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  1. goodconduct

    goodconduct New Member

    Often these days, when I open the camera on my Nexus One, it says "Your SD card is full" and won't let me take pictures (boo hoo).

    When I go into "Settings" and then "SD card," it says the total space on my SD card is 3.69GB, and the total available space is 3.62MB.

    I have no idea what is taking up all the space. I do not have that many apps, and they are all on the main system card, not the SD card. I do not have that many photos on the SD card and I transfer them to my computer frequently, deleting them after I transfer them.

    I went through my Android system folders with the phone plugged into my computer, but can't find the culprit. There just isn't any one findable folder that is using a significant amount of space on the SD card. Yet according to the phone's own monitoring of itself, the SD is virtually full.

    What to do?

  2. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

    I would copy everything off the SD card, format it and copy it back over again.
  3. miniature45

    miniature45 Well-Known Member

    I have the same problem and thanks for the solution.
    I was going to ask the same queston, but found this thread so I thought I would add my question here.
    Please could you tell me how you format an sd card as I don't understand.
    I am slowly learning but a lot is still alien to me.
    Many thanks
  4. Rusty

    Rusty Well-Known Member

    Well you can either do it in Windows by right clicking on the drive and selecting format, or in the storage settings on the phone.
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  5. miniature45

    miniature45 Well-Known Member

    Is it complex?
    If so, would you mind supplying an idiots guide as I am very inexperienced and hace never formatted a drive.

  6. miniature45

    miniature45 Well-Known Member


    Thanks for the formatting suggestion. I tried that and it didn't work.
    I copied the contents of the sd card and formatted the card (drive g) then I pasted the copied files back into the SD card.

    My camera says "your sdcard is full"

    I cannot download any more apps because I am getting an error message saying "insufficient storage available"

    I right clicked the drive my sd card is on, and hit "properties"
    It says 3.55gb free storage, 270mb used.

    Please can anyone tell me what is going on.

    Many thanks for your help so far.
  7. miniature45

    miniature45 Well-Known Member

    Hello again

    Please excuse my dumb-ness, I just realised that this is the nexus forums.

    The thread came up automatically when I tried to make a post on the U8510 phone forum, so, rather than make another post, I added to this, which was a bit of a mistake.

    Anyway, I just came across this page http://www.ganshani.com/2012/01/11/fix-insufficient-storage-available-on-android/ which shows how to fix this problem on android, it may be of some help to you
  8. Jikku

    Jikku New Member

    Hi I also had the same issue when i brought my htc desire a new sd card

    Thuis is how we fix it..

    1. Reboot the phone. Wait till it complete reading memory card
    2. Move all Apps to phone memory
    3. Connect phone to PC via USB mass storage
    4. Take necessary back up of required data pictures, music etc.
    5. Format the SD card with ntfs file system and default file allocation (4096 bytes)
    6. Once done Reboot the phone.
    7. One rebooted phone will ask you to format the sd card if not format sd card from phone manually
    8. Once formatted the sd card also you can start using the sd card without any

    If you still face this issue repeat the steps.

    Instead of steps 1-4 do below steps

    1. reset phone to factory default and erase memory card
    2. Connect phone to PC via USB mass storage
    continue steps 5-7

    This will work without fail.
  9. miniature45

    miniature45 Well-Known Member


    I've not got a moto E phone with more space but thanks anyway :)

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