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  1. BadReligion

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    I got a new phone today (ZTE ZMAX Pro running Android 6.0) and I took the SD card from my old phone and put it in my new one. I formatted it, unmounted it, and removed it properly. Whenever I try to format it as internal on my new phone, it sticks on 20% and comes up with the following error message: "java.util.concurrent.TimeoutException:Thread Binder_6 gave up waiting for partitionPrivate after 180000ms." I also got another one, the only difference being "Thread Binder_B."

    So, I restarted it, and wouldn't you know it - it recognized the card. So, I formatted it for photo swapping or whatever it is, and it worked. I then tried formatting as internal, and it did the same thing I mentioned earlier. So, the card will work as usual after some restarts and removals, but is it pretty much screwed for internal formatting?

    The card is a 64 GB SanDisk class 10 microSDXC, and it works just fine on my computer.

    EDIT: I just tried with a 16gb card, and it worked fine. I guess the question now is: is the 64 gb card able to be saved?
     

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    Zmax pro has 32gb internal storage. Do you really need additional internal storage?

    I would keep the card as portable/external.
     
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    Good point, but I'd still like to know what's going on, if anyone has any ideas.
     
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    Does the phone have a SD card size limit prohibiting it from functioning? Maybe 32 is max?
     
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    IMO, you should never, ever, use an extSDcard as internal memory.

    if anything goes wrong, with the card, or the phone, you will have lost everything.....

    kaput! all gone, zilch left, nada, empty mess.
     
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    I think Max is 256 GB.

    How old is the sd card?

    Also, There are minimum specs for sd cards used for adoptable storage. (I forgot at the moment)
     
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    Yup, Adoptable Storage is really flaky. It's great if/when it works, but the risk of a trashed card (imho) outweigh any advantages right now. You're one of the lucky ones.... I've got a 128GB Sandisk Extreme card that will require a full low-level repartition/reformat to make it usable again thanks to AS.

    This unreliability is why Sony (amongst others) removed the AS option from their Android 6.x updates.

    So long as you have reliable remote backups the risk is reduced. It's no different to using a Nexus, or any other Android without an external SDcard.... you should always ensure an adequate backup strategy is in place in case of disaster.

    If you have an unreliable data connection, whether wifi or mobile, I completely agree though. In such cases Adoptable Storage is a disaster waiting to happen.
     
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    I would backup the 64gb card files/pics whatever data to a computer. And then use that card in another device.


    If you really want to use adoptable storage, get a new, faster sd card.
     
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    Actually I would recommend a backup strategy even if your device does have a (non-adopted) sd card. If the device is lost or stolen it doesn't matter that the card is removable, the data are still gone. And of course some people only find out what is stored internally and what is on sd when they can't access the internal storage any more. So if it's important, make sure it's backed up wherever you store it.
     
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    I had the same error message on Samsung Galaxy S3 (white, international edition), on which I installed Anroid 7 with LineageOS.
    The problem seems to be that the SD card is too slow for the android device.

    https://android.stackexchange.com/q/187362/182654

    by the way...
    People should not write into forums, when they don't answer the original question. This would reduce scrolling through forums en vain.
     
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    I'm assuming you've checked the card is genuine.. there's an awful lot of fake flash memory out there.. much of which would cause problems reading/writing/formatting etc



    Its ok... we'll forgive you ;)
     
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    Hi Everyoane , I have a problem ...I formatted my sd card and also factory reset my device.
    My images are saving as a black screen with a photo icon in the centre. I haven't had issues before.. any ideas ?
     
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