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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by john9159, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. john9159

    john9159 Lurker
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    Each time I insert a TF card I find it works for a while and then all data is lost.
    Recovery programs fail to retrieve any files or photo's as though they were never on the card.
    My other problem is that I cannot download apps and am constantly asked to delete other essentials.
    I'm currently trying to set up a Fitpro smart wristband to monitor heartbeat, blood pressure etc but cannot do this.
    TF cards I've used have been generic and also San Disc.
    Phone in use is Wieppo S5 bought on Amazon with Android 7 Nougat.

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  2. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Given TF cards date back to 2004ish (???) I'd suggest you switch to the more current, actively developed and supported microSD cards:
    Fifteen year old storage media may still work but it's not surprising they don't work reliably in a more modern mobile device.
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  3. john9159

    john9159 Lurker
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    It seems I've made a blunder; I was under the impression that micro SD and TF were one and the same until now.
    Having checked my cards, I find they are all micro SD, Sandisc and others, so the mystery still exists.
    All the cards were bought in the past 12 months and were new.
  4. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    What is the storage capacity size of the microSD cards you've been using?
    Your phone model is a relatively low-spec device with limited capacity, if the cards you've been using are larger than 128GB (the recommended maximum for your model) that might explain why there are issues with reliable storage.
    As for setting up peripheral devices like a FitPro, you do need to be very, very judicious about apps and such that you need to add. With only 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, your phone just doesn't have a lot of spare system resources.
  5. john9159

    john9159 Lurker
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    The typical storage of the cards is either 16 or 32GB.
    I've been thinking of replacing this phone but refuse to pay a staggeringly high price for a brand name.
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Do you lose all data on the cards, or just some (e.g. older files)? Where are you buying the cards from?

    Existing files starting to disappear or being corrupted could be a sign of a "fake" card. These are small cards reprogrammed to tell the device they are larger cards then sold at a higher price (though often still "cheap" for the size). Since the phone thinks it has a large card in it it keeps writing data even when the card is really full, which leads to existing data being corrupted. If you buy cards from places like eBay, certain Chinese online markets, fly-by-night Amazon marketplace sellers there is a very high risk of getting one of these.

    If the entire card fails irrecoverably (e.g. a master boot record failure, which most recovery utilities won't be able to get anything back from) all I can do is quote the dictum of Auric Goldfinger (Bond villain): once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times... I'm sure you get the picture: if your cards keep failing catastrophically like that, particularly if they come from different suppliers, there is something badly wrong, and the common factor is your phone.
  7. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

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