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  1. anshul1104

    anshul1104 Lurker
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    I have recently changed phones, my sd card was part of internal storage on my previous phone(moto g3 turbo) and now when i want to use it on my new phone(galaxy s7) it keeps saying that you have to format the card first then you can access it.
    Can someone tell me the solution of this, I don't want to loose all my data.
    Plz help.
     



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  2. Phalon4

    Phalon4 Android Enthusiast

    Put your files in a safe place so you can retrieve them later via cloud via Dropbox via Google Drive or a folder on your laptop or PC. Remove all you want to keep to either of those places of your choice. Then go ahead and format your SD card and put them back when your done.
     
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  3. anshul1104

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    actually now when i tried to put back the sd card back to the old phone, it also says to first format it and then u can access it, so I'm not finding any way to access my card without first formatting it.
     
  4. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Then the card is failing.
    Connect it to a PC and try transferring the data
     
  5. anshul1104

    anshul1104 Lurker
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    I have done that too..
    When i connect sd card using card reader, it said to format the card and nothing can be done except that.
     
  6. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Your data is lost.
    Your card is toast
     
  7. anshul1104

    anshul1104 Lurker
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    ohh ohkkk..Thnx for telling me.
     
  8. wenso martin

    wenso martin Member

    You can copy all your data in to folder and then keep it in your system after that format your SD card..
     
  9. anshul1104

    anshul1104 Lurker
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    but how do I access my sd card?
     
  10. wenso martin

    wenso martin Member

    you can copy all the SD card data in to the folder and keep it in system,after that scan and format your SD card...
     
  11. anshul1104

    anshul1104 Lurker
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    that's the thing i am not able to access the card without formatting it first.
     
  12. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Did you factory reset your old phone. If you didn't, your old phone may still hold the encryption key, which is used for adoptive internal storage on the SD, and you might get your data back.

    And if you did factory reset your old phone, the data on the SD is basically white noise, unless you got a supercomputer and a billion, billion years to spare.
     
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  13. anshul1104

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    no, i didn't format the phone.
    And how do I access the key and get the data, can u plz explain it to me step by step.?
     
  14. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    If you didn't and as long as the SD hasn't been written to or corrupted. By putting it in the old phone should show the data that's in it. And if that doesn't recognize it, think that's it, data is gone forever.
     
  15. anshul1104

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    actually thats the thing, the data is not showing anywhere.
    I says that the card is unsupported and to make it supportive u have to format it so it can be used as an internal storage.
     
  16. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    When using SD cards as adoptable storage, they are encrypted and mounted as an internal partition so they can only be used in that device. There should be a big huge warning when setting this up that you should NEVER remove the sd card from the phone unless your data is backed up off the phone. SD cards are too fragile and/or sensitive to use as removable storage, IMHO.

    Theoretically, you should be able to take the card out of the phone and reinsert it without issue, but it will be completely useless in any other device or a card reader, so there's really no reason to do that anyway. It's encrypted. Unfortunately, depending on how you tried to read it in the other devices or a PC card reader, even the process of trying to access it can write to the card corrupting it's original encryption and making it unrecognizable to the phone it's supposed to formatted for. That's what I suspect has happened to your card. If that is the case, I'm afraid the data is lost.

    It could also be a failing or failed card, which wouldn't be any better news.

    You do have one possibility. If your phone doesn't particularly like hot-swapping sd cards you could try this - remove the sd card, power down the phone, put the sd card back into the phone and then power it up. If you're lucky, it will mount properly as adopted storage. If that doesn't work ... well, :(
     
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  17. anshul1104

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    hmm okay.:(
    Anyway thanks for your help..:)
     

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