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    SD Card Problems

    I just wanted to share my experience with my droid x this morning. I woke up, saw the LED blinking on my phone, had a few texts and emails, and 30% battery left. I put my phone down and started my day. A few minutes later, my phone goes off, but it's not the notification I had set for texts. I pushed the home button and pulled down the status bar. I had a text and a notification telling me that my SD card was blank and needed to be formatted. I was surprised to see this and kind of angry. I have lots of pictures on my SD card and they are not backed up on my computer (my fault I guess). I tried rebooting the phone a few times to no avail. I pulled the SD card out of the phone and plugged it into my computer. My computer wouldn't even recognize the card. I left the card plugged in and google'd my problem to try and see if it was an isolated incident or if there was a solution. A few minutes later, my computer came up with an option to format the card. Not wanting to take this route, I put the card back in the phone and tried connecting the phone to the computer. This wouldn't work either. After a few more tries plugging the card into the computer, and getting the format option, I gave up. I tried to format the card using my computer. It would not format. I put the card in my phone and tried to format it, this wouldn't work either. At this point I have considered my SD card and all the pictures it contains to be a lost cause. I'm using the old 16gb memory card from my droid 1. I should add that the memory card in question is the one that came with my X.
    Sorry for the long read, I thought I should explain the situation in its entirety. If anyone can point me in a direction on how to get all my information back, I would appreciate it. Hopefully there is a solution. Thanks in advance.
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    You just described my very exact problem. What is this bull crap about!?! How can the SDcard just go bad all of a sudden? I'm very not happy with the Droid X right now....
    Last edited by hookbill; 10-16-2010 at 05:16 PM.
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    Absolutely agree. The manufacturers should have the card send you a warning at least three days in advance of the SD card going bad.

    Seriously, hardware does fail, and there is no way any manufacturer is going to be able to tell you when, or prevent it from ever happening. The most they can do is make sure you see one of those irritating popups that ask you if you want to back up your data now. It would also help if they installed the best quality SD card available in the phone, of course. But that's probably a pipe dream, and some people will still have cards fail.

    I know how frustrating loosing your data can be. I've been there. Just learn the lesson. Back up your data. And if/when you replace the card spend a little time and money to get a quality replacement. It will improve your odds against another failure.

    As far as getting your data back off the failed card. Very unlikely. There are a few companies that specialize in hardware data recovery. Even if they say it is possible I doubt you want your pictures badly enough to pay.
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    I should clarify about why I don't think you can get your data back. It is possible to recover data from SD cards that have been corrupted or the files accidentally deleted. There are several tools on line for that. However you said that you couldn't even format the card. That indicates a hardware failure, not deletion or corruption of the cards information.

    Still, I could be wrong. There are at least a couple freeware tools. Search for 'SD card recovery freeware', download one and give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwerpPoet View Post
    I should clarify about why I don't think you can get your data back. It is possible to recover data from SD cards that have been corrupted or the files accidentally deleted. There are several tools on line for that. However you said that you couldn't even format the card. That indicates a hardware failure, not deletion or corruption of the cards information.

    Still, I could be wrong. There are at least a couple freeware tools. Search for 'SD card recovery freeware', download one and give it a try.
    Are you suggesting that the actual card reader on the phone is bad? I've done a bit of searching and that could be the case. I read one guys post about his same issue, took it to verizon and got a new SD card. the SD card worked for a couple days and went bad... After that it's pretty safe to assume it's the actual phone itself. I'm afraid I have a bad phone If so, this will be my 3rd Droid X replacement! I had to return the first 2 because of pixel issues! Holy crap what a headache... And thanks hookbill, my bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonaRSX View Post
    Are you suggesting that the actual card reader on the phone is bad? I've done a bit of searching and that could be the case. I read one guys post about his same issue, took it to verizon and got a new SD card. the SD card worked for a couple days and went bad... After that it's pretty safe to assume it's the actual phone itself. I'm afraid I have a bad phone If so, this will be my 3rd Droid X replacement! I had to return the first 2 because of pixel issues! Holy crap what a headache... And thanks hookbill, my bad.
    Well, I wasn't really suggesting that, but if you have had two cards in a row go bad it is definitely a possibility, or you are just having really bad luck with SD cards. Were these quality SD cards or cheapest off the shelf cards? I'd consider that before making up my mind. If you can afford it I suggest trying one more card before replacing the phone.

    Also, plug the card directly into the computer using a card reader (not the phone). If it works on the computer then your phone is the problem.
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    My SD went bad also, and had it replaced quickly. Since then, to be safe, I have been putting my phone in Charge mode before removing from the pc. I think it's possible to corrupt the data and even though it was a hardware issue for me, and sounds like your problem too, I might be able to avoid other issues by doing this.
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    Exact same problem here. Called tech and one of the first things they wanted me to do was format. lol So I went to the local Verizon store and they tried to tell me to contact Sandisk and that the card only has a 30 day warranty with Verizon. I got them to understand that this card came with the phone, originally supplied from them and should be warrantied by Verizon as long as the phone is under warranty. Still... they didn't have a 16gb in stock. I'll have to travel another 20 minutes to get it at another store tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheQueb View Post
    Exact same problem here. Called tech and one of the first things they wanted me to do was format. lol So I went to the local Verizon store and they tried to tell me to contact Sandisk and that the card only has a 30 day warranty with Verizon. I got them to understand that this card came with the phone, originally supplied from them and should be warrantied by Verizon as long as the phone is under warranty. Still... they didn't have a 16gb in stock. I'll have to travel another 20 minutes to get it at another store tomorrow.
    wow that's such BS! sorry to hear dude. annoying problems like these are never fun to deal with
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    Same for me too. Verizon and Wirefly (where I got my X) both said that the card is not warrantied AT ALL but they would gladly sell me a new one.
    Last edited by jiggyb21; 10-19-2010 at 09:03 PM.
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