Gallery behavior w/ SD Card - format required?

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    I tried adding an empty .nomedia file to one of the directories on my SD card so Gallery would ignore it. When I fired up Gallery, it opened/closed within a second and would not work. I tried mounting/unmounting the SD card and a reboot. Gallery still not happy. I deleted that .nomedia file which I added and then tried to load gallery, no luck(even after bouncing the mount and rebootging). I moved all files off my SD card, formatted it and then moved my files back and Gallery was then able to open and function normally.

    Why would a format of the SD allow Gallery be required to allow Gallery to function properly again?

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    Just some odd corruption on the sd card. You did the right thing to fix it. The .nomedia file probably wasn't the cause.
     
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    I'm somewhat convinced it's related to whatever I did since what I did triggered the Gallery behavior and I repeated this 'error' a few times in a row to verify if I could make the .nomedia file work(which I could not).
     
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    I just tested this. I have a folder under /sdcard/Media/Pictures named Private. I used Root Explorer (any file manager will do) to move some pics from the DCIM folder over to my private folder. I then created a .nomedia file in Private. When I opened the Gallery, those pictures were still visible. After a reboot there were not.

    I seem to remember that sometimes a reboot is necessary for the sd card to be rescanned. I also believe there is an app in the market that will force a rescan whenever you want. The .nomedia files are commonly used on Android, shouldn't be causing a problem.
     
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    I added that file and subsequently rebooted. Gallery opened and attempted to read the media for about fifteen seconds and then Gallery quit out. I tried to launch Gallery and was back to Gallery opening for about a second and closing. Removed the .nomedia file. Gallery would still not open correctly. Rebooted, gallery would still not open correctly.

    I moved all contents off the SD card, formatted the card, moved them back on and Gallery opened correctly.

    Something is getting wedged when I try to add that .nomedia file myself and staying wedged until I format the SD card.

    2.2.1 on a DroidX fwiw
     
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    Are you putting the nomedia file in the DCIM folder? If so maybe that's crashing the gallery. Otherwise I don't know why this is happening. And you're sure the file name is just .nomedia with no other extension on the end?
     
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