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SD Cards don't last!

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by jaredb03, Nov 21, 2010.

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    Sorry if this has been discussed before but i did a search and it came up with 500+ search results.

    I have been using Motorola droids(droid 1, droid x, droid 2 for like a week before returning it, and droid pro) since about march. They seem to burn threw SD cards! Using the droid 1 i had a 8gb, and 16gb become non functional(8gb was a kingston, 16gb sandisk). The sandisk one they replaced for free. It broke(unrecognizable or what ever it is called) again in the droid x which they replaced again! Now i have had the droid pro for 4 days and it has broke again.
    Is this a common problem with Android/Motorola? or do i just have really bad luck? Can you give me any suggestions on what brand of SD i should buy next?
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    Personally I think you have really bad luck. Ive never had an SD card problem, ever.
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    I purchased my Droid last December. Like CPJR, I've never had a problem. I have music, ringtones, photos, and a number of backups on the card.
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    I've had to reformat my 16gb once because my phone was reporting an error but fortunately my PC read it fine and I didn't lose any data. But I'm still running on the same one for over a year, and I've got some 1&4gb cards in other devices that are well over 2 years old without issue. Your probably just hard on em, jk



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    You've been having some bad luck. SD cards are considered consumables for a reason -- they have very short lifespans compared to hard drives when subjected to similar r/w cycles -- but they should be lasting longer than a couple days. :)

    Are you removing the cards or are they just shorting out in the device?
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    I forgot --- the first week I had mine, I had the phone mounted to my Mac. Instead of ejecting, I pulled the USB cable which caused an SD card error. A reformat rectified the issue.
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    I lost an SD card on my Droid 1 on vacation,and lost all my pictures and video....Upon telling family members,my brother told me that an SD card can be wiped out just by running the phone its in across a scanner such as in a supermarket checkout...according to him,if you ever set your phone down when checking out,this can do it... As for bad luck,I feel this is more than luck,youve wiped a few cards out now,something your doing or somewhere your setting your phone is "helping" these SD cards...just my opinion,you lost too many to be chalked up to bad luck....
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    Had one get screwed up on my phone. Phone wouldn't recognize the sd card but I could still read all the files on my computer. I could even put the card in the phone and mount the phone via usb to the computer and read/copy the files.

    Reformatted the card but still would not work on the phone.
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    I guess just bad luck. The only thing i do is usb connect my phone to my computer about every other day and add/remove music and pictures. I never take the sd card out unless i am changing to a new phone. So any suggestions on what brands are good brands? I am done with sandisk! i am having them replace this one and selling it on ebay.
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    Kingston makes alright stuff. I don't know if Crucial makes flash memory, but their RAM is solid stuff. Mushkin, too.
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    Nope. No problems here with my Droid or any device that uses SD/microSD. I'd say bad luck or you're doing something wrong without realizing it. If you're mounting the card, are you sure you're disconnecting it via your PC before physically disconnecting?

    SanDisk is a good brand.
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    Never had a problem with the 16G that came with the Droid originally, it even went for a swim and while the device was shot the SD card still works and is in use on the replacement device. My earlier phones all used removeable SD card memory and I do not recall having to replace any of these either. To lose so many indicates to me it has something to do with exposure or possible even an app on your device acting up. Good luck getting to the root of the problem and keep us posted.
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    I've been using SanDisk for years with no problems
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    My 16 gig sandisk sd card some how got corrupted. It's about 15 months old and is used daily for my music listening and stuff. Any ways. The battery was getting low and the music was still playing when I powered the phone down to put in my spare battery. Once I powered it back up it said card was damaged. I did manage to reformat with the droid needless to say it wiped my data. But that's. My two cents for this thread. (Smiles)
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    Mine aren't even recoverable. I try to reformat them and they won't.
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    I don’t know your skill level with computers so please pardon me. Are you using a windows computer? I thought I toasted an 8 gig card because windows would not let me format it. I deleted the partitons on the card and then it let me format. I know there's also software out there that will maybe reformat the card. Did you ever find out if the cards were physically fried?
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    I've never had a MicroSD card go bad on me, in all the years I've used them. I've always used SanDisk and always been satisfied. I even have a 1GB I got when the Micro format was really starting to come down in price, still works fine, and I use it in a standard SD card adapter every once in awhile.

    I've had regular SD cards die on me before, mostly due to heavy use in less than ideal conditions (swapping cards in my SLR's, if I'm somewhere tricky, I always seem to drop them). Granted, I've bought a few cheap no-name cards before. So I got what I paid for.
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    I can testify that it is important to disconnect the card reader/adapter from the computer before pulling it out. I have also revived a card that had some funk buildup on the contacts using a pencil eraser.

    Not meaning to hijack the thread, but I recently began seeing some 32gb cards show up on Ebay, Buy-it-now priced at $25 or so, all shipping from our Communist Chinese pals. Most are SanDisk branded but I'm betting they are bogus, so just a warning that like always, you get what you pay for.

    Cheers-
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    pretty sure my SD card failed due to the Indianapolis Airport this morning. I've had it for 12 months with no issues at all, and all of a sudden once i get off the plane and power up my Droid, i have a corrupted SD card. Can't even format it. Dammit.
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