unmount SD card / format greyed out

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    under SD and phone storage I noticed that unmount SD card is greyed out and thus format sd card is too.
    Why is this and how would I go about unmounting my card so that I can format it? fix permissions didn't work

    running the latest CM with smoked glass esque
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    are you running apps2sd? that might have something to do with it. it's grayed out for me as well - but since it's loading apps from sd-ext, it probably forbids you from unmounting (and obviously formatting) the card.
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    I was but it was acting weird...
    I had to restore a previous backup last night and so when I upgraded to the latest cyanogen I choose to wipe data and cache just for the heck of it. It worked but it didn't save any of my apps from the sd card like I thought it was supposed to.
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    I think I hosed up some stuff.... how can I just go back to the stock 16 gig and no partitions?

    I can't find a way to delete the EXT partition at all
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    Go to control panel>administrative tools>computer management>disk management, then go to your card, delete the partition, and then reformat it. Good luck! I did this just last night.

    Edit: Obviously with your card mounted to the PC!
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    are you talking about doing this from a card reader? Because if I try from the phone the sd card auto unmounts itself when I go into disk management.

    it shows up as a removable disk but I can't do anything at all to it.
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    Yes, take the card out of your phone, put it directly into the computer however you need to adapt it, and do it. I formated from the computer, and then again in the phone before restoring my backup.
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    There is no other way to delete the EXT partition? I don't have a card reader to do this with
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    I do not know of another way. This one worked. I have an SD port native in my PC. All I needed was the adapter to go up to the full size SD (which I had too).
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    Backup your apps with MyBackup or Titanium, or do a full nandroid backup.

    Then uncheck Apps2sd, and see if it allows you to format.
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    Tried that. Mine was still greyed out. I asked about this several times on this forum and got no response so I figured it out on my own. I would like to know if there is another viable solution.
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    tried that, and nope....

    in clockwork I found where I can format the ext partition, but I want to totally delete it, format the entire card and start over. (without having to use a card reader)


    someone please help out with this?
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    there's got to be a way to do this through adb, but unfortunately I'm not familiar enough. basically if you can run fdisk on the card you could get rid of the partition.
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    sort of a brain dead thing I can think of is to flash an older version of CM that didn't have apps2sd - that should allow you to format the card, hopefully.
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    might do that.... seems like a pain in the butt though. I know there's got to be a way, it's just that I don't know how.
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    Don't know if this will work,go into privacy and try a personal data reset..

    It seems like it might work...Let us know.
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    huh? you're talking about "factory data reset" under privacy? that's not going to do it....

    I know you can through adb I'm just not well versed enough in adb to know how

    playing around a bit though I think I found another way.... in clockwork recovery under the partitions menu you can mount USB storage (all the way at the bottom).
    Then under disk management it will show up. :icon_ banana:
    always more than one way to skin a cat
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    I've been having the same problem and have found no fix yet either. I even took the card out and put it in my card reader on my computer. I did a format but when I put it back into my phone, it's still greyed out. Someone save us!! :icon_eek:
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    Mine is grayed out as well , but to format the card all you have to do is boot into recovery and select USB storage . Then on your computer right click on the drive that is the phone and select format Fat 32 . This way you don't need a card reader anyway .
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    Go to control panel>administrative tools>computer management>disk management, then go to your card, delete the partition, and then reformat it. You need to remove the card from the phone, and do this via a card reader. This was posted earlier in this thread. Consider yourself saved (again).
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