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    I have a S5 with a Samsung 64 GB SD card. From what I have read in previous forums the "cracked" lightening bolt that now appears in my Gallery instead of my pictures is due to a corrupt SD card. I use Google to back the pictures up but even so I have lost quite a few that were corrupted before I could back them up. I have tried various recovery programs but to no avail... Any other suggestions? Is it possible that my computer is too old to read the SD card or is just that there is no hope for my fried card?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrkg0718 View Post
    Also if it's corrupted why didn't aren't all my pictures gone?
    Bear in mind that inside that little card is a whole computer, RAM, ROM and CPU. Some of the ROM (where your pictures are stored) can be corrupted without the entire RAM being corrupted.

    It's not a matter of Samsung vs. SanDisk. SanDisk had a problem - which they admitted as soon as they verified that it was their problem (well, to be fair it was a problem with the phones, but SanDisk "fudged" the cards so they would work with the buggy phones without corrupting) and they replaced the corrupted cards (which they really don't have to do, under the terms of their warranty).

    I'd say that your card is gone (which would mean that there's no way to recover anything on it that shows as corrupted), but there are a few SD card checking programs you can use. Try running h2testw on the card (when the card is plugged directly into the computer, not through the phone) and see if that shows any problems. It writes and reads to the card up to the card's capacity, so it will show up any problems (like a 4GB card with a controller programmed to claim that it's a 64GB card). Also check the manufacture date of the card - if it's long before 64GB micro cards were first made - like January 1, 1970 - you have a counterfeit card. (SanDisk has an app that will give you the internal specs on the card - it's free at the Play store.)

    But in any case, Samsung, if they're as good as SanDisk (I don't know, I buy only SanDisk), will replace the card.

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    Have you tested the SD card on another device, tablet, phone, computer?

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    Run chkdsk with this guide :
    [GUIDE] Using chkdsk to fix a corrupted SD card

    Also Pandora Recovery on Windows has been found to help.

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    Yes I tried in my computer but no luck. I'm wondering if it's that my computer is too old. Is there anyway to try to retrieve the photos while it's still in my phone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrkg0718 View Post
    Yes I tried in my computer but no luck. I'm wondering if it's that my computer is too old. Is there anyway to try to retrieve the photos while it's still in my phone?
    I doubt it has anything to do with your computer. If it's corrupted, then it will not be recognized by any devices.
    The pictures are probably gone because your card is no longer showing up. Can you at least use it on your phone so that you can reset it?

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    what do you mean "use it on my phone"? I even tried to format the card just to see what would happen and it said it could not be formatted
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrkg0718 View Post
    what do you mean "use it on my phone"? I even tried to format the card just to see what would happen and it said it could not be formatted
    Yeah, I meant if it was recognized on your phone. If it can't be formatted on the phone, then card is most likely fried for good.
    I'm assuming you had the G+ backup to do so only over WiFi? How many pics were lost?

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    Yes it was set up over WiFi only. Thankfully only pictures from the last month or so we're the only ones lost. It seems anything from before that is still intact. Any thoughts on why it.might have happened. Clearly I need a new card. Any recommendations on one that might be better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrkg0718 View Post
    Yes it was set up over WiFi only. Thankfully only pictures from the last month or so we're the only ones lost. It seems anything from before that is still intact. Any thoughts on why it.might have happened. Clearly I need a new card. Any recommendations on one that might be better?

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    Why did it go so long without backing up? 😦
    What brand was the previous card?

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    I'm not sure why it went so long. I'm not sure but it almost seems as if they were backed up and then they were corrupted after that.
    It was a Samsung SD card. I've read about the problems with scandisk so thought the Samsung would be ok. Maybe it was the size? It's a 64 gb

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    Also if it's corrupted why didn't aren't all my pictures gone? (Not that I'm complaining)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrkg0718 View Post
    Also if it's corrupted why didn't aren't all my pictures gone? (Not that I'm complaining)

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    Idk. I've had corruption issues where only my music is corrupter and not the pics or some of the pics but not others. Happens randomly I guess.

    SanDisk, Sony and Samsung are what I would stick to for SD cards.

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    Ok thanks for your suggestions

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrkg0718 View Post
    Ok thanks for your suggestions

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    No problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrkg0718 View Post
    Also if it's corrupted why didn't aren't all my pictures gone?
    Bear in mind that inside that little card is a whole computer, RAM, ROM and CPU. Some of the ROM (where your pictures are stored) can be corrupted without the entire RAM being corrupted.

    It's not a matter of Samsung vs. SanDisk. SanDisk had a problem - which they admitted as soon as they verified that it was their problem (well, to be fair it was a problem with the phones, but SanDisk "fudged" the cards so they would work with the buggy phones without corrupting) and they replaced the corrupted cards (which they really don't have to do, under the terms of their warranty).

    I'd say that your card is gone (which would mean that there's no way to recover anything on it that shows as corrupted), but there are a few SD card checking programs you can use. Try running h2testw on the card (when the card is plugged directly into the computer, not through the phone) and see if that shows any problems. It writes and reads to the card up to the card's capacity, so it will show up any problems (like a 4GB card with a controller programmed to claim that it's a 64GB card). Also check the manufacture date of the card - if it's long before 64GB micro cards were first made - like January 1, 1970 - you have a counterfeit card. (SanDisk has an app that will give you the internal specs on the card - it's free at the Play store.)

    But in any case, Samsung, if they're as good as SanDisk (I don't know, I buy only SanDisk), will replace the card.

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