07-15-2013 05:22 PM
- I am having the same problem. I have a 2 week old GalaxieS3 bought a card from verizon. Had several pictures on it. Got an error message that said sd card unmounted improperly. I didn't try to unmount it. There are no pictures or music on it. Seems if so many people are having problems it isn't "a bad card". Please give us a fix for this. We pay to much for all this to have problems like this!!10-26-2012 12:51 PM
- trouble is, samsung wont be reading this lol.
AC should have a means to start petitions that can be sent to a manufacturer.
we are a BIG site.
yeah we can get a replacement from the card maker but what about our content?
p.s, sync to picassa, dropbox or google+ to avoid losing pics
global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess10-26-2012 05:48 PM
- I'm the original poster to this thread. My second sd card just fried tonight. No warning signs. I was filming my daughter at a birthday party and I suddenly got a message that the sd card was damaged. The phone then tried to mount the card but couldn't. I've been unable to retrieve anything from the card. VERY FRUSTRATED. Yes I should be able to get the card replaced and reload the items that I synced previously, but some files weren't synced and are gone forever.
Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk 210-26-2012 10:40 PM
- thats sad mate
by all rights, samsung should replace the card with a samsung one that they can guarantee will work!
if their sd slot cant accept a universal sd then they should have made a triangle slot!
not happy with samsung but how do we organise our people power to do something?? :banghead:
global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess10-27-2012 01:50 AM
- Another victim here. Bought a Dane-Elec 32gb class 4 card a few weeks ago from the Saturn webshop. Don't know how and when it happened, but didn't have access to the card all of a sudden. I'm glad most of the pictures and video of my newborn kid where auto-uploaded to G+! Would have gone mad if I'd lost all the baby pictures!
I guess I understand now why Google doens't put SD card slots into their Nexus devices...
Anyone heard anything about a solution yet?11-05-2012 02:01 AM
- To those who have had problems with sd cards, are you formatting them before you insert them or are you formatting them in the phone? No matter where you purchase, don't go for the cheapies! I've only ever used SanDisk or Samsung cards, and I've never had a problem. You also may want to format your 32 and 64 GB cards to FAT32 before inserting them. It only takes a few seconds. I recently replaced a 16 GB card with a 64 GB SanDisk, formatted it to FAT32, and it's working great.
Sent from my ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T using Tapatalk 211-05-2012 02:28 AM
- This thread is making me very nervous as I have many important and indispensable files on the SD card in my S3 right now... I suppose the solution is to transfer to PC frequently and hope for the best.
I imagine with how THIN the phone is, with such POWERFUL components, everything must be running hot and very close together. Has anyone actually tested the internal temp of the S3 after a rigorous session of use?
I remember there is a file-manager like app in the market that could read current phone temps somewhat accurately...
Sent from my SCH-R530M using Android Central Forums11-05-2012 01:23 PM
- I am having the same problem. I have a 2 week old GalaxieS3 bought a card from verizon. Had several pictures on it. Got an error message that said sd card unmounted improperly. I didn't try to unmount it. There are no pictures or music on it. Seems if so many people are having problems it isn't "a bad card". Please give us a fix for this. We pay to much for all this to have problems like this!!
So I wonder if in some cases, it's just the GS3's sensor(s) that are malfunctioning? And maybe the SD card isn't really 'fried' and/or 'unmounted', etc.?11-05-2012 01:48 PM
- Battery Notifier app puts temp, voltage etc in noticication pull-down.
hottest my s3 gets is 45c but ive had overclocked phones go well over 50 and the sd has been fine.
yeah back up regularly mate
global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess11-05-2012 02:05 PM
- I haven't had a problem with my SanDisk Ultra 32GB - Class 10, but I also haven't stored much on it yet. Although something weird happened when I first put it in, the day the phone arrived via FedEx; I put the SIM card in, then the SD cardand it looked like it was all the way in, then the battery, but after I snapped the phones back, back on and booted the phone, I got a notification that the external SD card was 'unmounted'. I then took the phones back off; couldn't quite grab the SD card and didn't have any tweezers handy, so I just pushed it in (against the spring tension) a few more timesand not knowing what to do nextsnapped the phones back, back on; weird thing was that it never clicked into place or anything, like on the AT&T tutorial video, but nonetheless it's been working fine as far as I can tell.
So I wonder if in some cases, it's just the GS3's sensor(s) that are malfunctioning? And maybe the SD card isn't really 'fried' and/or 'unmounted', etc.?
global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess11-05-2012 02:08 PM
- That happened to me too when I was playing with my SD cards this weekend. My original no-name card was draining my battery and I was trying to "debug" so I kept inserting and removing. I did notice that it did some strange things... I could push real hard and it would pop out, once it came out on its own.
I do know from personal experience that on a Unix based system (which Android is), if you pull a flash device without unmounting it and the system was in the middle of accessing data, it will corrupt the flash memory. I have had the unfortunate pleasure of personally experiencing that phenomena11-05-2012 02:31 PM
- I had a Transcend 16GB MicroSD card that just stopped working (would not mount in the phone or with a PC) and this is my story as to how I recovered my pictures and videos:
I purchased my Galaxy S3 (Verizon) in July 2012. At that time I backed up my MicroSD Card that I was using in my HTC Incredible. I used my MicroSD card for almost 4 months in my S3 and it worked just fine. Then one night there was a notification (exclamation point on the top of my phone) that the SD card was not detected. After rebooting my phone a couple times, using the MicroSD adapter, and testing the SD card on a different phone, the SD card would not mount. It was as if the SD card didn't even exist. I even had a friend at work try to get it to work using his laptop and Linux (not Windows). The computer could see that an SD card was inserted in the slot, but it was not readable.
I tried using software (PhotoRec) but since the MicroSD card couldn't be recognized, the software would not work. I researched the internet and came across Recoverfab: fix repair CF SD SDHC memory card/flash drive-format error software
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I called Recoverfab and spoke to the owner, Leopold Hiersche. I explained my issue and he said to fill out the order form and additional instructions would be emailed to me. I did that and instantly received an email back with further instructions as to how to send my MicroSD card to him. I went to the US Post Office, bought a padded envelope, stuck in my MicroSD card that I taped to my folded over business card for protection, included a copy of my order confirmation page, filled out the customs form (said that the package was a broken memory card and claimed it was work $1), and mailed the package to Germany for less than $5 (envelope included). I did not pay more for it to be registered mail per the suggestion in the FAQ on the Recoverfab website.
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Getting this type of recovery done for less than $300 is pretty awesome. I highly recommend Recoverfab if you can no longer access your SD card and you have important pictures/videos that you would like to recover. And if you send them your SD card and they can't recover the data, you are only out the cost of shipping (~$5 via USPS) to send it to Germany. You don't have to pay for the data recovery until data has been recovered!
I learned my lesson that I should always backup my data. I am considering backup options like FolderSync, but for now I have been copying pictures to my laptop manually, and then backing up my laptop to an external HDD. I am also going to start to upload photos to either flickr or Shutterfly so I at least have a copy (lower resolution) in the cloud. I hope that this post is helpful to you!12-05-2012 09:34 AM
- Same problem here - I bought my phone on Aug 3 and it fried my SD card (PNY). It simply displayed "damaged SD card". So I thought something was wrong with that card and I got a SanDisk, 32Gb microSD card. This card lasted less than two months, because one morning, after powering on the phone, it displayed the "SD card may be damaged, you may have to format it bla bla" again. Just like that. So I formatted the card on my PC and it worked fine again... until today. I was taking photos at a Christmas party, when the screen went black and the phone stopped responding. I wasn't even taking pictures when this happened, but did have the Camera app opened when it froze. I waited about 2 minutes to see if it maybe starts working again... Nope -- it just died, the screen wouldn't display anything. The biggest inconvenience is that it happened just as my kids were sitting on Santa's lap (no joke). I was livid. I couldn't even figure out if the phone was still on or just dead, so I removed the battery and powered the phone on - again, the dreaded "Damaged SD card", for the third time since August.
What I did notice, in the past three days, is that I kept getting "this program is not responding" for a number of apps, such as Gmail, Onavo or the clock app. I should've backed up my pictures when I noticed these error messages. Too late now... I couldn't recover any of the photos I shot lately.
Even when it happened the first time I suspected something's wrong with the phone. Now I'm absolutely convinced it's the phone. And I want Samsung to do something about it, this cannot be just a coincidence.12-08-2012 10:42 PM
- We need to make sure to report that these problems to Samsung. When I contacted them about my second SD card failure they said that they were not unaware of a problem. I've logged my problem with them and the customer service representative I was chatting with said that if I had another similar incident then they would look into it. And potentially replace my SD card then. We really need to make sure that they are aware of this.
Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 212-09-2012 06:05 PM
- For what its worth, I think its a temperature issue, and here's why. I've had the same thing happen recently, Only rather than dying spontaneously, it started out gradually and misbehaved for about three weeks before finally dying. I have had this card fore at least 6 months with no issue, then changed the write speed from 1024 to 2048. It started a day or so later, though I didn't immediately make the connection. Doubling the R/W speed would definitely push a card at the edge right over though. It would usually lose the card during bootup, and when taking pictures or something. The final straw came when I was flashing a modem from the SD card and it disappeared mid-flash (glad it was only a modem). I took it out and put it in a card reader, and it read fine, so I backed everything up and reformatted it, and decided to use it as an experiment. In the phone it reads very occasionally now and immediately crashes, but in a reader, where its not nearly as hot, it will transfer data for a few minutes and them crash. I just ordered a 64G card before I read this forum, and now I fear for my new card. I'm wondering if I could make a foil heat sink over the card slot, though it probably wouldn't make a huge difference. This has worked for the CPU overheating issue the old HD2 had for some people. The location of the slot would make it pretty easy.12-10-2012 11:40 AM
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