SD card unmounts and/or disappears with USB cable
I'm a newb, so I can't tell if this is an Android- or Atrix-specific problem. I did some searches, and I find threads somewhat applicable, but none of them solve what I am finding.
I want to transfer a bunch of files to the SD card in my Atrix. Regardless of how I set up the USB connection, either the SD card gets unmounted, or it simply disappears inside Windows Explorer.
The official ATT/Motorola owners manual states that there should be a selection for "memory card connection" when I access the USB control panel on the Atrix. But there is no such selection. If I choose "none", then the SD card disappears in Windows Explorer. The most I get is "Removable Disk E", and "Removable Disk F" in Windows Explorer. But they're just a blank.
If I choose "mass storage", then the SD card gets unmounted by Atrix.
I realize, from the other threads I've searched, that "mass storage" is the incorrect setting. But I just wanted to point out that I had tried that option.
So, at this point, I have no way to access the SD card for USB file transfer.
Thanks for the advice.
- 02-22-2011, 05:48 AM #2
If you are just trying to copy files to your microSD card, then you want "mass storage" and the card will be dismounted. It should show on your PC as a Removable Disk. It is basicly the same as physically removing the card and putting into a card reader.
- 02-23-2011, 11:32 PM #4
- 02-23-2011, 11:41 PM #5
I stumbled onto the solution, entirely by accident. I was tooling around in the applications, and found "Media Share". Curious, I walked through it, and sure enough, both the internal storage and the SD card opened right up!
As the Greek mathematician and inventor Archimedes once said, "Eureka!"
- 02-24-2011, 02:37 AM #7
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Select USB Mass Storage in the connection list when you plug it into the computer. The "drive" that pops up in Windows is the internal phone memory. Double-click on the "sdcard" directory and now you're looking at the files on the fake sdcard partition that the phone uses. Or you can open the "sdcard_ext" directory if you have a MicroSD card plugged in.
- 02-24-2011, 07:47 AM #8
I'll have to try this again, but when I hooked it up to USB it mounted my SD card separately from my phone. This was under Windows 7 64-bit. I never saw any fake partition. If I opened up the phone then I saw the files in the phone and if I opened up the SD card then I saw only the SD card.
- 06-26-2011, 03:17 AM #9
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