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    Default Strange Folder Names in MicroSD Card

    I have a Verizon Galaxy S3 16gb with a 32gb micro sd card. For some inexplicable reason, I am losing data on the micro sd card. Folder names are being changed to start with the character "μ." For example, my_music was changed to μy_music (this does not happen on the device's internal memory). Is it a problem with the Micro SD card or something else such as the phone itself? Is there any way I can fix this?

    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum. If it is, please point me to the correct one.
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    Try reformatting your card. Did you format it when you put it in the phone? Is it new or used?
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    If you're "legally" downloading music from your phone, sometimes the file names are in different languages, such as Russian depending on where the original mp3 you downloaded was from try checking if there is music in that file

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    Sounds like a corruption to the SDCard. I had a 64GB MicroSDXC card that did this all the time with my music files.
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    I have experienced the same with my 32gb Sandisk Micro SD card 10 class using in the Galaxy Tab 2. The SD card is genuine so I know that's not the issue.
    However, I have found this to work for me.

    1) Format the card on your PC or Mac, to NTFS file system.
    2) Download Paragon NTFS / HFS apk app for your Android device
    3) Without ANY NTFS app for the android, the android WILL NOT recognise the inserted SD card NTFS format as the android only recognises the FAT file system only
    4) Put the Micro SD card into the device and restart the device (if the card icon shows in the notification bar, bottom right, ignore)
    5) Goto and open on Android Paragon NTFS / HFS tool apk and check disk / format using the android app
    6) Restart device again, with SD card inserted, leave card inserted and connect Android device to PC, the External Disk should now be available formatted to NTFS

    The card should AUTO MOUNT via the Paragon NTFS app when the device is turned on

    You can format the SD card to NTFS using the android app

    I've tried every method possible to have the SD card in the FAT 32, but it just doesn't last, folder names change, files dissapear.

    Thanks for reading
    Last edited by ckyen; 06-18-2013 at 01:11 PM. Reason: info
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    See the "exFat vs Fat32" part of my post here:

    Syncing Zune Music with the GS3 & exFat is Evil
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    You could try formatting it to ext4, android will recognize it as it is an embedded linux system, however it won't be recognized in windows as microsoft only supports their file systems and no others.

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    Did you find a solution? I have the same issue with a San Disk SD Card and a Samsung Galaxy S4
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    arayam,
    If you want to save yourself a lot of headaches just ditch the SanDisk card and get a Samsung card.

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    ?when you do this do you lose all the files that got transformed into unicode?
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    I my case the first letter of the folder name has changes to mu () and the data is no more visible. There is another folder created by the name LOST.DR and has multiple files with numbers and I think these files are not visible in the card.
    My questions is there a way to recover these files?

    Thanks,
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    Hey Gurus,

    The same thing had happned to my picture folders, that are copying from the camera-DCIM folder the folder was named Pictures now it is µictures and some other folders as well.
    a new folder is created named by LOST.DIR.

    what is the solution for that without formatting, i need my pix back.

    Thanks
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    Factory reset.

    Do it after every major fw update.

    Welcome to android.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabie Kalash View Post
    a new folder is created named by LOST.DIR
    The LOST.DIR should contain your missing files, although they may have strange names. Just rename one file to test.jpg (if it doesn't still have a jpg extension) and see if it's one of your pictures.

    Everyone should be using something like Cloud Drive: (there are ways to do this with Google Drive, Dropbox and probably your cloud solution of choice) so that you don't lose important content if/when your SD card goes belly-up.

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    I'm sorry if i have mistakes in this text . i'm persian . i don't know english well

    I have a solution for this problem:
    I've lost my data twice. first time i thought that it is virus so i format my SD card .
    this time I LOST some important data therefore i tried to get them back.
    I noticed that LOST.DIR is included my data.
    I connect my phone to PC (galaxy s4) then i copied all LOST.DIR files in to my PC.
    then i opened one of them with windows photo viewer. ( right click -> open -> choose windows photo viwer) then i saw one of me missing photos (luckly).
    however it will take a long time to take back all of your missing photos but still you will get it.
    (sorry for mistakes)
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