1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Hi, i have 16gb sdcard in my phone mounted (or formated) as internal storage.

    After 4 months, my phone went crazy and i have to re-flash android.

    But, when i flashed new android and connected the sdcard to the phone, the card needed to be formated. I tried several programs on pc, tried several phones but nothing can restore my card. I had on that card all my images/files. Some ideas how can i restore it? Is it completely dead?

    //During re-flashing, that sd-card wasn't in the phone//

    Thanks
    03-08-2018 05:41 PM
  2. chanchan05's Avatar
    It's not dead. It's just locked to the encryption key that was lost when you flashed the phone. Basically, everything inside that card is irretrievable. You have to format it to use it again.

    This is why I always think using SD cards as internal storage is a bad idea. I guess it's ok if you keep an ongoing backup. But that's it.
    Laura Knotek and tube517 like this.
    03-08-2018 07:53 PM
  3. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    @chanchan05 is probably right. You may have to reformat the card in your device again to get it usable.
    03-08-2018 09:11 PM
  4. tube517's Avatar
    Yeah, I did this before. Had an sd card as internal on a custom ROM and then had to reflash to stock so I lost whatever I had on the card. I did have photos backed up to Google so that was saved.
    03-08-2018 10:22 PM
  5. BigVictorio123's Avatar
    Thanks for all answers. Is there any way i can DECRYPT it?
    03-09-2018 12:34 PM
  6. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Decryption would have been possible before flashing ROM. Since that was done the original ID of the device has changed, and is unreadable by the new OS.
    03-09-2018 04:13 PM

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