1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Hi, I have a Samsung S7 with a MicroSD card used as internal storage. My phone stopped working (completely destroyed actually) but the SD card is still in perfect conditions. Is there a way for me to have access to my files given that i can't use my phone? Thanks!
    06-22-2019 11:58 AM
  2. joeldf's Avatar
    Of course not.

    And that's the reason most don't suggest using an SD card as adoptable (shared with internal memory) storage.

    That card is now tied to the internal memory and file system, and is controlled and accessed by that system. Lose the system, and you've lost access to those files.

    You can pull the card out, but nothing else will know what and how those sectors where supposed to be used.
    06-22-2019 12:52 PM
  3. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Yep, the problem is that formatting a card as Internal Storage means that the card gets encrypted to that phone, and the encryption key is on that phone only. If the phone dies, that encryption key is lost, and the data on the card is as good as gone. Sorry!
    06-24-2019 02:16 AM

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