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    So a few years ago I set an SD card as Internal Sotrage on my ZTE Axon 7, but that phone got damaged beyond repair (at least not in my budget). I had all my files backed up in the cloud and on my PC, so I don't really care about loosing my files, but I do care about loosing an 64gb SD card. No other device can even detect that I have it plugged into it (I tried my LG V30 it tries to format it and fails every time and I can't see it in the file manager of the phone or my PC). I know that there is no hope of recovering it as the encription key died with the old phone, but is there a way to format the card so I can use it again without the phone it was originally formatted for?
    07-22-2019 07:46 AM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    So a few years ago I set an SD card as Internal Sotrage on my ZTE Axon 7, but that phone got damaged beyond repair (at least not in my budget). I had all my files backed up in the cloud and on my PC, so I don't really care about loosing my files, but I do care about loosing an 64gb SD card. No other device can even detect that I have it plugged into it (I tried my LG V30 it tries to format it and fails every time and I can't see it in the file manager of the phone or my PC). I know that there is no hope of recovering it as the encription key died with the old phone, but is there a way to format the card so I can use it again without the phone it was originally formatted for?
    Hi, if you can register a account here , me or other members be happy to assist you.
    I'll leave a link to register so you can communicate here.
    https://forums.androidcentral.com/as...community.html
    07-22-2019 07:55 AM
  3. Daniel Longworth's Avatar
    Ok I am registered. Don't know if that actually helps, but ok.
    07-22-2019 08:02 AM
  4. mustang7757's Avatar
    Ok I am registered. Don't know if that actually helps, but ok.
    Ok , thanks for registering
    07-22-2019 08:05 AM
  5. mustang7757's Avatar
    Ok I am registered. Don't know if that actually helps, but ok.
    I don't think you'll be able to use that Sd card anymore as it was formatted as internal storage .
    07-22-2019 08:08 AM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! If the card isn't detected by any device (even if you insert it into your PC's card reader), then the card itself is probably dead and completely unusable.
    07-22-2019 12:07 PM
  7. Rukbat's Avatar
    Plug it into your PC, then run MiniTool Partition Wizard. If that can't see it, the card is shot (as often happens when you use a card as internal storage). But if it can see it, just format it as FAT32 (it doesn't do exFAT yet). At that point, the phone should see it, and you can format it properly.


    [Edit]
    The new version - 11 - does support exFAT, so just format it as exFAT.
    07-22-2019 02:12 PM

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