1. Marck527's Avatar
    Hey guys, I just registered to this forum

    I have a question, I just recently ordered a Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500 and it should be arriving tomorrow.
    I also already own a Samsung 32 GB Class 10 SD Card. My question is do I need to format my SD card on the phone itself first?
    or can I copy all my music, videos and pictures on the card now on my computer and just pop it in tomorrow and the phone will read it?
    BTW , I already formatted the card in NTFS. (btw which format should use ?).

    Thanks
    06-16-2013 12:15 AM
  2. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Welcome to Androidcentral and the forums!

    Format the sd card (FAT32) then transfer the files. It's best to start with a fresh sd card rather than having issues then formatting it once you have all your files on it. if you have any questions let us know.
    Marck527 and hdgamer like this.
    06-16-2013 12:28 AM
  3. Marck527's Avatar
    Welcome to Androidcentral and the forums!

    Format the sd card (FAT32) then transfer the files. It's best to start with a fresh sd card rather than having issues then formatting it once you have all your files on it. if you have any questions let us know.
    So if i format it (FAT32) and copied all my stuff on it now using my computer, it shouldn't ask to be formatted again when i put it on my phone when i get it? thanks
    06-16-2013 01:06 AM
  4. srkmagnus's Avatar
    So if i format it (FAT32) and copied all my stuff on it now using my computer, it shouldn't ask to be formatted again when i put it on my phone when i get it? thanks
    That's correct. If in doubt, place everything into a file on the computer ready for transfer then format on the phone and transfer the files.

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    06-16-2013 09:11 AM
  5. bembol's Avatar
    Not to make it more complicated for OP but just wondering...

    Why not ExFat, which allows you to transfer files (HD Movies) over 4GB. I sync my S4 to my HomeTheater using the MHL HDMI adapter.
    bigmike09890 likes this.
    06-16-2013 09:39 AM
  6. Farish's Avatar
    When you use the format command in the Galaxy S4, does it format it in Fat32 or ExFat?
    06-16-2013 02:21 PM
  7. bembol's Avatar
    FAT32
    Farish likes this.
    06-16-2013 02:25 PM
  8. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Not to make it more complicated for OP but just wondering...

    Why not ExFat, which allows you to transfer files (HD Movies) over 4GB. I sync my S4 to my HomeTheater using the MHL HDMI adapter.
    I've read a few threads in exfat and it looks like some people are having issues. I'm not sure if it's a format issue, sd card brand or size issue. You're right though, the Fat32 format has a 4gb cap, which could be problematic for transferring large files.

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using Tapatalk 2
    06-16-2013 08:27 PM
  9. fantom305's Avatar
    I don't know about any one else...but ...this is what I have always done....... I format the SD card in my phone and then transfer everything I need ..... I have used it in the computer after that and it works fine ..... no problem whatsoever ........
    06-16-2013 08:59 PM
  10. bembol's Avatar
    I've read a few threads in exfat and it looks like some people are having issues. I'm not sure if it's a format issue, sd card brand or size issue. You're right though, the Fat32 format has a 4gb cap, which could be problematic for transferring large files.

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using Tapatalk 2
    I get an error message saying it's damaged whenever I restart or remove the card but was told to ignore it. After inserting it, just unmount and remount it.

    I don't know what Samsung changed with the S4 but Note 2 & S3 never had this problem.
    06-16-2013 10:05 PM

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