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  1. nir_mk added a post in a topic Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!   

    My update:
    Got a refund for the Class 10 generic 16GB.
    Instead I bought Class 4 Kingston cards - both 8GB and 16GB. They both work. Result.
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  2. nir_mk added a post in a topic Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!   

    > Either that or some of your cards are actually SDHC rather than SD.

    confused - thought that ALL cards >2GB are SDHC
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  3. nir_mk added a post in a topic Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!   

    That is interesting about the class 10 issue - but then again my 4GB is class 4 (generic) still not reading either.

    Also interesting about the inconsistency between the hardware. Some of this I've already been aware of - OLED vs TFT, Gen1 vs Gen2 etc.

    If the supplier of my 16GB will take it back, I would next risk my money on one of these 16GB Class 4 cards
    Kingston £7.32 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003WIRFD2
    SanDisk £7.82 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002Q5H3JI
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  4. nir_mk added a post in a topic Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!   

    Thanks for your input much appreciated.

    This morning I visited 4 shops and 2 market traders. That 6th person happened to have an open micro SD they were willing to have me try in 'phone A'. It came from a bag labeled 'Trends' (I think) but no brand printed on the actual card. It worked just fine (required Erasing first). So my generic 4GB isn't working but this 8GB (possibly also generic) was working. I may go back to buy it if all else fails (£12 is a bit much for 8GB)


    So now I know that this phone is not limited to 2GB, it is a case of shopping around for a brand. I have a bit more confidence now that if I pay enough I should hopefully get something that works. I just got thrown off the scent by my 'phone B' which accepts absolutely everything you throw at it.


    (Interestingly in the topic you linked to other people are complaining about MyMeory. I bought my card from play.com and it came in play.com packaging but it was via PlayTrade and my seller is in fact MyMemory)
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  5. nir_mk added a post in a topic Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!   

    insert 16GB into 'phone B', (shows 'USB connected') mount USB, Windows 7 FAT32/4096 'quick format' is ticked, dismount USB, works on 'phone B', insert into phone 'A' (SD card cannot be seen)

    insert 16GB into 'phone B', (shows 'USB connected') mount USB, Windows 7 FAT32/4096 'quick format' is UNTICKED (takes absolutely ages), dismount USB, works on 'phone B', insert into phone 'A' (SD card cannot be seen, still)



    Next week will visit a friend with a Galaxy S2, I guess I could ask him to format it for a non-San-Francisco experiment



    my 16GB SD card is a "class 10" card sold by play.com - it is an 'own brand' or generic. As per your suggestion I searched and found some threads where people are recommending top brands (Sandisk, Kingston, Verbatim etc.) - and indeed perhaps the only reason my 2GB card works is that it happens to be a 'Kingston'?

    I now wish I paid a bit more money for a branded card (possibly of a lower class). I am reluctant to buy another (branded) SD card just for this experiment - if it doesn't work in phone A but works in the easy-going phone B I can hardly return it as 'non working' can I?. There is no guarantee that it will work in my phone A. (I wonder if a bricks-and-morter shop will lend me an SD card so I can try it in phone A to see if the brand is compatible with my phone)
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  6. nir_mk added a post in a topic Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!   

    If I connect EITHER phone (a selection of at least 5 different ROMs over time) when there is no SD card in the slot then I get 'USB debugging' notification but never the 'USB connected' notification. Two different phones. So I would disregard that. I know other phones have internal memory (Samsung S2 for example) you can mount that without an SD card.

    does the other phone I format it on have to be a non-san-francisco phone for that experiment to work?

    I will format using Windows and report results later
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  7. nir_mk added a post in a topic Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!   

    Thanks for your input, my reply:



    1) about filing systems

    when I format it within MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition, the available options are:

    FAT32
    NTFS
    Ext2
    Ext3
    Ext4
    LinuxSwap

    both cards are already FAT32

    Also, when I "Erase" (format) from within "phone B", the result is a FAT32 partition (or no change in partition type)

    (I think that 16-bit FAT is only available on old PCs and not on SD cards)



    So to summarise: I am using FAT (FAT32, the only available option) and I have tried formatting both using 'MiniTool' and using the (working) device. Neither made a difference. (and the cards worked in the working device - even before I did this)



    2) about ROMs

    I think the ROM selection is a red herring because I would like the SD card to work within ClockworkMod recovery.

    A phone can have a working recovery on it with a completely empty /system partition ("no ROM").

    Putting it another way, if I go into recovery and format the /system partition so there is no ROM, and the ROM does not come into it, I would like the SD card to be readable from there (so I can install another ROM, for example)



    I have tried my 4GB and 16GB cards against the ClockworkMod v3.0.0.6 (for Gen1) which was originally there and now against v5.0.2.0 (for Gen2) which was put on by a TPT.

    If the recovery cannot read my card (and this is quite a recent one I understand), I don't see how changing ROMs is going to make a difference to whether I can read SD cards (from within recovery)

    (note - of my 3 cards, only the 2GB was readable - and it was readable in both recovery versions I tried)
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  8. nir_mk added a post in a topic Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!   

    Phone was a Gen1
    (so using the working 2GB micro SD)
    I upgraded it to Gen2 with "G1-G2 v10a TPT" (this put ClockworkMod v5.0.2.0 on it)
    I then put gingerbread ROM on it "Swedish Snow RLS7" (reports itself as 2.3.5)

    Result = the 4GB and 16GB cards continue to be unrecognisable on this problematic phone - when Android is running and also when using ClockworkMod v5 to browse for Zip files or just ask it to mount /sdcard

    So I think I am out of things to try?
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  9. nir_mk added a post in a topic Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!   

    Thank you for the suggestion

    Trying to think about it though... will changing the 'ROM' installed in the /system partition have an affect on how the phone behaves in recovery?

    As I have observed in my first post, when booted into recovery (which my understanding is that this does not involve looking into either /boot or /system partitions) it still cannot mount the 4GB or 16GB cards (which one might want to do to, say, install Swedish Spring or CM7 ;-) ). My interpretation is that even if I wiped the system partition clean so it had no ROM in it at all I would still have a recovery that can't mount these SD cards.

    Any thoughts? Is this a kernel level issue? (and what kernel is clockworkmod v3.0.0.6 based on)
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  10. nir_mk added a post in a topic Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!   

    The mystery deepens... my micro SD card collection now also boasts a Kingston 2GB card
    ...and this one does read in the phone - so it appears not to be a contacts problem! (other cards still not being 'seen')

    What would make a phone accept a 2GB card but not the 4GB and 16GB cards?


    Is there any way that I can reformat or repartition the 16GB card (brand new from play.com) that will make "phone A" more likely to see it? 'MiniTool Partition Wizard' is describing it as 14.54GB/FAT32/Primary/Active which I believe is all present and correct (and as before, reads in "phone B" no problem.
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  11. nir_mk added a topic in ZTE Blade / Libra - Blade.MoDaCo.com   

    Q 2nd-hand blade won't read my 4GB and 16GB micro sd cards!
    I just bought an Orange San Francisco and it will not acknowledge my 4GB and 16GB micro SD cards, known to be good on my other Orange San Francisco phone. Can anyone HELP PLEASE?


    (and in a bit more detail:)

    I just bought an Orange San Francisco, let's call it "phone A" 2nd-hand on eBay it came with Japanese Jellyfish RLS9 (reporting itself as Android 2.2) also bootable into ClockworkMod v3.0.0.6.

    (I also have my existing San Francico "phone B", and 4GB and 16GB micro SDHC cards. Both micro SDHC cards work great in "phone B".)

    When I insert either 4GB or 16GB cards into "phone A", it does not seem to recognise the SD card. This manifests itself in the following ways:

    Settings > SD card & phone storage
    Total Space: Unavailable
    Available space: Unavailable
    Mount SD card (DISABLED - GRAYED OUT): Insert an SD card for mounting
    Format SD card (DISABLED - GRAYED OUT): Format (erase) the SD card

    Notifications when I connect USB cable to computer
    USB debugging connected (as epected)
    however I do not also get the expected "USB connected" notification!

    When I hold Volume Down to boot into recovery and select "install zip from sdcard" and then "choose zip from sdcard" I get the error: "E:Can't mount /sdcard" (also the same if I go through the mounts menu)


    On the orange website ( http://help.orange.c...personal/506297 ) it suggests phone will take up to 32GB. It is rejecting both my 4GB (class 4) and 16GB (class 10) cards. I contacted the seller who says they cannot remember what size card they used.

    Any help appreciated - any ideas how to get it reading my SD cards or what else I can do - thanks.
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