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Damaged SD card error Samsung Galaxy S3? HELP!?

Damaged SD card error Samsung Galaxy S3? HELP!?

lady.x Damaged SD card error Samsung Galaxy S3? HELP!?
I have had my SGS3 for approx 9 months and the micro SD card in it is the one I had previously used with my Blackberry. I simply swapped it to my new when I got it (ie 9mths ago) phone. It has always worked with no problems whatsoever and I have always been able to access all my old pictures and videos and music. HOWEVER, in the last 3 days an error message saying ‘Damaged SD card. You may have to reformat.” has been showing in my drop down notification bar. I can only access some of my gallery (presumably the media that is stored on my phone memory and not any of my micro SD card).

I have tried connecting my phone to my laptop and automatically importing all the media. This however is not importing any of my missing pics etc from my SD card. I am in a terrible state as my dad recently died and I have voice recordings, videos and pictures of him on this SD card. I never imagined that my phone would DAMAGE my SD card! I want to add that I had neither removed he SD card, SIM card or battery OR even taken the back off of my phone before this happened. I have tried deleting the most recently installed apps (language apps ie Babbel.com and Busuu.com apps, yahoo mail app). I dont understand if these apps may have caused this problem however my phone was working fine for days after installing these apps. They are also relatively safe apps! SO back to the Damaged SD card…..I have also tried removing and reinserting the SD card, the SIM and the battery. I have tried resetting the phone settings, switching the phone on and off. What else can I do?? I can try to reformat this card but if I do this then I will definately and irrevocably lose all my precious pics, etc of my dad. PLEASE PLEASE help. Is there a way I can save my damaged SD card. Or any way that I can somehow transfer the data to another device such as my laptop. PS please note that it is a 2GB Micro SD card and it was in NO way even half full. There was over 1GB of storage left on the SD card and there is still 8.5GB of storage left in my Samsung Galaxy S3 device storage. I am quite emotional about this. These pics and voice clips and vids are one of the few things I have remaining of my dad and I cant lose them. Please help. And please no nasty trolls with cheeky comments. My heart cant take it right now. ;( Thank you for any advice you can give me.

One last thing – I tried putting my Micro SD into my mums phone and it didnt recognise the memory card – saying it needed reformatted. I loved my Galaxy S3 until it knackered up my sd card. I hope there is some way of accessing this lost data….

Answer by mikey m
not all phones have the same file system. since you used this on your blackberry. The file system it used is not compatable with the s3, you need to reformat to use it. I suggest you import what was on it to a computer with a card reader, then put the card back into s3, reformat and then place the files back onto sd card. if it still says its damaged get a new one and transfer the files to the new one.

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Tom says:

I’m afraid there is probably no way to restore your file, although it is probably not your phones fault because flash memory does deteriorate over time, you may be able to find a program online to attempt restore corrupt files on your SD card such as this http://www.recoverytoolbox.com/flash.html I have never used it but it should be fairly simple, you can probably find a guide online otherwise. I’m not sure how successful it will be so don’t get your hopes up.

In the future try to keep backups of your SD card on your computer.
To make your memory card fully usable again make a backup of all of your data (right click on the memory card in windows explorer and copy it to a new folder on your computer) and then right click on the memory card, click format and a box will appear. make sure the “quick format” tick box is un ticked and click format. BEWARE this will delete EVERYTHING on the memory card so it is important to back it up.

I hope I helped and that you get your files back.

Jude says:

You should not worry, I think this is a glitch of S3. I often experience the same thing. But sometimes when I turn on my S3, it recognizes the same “damaged” SD card and I all my files in the SD card are okey.

So, you just have to turn off and on your S3 until it recognizes your SD card again. It’s really hit or miss so you just have to keep on trying. I removed my SD already altogether and just put it back when I really need it for my S3.

This is a bummer, I know.

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