What to do if the phone does not see the memory card
A common problem: you have inserted a memory card into your smartphone, but the gadget does not recognize it and can not work with it. For many smartphone models flash drive is the only way to get at their disposal an acceptable amount of gigabytes for instant storage of photos, music and other data in the most comfortable mode. We will talk about why this storage device can not work properly, and what to do in this situation.
Often the memory reserve of affordable smartphones does not exceed a modest 32 or 64 GB. The cost of flash drives with the same capacity is low, which determines their high popularity among buyers. From the built-in memory of the gadget at least 10 GB is allocated for the operating system and built-in applications (inevitable consumption). Third-party apps take up about the same amount of space. Eventually there is too little left of the built-in memory because of these costs. This explains why users prefer to keep all important data on the memory card from the beginning.
The failure of a removable storage device means an unfortunate loss of valuable information for the owner. It’s not always just a matter of accepting the annoying nuisance. The cause of the problem can sometimes be corrected or the loss reduced to a minimum.
How to fix Galaxy S10 “SD card not found” error
The “SD card not found” error can be caused by a number of factors. Learn how to deal with it below.
Reboot your device. The first thing to do in this case is to try and update the system. Be sure to simulate the effects of the “remove battery” procedure to also clear the cache. Here’s what you need to do:
- Press and hold the power and volume down buttons for about 10 seconds or until the device shuts down. Note. Wait a few seconds until the boot mode screen appears.
- On the Maintenance Boot Mode screen, select Normal Boot. Note. Use the volume buttons to toggle between available options and the lower left button (under the volume buttons) to select. Also, wait up to 90 seconds for the reset to complete.
Make sure that the SD card is working. Check the SD card itself. This is another basic troubleshooting step. If you have another phone, insert the SD card into it and make sure it is recognized. Then try to save the file or files to see if it transfers files normally.
If you do not have another device to use, find a computer with an outlet or an SD card reader. Some laptops may come with a built-in SD card reader, so you can use it. Your goal for now. Make sure it is not an SD card problem. If your SD card works on another device, this clearly indicates that there is a problem with the device. Use the troubleshooting tips below to fix the problem.
Reformat the SD card. Sometimes an Android phone can run into trouble when trying to read the SD card. There may not be a serious problem with the SD card or the device itself, but the error can still prevent your phone from reading content. In some of these cases, reformatting the card solves the problem. Be sure to try this. To reformat the SD card:
- From home, tap Apps.
- Tap Settings.
- Click “Device Maintenance”.
- Tap Storage.
- Tap Advanced Settings.
- Click Storage Settings.
- Tap SD card.
- Press Format.
- Confirm by tapping Format.
Disconnect SD card. Sometimes temporarily disabling the SD card updates the way Android detects and eliminates any error that prevents you from reading the content. Turn off your phone and remove the SD card. If you want to remove the card when the phone is on, disconnect the card first. To disconnect the SD card:
- Go to the settings menu.
- Find and select Storage.
- Press Advanced Settings.
- Select Storage Settings.
- Press Unmount.
After the card has been disconnected or after turning off the phone, follow these steps to remove the SD card:
- Insert the ejector tool into the tiny hole on the SIM/microSD card tray.
- Then gently press until the tray slides out.
- Remove the SIM card and microSD card from the tray.
- Check and make sure the card is clean and shows no visible signs of damage, such as scratches.
- Place the SIM card and microSD card back in the tray. Make sure that both cards are positioned correctly.
- Slide the tray back into the slot.
Use another SD card. In case the SD card broke after testing it on another device, consider using another. You can find an old replacement or get a new one. Before using the SD card in your phone for the first time, be sure to reformat it to avoid incompatibility or file corruption. If you are trying to dispose of an old SD card, it is possible that the old device it came from is using a different file type. This SD card can be glitchy when used on your new phone. You can avoid this by simply reformatting it.
Reset App Settings. In other similar cases, there may be an SD card error if Android can’t use a critical app by default. To make sure that all default apps are running and working, try the following steps:
- Open the Settings app.
- Tap Apps.
- Click on Advanced Settings in the upper right corner (the three-dot icon).
- Select Reset App Settings.
- Reboot your Galaxy S10 and check the problem.
Reset all preferences. Resetting all settings is similar to a half-finished. All software settings are returned to default values, but without actually deleting applications or personal data. Be sure to do this if it hasn’t worked so far.
- On the home screen, swipe up on the empty space to open the app bar.
- Tap General Management Reset Settings.
- Tap Reset Settings.
- If you have set a PIN, enter it.
- Tap Reset Settings. When finished, a confirmation window will appear.
Install updates. Keeping Android and apps up to date is often an underestimated step for troubleshooting. Make sure all apps are up to date, and install any available Android or carrier update at that time.
Clear cache partition. Android uses the system cache to load apps and services quickly. This cache can sometimes be corrupted by problems. To make sure your S10 is using a fresh cache, remember to clear the cache section. Here’s how to do it:
- Turn off your device.
- Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
- When the Android logo is displayed, release all keys (“Installing the system update” will be displayed for 30-60 seconds before the Android system restore menu options are displayed).
- Press the volume down key to highlight “clear cache partition”.
- Press the power button to select.
- Press the Volume Down key to highlight “yes” and press the Power key to select.
- When the cache cleanup section is complete, “Reboot System Now” is highlighted.
- Press the power key to restart the device.
Testing the flash drive: fixing file system errors
In this case you may try to restore the stick and all files on it with the error checking and fixing utility. chkdsk (built in Windows).
To do this, do not accept Windows’ suggestion to format the medium (screenshot above). but simply run the command line (The easiest way: press WinR. Then type CMD and hit Enter. see. screenshot below).
Then at the command line type chkdsk g:/f (where g: is the drive letter of the flash drive) and hit Enter.
An example of recovery is shown in the screenshot above. After this simple procedure flash drive is back in working order and functions properly till this day.
When the check succeeds, usually the command line will say something like: “Windows has checked the file system and found no problems. No further action is needed.”.
Usually if there was a small file system failure chkdsk will fix it and the USB flash drive will be readable (after this procedure, it can be read by both phone and notebook).
Now what to do if chkdsk did not help, but you need to recover files from the flash drive.
SD cards are prone to card malfunctions
Memory cards are often broken. This applies even to the most expensive models
Unfortunately, SD cards have a limited number of read/write cycles. Every time you access your data, the life of your card decreases. Of course, it also varies depending on the quality of the SD card itself, so again, it’s important not to skimp on the memory card and choose a reliable manufacturer. You should bear in mind that in contrast to, say, hard drives, SD cards do not have any warning signs and “omens” that the card is about to fail. So it is a good idea to back up your data as often as possible to another drive or to a cloud storage service. Have you ever had a memory card malfunction? Share it in our Telegram chat.
The fourth solution: format the microSD card.
The last possible solution to consider if your SD card remains undetected or is not recognized by your Samsung Galaxy S9 is to reformat it. Formatting the SD card deletes all data and files stored on it. So be sure to transfer these files to your computer for backup. When you’re all set, follow these steps to format your microSD card on your phone:
- Go to the main screen.
- Open the applications panel.
- Tap Settings.
- Scroll and press Storage.
- Press to select the SD card.
- Select Format from the options shown.
Wait until formatting the SD card is complete. When this is done, all your data stored on the SD card will be deleted, making it clean and empty.
Note that writing and erasing data frequently can shorten the life of your memory card. However, reformat the SD card only when really necessary.
You can check and check the card’s file directory to see if everything has been cleared. To access this directory on your phone, simply go to My files-SD-card.
The memory card has been damaged
Most often, the memory card becomes unusable due to mechanical damage (for example, many people put the card in their and then, unsuccessfully sit down or turn it). It is also not uncommon that users are in a hurry to connect/disconnect the SD card to the phone and press it forcefully to “make” it crack.
In general, first, pay attention to the appearance of the card: it does not necessarily have to be half broken (as in the photo above). It is not uncommon for a card to have only a small edge “chipped off”.
When, in general, you can say that the SD card is damaged (as long as it., There is no visible trace on it):
- you connected it to 2-3 different devices (PC, phone, laptop) and none of them recognized it (did not see);
- Cleaned the copper contacts with an alcohol wipe, but that did not work either;
- tried to format it on the PC special. utilities (which in some cases “see” even those flash drives / SD cards that are not displayed by Windows);
- It is also highly advisable to believe the officers. your SD card manufacturer’s website (there may be some special tools for formatting your card). recovery utilities).
If you have any photos, videos (and other files) on the card. Don’t rush to throw it away. In large cities there are services that are professionally engaged in data recovery (true, it is not cheap, but still. ). They may be able to get something out of your card.
How to Choose a Memory Card
Some memory card sizes and formats don’t work correctly in smartphones
We want a MicroSD card that is inexpensive and holds as much data as possible. Unfortunately this is seldom the case. Many manufacturers place limits on the amount of external drives that can be used, which leads to malfunction.
For example, when you install a 512GB card into a smartphone that only supports 256GB. Also low-cost Android smartphones have a limit on the microSD capacity, e.g. 64 GB and below. You can check this information on the manufacturer’s website.
Before buying a card make sure you know what format the memory card in your smartphone is: microSD, SDHC or SDXC. They differ from each other by recording speed and accordingly by durability. Not all smartphones work correctly with different formats.
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The most common reasons why the phone does not see the memory card
If the cell phone ceased to see the MicroSD, or initially the new device does not read it, it is necessary to approach the problem comprehensively. First of all, you should use a simple algorithm to restart your device:
Your cell phone should reboot. If it is a software failure, the flash card after that will appear in the phone menu. It is also possible to use one of the simplest methods. to disconnect the device from the power supply for a few seconds by removing the removable battery. Once it is in place, turn on the machine.
Another reason may be the lack of contact. To clean them, you need to pull out the MicroSD, wipe its contacts with a soft cloth. Check and clean the contacts in the device itself if necessary. They should not be sunk or deformed, oxidation is also not conducive to the normal operation of the device. After cleaning card must be installed and phone turned on.
If that does not solve the problem you will need to look for the cause. You could try installing it on another device. If it is not detected there, the card is most likely defective and must be replaced: cards cannot be recovered.
You can fix a cell phone malfunction yourself or go to a service center.
What memory card to choose for your phone
There are so many memory card manufacturers. Some of the best known are Transcend, SanDisk, Kingston and Samsung. If you buy these memory cards you will most likely not encounter any problems. At least, I have always used these companies. Now I have SanDisk memory cards in all my devices, and before that I chose Transcend. I’ve never had many complaints about either one.
My pretty battered, but alive memory cards.
The one I mentioned in the beginning was a noname card from a gift store. That’s why I’m very wary of them. If you have such a card and it works, don’t tell everyone that everything is fine. I’m not arguing that it will work, but it will be less reliable. If you bought a smartphone for 20 000, it is better not to spare the extra 500. A good memory card will cost about that much more.
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As for the volume, then everyone chooses the volume he needs. If you take a lot of photos, shoot a lot of video or like to watch movies on the road, it is better to take a card with 128 GB. This is probably the optimal size for money and performance. In older devices, large memory cards caused their carrier to lag. There is almost no such thing now, but it is not worth it to buy an excessive amount, either.
And you should definitely buy a memory card with a fast reading and writing speed. It can be found in the characteristics of the card itself. The bigger the better, and there is no limit to perfection in this case. Only with a fast card you can shoot video in maximum quality and the recording will not be interrupted. In any case, you have to understand that the advantages of a fast card is not only that you will throw off everything from it in ten minutes instead of twenty, but that the smartphone will generally work faster.
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