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I have a 16GB external SD card that I'm currently using for my music collection. Android reads it just fine, and CWM mounts it perfectly. I'm on Gingerbread (I have my reasons).

I opened up adb shell and used mount to figure out where this SD card was mounted. It listed the SD card as being /dev/block/mmcblk1p1: mount results

I opened this device up in parted (parted /dev/block/mmcblk1p1) and used print to find out what the partitions were on the device. To my surprise, it says there are... none: parted print results

How is this possible? Android can mount it and read from it just fine, but parted apparently thinks there are no partitions on it. I get the same results when it's unmounted.

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you're just running parted wrong, instead of

parted /dev/block/mmcblk1p1

it's

parted /dev/block/mmcblk1

and at the (parted) prompt

(parted) print all

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