Skip to main content

Questions tagged [formatting]

Preparing storage devices to record data by creating the necessary structures, while potentially existing structures and data are being destroyed. Follow the 'info' link below for more details.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
0 answers
312 views

How to format an external hard drive on Android?

How can I format or wipe an external hard drive with no partition on it without third party apps? I tried the MixApplications app but it's paid, in fact all apps that I tried to wipe this HDD are paid....
fkjdxyz's user avatar
  • 107
1 vote
0 answers
188 views

custom roms - format data before or after flash?

Reading the XDA forums I've noticed some posts around custom ROM flashing instruct users to perform data format in a recovery (such as TWRP) at different times. My question is - should data format be ...
basher's user avatar
  • 33
2 votes
0 answers
52 views

On a not rooted smartphone, how do I format my SD Card to a file system of my choosing?

On a not rooted smartphone, how do I format my SD Card to a file system of my choosing? Note that I have ordered an SD card reader so I can put my SD card into my laptop and try formatting it from ...
barlop's user avatar
  • 635
1 vote
0 answers
40 views

How can I view what file system my SD card has been formatted to? [duplicate]

How can I view what file system my SD card has been formatted to? e.g. if it has been formatted as FAT12 or FAT16 or FAT32 or NTFS or exFAT
barlop's user avatar
  • 635
0 votes
0 answers
19 views

Google Sheets unbold text within parentheses

How can get Google Sheets to automatically un-bold any text typed between parentheses? Thanks in advance
Pape Kone's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
95 views

SD card internal storage - photos not showing in Photos - how do I format/unmount safely to not lose WhatsApp history?

The storage on my Android 11 phone (Fairphone 3) was running out so I mounted a Lexar micro SD card to increase storage. I now realise this was a mistake but not knowing any better I formatted it as ...
Lost_in_technology's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
281 views

Changing cluster size of SD card formatted as exFAT from 128KiB to some lower value?

I'm using an app that allows me to download data for offline usage. The app is setup to store the data on my 64GB SD card. This all works fine, however, when I downloaded a larger set of data, i.e. ...
phunsoft's user avatar
  • 111
0 votes
0 answers
53 views

sd card ejects after formating as internal via google files app

I am trying to increase the internal storage of my realme narzo 30a phone. but it doesnt support format as internal. so i enabled usb debugging and used sm set-force-adoptabe true via adb. Then i ...
Plutonian Fairy's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
84 views

Reformat sdcard on every reboot in MIU13

I have an Android 12 with MIUI 13, Xiaomi Redmin Note 11 pro 5g. sdcard works flawlessly, configured as an removable/external memory. I reboot the phone, and it asks me if I want to use it as an ...
david.perez's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
268 views

Reformat SD Card from internal to portable

Device: Redmi Note 11 I formatted a SanDisk SD card as internal, using the Android's native file app (com.google.android.documentsui) but now I can't see the card anywhere. However when inserted, the ...
ShivCK's user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
1 answer
158 views

Androids 8,9, 12 format SD card to "read only" - only for non-android devices

I formatted two different SD cards with Android 8, 9 and 12. In all cases, the SD cards are write protected for my laptop (SD card reader) - but not for the Phones, or when connecting phone via USB. ...
Mat's user avatar
  • 41
1 vote
1 answer
62 views

Micro SD cards work on phone with Android 8 but corrupted in phone with Android 11?

I have two SanDisk micro SD cards, a 8GB one for storing my photos and files in a Sony Xperia XA1, which runs Android 8.0 as the OS, the other one is a 128GB used in a Sony Xperia L3 phone, running ...
GreenPenguin's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
73 views

MicroSD card works fine on Mac and digital camera but Android phone wants to format it

I have two identical 64 gig microSD cards I bought three weeks ago. They both work fine in my Canon IXUS camera and they both work fine in my year-old M1 MacBook Air. But only one works in my new ...
hippietrail's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
4k views

How do I format my SD card via terminal/Termux?

I'm running a MIUI 12.5.5 xiaomi.eu ROM on a rooted Redmi Note 9 Pro. I'm trying to format my 128GB micro SD Card via Settings > Storage > Format SD Card, but this causes the device to reboot. I ...
Fabio Freitas's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
562 views

Format SD card to be internal storage, restart phone, missing SD card?

I am running on Android 8.0.0 on a Motorola E5 Cruise, I tried to use my Motorola to format my SD card as internal storage, then I restart my phone and it says the SD card is missing when I have not ...
DeJeL's user avatar
  • 121
1 vote
0 answers
2k views

SD Card formatting

Bought a 128G card I meant to use as mixed internal / portable (or 100% if not possible with mixed) on a Galaxy-Xcover-4 (SMG390F) Android version 9 Kernel 3.18.91 Not rooted (Though I could do it I ...
user3342816's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
185 views

I'm having trouble identifying the SD Card on OnePlus Nord 200 5G for partition and format

I recently got myself a OnePlus Nord 200 5G running Android 11 and I'm trying to format my SD card. The problem is that I can't identify the card in ADB shell. From the shell: OnePlusN200TMO:/ $ sm ...
KeyFox5's user avatar
  • 11
2 votes
1 answer
184 views

Recovering data from formatted sdcard in Android

I have a rooted android phone running android 10. My 128gb sdcard with filesystem exFAT, had data of about 100GB. When I inserted it in my phone. My phone did not show the sdcard contents and asked me ...
jonny789's user avatar
  • 365
0 votes
0 answers
55 views

How to format the internal memory of a Huawei Mate 20 Lite?

I have a Huawei Mate 20 lite I need to format its internal memory. I don't mean to reset it to factory defaults. I mean I have to format it, that is, I have to overwrite the internal memory with 0s (...
robertspierre's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
358 views

Formatted SD Card as internal storage

I formatted my SD card in my Lenovo Tab 4 as internal storage in order to free storage etc, but then realised how I can no longer read the card on my computer. Is there any way to either have the ...
Nochie Wolf's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
482 views

Can't format my SD Card in my Android

I'm having this weird issue that I can't find any solutions online. A few days ago my SD card was showing that it was corrupted and I had to format it to get it to work, losing all my data (which was ...
FrustratedUser's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
1k views

How to repair/fix SD external SD card at 0 Mb?

After installing LineageOS 17.1 on my Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, the wizard offered me to use my sd card either internal or external storage. None of the options work. If I select internal, the wizard ...
Startouf's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
3k views

Backup all installed APK's from phone using ADB

I have done many reinstalls of my OS on my Android phone in the last few months for various reasons. Every time, the biggest hassle is manually searching, downloading and installing all the apps I had ...
Noob Doob's user avatar
  • 225
1 vote
0 answers
69 views

phone is on recovery mode , usb debugging is disable and power button is not working ? how to on or format the phone (samsung j7 2016)

i have samsung j7 2016 when i take out the battery and put it back it on without pressing power button and directly takes me to the recovery and I cant select anything because my power button not ...
Bilal Ahmed's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
54 views

Data gone after adding a new SD card and formatting as internal storage

I've just added a Samsung EVO 128GB MicroSD card to a Fairphone3 and formatted it to "internal storage" After that WhatsApp is not able to find media any more and pictures located in "...
frans's user avatar
  • 151
0 votes
0 answers
5k views

Format an SD card from TWRP recovery using shell

I'm trying to format/partition an SD card (that was used as an encrypted storage on an android phone) because it only shows as 15 MB while it's supposed to be 2 GB. I was intending to install a ROM ...
RationalFragile's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
57 views

Formatted sd card android 6 Marshmallow

I have a big problem with recovering files from a SD Card. I had a SD Card putted as internal memory on an Infinix android 6 Marshmallow, i've accidentally formatted the sd card when inserted on my PC ...
achraf r'b's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
2k views

Formatted whole Flash

i perfomed a format whole flash on my leagoo kiicaa android device using SP flashtool, after that i flashed the firmware file on it and it was successful. but the phone would not power on or show any ...
stadet100's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
5k views

how to re-install TWRP from Linux?

Android version: 4.4.3 HTC Sense version: 6.0 software number: 2.23.661.2 HTC SDK API level: 6.25 kernel version: 3.4.0-g52343b3 and @ABM105 #1 ...
Thufir's user avatar
  • 215
2 votes
0 answers
8k views

Can't use/format SD card formatted as internal storage

I have a SanDisk Ultra 16 GB SD Card and formatted it as internal storage in my Nokia 2.1 (Android 9 - Not rooted). I can't use or format the sd card on my phone. When I choose to format it as ...
mrazizi's user avatar
  • 121
0 votes
0 answers
88 views

How to re-format or re-flash a TWRP install?

I was stuck in a bootloop earlier with Team Win, having just gotten an older phone. Now I'm seeing a menu like: *** Tampered *** *** Unlocked *** ... FASTBOOT RECOVERY FACTORY RESET ... Selecting ...
Thufir's user avatar
  • 215
1 vote
2 answers
2k views

How to format SD card that has been formatted as internal storage for Android?

I have tried clean all command in Diskpart and it took an hour to be completed but at the end nothing has changed. I think the SD card is locked and when I try to format or re-partition the disk, ...
R. Toward's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
7k views

How to create and use multiple partitions on external SD card with different filesystems (Ext4, exFAT, NTFS)?

I want to create 4 partitions on external MicroSDcard through ADB shell commands, not on Windows or Linux. Also want to show all partitions in Android GUI (SETTINGS > STORAGE > SDCARD) and make them ...
Androidquery's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
57 views

memory card as internal storage

My phone can't read my memory card and my memory card mounted as internal storage in marshmallow operating system. How can i get my data back?, in my setting it show memory 91 gb to 119gb but ...
Aman 's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
2k views

Does /dev/block/mmcblk0 include an external sd card that has been formatted as internal?

I am performing a backup using the following command with a su shell: dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk0 of=/mnt/expand/ee131623-1634-25d1-9f9f-902b68eceaee/mmcblk0.img" And I was wondering if this would fail ...
Gabriel Fair's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
331 views

Recovery chances for a formatted SD card which was used as Android's internal storage

I used a micro SD card in a Nokia Smartphone for years as internal storage. I ejected it to test if another phone detects this type of SD card. Although we planned to just see if it is detected, ...
bissje-dabbisch's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
5k views

If I reset my phone, will it also TRIM the fragmented eMMC?

I know that Android supports fstrim but it only works if the phone is idle for a long time while charging. I think my phone is too fragmented and is lacking performance so I want to reset it but I am ...
Sbeve's user avatar
  • 159
1 vote
0 answers
83 views

how could I store Big file (30G of like) on an external SD?

I need to store on an android tablet or phone some big file : about 30G. To be read by an app as a database. but because of Fat32 simple copy just fail after 2G. Could I format my external SD under ...
dominix's user avatar
  • 111
1 vote
2 answers
3k views

Can user data be recovered after formatting and flashing stock ROM?

I am exchanging my old Android L phone for a new one. I have formatted the whole phone including bootloader and flashed its stock ROM using SP Flash Tool twice. I hope my data has been overwritten. ...
K. Hatake's user avatar
  • 315
4 votes
2 answers
11k views

How do I move apps to Micro SD card in Nokia 6.1 (Android One) device?

I got a Nokia 6.1 for my son in an effort to get him out of the Apple world. One of the big advantages for him was the ability to store Netflix videos and large games in his SD card enabling him to ...
Karthick S's user avatar
5 votes
3 answers
8k views

How do I find what type of file system is of an attached USB or SD card?

How can I find the file system type of USB drive without using computer? Drive is attached to Android phone and I can see the files in it. I want to know if it is extFAT etc.
LifeLongStudent's user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
3k views

External Hard Drive to Smartphone without additional power supply

I) Goal Use external hard drive without power supply - no hub either - to backup smartphone directly. II) Configuration Huawei Mate 20 Pro, this - I own this. USB C male to USB A (3.0) Adapter (i.e....
CJLM's user avatar
  • 33
2 votes
0 answers
135 views

Can Android detect of bad sectors on external SD Cards when reformating?

Title: Can Android perform surface analysis (Detection of bad sectors) on external SD Cards? Reasons for asking: 1. At one point, I found tons of old pictures and videos in the 'LostDir' folder. ...
Randy's user avatar
  • 21
0 votes
1 answer
391 views

Replacing the gmail account on my Mi android phone

My mother gave me her MI phone with android. It has her gmail account. I want to replace it with my gmail account. How can I do this? I looked at Settings -> Accounts -> Google, but did not find there ...
Erel Segal-Halevi's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
342 views

SD Card Suddenly Stopped Working -- Cannot Remove Read-Only Attributes

My SD card suddenly stopped working in my Motorola Moto E2, running Android 6.0. When I insert it, it just says "checking..." for ages, then says that it's not inserted. I then removed the card and ...
Sam OT's user avatar
  • 171
3 votes
2 answers
28k views

Clean install of android

I am wondering is there a way to completly delete all data on the phone(including system, kernel...) and reinstalling clean system, something that would be equivalent to formating hard drive and ...
JustHobby's user avatar
  • 133
1 vote
1 answer
1k views

Filesystem for sdcard to store large file and apps access

I am running android oreo 8.1 (custom ROM) on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro. I have a 64GB memory card in which I want to store large files of size 15GB, 20GB etc. So I can't use FAT32 filesystem. I ...
jonny789's user avatar
  • 365
2 votes
1 answer
186 views

Android 7.1.1 showing insuficient space even with plenty of space in SD card formatted as internal

I have a ZTE Maven 3, it comes with 8GB of internal memory so i bought a 16GB microSD and formatted it as internal storage with the built-in android option to do so. Problem is, when i try to install ...
i maed dis's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
96 views

Formatting a "corrupt SD card" fails - is the card dead?

I have a no-brand-marked 32 GB "Micro SD HC" Card, which I'd been using with my Android 6.0.1-based phone. Recently, the phone has been telling me the card is corrupt, and would not use it; and today ...
einpoklum's user avatar
  • 533
12 votes
2 answers
93k views

"Format as Internal Storage" option no longer available

When I first inserted my SD card, it showed a notification with an "options button." I proceeded to format the card as external, portable storage, although the system storage format option was ...
Joseph Christian Hefley's user avatar