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How to skip formatting SD Card?

My Android phone keeps saying my fully working SD Card is damaged and I have only the choice to format it. I tested it on every smartphone I have, the same error. But when I put this SD Card in my ...
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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....
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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
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Google Sheets unbold text within parentheses

How can get Google Sheets to automatically un-bold any text typed between parentheses? Thanks in advance
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Unsupported SD format renders my micro SD card useless. Is there a way to fix it?

I have just flashed a new ROM and the microSD card is gone. It appears in the notifications as "unsupported SD card". Is there a way to fix it?
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How to recover data from a formatted device [rooted, flashed] [duplicate]

I've accidentally formatted my phone, via. fastboot oem unlock. I've already tried Wondershare, EaseUSMobile Saver. Actually, I need my photos which has been shot by camera. Till now I'm only able ...
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Formating and reinstaling OS on Galaxy S4 [closed]

Someone put CyanogenMod on my T-Mobile Galaxy S4. So I tried to unroot and return to the original by watching this Youtube video and using this method.This is what I have gotten from the phone: Odin ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to convert the filesystem from ubifs to ext4?

because i want to install a custom rom for my smartphone (MT6572 based) i need my smartphone to be in ext4-fileformat (currently it is in ubifs) because all the ported ROMS for MT6572 are ext4-based. ...
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Analysis of PIT file for Samsung Galaxy C7 (SM-C7000)

I got a Samsung Galaxy C7 (SM-C7000) from China. I'm trying to install Hong Kong firmware on it and of course, got the partition size error in Odin. I searched around and found one pit file for my ...
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Can't format microSD card

I am trying to format a microSD card which was previously used in a Windows Phone. Currently the microSD card is in a Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus (GT-S7500) running Android 2.3.6. I have tried erasing the ...
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External SD card not being recognised; data intact on card

I have a HTC One M8 running Android KitKat 4.4.2, and I recently got a Sandisk 64GB MicroSD. Today a few of my apps have greyed out icons and when I click them, it says app isn't installed. When I go ...
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Formatted Micro SD Card as internal storage, after flashing a new build the card is unusable with any device

I've tried reformatting as portable storage and internal storage and neither work, choosing portable storage shows no errors it just doesn't do anything while internal storage errors. I've tried ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 (...
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How to remove everything from an Android device?

I would like to remove all files from my android device INCLUDING system files. I have tried rm -r * and other commands but when I switch the phone off the files reappear.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Android 6.0, backing up SD card before reformatting

I use Vodafone Tab Prime 7 (Android 6.0.1; hardware remotely based on Alcatel One Touch) with 32GB Samsung SD card (almost 30 gb full). I was using in for a few months but now with all my apps ...
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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 "...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Format Preloader and reflash (mtk6582) Sp flashtools

The problem is that spflash tools says: "PTM changed for the ROM: It must be downloaded." The solutions are, download the preloader.bin (not work for me), and format all + download.... but I want ...
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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 ...
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can't seem to get rid of applications even after formating/restocking/flashing. help?

I have a galaxy tab p1000 I have been trying to upgrade it for 3 days straight now with many tutorials from 2.2 froyo to anything newer but i keep coming back to square one - my old applications keep ...
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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 ...
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How to format an SD card directly inside Android?

How can I format an SD card directly inside Android?
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"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 ...
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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 ...