11-18-2011 06:07 PM
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  1. dsnyder336's Avatar
    I have heard something like that. In my situation I installed the card to the phone. Formatted it. Put 13 gigs worth of songs and music on it. It worked for 2-3 days then all my music was gone but it still showed memory in use. Re-formatted and then the memory card did not register at all. Before selling it on ebay I put in my laptop and did a normal quick format and put sure I could put files on it from the pc.
    05-27-2011 02:51 PM
  2. Adiliyo's Avatar
    and it went back to the ~29gb capacity i assume?
    05-27-2011 03:34 PM
  3. dsnyder336's Avatar
    I think it was 31
    05-27-2011 04:19 PM
  4. Adiliyo's Avatar
    Good to know
    05-28-2011 03:24 AM
  5. dsnyder336's Avatar
    it was 31.2 to be exact
    05-28-2011 01:53 PM
  6. Adiliyo's Avatar
    so far the sandisk i got from the link in this thread has been working flawlessly (knock on wood) i have 11gb free and the phone runs like a champ.

    :)

    link for card i bought (it's a class 4 fyi)

    Amazon.com: SanDisk 32GB MicroSDHC Card (SDSDQ-032G-A11M, US Retail Package): Electronics
    05-28-2011 04:59 PM
  7. lerimer's Avatar
    I bought my focus about 2 months ago and just 3 weeks ago picked up a sandisk 32gb microsd class 4 card on ebay for $62.00. Havnt had any problems what so ever. my focus is Rev. 1.3 running NoDo. BTW
    05-29-2011 10:16 PM
  8. rocksteady's Avatar
    So is the consenses that that class 4 sandisk is the most stable? there were a couple mentions of the patriot class 10, which i've read has been publicly denouced by andriod and WP7 developers as not working. But does formating the class 10 with the fat 32 and 32k sectors fix that with the class 10?

    also, has anyone noticed a difference in microsd card compatability with the 1.4 phones?
    06-01-2011 04:42 PM
  9. Adiliyo's Avatar
    so far, the general buzz on the interwebz seems favor the class 4 sandisk, and from my personal experience, it works great (going on a week or so now with 11GB free)

    i'm on a rev 1.3, from what seems to have changed in 1.4, i don't see why it would effect microsd card compatibility, but you never know with samsing... :\
    06-01-2011 04:57 PM
  10. gator's Avatar
    So if I go by an SD card today and install it, I must do a factory reset?? Why is that?
    06-03-2011 05:25 AM
  11. Loiselle's Avatar
    So if I go by an SD card today and install it, I must do a factory reset?? Why is that?
    The reason is simple.

    The Samsung Focus bonds the SD card to system memory, joining the 2 separate memory modules into one.

    So, with a 32GB SD card, and the 8GB system memory onboard, you will have just under 40GB of formatted memory.

    Once it's in there, however, it needs to stay in there. If you decide you wanna take it out, 2 things happen.

    1. You would need to reformat your phone to use it's onboard memory again.

    2. Your SD card becomes a paper weight (a rather ****ty one at that) unless you have a Nokia phone (N7 or higher, I believe) to format it. No matter what you do, you cannot re-format the card for use in anything else. Windows Phone 7 properly uses the SD card, making it REALLY secure.
    06-03-2011 12:19 PM
  12. Adiliyo's Avatar
    The reason is simple.

    The Samsung Focus bonds the SD card to system memory, joining the 2 separate memory modules into one.

    So, with a 32GB SD card, and the 8GB system memory onboard, you will have just under 40GB of formatted memory.

    Once it's in there, however, it needs to stay in there. If you decide you wanna take it out, 2 things happen.

    1. You would need to reformat your phone to use it's onboard memory again.

    2. Your SD card becomes a paper weight (a rather ****ty one at that) unless you have a Nokia phone (N7 or higher, I believe) to format it. No matter what you do, you cannot re-format the card for use in anything else. Windows Phone 7 properly uses the SD card, making it REALLY secure.
    this is what i thought as well (regarding the sd card after being formatted in the windows phone)

    but somoene said they were able to format it just fine on their PC after taking it out. (i think it was in these forums somewhere)
    06-03-2011 01:52 PM
  13. Loiselle's Avatar
    but somoene said they were able to format it just fine on their PC after taking it out. (i think it was in these forums somewhere)
    Whoever said that is wrong, and it's been proven several times over by a lot of people.
    06-04-2011 01:25 AM
  14. rocksteady's Avatar
    i saw a user say they are just factory resetting the phone and then powering off then installing the card.

    ever time i've done it with my 16gb card has been the hard reset by holding the volume down button, camera button and power button and then releasing two of them to do a hard reset with teh card installed for it to be work. is this not the best way?
    06-04-2011 03:26 PM
  15. Adiliyo's Avatar
    I did not have to. When i took the non working card out of the phone and put in my laptop I had no problem formatting it
    I have heard something like that. In my situation I installed the card to the phone. Formatted it. Put 13 gigs worth of songs and music on it. It worked for 2-3 days then all my music was gone but it still showed memory in use. Re-formatted and then the memory card did not register at all. Before selling it on ebay I put in my laptop and did a normal quick format and put sure I could put files on it from the pc.
    I think it was 31
    it was 31.2 to be exact
    it was actually in this thread :P

    i'd try it on mine just to confirm it one way or another, but my phone is working fine and i don't want to resync all that data :)
    06-04-2011 05:08 PM
  16. jayman713's Avatar
    I have had the Focus (OS 7.0.7390.0) since December and have been waiting for "approved" micro sd cards. I had tried 2 different cards purchased off of ebay and they were both counterfeit and crashed the phone. I have read many opinions and experiences from blogs all over the internet and decided to take that knowledge and buy a 32 gb micro sd card.

    After installing I did the reformat twice (read somewhere that helps). I now have a total of 37 gb of usable space. I have had the card in the phone for almost 2 weeks, I have about 28 gb of music loaded on the phone (definitely using the card). I have turned the phone on and off many times every day and swapped batteries, many users reported that this is when they had problems, when the phone comes back on data is gone and memory is gone. Not so with this card, everything is working great, no change in speed of downloads or games loading, music is always there and sounds great!

    I purchased the card off of Amazon from BlueProton who is a certified SanDisk dealer. It is a SanDisk 32GB microSDHC Memory Card (Bulk Package). There is not a class rating on the card (class does not matter in this case).

    I hope this helps.
    06-20-2011 02:35 PM
  17. jfa1's Avatar
    Thanks I just purchased from a US ebay seller a class 4 32gb sandisk microSDHC card I am hoping that it works In case it does I am going to figure out a way to get my photos of my grandson that my daughter has sent me onto the computer or to some photo storage site in the cloud besides skydrive as i cant save received pics to skydrive. I am hpoing that with mago that option save to skydrive will work with received piucs.
    Last edited by jfa1; 07-09-2011 at 03:57 PM.
    07-04-2011 08:05 PM
  18. Rob41664's Avatar
    I save pics that are sent to me in email or text all the time. Once you open the pic you can click and have it save to your phone.
    07-08-2011 02:31 PM
  19. jfa1's Avatar
    I know I can save to phone I want to bew able to save to skydrive . On received pictures when I click the three dots save to skydrive is not an option just save to phone. I have a bunch of pics of my grandson which were sent my daughter from her iphone saved to the phone I guess they may be also be saved in Zune on the desktop as well but it would be nice to be able to save rec'd pics directly to skydrive!
    07-09-2011 03:48 PM
  20. cabrita4294's Avatar
    I went to an ATT store and the sales dude told me that the SD card problems were supposed to have been fixed after NODO, but he did end our session with "but buy at your own risk". Can anybody confirm or discredit that?
    07-10-2011 03:29 PM
  21. jfa1's Avatar
    I had read that the sd card issues were supposed to have been fixed by nodo but I do know for sure. I am going to format a class 4 sandisk 32gb microsdhc card and see if it works I will post my results once thats done. May not happen until next weekend.
    07-10-2011 09:57 PM
  22. kenshinesca's Avatar
    I bought the Sandisk 32gb card from amazon. I have a few questions regarding installing this.

    1. What kind of hard reset do I have to do here? Do I have to hold down the 3 buttons: (down)volume, camera, and power? or do I just go to the about screen and hard reset from there?

    2. Do I have to reformat the card on my computer first? with what settings? I've heard talk of a non-quick "Format FAT32 w/32k clusters"

    3. How much space will I end up with on the card? I heard some people get 37gb while others get 35, what's up with that?

    4. If the card starts acting up could I just do a hard reset without bricking the card?
    07-14-2011 10:22 AM
  23. jfa1's Avatar
    You have to do a hard reset that turns the phone back to factory settings.

    The common wisdom is to do a FAT 32 w 32K clusters format some have said do it thre times.

    Most people have indicated about 36 GB is still better than the 8 it comes with

    I guess you try if you take the card out it will be useless.
    07-15-2011 09:07 PM
  24. kenshinesca's Avatar
    I did the fat 32 with 32k clusters format, just once though. Card is working great so far ended up with 35.02 gb on the device. I've only used about 5gb so far but I still have to transfer a ton of songs.
    07-16-2011 12:17 PM
  25. jfa1's Avatar
    if you total space used is less than the 5. something normal free space you probably arent using the card part of the total storage yet you still using the main storage
    07-16-2011 06:25 PM
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