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Samsung Galaxy S5 MicroSD Card Not Recognized

One of the advantages of owning a #Samsung Galaxy #S5 is that it is able to accommodate a microSD card of up to 128GB in size. That’s a big enough storage space to store thousands of photos and music or hundreds of video files. One disadvantage to this though is that if the microSD card gets damaged in any way then the data stored in it can be difficult to extract.

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In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we tackle the Galaxy S5 microSD card not recognized issue that some of our readers are experiencing. We have selected several problems of this nature that have been sent to us and have provided the necessary troubleshooting steps that needs to be done.

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S5 Not Recognizing 64GB microSD Card

Problem: S5 (android 5.0) can’t recognize 64GB SD. When i put it, it’s write: insert sd. That 64GB SD work fine on laptop with card reader, on wife’s s4 mini(android 4.2.2) and on my grand 9082. The old 4GB SD work in S5. Thanks

Solution: If you have important data stored in the microSD card then make a backup copy first then format the card using your computer. Once the format is finished insert the card in your phone and see if it works. Make sure to insert the card properly and in its correct orientation.

If the issue persists then try starting your phone in Safe Mode and check if your card can be read in this mode by your phone. If it can then an app you installed may be causing this problem. Try to find out what that app is and uninstall it.

There are also instances when a corrupt temporary data in your phone causes this problem. If this is the case then wipe the cache partition of your phone from the recovery mode.

One final troubleshooting step that you can do if the issue is still unresolved is to do a factory reset. Make sure to backup your phone data before performing this procedure.

S5 microSD Card Cannot Be Read

Problem: So basically what happens is that I got a 128GB SD card and it was working fine I have loads of music and pics on there but then one day my phone starts freezing and acting up and I turn it off then on again and when It Comes back to being on it shows a message saying my SD card cannot be read so I take it out and put it in an adapter and plug it into my computer and everything is there so I copy everything to a file on my computer and click it to be reformatted but it won’t reformat and then I plugged it back into my phone to see if I could format it there but the phone wouldn’t recognize that it was there.

Solution: It’s very likely that some sectors in the microSD card got corrupted when your phone froze. Since the card can’t be recognized by your phone you need to format it using your computer.

Try to follow the steps listed below and see if this works.

  • Insert the card to your computer
  • Enter the Computer Management Dialog box. You can access this when you go to the Control Panel then click on Administrative Tools.
  • Select Disk Management on the left panel
  • You will see your microSD card from the list of storage devices. Right click on this then select format then choose the FAT32 file system.

S5 microSD Card Files Become Read Only

Problem: Any office documents placed on the SD card become “read Only,” so they can not be edited or saved.  When the same files are placed on the phone memory, they work fine.  I have a Samsung 64GB micro SD card installed. Is there some sort of setting or configuration to solve the SD issue?  I would rather save documents on the large SD card rather than take up space on the phone memory. Thank you for your help.

Solution: Take out the microSD card then connect it to your computer. Save a document to the card then open it and check if you can edit it. If you still can’t edit the file on your computer then you will need to let your computer check the card for errors. To do this open the windows explorer and look for the microSD card. Right click on the card then click on properties. Select Tools then select Check now. This will automatically fix any file system error that the microSD card may have.

S5 Damaged microSD Card Error

Problem: I keep getting the damaged sd card error. I do not want to reformat it as I have nearly 10,000 yes 10,000 photos saved on it. Is there any way to fix it please help that’s 6 years of my children on that card.

Solution: Take out the microSD card from your phone then let your computer read the card. If the card can be detected and read by your computer then you should back up the files in the card to your computer. Once all data has been backed up format the card then try to insert it back to your phone.

If the card can’t be recognized by your computer then it is most likely corrupt already. It’s going to be difficult to retrieve the data stored in the card if this is the case. You may need to hire a data recovery specialist if you want to recover your data.

S5 Can’t Open Photos Videos Stored In microSD Card

Problem: I recently inserted my 64gb SD card purchased from amazon to have more storage..I 1st formatted the card the began taking pictures and videos. Now my pictures won’t open  or videos won’t play. There is no error code but the picture displays icon with an exclamation point in the center of a black screen and the video just has the triangle for play but when touched says video can’t be played…I had my 5yr Olds entire holiday concert on the card can it be recovered ???

Solution: Try wiping the cache partition of your phone first then check if you can open your photos and videos. If you still can’t then you should start your phone in Safe Mode then check it again. If you can now view your photos and videos in this mode then a third party app installed in your phone may be causing the problem. Find out what app this is and uninstall it.

If the problem still persists then take out the microSD card from your phone then connect it to your computer. If you can view the photos and videos in your computer then I suggest you make a backup copy of the contents of your microSD card then format it again using the FAT32 file system.

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