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Samsung Galaxy S5 Won’t Read microSD Card Issue & Other Related Problems

One of the least concerns of any #Samsung #Galaxy #S5 smartphone owner is the device running out of storage space. While this device is sold in two configurations, a 16GB and a 32GB model, this can easily be increased further just by adding a microSD card. With a maximum card capacity of 128GB, device owners will be able to store thousands of music, photo, and video files on the phone. There are however instances when issues can occur because of this microSD card. This is what we will be discussing today as we tackle the Galaxy S5 won’t read microSD issue & other related problems.

Samsung Galaxy S5

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S5 Won’t Read microSD Card

Problem: I have a Samsung Evo 32gb sd card that I bought a few months ago, but all of the sudden, my phone says I do not have an sd card inside and then my computer also won’t read it when I put it into a card reader. I checked using another sd card to see if it was just a phone & sd card reader problem, but they both read the trial sd card just fine. From what I’ve seen, it looks like I may need a new sd card. If so, is there any way I can get my files off it? There are some extremely important files on it that I cannot lose. Thank you!

Solution: If the phone and computer won’t read this card but can read another microSD card then it’s very likely that the microSD card that you are using is already corrupt. If this card has some important data stored in it then it’s going to be difficult to retrieve it. You can try using some of the Windows based recovery software ( such as Recuva) to recover the data store in this card however since you mentioned that the card is not detected by the computer then any recovery software will not work.

S5 Running Low On Internal Storage Space

Problem: For reasons I cannot explain, my internal storage space this morning went from over 1 GB (1.16 GB, to be exact) available to less than 15 MB available, on my Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy S5 (NOT rooted) running Android v. 5.0. I have not (consciously, at least) downloaded any large files or materials, no large e-mail attachments have come in. I have restarted the device, cleaned caches, and at one point, was back at 1.16 GB showing available…And then, within minutes, was back to showing 12.15 MB available. (I also have a 128GB microSD card installed, that appears to be functioning fine). I have attempted to ascertain if there are any unusual background processes running, and can see none. I’ve looked for new/large files on the internal storage, using the stock “My Files” app (with hidden files visible), and have found nothing. I’ve tried to see if the device has been downloading a system update preemptively, but upon checking for updates, it responds that my software is up to date. HELP! I cannot even download any app updates at this point, and this is completely spontaneous — no idea where it came from, but it is debilitating. With only 16GB of internal storage, I work hard to keep that gig+ available as it is.  Virus/Malware? I do have Lookout Mobile installed and running, and it does not see anything. Please share your thoughts and guidance; I am at a complete loss. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

Solution: Having less than 15MB of free storage space on a phone is quite rare and should not happen. Try to check if this issue is caused by an app installed in your phone by starting the device in Safe Mode. While the phone is in this mode only the pre-installed apps are allowed to run while apps you downloaded are disabled. Try to check how much storage space your phone has in this mode. If it increases dramatically then the problem could be caused by an app installed in your device. Find out what app this is and uninstall it.

If you still have low storage issues even in Safe Mode then I would suggest that you perform  factory reset. Just make sure to backup your phone data before proceeding with this step.

S5  microSD Card Is Full Error

Problem: Data does not seem to go to my SD card. I cannot download new apps because I get an error message saying memory is full despite fact that SD is not full. Total device capacity: 16GB, available space 553 MB, SD card total space 58.29GB/available space 57.56GB. I backup all pix/vids on google so i’m constantly deleting them off my phone, this is just a temporary bandaid fix, though. Thanks for help figuring out how to use SD space for storage and new apps.

Solution: Apps you download are normally installed in the internal storage of the phone and not the microSD card unless specified. Try clearing up some space in the internal storage of the phone then check if the problem still occurs.

If you are having issues saving data to the microSD card then try to verify if the problem is with the microSD card by removing it from your phone then connecting it to your computer. You will need a card reader to do this. Once connected check if you are able to copy some files from your computer to this card. If it fails then the problem is caused by the card, possibly because it has some corrupt sectors. If this is the case you will need to replace this card.

If the computer can copy files normally to the microSD card then the issue could be with the phone. Insert the microSD card back to your phone then start the device in Safe Mode. In this mode you will be able to check if an app you downloaded is causing the problem. Check if you are able to copy some files to the card.

If the problem still occurs even in Safe Mode then try to backup your phone data then do a factory reset.

S5 Can’t Read microSD Card After Marshmallow Update

Problem: Hi! My samsung sm g900 m was upgraded to android 6 Marshmallow. After that…….my SD card directly disappears. I tried with several Sd cards but the phone don’t see any. Neither ask me to insert one …….directly it seems that the phone have not the possibility for reading ext cards…. I made several factory resets and nothing…. My S5 is original and it is not rooted.

Solution: Since you already performed a factory reset which didn’t resolve the issue then this could already be a hardware related problem. Before bringing the phone to a service center for checking you can verify if the problem is caused by the Marshmallow update by flashing your phone with the previous firmware version. Instructions on how to do this can be found at several of the popular Android forums online.

S5 microSD Card Data Missing

Problem: After turning off my phone for a good hour I turned it back on and noticed that everything I had in my sd card is gone. Music and pics are what I stored in it. My sdcard is Samsung Evo 32gb and I’ve had for a year now I think.

Solution: Try taking out the card and let your computer read it. You will need a card reader to do this. If the files are still present then copy them to your computer ( this way you will have a backup copy). Restart your phone then reinsert the microSD card back to it.

If the computer is unable to read the files stored in the microSD card then it’s very likely that the card is already corrupt. I suggest you get a new one if this is the case.

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