Troubleshooting Samsung Galaxy S5 Not Reading microSD Card Issue

One advantage Android smartphones have over the iPhone is that owners can easily upgrade the phone storage with the use of a microSD card. So for instance if you buy a #Samsung #GalaxyS5 with an internal storage capacity of 16GB you can add a microSD card of up to 128GB capacity to increase the storage further. Ideally, you won’t encounter any problems with this however there are instances when issues do occur. One issue that we have been constantly receiving is the #S5 not reading microSD card issue which is what we will be covering in this latest installment of our troubleshooting series.

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S5 Not Reading microSD Card

Problem: Connected phone to windows 8 laptop to transfer files to SD Card. First it attempted to do it, then stopped. Then SD card was not showing up on laptop, only phone memory. So I attempted again. No luck. I unmounted SD card from phone safely. Put it in a card reader into the laptop and still won’t pick up the SD card. Now my phone is telling me files are unreadable and to format the card. I have so many files on my card that I cannot get back. Is there anyway or something I can do to get it working again without losing my SD data. I have no idea what happened. I have had the card less than a year. It’s 32GB Sandisk and I have never had a problem with it. It’s just today that something has gone wrong. If you have any ideas that would be great. Many thanks

Solution: It looks like the microSD card may have developed some bad sectors which caused this data corruption. Since your phone and computer can’t read the card then it’s safe to say that the card is already faulty. Recovering the data stored in a damaged card is a hit or miss process. You may need to connect the card using a card reader to your computer then start the recovery process by using a data recovery software. There are various software available to choose from some of them are free while most of them require payment. While I can’t say which one is the best to use you should start by using Recuva then switch to another file recovery software if your data can’t be recovered.

S5 Lines On Photos Stored In  microSD

Problem: I just bought a 64gig SD card on the photos that go to It from the camera I have a grey line in to some of the pictures. And also when u open some apps messaging Internet or whatever it’ll redirect to the app store how could I fix these problems?

Solution: If the photos stored in your microSD card have lines in them then they may be corrupted. You can verify this further by taking out the card and having your computer read it. You may need to use a microSD card adapter or a card reader to perform this procedure. Using the file explorer in your computer navigate to the microSD card folder where your photos are stored then open your photos. If the lines appear then they are already corrupt. You should save the photos that are not corrupt in your computer so you have a backup copy. If the photos don’t have any lines in them then the issue may be caused by your phone software.

Try wiping the cache partition of your phone first then reinsert the microSD card back to your phone. Check your photos. If the problem still persists then I suggest you backup your phone data and do a factory reset.

Regarding the app store opening on its own when you open apps this problem will also be resolved by a factory reset.

S5 microSD Card Not Allowing Data To Be Written

Problem: Hello I was just reading your solutions to micro sd problems, and I wanted to email you about mine because it’s very weird. I recently just copied the pictures from my micro sd onto my computer using an sd adapter and formatted the micro sd on a different phone because on my computer I wasn’t able to delete any files and on my phone it wouldn’t delete. Every time I put it in and tried formatting it wouldn’t format and the pictures and files would still be there, so after I formatted the micro sd in another phone I put it back in my phone and the available space was present, but now I try to make a new folder, move pictures to it, and try using it as my storage for the camera and it just won’t allow it, I have no idea what I could do. Theres no issue with the micro sd being present. I need help

Solution: Try formating the card in your phone. If the card can be formatted then open your camera app and change the setting for the photo storage from internal storage to the microSD card. Take a couple of photos then check if the photos are stored in the microSD card. If they are stored in the microSD then the problem has been resolved. If however the photos end up being corrupt then the microSD card you are using may already be faulty. I suggest you replace this with a new one.

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