Preparing SD card

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    Android Lurker mwn3d's Avatar
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    Before I got Android 2.2 I had a camera button problem where instead of starting the camera app it would restart the phone. I got 2.2 and that went away, but I have a new problem that developed today. I started my camera app and it said "No SD card or SD card is not ready!" I restarted the camera app and it said the same thing. I restarted the phone and it said the same thing, but now it is stuck "Preparing SD card". The details for the notification say "Checking for errors". Obviously the apps that I have moved to my SD card are unusable (including Dolphin Browser, so I'm stuck using the crappy default browser). Is there a way to deal with this that doesn't involve buying a new SD card?

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    Did you reformat the SD card after the upgrade to 2.2? I would try reformatting it.
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    I used to have that message that there is no SD Card back in October. Once I reformatted, it has not returned. Removing the SD Card without unmounting first can corrupt your card. You should also unmount on the phone before removing the USB cable from the computer/phone.

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    I can't reformat. The option isn't enabled in the settings menu. Total space and available space for the SD card both say "Unavailable". The mount option says "Insert an SD card for mounting".

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    Your card has probably dislodged. Remove the card, re-insert it, then format.

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    That enabled the option. I'm not sure how long this should take. It's been waiting on the "android" startup screen for about 5 minutes. I'll let it go for a little while longer. BTW thank you guys very much for your responsiveness on this post.

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    OK it's still on the "android" screen. That's about 20 minutes. How long should I wait till I pull the battery out?

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    An SD Card format should take a quick second.

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    I wouldn't wait more than 5 minutes.
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    OK. Battery out.



    Restarted.



    Started up.



    "Preparing SD card" message shows up, but it always does on startup.



    It once again thinks there's no SD card there according to the settings menu. "Preparing SD card" notification is still stuck there. Should I turn the phone off, remove the card and replace it, then start it back up? Is it safe to do it while the phone is on?

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