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Old 10-09-2018, 06:22 PM   #1
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All of a sudden two of my apps are grayed out. When tapped I get the message "Application not installed". Maybe my SD card was corrupted? What's the best course of action?
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Yes, you're on the right track.

If these were apps you moved to your SD Card, and now for some reason the link between the App shortcut and the SD Card are lost, then the App link would be gray.

Check the SD card for corruption, or clean the contacts of the SD Card and reinsert again and check.

Worst case the app can be reinstalled from PLaystore and it will apply a band aid to the App, however the larger problem of the SD card issue may not get fixed.
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Yes, you're on the right track.

If these were apps you moved to your SD Card, and now for some reason the link between the App shortcut and the SD Card are lost, then the App link would be gray.

Check the SD card for corruption, or clean the contacts of the SD Card and reinsert again and check.

Worst case the app can be reinstalled from PLaystore and it will apply a band aid to the App, however the larger problem of the SD card issue may not get fixed.
Thanks. How do I check the SD card for corruption?
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To start with, with the phone turned off, remove the SD card, clean the contacts and then reinsert it and turn your phone on.

If this does not work, you might need to take the SD card, connect it with an adapter to your PC, boot through Linux and then run a check on it..

If the SD card is formatted as Fat/exFat you should be able to access it from a Windows PC.
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So I'm looking at My Files on my phone, and there's no SD card listed, only Device Storage. Is it not registering? Is it a bad sd card?
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I actually noticed most of my pictures disappeared as well. Now I'm thinking my SD card must have gone bad. What do I do? I took it out and wiped it down and reinserted it. Nothing.
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You might want to connect the SD card to a PC and use a file recovery software to find the files... @spunk.funk should be able to suggest some for you...
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You might want to connect the SD card to a PC and use a file recovery software to find the files... @spunk.funk should be able to suggest some for you...
I don't have an SD card reader. Maybe I should just take it to a Cricket store?
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Apparently this is common. Will the photos I had on the card be able to be retrieved?
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https://www.easeus.com/data-recovery...y-freeware.htm If that fails,
And the SD Card has not failed, you could take it to a Cricket store and see if their technician can recover the files. Don't let the Front end sales person do it, try to get their repair technician.
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https://www.easeus.com/data-recovery...y-freeware.htm If that fails,
And the SD Card has not failed, you could take it to a Cricket store and see if their technician can recover the files. Don't let the Front end sales person do it, try to get their repair technician.
Thanks. Went through the process, but the rooting thing scared me. Is that high risk?
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Yes.. Please avoid the rooting part, instead remove the SD Card and connect it to a SD Card reader and then perform the recovery.
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Yes.. Please avoid the rooting part, instead remove the SD Card and connect it to a SD Card reader and then perform the recovery.
First problem: no SD card reader.
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you can purchase one, or take it to a Cell phone specialist or your Cricket store and have them use theirs.
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So I took it to Cricket and this is what I found out:
The card is bad. The guy put it in a store phone and it couldn't be read.
They couldn't use a card reader because the store policy doesn't allow it.
Apparently there are sd card readers that you slip the sd card into and then insert into a computer that can read what's on the card, but it's unlikely I can recover photos.

Does this all sound right?
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I wouldn't trust the flunky at the Phone store. If you didn't backup your photos to the Cloud (ie) Google Drive, Samsung Cloud or whatever, then buy yourself an SD card reader. There still is a 50/50% chance you can recover your photos, if they are important to you.
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The other thing he told me was this:
My phone has 8gb internal memory. I had gotten the sd card to add another 8. I was moving whatever apps could be moved over to the sd card. He said they don't sell sd cards with only 8gb anymore. He also confirmed my idea that as updates create bigger apps, eventually 8gb won't be able to hold many apps at all. This seems to be a built-in obsolescence with phones, where I will eventually be forced to buy a new one to accommodate these large apps, even if there's nothing wrong with my phone. Pretty stupid deal. I've had my phone for three years now and I like it. He also told me when I move apps to an sd card not all parts of the app move over. Is this true?
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Yes, it's true, the data part moves over, but some files continue to stay in the phone memory and create "links" to the data part.

8GB is not sufficient today, unless you know how to clean and use a custom build, in which case you can reduce the actual storage space..

In your case though, it's a no go.. Please get a SD card reader and let us know if you're able to recover data, else this Thread does not seem to be going anywhere..
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Should I get a 16gb sd card this time (as opposed to 8?). Again, I only store photos temporarily. I am just wondering if I can use it as back up space for more apps, thus allowing me to extend the life of my 8gb internal memory phone.

Also, do sd card adapters (readers?) read all memory size cards? That is, are all sd cards, regardless of memory capacity, the same size? And will any adapter fit into the slot of any laptop?

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Get the largest SD card your phone and your budget will support to extend the life of the phone. If you get a new phone, you can always put the old SD card in the new phone.
Any Card Reader should be able to read any capacity SD Card, if there is a limitation, it will tell you on the package
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