Why can't my droid see my files?
February 28, 2012 11:33 AM Subscribe
I've got an Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 and a 32GB microSD card. The contents of the card don't appear to be accessible to the device, though it's a bit more complicated than that...
posted by Pope Guilty to Technology (4 answers total)
To start with, I plugged the microSD card into the droid, then hooked up via USB to my Windows PC and mounted the storage. I then copied some files from the droid's internal storage to the microSD card. That done, I disconnected, only to discover that while the droid could see the card, and mount/unmount it, it couldn't actually see the files- just a couple of default directories.
So I pulled the microSD card, plugged it into the SD adaptor, and plugged it into my computer's built-in cardreader, and... no files at all. Just the same default directories as the droid thought were there.
Confused, I pulled that out, plugged it back into the droid, and remounted the droid's storage in Windows, only to discover that I can view the files in Windows Explorer while the SD card is plugged into the droid and mounted that way. I figured maybe I needed to format the SD card, so I try to copy the files back to the droid's internal storage, only to discover that the droid thinks that the space being taken up by those files originally is still occupied.
So now I've copied those files off to a folder on my Windows desktop, and I'm completely baffled. Here's my questions:
1) Why can I only see those files when I've got the SD card in the droid with the storage mounted?
2) Why can't my droid see the files?
3) Why does the droid think that that space is still taken up when the files aren't there anymore?
4) What's the proper way to use a microSD card with an Android, since the obvious "treat it like every other device that takes flash storage" is apparently wrong?