Samsung's Official FAQ on microSD for Memory Expansion

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  1. chris

    chris Administrator Staff Member

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    It's about a week too late.

    Windows Phone 7 and microSD Cards
    Users are strongly encouraged to review this section carefully before inserting the right type of microSD card into Focus, a Windows Phone 7 device.
    Windows Phone 7 does not support freely swapping microSD Cards in and out.
    Many commercially available retail microSD cards are not approved for use in Windows Phone 7. Use of unapproved cards may cause performance degradation or device instability including unexpected reset and loss of user data. A microSD card class is not an indication of meeting Windows Phone 7 requirements. Approved cards can be obtained from the manufacturer or Mobile Operator.
    Once inserted and properly formatted, the memory card becomes an inseparable part of the phone.
    A microSD card inserted into a Windows Phone 7 device and integrated into the device's file system is intended to be a permanent modification to the device. Once a microSD card has been integrated into a Windows Phone 7 device's file system, it will no longer be readable or writable on any other devices such as computers, cameras, printers, and so on. This includes an inability to format the microSD card for use in these devices. Improper use (including inserting or removing) of microSD cards on Windows Phone 7 devices may result in one or more of the following:
    • System error while powering on the device that prevents the Windows Phone 7 operating system from loading. Note that emergency dialing will function properly.
    • Inaccurate reporting of available storage.
    • Loss of access to or removal of installed applications.
    • Loss of access to or removal of user data/media stored on the microSD card.
    • Loss of access to or removal of user data or media stored internally within the Windows Phone 7 device.
    • Overall file system performance degradation.
    • Device lockup or reset.
    Inserting or Removing the Memory Card
    To insert or remove a microSD card, you have to reset your phone by using a procedure called a hard reset.
    Warning!: A hard reset resets your phone to its factory default settings and wipes all data (pictures, video, contacts, music, and so on) from your phone. Make sure your data is saved to your PC. For more information, refer to “Sync with PC”.
    Inserting a microSD Card into a Windows Phone 7
    Simply inserting a microSD card into a Windows Phone 7 device and restarting the device will result in the card being ignored by the phone. To insert a microSD card into your phone, follow these instructions carefully.
    1. If the microSD card contains any data, make sure you back up the contents before inserting it into your Windows Phone 7. The microSD card will be reformatted to be part of the Windows Phone 7 file system and all data will be lost.
    2. Press and hold the Power key [​IMG] to power off the phone, if necessary, and open the battery cover.
    3. Insert the microSD card into the SD slot located on device. For more information, refer to “Installing the Memory Card”.
    4. Power up the device by pressing the Camera key [​IMG], Volume down key [​IMG], and Power key [​IMG].
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    1. When the device vibrates, release the Power key, but continue pressing the Camera and Volume down keys. Once the device displays the Are you sure you want to format? screen, release the Camera and Volume down keys.
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        Note: If the download mode screen displays, go back to step 1 and try again.
    2. Press the Window key [​IMG] to Format the device.
      1. Note: Formatting erases all erases all user data stored on the device and on the microSD card.
    3. Press the Window key [​IMG] again to confirm that you want to format the device.
      1. Warning!: Do not remove the battery while formatting your phone. Wait until the device switches on and displays the Home screen.
    1. After formatting is complete, the Start-up Wizard screen is displayed.
    2. After start-up is complete, from the Home screen, tap [​IMG] > Settings [​IMG] > system > about to verify that available memory has been updated.
    Permanently Remove a microSD Card from a Windows Phone 7
    To permanently remove a microSD card from a Windows Phone 7 device, follow these instructions:
    1. Press and hold the Power key [​IMG]to power off the phone, if necessary, and open the battery cover.
    2. Remove the microSD card from the SD slot located on device.
      Note: Once removed, this microSD card is not readable or writable on other devices such as computers, cameras, printers, and so on.
    3. Power up the device by pressing the Camera key, Volume down key, and Power key. When the device vibrates, release the Power key, but continue pressing the Camera and Volume down keys. Once the device displays the Are you sure you want to format? screen, release the Camera and Volume down keys (see Step 4 above).
    4. Press the Window key [​IMG] to Format the device.
      Note: Formatting erases all user data stored on the device.
    5. Press the Window key [​IMG] again to confirm that you want to format the device.
    6. After formatting is complete, the Start-up Wizard screen is displayed.
    7. After start-up is complete, from the Home screen, tap [​IMG] > Settings [​IMG] > system > about to verify that available memory has been updated.
  2. n99hockey

    n99hockey Moderator Staff Member

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    This is such a big fail...
  3. Sjan Pillay

    Sjan Pillay New Member

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    Many people may not want or need more memory on their phone then they have, I have often taken my MicroSD out plugged it in to a USB stick (holder/adaptor), given it to various relatives and let them copy picutes they want on to their laptop or PC.

    Also at college, I plug my phone in to the PC using the USB cable then read and edit my MS Word documents. If my phone is not recoginsed (this happens in some class rooms), then I use the USB stick (holder/adaptor) mentioned above.

    You might say well use the space on live.com - I do, but it does not work on all machines, at college in one class it works in another it does not, I believe it is the restrictive nature of the AD policy, so I need my MicroSD as a backup method. Come on MS wake up and smell the coffee.

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