We recently ran an article which picked up on the current microSD mess, and how it so called “breaks” memory cards. But it seems as though these cards can be brought back to life, and it’s all down Nokia.
In the article, we explained that the WP7 makes permanent changes to your memory card, so you cannot use it with other devices. Plus the fact that we should wait for “certified” microSD cards before swapping the old ones out.
It’s all a bit technicial really, but the reason why WP7 phones “break” the memory card is because they take advantage of the “S” in “SD,” the “S” standing for “secure.” Once the card is formatted, they apply a randomly generated password that is stored on the internal flash.
It is not really Microsoft‘s fault that the device breaks your memory card, it is simply doing something that not everyone can understand.
As reported by Engadget who have the whole story, Microsoft never wanted WP7 storage to be expandable, swappable or even removable.
During the early stages in development, Microsoft advised to manufacturers that cards should be “glued in place,” or something similar so that they could not be accessed or removed. Sadly, this message was not taken note of by Samsung with the Focus, who gave the user a fully-accessible slot.
Even so, it is one of many problems that Microsoft and the Windows Phone 7 could have avoided, you can read more into other reasons why WP7 was a disappointment here.
So now, if you are one of the unlucky few who have a damaged memory card. This is how Nokia can help you…
Yet again, according to Engadget, they say that they were able to resurrect a card that they had in a WP7 phone from the dead by inserting it into a Nokia N8 and was able to recover the cards file system. Although the data was erased, they were able to use the card again. Good stuff eh? Apparently, Symbian are one of the very few platforms that also handle the SD card in the right way, and this is why it can read and recover the card.
Good news, huh? Have you tried this method yet? Let us know if it works for you.
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