No, the SD card in my Blackberry Storm hasn’t turned to a life of crime. Rather, when I tried to access my memory card, I saw the unwelcome message: “Media card has been inserted that contains errors. To correct the errors please use a disk error checking utility on a computer.” OMG. My media card contains priceless files like my dog-barking and donkey-braying ringtones. What to do?
As with most computer hardware problems, DON’T PANIC!!! OK, I’ll calm down. Don’t panic. Instead, Google search. But be careful. Google just reports hits, not necessarily good ideas. Indeed, some concerned formatting the media card. Bad idea, as I would loose my priceless dog-barking and donkey-braying ringtones.
Instead, I just followed the advice in the error message to “use a disk error checking utility on a computer.” I turned on mass storage mode on my Blackberry. That enables my computer, when connected to the Storm via a micro-USB cable, to see the media card as a drive. I then followed these steps:
-Open My Computer
-Select the drive associated with the media card.
-Right-click the drive, and choose Properties from the shortcut menu.
-Choose the Tools tab
-Under Error-checking, click Check Now.
-Under Check disk options, select both Automatically fix file system errors and the -Scan for and attempt recovery
-Choose the Start button
When the process finished, nothing was indicated as fixed. That’s OK. I then used Safely Remove Hardware to un-mount the Storm before I disconnected it from the computer. The Storm then recognized my media card. My priceless dog-barking and donkey-braying ringtones, like Lazarus, had returned from the dead.
My suspicion is that nothing was ever really wrong with the media card. Rather, I probably had disconnected my Storm from the computer without using Safely Remove Hardware, perhaps after I had added files to the SD card. This may have set an error bit that triggered the error message.
So the moral of the story, as I’ll remember each time I hear the dog barking or the donkey braying, is to use Safely Remove Hardware before I disconnect flash memory. But if you forget, try this solution before you reformat.