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10 February 2013 @ 07:39 pm
Damn it!  
My phone has been getting slower and slower to repond these days, and has started occasionally locking up. A couple time to such a degree that i've had to pull the battery out to get it to reboot. That happened again this morning and when it rebooted i got a message about the SD card being damaged and did i want to format it?

I said no of course, i'm going to do some research and see if i can do some kind of recovery first, but until i either repair/reformat the card or get a new one half the apps on my phone are unusable, including both Audible and the music app. Unless i get really lucky in the data recovery process it seems like i'll have a couple days in the car with nothing to distract me during the commute. Hmmm, unless i load up the book i'm currently listening to on my Nexus 7 and use that instead...

But anyways, i definitely plan on getting a new microSD card, i'm not sure if i should trust one that's already died and been reformatted. It will be interesting to see if that improves the performance of my phone at all. Of course i'm planning on replacing the phone anyways in a couple months when i know what's available after Google I/O. (Of course, i said the same thing a few months before the announcement of the Nexus 4...)

But in any case i really ought to rethink my backup plans for my phone. And possibly consider the benefits of having it auto-backup the pictures to some service, if i can convince myself that the process will be reasonably secure and private. (Fortunately i _was_ smart enough to back up everything shortly after shelleycat died, so it's not like anything critical will have been lost, even if i can't recover anything.)
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on February 11th, 2013 04:56 am (UTC)
Flash cards are remarkably less stable than people would think they are. The primary mode of failure is being written to too many times. If it's showing any signs of flakyness, then it is certainly time to get a new one. It won't get better and the problem won't go away with reformatting.

Never rely on flash cards for long-term storage (5-30 years). Optical media (i.e. DVDs, BDs) are still much more reliable on this front (up to 100 years in good storage conditions). Some people may recover some data from other media (flash cards, hard drives) but generally speaking one should expect failure not success.

DonAithnen: happydonaithnen on February 11th, 2013 05:56 am (UTC)
Well i wasn't really counting on it for long term storage, but i wasn't expecting it to crap out after slightly less than two years either =P

Luckily it looks like i can recover 1,825 of the 1,846 pictures and videos that were on there, and all the ones that are totally busted are ones i have copies of from previous backups. I'm trying to think of what else might be on here that isn't already backed up. It's a somewhat slow process since if i either try to select or copy any file that it thinks is busted the SD card "crashes" and i need to eject and reinsert it to get it to show up again.