1 GB SD card case breaking

Patriot SD card
March 30, 2007 at 11:04:53
Specs: Not important in this cas, n/a

I have a 1 GB SD where the case is slowly falling apart. The write disable switch on the left side has fallen off but I found I can tape that back on in the write enable position. Now the right side of the card case has broken off keeping the card from being usable. How can I get the card detect pin inside the reader to push down so I can get into this card to get everything off of it onto another card?

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March 30, 2007 at 11:08:23

Think before you insert it in the reader slot. What if it gets jammed and you're unable to remove it in one piece.


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March 30, 2007 at 11:13:43

It's not that far gone yet. The damage is near the cards edge connectors only. The rest of the case is in good shape for now. The card has gotten heavy usage the past year apparently putting heavy wear on the case.

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March 30, 2007 at 11:15:32

why not just invest in a new reader?

Good Advice for free!

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March 30, 2007 at 11:18:22

..putting heavy wear on the case.

How? I'm still using this same 1GB on a daily basis across many PCs on the clients networks and it doesn't wear out. Speaking of the longevity of the SD chip itself, it will break down after approximately 100,000 write operations.


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March 30, 2007 at 11:19:42

Unless you know of a reader that doesn't use a card detect pin (My Zire 71 Palm device is like that) thats not going to help. Maybe jury rigging the reader might work as I do have a reader that is held together by 1 screw.

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March 30, 2007 at 11:22:01

You know that's a very good question. So far this is the first SD card to fall apart like this. I have some even older cards that are still ok. I don't know what's up with this card but I really need to get every thing off of it now before it gets worse.

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March 30, 2007 at 11:37:49

Stop using it & try some professional service that specialize in recovering files from damaged SDs. Google for it.


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March 30, 2007 at 14:37:55

How about glueing it together.

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March 30, 2007 at 16:13:07

I wish I could glue it back together. I have no idea where the missing piece is though. I have an idea I want to try. I'm going to go get another 1 GB SD card first. Then I'm going to tape the write slider onto the right side of the card to see if that will let me in with read only. If it works then I'll use a Live Linux CD and try to use it to clone this SD card to the other with the DD command. For now only my Zire 71 can use this card as it currently is.

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March 30, 2007 at 19:05:58

You advise the data is important, could a case from another SD be utilised?

I would have thought it dangerous to keep using the card as it has gradually fallen apart over time.

This is proved, by the problem you now have.

Here in the UK, such a card costs around £5, which is next to nothing really.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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March 30, 2007 at 19:08:47

i had a 512 meg sd card a while ago and the slider fell off and i was able to copy the files to my computer using 2 different card readers (all the slider does is stop you from removing or adding files) and if that dosent work a program called unlocker might be able to copy the files...

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March 31, 2007 at 12:42:41

I've only been using SD cards for a couple of years now. So I'm not too familiar with the problems of a case going bad on one. I'm learning quickly though. I also have a USB reader that has a case that lets me see inside and was a great help in diagnosing this problem. With the write slider you can just tape it back on to get write access again. All the slider does is push down on a simple switch inside the reader if it is up. That gives you the ability to write to the card. There's another switch on the right side of the reader that gets pushed down when a card is inserted all the way by the groove in the card case. That gets you access to the card. In my case the groove on the right side of the card is partially missing since that part of the card case has broken off. The result is that the switch on the right side of the reader doesn't get pushed down and I can't get access to the card. So I doubt that any unlocking software is going to help get past that problem. The only solution is to get that switch down when I have the card into the reader. These SD cards are around $17.00 in the US now which is why I am now interested in getting a new one to replace this card. I'll be a bit more careful in the future with these cards if I see the case is going.

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March 31, 2007 at 14:45:50

I discovered that my laptop pcmcia readers had no problem in getting into the bad sd card. I have a Linux installation on another hard drive so I switched hard drives in my laptop. Booted up into Linux and proceeded to clone the bad SD card to another SD of the same size and brand. I typed in this command:

dd if=/dev/hde of=/dev/hdc bs=2050

About an hour later I got this error:

dd: writing '/dev/hdc' : No space left on device+0 records in+0 records out

Since both cards are 1 GB Patriot SD cards this error should not have happened. I am checking the cloned SD card and it seems that everything made it over though. Anyone have any ideas?

I ran a check with Linux's fdisk utilities and found out that the new SD card is 5 MB smaller than the older SD disk. I'm using the dd command to write random garbage to the disk. Then I'll repartition, format, and take it back to the store. I know SD card capacities can vary a bit but that seems to be too much of a difference to me.

I got a PNY 1 GB SD card and found out that this card is 6 MB bigger than the old card. I redid the clone attempt and I'm sure now that everything got transferred. I'll just have 6 MB of unused space on the card. Sure be nice if these SD card capacities were consistent.

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