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Old 09-23-2008, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a brand new 4GB microSD card for mine and my wife's BB. The problem is when I insert them into our phones and go to format I get a "Media Card Format Failed" message. The BB recognizes a media card being inserted and/or removed and I also followed the setup and instructions in the FAQ. Anyone got any insight on this?
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Format it on your computer.
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Really don't need to format them. As long as it is a reputable brand, it should work out of the box. I have never formatted any that I have used over the years, on a phone or PC.
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Format it on your computer.
I did actually try this and it didn't make a difference

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Really don't need to format them. As long as it is a reputable brand, it should work out of the box. I have never formatted any that I have used over the years, on a phone or PC.
That's what I thought too but, even though the BB recognized that a memory card was inserted, it still said it needed to be formatted. Anyway, in the end after doing a little more digging, I found a solution that worked. I can't remember if it was this site or a different one, but I found a post somewhere that suggested removing the battery with the memory card installed and, once reinstalling the battery, trying to format the card. It worked perfectly. Simple solution to a frustrating problem.

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It sounds like a dumb question, but are you running at least OS 4.2.2? IIRC, that's the OS required to support a 4GB media card.
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4.2.1 is the minumum req. for 4GB. runs on a pearl.
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I found a solution that worked. I can't remember if it was this site or a different one, but I found a post somewhere that suggested removing the battery with the memory card installed and, once reinstalling the battery, trying to format the card. It worked perfectly. Simple solution to a frustrating problem.
Odd. I've not heard of this happening with your model. Some of the early 8830's had a formatting problem with the media card that was tied to the OS. Similar problem, you could format that sucker all day and it would fail over and over.
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