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** [GUIDE] How to format SD-Card to EXT 3 **

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By poingdk, Senior Member on 16th January 2011, 08:43 PM
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I have noticed that some people have problems with EXT3 formatting.

So I've put together a small HowTo guide!
In this case it's a 1gb (1024MB) partition, but simply change it to 512MB if desired.
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1. Start downloading MiniTool Partition Wizard here:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...5&postcount=82
or here
[RS] http://rapidshare.com/files/442996416/pwhe52.rar
and install it.

2. Best thing is to start up with a fresh format of your SD-card to FAT32 (MUST be primary partition)
- Start MiniTool Partition
- Find your SD card partition and rightclick it.
- Select Move/Resize



3. Pull back the bar untill you reach 1024MB. Or simply type it in, down at the bottom



4. Rightclick the unallocated partition and select Create.
- You will get a warning. Press YES to continue





5. VERY IMPORTANT: Select Primary and EXT3



6. Rightclick the ext3 partition and select Format.
- Set File System as Ext3
- Set Cluster Size to 4KB







7. Now press Apply and confirm with YES






The changes will be applied, and you are ready to go!

- Just to point out: BOTH partitions (FAT32 & Ext3) has to be set to Primary!!


Hope this guide was usefull..

PoingDK
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17th January 2011, 07:29 PM |#2  
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Hey, Thanks for this guide. I followed all the steps but after booting the phone is says sd card is damaged. Did I do something wrong?
17th January 2011, 09:26 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by meaxx88

Hey, Thanks for this guide. I followed all the steps but after booting the phone is says sd card is damaged. Did I do something wrong?

If you followed the guide everything should work!
Maybe the SD-card really is damaged ?

Have you tried formatting it with Panasonic SD Formatter ?

Take a look here:

http://panasonic.jp/support/global/c...rmatter20.html
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19th January 2011, 07:37 PM |#4  
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my 4gb class 2 sd card is broken too i tried with phone mass storage,mgldr massstorage and cardreader,but its really broken.
i bought a 8gb class 4 sd card and had problems, tried around the solution was i forgot step 6, format ext3 partion again seems to be important
20th January 2011, 05:47 AM |#5  
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I got this message: Failed to apply of pending changes operations abort.
20th January 2011, 09:31 AM |#6  
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I got this message: Failed to apply of pending changes operations abort.

Hmm, haven't seen that before!

Did you format the card to FAT32 first?
20th January 2011, 01:41 PM |#7  
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Hmm, haven't seen that before!

Did you format the card to FAT32 first?

yes, I get that too.. On every program around the globe.
I tried everything, all formats, all programs say the same; they can't devide my SD into partitions.
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20th January 2011, 08:35 PM |#8  
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Same problem here. I format my SD-card in mass storage modus on another phone(my dad's) Windows recognizes it, and after making ext3 partition it doesn't. I tried also every program and it never works.

Either I have internal storage and no SD-card memory, or nothing at all.

I'm really getting annoyed by this stupid Ext3.


EDIT: OKAY GUYS! VERY IMPORTANT! Do everything this man says, but also:

FAT32 MUST BE PRIMARY TOO! It worked for me. First remove everything and only make a FAT32 primary partition, then do everything he tells you.
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20th January 2011, 09:40 PM |#9  
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Done so far. But how do I get things copied to that partition if I can't see it?
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Originally Posted by Sloeber94

Same problem here. I format my SD-card in mass storage modus on another phone(my dad's) Windows recognizes it, and after making ext3 partition it doesn't. I tried also every program and it never works.

Either I have internal storage and no SD-card memory, or nothing at all.

I'm really getting annoyed by this stupid Ext3.


EDIT: OKAY GUSY! VERY IMPORTANT! Do everything this man says, but also:

FAT32 MUST BE PRIMARY TOO! It worked for me. First remove everything and only make a FAT32 primary partition, then do everything he tells you.

Yep both partitions have to be primary!

I have added info to the Guide!!
20th January 2011, 11:53 PM |#11  
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no memory
I HAVE a 32gb kingston sd card and i have been repeating this process over and over and over and over again for almost a week.
Even if I set the partition to 1gb when i turn on the phone there is no memory; why doest the phone detect EXT3 as internal memory????....

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