N8 saves the day, formats Josh Topolsky's "fried" memory card.

| November 16, 2010 | 36 Replies

As I’m sure we’ve all heard in tech news lately, Windows Phone 7 devices have a nasty nack for screwing up the memory cards of any individual adventurous enough to ignore the warning Microsoft gave when they said DO NOT USE with regards to third-party memory cards. Unfortunately for users of the Samsung Focus, including a certain Engadget editor, this device once used in the device is nigh-on useless when removed and tried in others. Imagine buying a 32Gb card and not being able to use it anywhere else (I’d be outraged). While it’s clearly not Microsoft or Samsung’s fault for users being disobedient, it’s still a sucky predicament to be in, especially if important or irreplaceable files are on this memory card.

See more information on the problem here.


Seems that one of our readers sent a slight tip to Mr. Topolsky via twitter on how to correct his unfortunate problem. Funnily enough no other methods worked and this includes attempting to format it using a Linux PC.

Here’s the transcript Antonio provided us.

Full story: Engadget chief editor Joshua Topolsky was doing some tests with his MicroSD on a brand new Samsung Focus with WP7. The Focus formatted the SD and (I don’t know for sure, but I think) it worked on the phone, but then he could not remove and still use the MicroSD later. As Topolsky mentioned, the Focus “fried” his SD card.

He mentioned on twitter he had tried putting the microSD card (to format it) in some cameras. None worked. He also tried on his Windows PC with several programs to format SD cards suggested by other people on twitter. None of the programs worked, the SD card wasn’t even recognized and would not format. Then people told him Ubuntu was the solution and it would definitely fix the SD card with success, and gave him some advanced SD formatting tools. None worked.

It was just when I read his tweet asking for help that I knew I had the definitive solution to his problem: I told him to put the SD card into the Nokia N8 and I told him it would work, and the phone would fix his microSD card successfully. And that’s exactly what happened.”



Obviously Josh ignored him (for good reason he’d have thought)


“He didn’t seem to have noticed, so I insisted. I didn’t know whether it was a SD or MicroSD card because he was just saying SD card on his twitter, so I gave him a solution that would also work for SD cards (using a SD card reader on the N8; please notice this is not necessary for microSD cards because the N8 already has a microSD slot).”


Josh’s replies are below.


Guess the phone doesn’t suck so bad after all huh 😛 🙂

Thanks Antonio!


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  • Shanabo

    I’m sure he won’t say it on engadget.

    • Andre

      Course not, likely won’t update the post either because the majority of their readers have a deep-seated hatred/dislike for anything Nokia related. For NO reason most of the time TBH.

      • Shanabo

        Pure ignorance.

  • Antonio

    Yeah, I also think he won’t update it anymore. On his last update to the Engadget post he just said “we appear to have fried a card after moving it in and out of our own Focus today to the point that no PC, phone, or camera can read it anymore”.

    But you can be sure that posts about people putting strange things/lenses on top of their iPhone 4 “hello 2007” 5mp camera with single LED can even get their own post on Engadget home… (as have already happened).

    Thanks for posting this!

    • Andre

      Anytime dude, but I agree. They’ll talk about the things that are more popular with their readership.

  • Par Vers

    I had the following debate over their self censorhip few days ago on Engadget´s Review of N8. Be sure they will not mention this thing even in the forthcoming E7 review…if it ever deserves to be reviewed…

    Hello Vlad,
    just out of curiosity I would like to know why the comments on Nokia N8 review are turned off entirely?
    It appears that one can comment on any other review of Engadget (those made before or after N8’s), but this one is for some reason no go.
    Something is not in line with the politics of your site – which I like quite a bit. What is it?

    Hi M,
    We’ve disabled comments on the N8 review because they deteriorated into a mudslinging match and were no longer constructive in any sense of the word. You’ll have noticed there are over 1,400 comments on that post already, so most of the valuable stuff will already have been said.
    Kind Regards,
    Vlad Savov

    • Andre

      They’ll say its the same as the N8 great hardware-ish, crap software and give it a 5 while leaving comments turned off.

  • Two Thumbs Up and High for N8

  • Nokia fan (from Finland)

    Awesome! People should spread the word on

  • chfyfx

    N8 is superior in many ways. Cannot wait for the updates. Keep them coming, Nokia!

    • alex68

      First update 1.1 is coming in a couple of weeks. There are quite some visible improvements as well :).

  • andre

    What can we expect to see?

    • alex68

      More user friendly and touch smoothness… But Don’t want to spill all the secrets yet. You will see pretty soon.

    • alex68

      But don’t expect anything revolutionary in this update yet. Browser is improved.

      • Roger

        Yes, but will it be an update generally available to users, or just to a few special Finnish folk? 🙂

        i.e. only to restricted product codes of the N8, or for different countries and networks?

        • alex68

          This update should be available to all Symbian 3 users. It will be available when E7 is released ;).

      • Mike

        I really want a black/dark grey bar instead of the blue on the home screens :S PLZ nokia fix it xD

        • Andre
        • fwaf

          Have you heard of themes? You can easily change that by switching to one of the built in alternative themes or downloading additional themes. Symbiantweet blog features a lot of nice themes so that’s a good place to start.

          • alex68

            In major update, there will be a lot of themes and users can just configure which one to use and other features as well :).

          • Mike

            Yeah i’ve heard of themes 🙂 Just wanted the exact same icons and all of that but just a black/dark grey color scheme:) Like the one on the nokia e7. But thx will check out the themes 🙂

  • Danny

    WP7 FAIL, N8 WIN!

    No matter how much Engadget (or others) hate Nokia/Symbian, at the end, Nokia/Symbian users can do things that other users can only imagine! Nokia is right, It’s not the technology, it’s what you do with it!

    I bet Josh’s money would’ve been wasted if it wasn’t for Nokia N8 😉 And I know they will still keep hating Nokia for no apparent reason……….:/
    Who cares? At least we can enjoy the treat 😉

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  • nocare

    hey my hdmi cover has so many scrathes, how do i remove that scratches?

    • Keith

      you can’t remove those scratches. that and the bottom part of the N8 are made out of plastic so that it provides good reception…..

  • nocare

    the palstic surface is shiny that make that scratches noticeble

    very bad mistake by nokia,

    is there any liquid to remove that scrathes, or spare parts from third party manufacturers?

    • Keith

      Nokia actually didn’t have any other choice. using metal would have caused the whole antennagate thing on N8.

      I don’t know of any liquid that can remove such scratches. and i wouldn’t use any 3rd party parts 4 replacing those plastic caps. may be you can check at a Nokia Care center or something?

  • fwaf

    Have you heard of themes? You can easily change that by switching to one of the built in alternative themes or downloading additional themes. Symbiantweet blog features a lot of nice themes so that’s a good place to start.

  • Nice, WP7 users make sure you know a friend with N8/E7 for USB OtG.

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  • Miller Teng

    alex68, after N8 firmware update, will N8 still facing dead problem?

  • Antonio

    Joshua has just made a new post about the Focus MicroSD problems, and this one includes one paragraph saying the N8 fixed the problem:

    “Windows Phone 7’s microSD mess: the full story (and how Nokia can help you out of it)”

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  • weeezes

    So no update this year afterall :). What a scam, Alex68 got my hopes up :P. Now we just have to deal with all the faults ’till f**king March! 🙁

    • alex68

      Hey guy, be calm. Who said the update would be available next March? Actually some regions such as China have received some updates such as important software update, latest Ovi map etc, and more is coming soon.

      BTW, where are you from?

  • Prodigy Viisto

    @Alex68 Will we see very responsive touch screen in upcoming update. Can you tell us is the swype changed in Homescreen?
    And will we see those new themes later Q1 or early Q1?