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Old Sep 2nd, 2017, 11:50 AM   #1
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Any way to "force mount" an external USB device?

I have a Micro SD card used in a Samsung Cell phone.
Yesterday the Samsung phone reported an Error with the card when turning on the phone.

I tried mounting that Micro SD card on the Mac this morning (running El Capitan) but it wouldn't mount.
Tried Disk Uitility - doesn't show up as a disk
Tried Disk Warrier - also doesn't show up as a disk
Tried another Micro SD card, it shows up and works fine.
Is there any application or some way to sort of do a "force mount" if there is such a thing?
The SD card is a small one, only 2GB - may have some pictures on it I would like to recover, but before I can do anything I somehow have to mount it.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2017, 01:22 PM   #2
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I think it's probably sleeping, just like the parrot was…

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Actually, and no joke, try cleaning its contacts using the eraser on a pencil and clean off all bits, and also restart your Mac with the card left in the reader slot.

It just might wake up. That's a big might though…

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SD and Micro SD cars are not noted for reliability. That said try the eraser trick, you have nothing to lose.

If it does come back to life consider it a momentary reprieve and replace it once any relevant data is recovered.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2017, 02:52 PM   #4
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Thanks,
Good idea to clean the contacts of the TF card - they were actually a bt tarnished.
Still didn't nount but Disk Utility at least recognized there was something plugged into he Mac.
Ran disk Utility repair - couldn't repair what ever was wrong.

Then tried Disk Warrior.
Showed up as an unknown disk with the message:
Directory cannot be rebuilt, the file system is unsupported
Then under "Advanced" it shows it as the MS-DOS/PC file system (which it is) and as Drive Format: FDisk Partition scheme

Any suggestions where to go from here?:
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Wild guess but do you have Boot Camp installed? OR take it to a friend with Winbloze and haver them retrieve the files. How about a printer on your network - any that will receive card? Last is a camera - will it fit inside? Just guessing here.
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Old Sep 4th, 2017, 09:36 PM   #6
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Well, I tried a Windows PC, it couldn't read anything - not even the name of the folder that I could read with one of the Macs.

I have sort of given up trying to recover any files - at least with the name of the folder I had an idea what was on that TF card to recover at least most files from an older back up I found.

Thanks to all for the suggestions.
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