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How to reset SD card on 5310 (Format to remove pas...

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How to reset SD card on 5310 (Format to remove password)

Ok a couple months ago I put a password on my 8GB SDHC card on my Nokia 5310 (Orange) but since it never asked me for the password, I figured the feature was bugged and left it there.
Last week I decided to check for updates and there were updates for the phone but it warned me to remove any passwords from the SD card so I stopped it. Since I have forgotten the password, I couldn't remove it through the phone menus. I moved all my data to my computer and started trying to remove that password. Here's what I have done so far.

1. Format the card from the Phone menus (Password stayed)
2. Format the card by selecting DATA STORAGE mode and connecting the phone to the computer. That way the computer recognizes it as a USB flash drive so I formatted the card from Windows (took 4 hours) but password stayed.
3. Bought a SDHC card reader but it says that no card is inserted into it...aka can't read the card, probably because it has that password so I can't format it from on the computer using a card reader.

How can I get rid of the password on the card? Currently my phone knows the password since I didn't update it and works fine with the card, however, if it resets or if I change phone the card will effectively be USELESS so I need to unlock it. I have moved all the data out of it so a format is fine as long as it works.
Phone:    Nokia 5310 (Orange) from T-mobile running v8.21
SD Card: Kingston 8GB MicroSDHC Class 4

Thanks for your help.

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grschinon
Posts: 10,192

Re: How to reset SD card on 5310 (Format to remove password)

In the same menu where you set the password up on the memory card you should also have the ability to remove the password altogether.

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Re: How to reset SD card on 5310 (Format to remove password)

Yeit has that...thing is it wants the password I PUT FIRST in order to remove it. I don't know it anymore.
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grschinon
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Re: How to reset SD card on 5310 (Format to remove password)

In that case you might as well throw it away and buy another one if you need the password to format the card.

Make sure you copied hidden and system files/folders as well as normal ones when you backed up the content of the card (without that you might lose any applications, contacts, messages, themes etc. that were on it) and then copy that content back to the new card when you've replaced it.

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Re: How to reset SD card on 5310 (Format to remove password)

Sigh...if I was gonna buy a new card, I wouldn't post here...


How can I format THIS one...

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grschinon
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Re: How to reset SD card on 5310 (Format to remove password)

By supplying the password, which you don't have. Ergo, there's nothing you can do with this memory card except throw it away. You can't even use it as a paperweight because it's too light...

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Re: How to reset SD card on 5310 (Format to remove password)

Sigh...my card WORKS now since I never reset the phone. The phone KNOWS the password so the card works for now. Problem is I wanna update the phone and it would lock itself...
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Re: How to reset SD card on 5310 (Format to remove password)

I can format the card JUST FIne like I said...the password STAYS after the format though, THAT is the problem.
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pamdemonium
Posts: 135

Re: How to reset SD card on 5310 (Format to remove password)

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Like grschinon already said, unless you can recall the password, there's nothing much else you can do. To continue using this memory card, since you don't intend to throw it away, you will never be able to:

 

1. Update your phone software.

2. Use your memory card in any other device.

 

The purpose of setting a password to the memory card is to prevent the card from being accessed by unauthorised devices. It will only work in your phone since that was when the password was set. In order to use it with other devices (memory card readers, other compatible phones, etc), your card will ask you to authorise the device by entering the password.

 

You chose to set the password in the memory card. The only way to remove it is to remember the password to deactivate the password security setting in the memory card.

 

So basically... that's it. There is no other possible advice to give you on this forum for your phone model.

Message Edited by pamdemonium on 21-Feb-2009 11:04 AM

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