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Old 10-19-2012, 08:46 AM   #1
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Unable to use micro sd on Kobo Glo

Hello,

I own a kobo glo. I am desperalty trying to get it reading a micro sd card.

I turned of the device, added the card, turned the device on (several times). It keeps displaying only e-books on internal storage...

I tried several format (FAT32, FAT, exFAT) but no way to see the books in the library. The micro sd is 2gb only so it should be ok...

I downloaded a user manual but there is no mention of how to use properly micro sd Card...

Can someone help me ?

Many thanks in advance

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Old 10-19-2012, 11:21 AM   #2
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Do you have anything else that can read a micro sd card? Like a phone/tablet? I had one once that would show up in Windows, but not in anything else.

Also, if you have no books on the card at all, does the kobo "see" that there's a card in there? Or will it read a different card, even to tell you that there's nothing readable on it?
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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I can think of two things.

There has been problems with the various Kobo devices not recognising some SD Cards. Kobo have worked on fixing this in the firmware versions. I have three cards and one doesn't get recognised. Apart from not seeing any books on it, the difference is the home screen doesn't flash when it is inserted. For the working cards, the home screen flashes even if there are not books on it. If this is the problem and your Glo is not on FW 2.1.5, this might get fixed with the update. I know at least one person has reported that a non-working card now works.

The other possibility is how the device processes new books. When the device sees new books it processes them and adds them to an internal database. This database is what is read to display the library. In the past, if there was a bad book, the device would stop processing all the others. Any book processed before this one were added to the database. You might have the bad luck that the first book the device finds on the SD card is bad. The only way to confirm this is to take the books off the card and try a few at a time. Or putting them in the main memory and seeing if they work there.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:05 AM   #4
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Thanks !

Hi,

Thanks for your reply. Yes those micro sd cards work fine not only with windows but with my nokia phone (symbian OS).

I will try several card and check if I have a "bad" book.

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Thanks for your reply. Yes those micro sd cards work fine not only with windows but with my nokia phone (symbian OS).

I will try several card and check if I have a "bad" book.
The micro SD card I have that the Touch doesn't see works perfectly elsewhere. And others have reported the same thing.

When you test another card, find a couple of books that are loaded OK when put in the main memory. Then copy these to the cards and see what happens.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:13 AM   #6
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I have the same problem for my old 1gb micro SD. But I fix it as below steps.

1. Format it to ext3. (Use special software or Unix/Linux machine to format through card reader)
2. Put it in the kobo and connect it to the computer.
3. Win7 asked to format the SD card. Then format it to fat32. Copy books in the SD.
4. Disconnet kobo and I found the books in the library.

Hope it can help. Good luck!

And I suggest kobo to add the format card function in next firmware.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:18 AM   #7
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And I suggest kobo to add the format card function in next firmware.
That would be a nice idea
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:49 PM   #8
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finally...

Hello all,

I manage to get it working by using a 16gb micro sd. (the brand is PQI if that can help someone else). I think I won't get it out for a long while

Thank you again for you help.

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:05 AM   #9
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And I suggest kobo to add the format card function in next firmware.
As long as they have an 'Are you Sure?' confirmation...
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:02 AM   #10
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I was able to "see" my SD card in calibre after I used the "Save As" option to sideload some books onto my device. I also removed all of the calibre files (metadata and drive info) from the card and the main memory (which didn't have any Calibre books on it yet). I ejected the reader, plugged it in again, and the card was shown in the top menu next to my device icon.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:37 AM   #11
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I'm using this one right out of the package, and it's no problem!

SanDisk Ultra 32 GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card 30MB/s with Adapter SDSDQUA-032G-U46A

here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o03_s00_i00
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:51 AM   #12
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Well don't use Strontium brand!

Bought an 8GB Micro SDHC yesterday. Did a deep reformat of FAT32 and my Kobo Glo still refuses to recognise it. Tried on hubby's Glo as well. Same problem. Have to go hunting for SanDisk, I suppose. Sigh.

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Well don't use Strontium brand!

Bought an 8GB Micro SDHC yesterday. Did a deep reformat of FAT32 and my Kobo Glo still refuses to recognise it. Tried on hubby's Glo as well. Same problem. Have to go hunting for SanDisk, I suppose. Sigh.

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If you have an SD reader on your PC (or Mac) maybe see if this tool helps --> https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_3/
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:45 AM   #14
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Peter, I shall sacrifice whomever dares to question chicken motivations in the future!!!

It worked! My Kobo now recognises my Strontium card. I shall spend the next hour happily loading books. Many many thanks to you, and so speedily too!

(This was particularly irksome as all my data is on my Linux machine and I am forced to use my Evil Empire laptop to exclusively cater for apps that aren't universally available. And in case anyone asks about Wine, I researched that and the Kobo desktop does not work under Wine, although there is a version of the Desktop under Ubuntu. Pity I don't use Ubuntu!)

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