How to safely remove a media card from a BlackBerry smartphone

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Today I’d like to show you how easy it is to safely remove a media card from a BlackBerry® smartphone. Why not just yank it out, you ask? Well, there’s a good reason for that. Just like a USB thumb drive connected to a computer, when you physically remove a media card from your BlackBerry smartphone, you want to ensure that it is not currently in use by the device. If the media card is in use when physically removed, it could result in data loss.

Think of it this way: It’s like you are filling a glass of water from a pitcher when someone suddenly pulls the glass out from under it. Water is going to be spilled!

Follow the steps below which will help you safely remove a media card from a BlackBerry smartphone.

BlackBerry® 6 and BlackBerry® 7 OS

  1. From the Home screen or from within a folder, select “Options”
  2. Select “Device” followed by “Storage”
  3. Press the Menu key and select “Safely Remove Media Card”
  4. You may now physically remove the media card from your device. If you need help completing this task, review the Getting Started guide for your BlackBerry smartphone.

BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 and below

  1. From the Home screen or from within a folder select “Options”
  2. Select “Media Card”
  3. Press the Menu key and select “Remove Media Card”
  4. You may now physically remove the media card from your device. If you need help completing this task, review the Getting Started guide for your BlackBerry smartphone.

Something else to keep in mind is that when you insert a new media card into a BlackBerry smartphone, you will be prompted to format it. If it is not a new media card, any old data on it will be lost if you select “Yes”. Always back up a previously used media card before installing and formatting it in your BlackBerry smartphone for the first time.

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