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Do Not Remove the SD Card From the Venue Pro

Allow me to take you on the journey of how I discovered that taking out the SD card from your Venue Pro will totally screw up your phone.  So I wanted to run a simple performance test on the SD card inside my Venue Pro.  Completely forgot that the sticker covering the port was a void warranty sticker(I’m really forgetful).  Remembered when I saw “VOID” written in caps on the sticker after pulling it off.  Oh well, too late to turn back now.  I pull the SD card out and grab an old Nokia phone to format it.

Formatting complete, I put the card into my card reader and ran my tests.  While running the tests I wanted to see if the Venue Pro would still work without the SD card.  To my surprise it worked fine.  The device shows about 15MB of total space instead of the usual 16GB and all my apps are deleted but it worked. 

Once my tests were completed I placed the SD card back inside the Venue Pro and proceeded to reset my device.  I navigated to the settings app, scrolled down to “about” and hit “reset your phone”.  The phone rebooted itself and I was expecting to be greeted by the usual screen asking me to log into WindowsLIVE.  However, this was not the case.  I was instead dropped directly into the home screen.  All the default apps were still missing and this made me a little worried.  I navigated back to the about screen and found that the phone had not recognized the SD card.

I then took out my card, put it back into my PC and formatted it to FAT32 and repeated the whole process above.  No change.  I tried exFAT and then just deleting the partition altogether and nothing worked.  I tried resetting with the battery out, while plugged into AC power, with and without the sim inserted.  Nothing worked.  I thought maybe I screwed up the SD card, so I tried using an extra 8GB card I had laying around.  The problem continued.  After awhile I decided to load up the diagnostic screen.  According to the diagnostic app, a SD is recognized as being inserted.  It can also tell that It’s a 16GB card.  However it reports that the card is “not OK”.  Not sure why this is,  but this is bad news for me.  Now I’m stuck with a Venue Pro which doesn’t have enough memory space to even pull contacts from WindowsLIVE or Gmail.  And every time I power off, all the system settings are lost.  Anyone got any ideas on what I should do?  I’m wide open to suggestions and pretty desperate at this point.