Device: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
Operating System: Android Pie
SD Cards: SanDisk Ultra 128GB, SanDisk Extreme 32GB
I had around 20GB in offline songs. They kept moving to internal storage, I moved them back to SD a few times. I noticed I'm losing free space on SD card, around 20GB a time. I was 60GB down when I found and followed a solution posted here:
Force stop Spotify, remove data and cache, uninstall. Then on PC, disconnect all offline devices (my phone was listed 5 times!)
After that I install Spotify on my phone again and now it doesn't see my SD card at all. Also, 60 GB are still used on my SD card! Deleting folders manually doesn't work, neither does formatting. Inserted the card in my laptop: can't delete folders, can't format (tried a few formatting and partitioning tools), Chkdsk finds a file system error it can't repair. So SD card is now useless.
I get my old 32GB card and put it in my phone, fill it with 10GB worth of music. Within an hour Spotify claims 10GB are used by "other app" and downloads the same songs again. Then it claims 20GB are used by "other app" and downloads 10GB again! Checking on my PC - my phone is listed 3 times in offline storage.
Needless to say, I uninstalled Spotify and re-formatted the card before Spotify kills it with constant redownloads.
How do I fix this?
[EDIT] Another thing I noticed is Cache constantly changing, from a few MB to 8+GB, even when I'm not listening to Spotify. I wonder if this constant cache rewriting is what's killing SD cards.
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