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I damaged the mini SD card reader about 5 weeks ago, and the Mini 2 will only store images in the app, and not on the card itself. I was wondering what the costs could be for fixing that.

What happened was I put the card in the slot (apparently at an angle of sorts), and trying to recover what I thought was a stuck card......inserted a fingernail file in there to somehow pull it out. Little did I know that the card ended up by the gimbal, because when I took the gimbal cover off, out popped the card. Yikes! So the upshot is, I tried a different card to no avail...I believe the card reader to be damaged in some way. It's a hell of an annoyance to take extra steps to get the images to my image files.

Any ideas? Signed...........the idiot from Michigan.

I'm thinking about sending it to a DJI authorized service center........or DJI themselves.
 
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Card reader damaged? Simple solution: BUY ANOTHER. Also, it doesn't hurt to buy a new SD card in case you damaged it as well. Stuff happens and we all learn from our mistakes.
Here is the one I use and recommend: SD Card reader

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I didn't make myself clear..........the card reader in the drone. And I mistakenly typed Mini 3.......it's a Mini 2. (been a loooong day, lol)
 

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Can you show a photo of the mSD card slot in the rear of the drone? How much force did you apply with the nail file?
I half suspect that you may have forced the card between the metal surround of the mSD receptacle and the plastic of the drone's shell so that it was never in the actual slot and was simply lose inside the drone's shell.
If so then you may have deformed the metal surround of the mSD slot.
If you have some how pushed the nail file or card through the mSD receptacle I am pretty sure the receptacle would need to be replaced and that would be, I think a fairly difficult task.
If the pages will open for you have a look at DM3AT-SF-PEJM5 | Hirose 8 Way Right Angle Micro SD Memory Card Connector With Solder Termination | RS Components &
and 'play' with the "3D" view.
If you have 'just' deformed the metal surround then it may be possible to reshape it.
 
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I'd send it in to DJI for a repair quote. It is usually very reasonable, and they'll just send you a brand new drone, as soon as you pay the repair invoice.
 

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Can you show a photo of the mSD card slot in the rear of the drone? How much force did you apply with the nail file?
I half suspect that you may have forced the card between the metal surround of the mSD receptacle and the plastic of the drone's shell so that it was never in the actual slot and was simply lose inside the drone's shell.
If so then you may have deformed the metal surround of the mSD slot.
If you have some how pushed the nail file or card through the mSD receptacle I am pretty sure the receptacle would need to be replaced and that would be, I think a fairly difficult task.
If the pages will open for you have a look at DM3AT-SF-PEJM5 | Hirose 8 Way Right Angle Micro SD Memory Card Connector With Solder Termination | RS Components &
and 'play' with the "3D" view.
If you have 'just' deformed the metal surround then it may be possible to reshape it.
Thanks, Yorkshire. I appreciate the input. As for a photo, I'm afraid it wouldn't show much....just the slot.
 

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I've done the paperwork on the drone, and it will be sent to DJI on Monday. Is there a specific method of shipping as far as boxes? I don't want to just throw the drone in a box. Bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts?
 

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I've done the paperwork on the drone, and it will be sent to DJI on Monday. Is there a specific method of shipping as far as boxes? I don't want to just throw the drone in a box. Bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts?
You won't be getting this one back anyway, so whatever is easiest and available. Bubblewrap probably is better, though.
 
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One thing I would say is DO NOT use air bag space fillers, they are too easily punctured and the loss of one or more may allow the drone to rattle about.
 
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One thing I would say is DO NOT use air bag space fillers, they are too easily punctured and the loss of one or more may allow the drone to rattle about.
Depends on the size of the air bags. The smaller integrated ones in sheets are best. I save those for re-use. The big ones, not so much.
 

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The drone is on it's way to the repair center. I dropped it off at UPS half an hour ago. I packed it with the smaller bubble wrap pouches, which fit the box I got at Office Depot perfectly. Hopefully, I'll be back in the air before the end of July, and it won't be too costly. At any rate, that's a lesson learned.