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Please help me understand storage partitioning and internal vs external SD - Page 2
Wednesday 20th of June 2012
Originally Posted by lovemyram4x4If you don't have any media on your internal storage, what's on it to fill it up? I have >100apps, some d/L's & all my ringtones(even the ones I don't use), and haven't even came close to using 1gb of the 8gb available on the internal storage.Yes, I also have lots of room on my internal sd card. My only concern is backup files and backup settings are by default, stored on the internal card and if your phone ever becomes unusable then you do not have access to those backups unless you also save them to your removable sd card.Sent from my DROID RAZR Maxx using Droid Forums
Apps/games to EXTERNAL sdcard
Sunday 01st of January 2012
good day, I'm new to android things. I'm actually from iOS for the past 4 yrs.I have Samsung Galaxy W and it only have 2gb of internal storage.i know about apps2sd or the option to move to sdcard. i used both of them. I tried it for plants vs zombies to move to sdcard and it worked! I saw the difference to my external storage but PvZ is a different case because it's apk includes the whole game unlike other big games like gamelofts that require additional downloads. I tried moving gta3 and other gameloft games to sdcard but i think only the app itself was moved not including the data files.I tried moving their data files to /external_sdcard/Android/data but the game don't detect it, What I don't understand is Xperia Play only has 400 mb and Galaxy Ace I think only have 100+mb so how do they install big games? I'm sorry for my long post but I'm seriously running out of memory. I'll really appreciate if someone would clear these thing sto me Thanks
Path to direct apps to save on exteral SD vs internal??
Thursday 14th of July 2011
So, the Droid 3 seems to be handling the internal and external storage differently than I'm used to. I can see that I have a directory called "sdcard". I also have a 16 gig micro sd installed that seems to be named "sdcard-ext". So, I had an app that wanted to save music and I get to specifiy a download path. But when I specifiy a folder it's putting it on the internal storage and not allowing me to direct it to the external SD. For example, if I tell it to use a download path of /sdcard-ext/My Music/ then it's actually creating a new directory and saving it to sdcard/sdcard-ext/My Music/ I can't quite figure out how to write out the path to have apps save items on the external SD. Any ideas?
SD Card vs. USB Storage
Friday 15th of March 2013
So I've had the phone for about a month. My regular internal storage (2gb) is getting full fast. I have an external SD card, but it is mostly filled with my music and I don't want to put any large programs on it. Is there a way to move my larger applications from the internal 2 gbs to the usb storage (14 gb) which is going largely unused? I'd rather not have to root the phone but if rooting is what it takes to do this I wouldn't be completely opposed to it.
Internal SD vs. External SD vs. Internal Storage
Wednesday 28th of July 2010
When I look at the settings and "SD card and phone storage" option I see the different types of storage. Based on what I see, please verify the following assumptions are correct...The external SD card is obviously the one I added. I assume it can be used to store media files (via USB, direct write on a PC, etc.). I read until Froyo we won't be able to install apps on this card.The internal SD card is what is built into the phone for apps and other things those apps write to the phone. Looks like Google Listen writes to this area (can't make it write to the external SD and not sure why). It appears that the only things writing to there are my camera and of course any music, pics, or videos I load on there directly. Nothing else seems to make use of it.The internal phone storage is for things like the OS and is pretty much off limits.When I go into the "My Files" app on the phone it dumps me into the home directory which happens to be /sdcard. I assume this is the internal SD card? under that directory it also has "/sd" which appears to be my external SD c
External Storage vs SD Card
Friday 03rd of February 2012
So this didnt bother me until I ran an RUU and lost all my Titanium backups a minute ago, along with who knows what else...The internal storage on the Rezound is located at /mnt/sdcard whereas the SD card is located at /mnt/sdcard/ext_sd -- This is a change from the OG and D2 I'm intimately familiar with.This means that apps that like to save out to the SD card (Titanium, JustPictures) arent actually saving to the SD card, they're saving to the internal storage of the phone, which is vulnerable to loss when an RUU or bootloader unlock takes place.Anyone know how to fix this? And by fix it, I mean making the SD card the primary storage location, so it's less susceptible to loss when I play around with a ROM? I have a 64gb SD card, and I'm perfectly happy making the internal storage completely unusable, or is there an app that can run in the background and mirror the internal storage out to the SD card?
External vs Internal Storage
Wednesday 31st of July 2013
I have an issue with SD/external storage and my phone's internal storage. And, as a heads up, I have already looked at other threads regarding this topic but none have addressed my issue.In a nutshell, my phone (Atrix 2) seems to automatically install apps and their data on my SD card rather than its internal storage; for example, the Google Play store won't let me download apps if the memory space on my removable SD card is insufficient while I have plenty of space on my device itself.Before I continue I'll give some specs: I have a 2 gb external SD (1.9 gb are used) and a 4.5 gb (1.2 gb are used) internal storage.Whether or not the issue above is supposed to happen, this has become a problem because my SD card is basically completely full (with apps consuming 1.2 gb out of the 1.9). Every article on Google consists of people asking how to free up internal memory by moving apps and data to their SD card storage while my problem is the exact opposite.The specific app that I'm currently trying to install is Blood and Glory: Legends. The Play store, at first, wouldn't let me install it
Will factory reset in recovery delete the internal storage?
Friday 02nd of August 2013
Hi everyone! I have a question that is bugging me. There is a lot of info on the net about full wipe hard reset etc. but all devices are different. Here's my question: I have sold my used Asus fonepad and did a factory reset in recovery mode along with installing the original Asus rom before I sold it. I installed the original rom in download mode since it was rooted before by me and the customer wanted it "out of the box" with no root. I followed the instructions of this site: . Seemed legit. Now with the phone sold I got paranoid. The site above says that all data is wiped with a factory reset but other sites (describing general android and samsung devices) states that factory reset won't delete data on the internal storage. The whole internal sd card/internal storage vs. external sd card makes me confused, but I guess we are talking about different partitions on the harddrive when we talk about system as well as the "internal sd card". That is at least what I can understand when searching the net. Please correct me if necessary. I am afraid I sold my fonepad
Any benefit to saving media to sd card vs internal storage on Note 3?
Thursday 25th of September 2014
Curious if storing videos, music, pictures etc on an external SD card vs the internal memory offers any benefit to the phone's performance or is there no added beneft? I'm not concerned with losing media, pictures etc as I back everything up. More curious which way would allow my phone to run smoother and faster and possibly free up more RAM even.
Internal vs USB Storage
Monday 01st of December 2014
How can I move/download Apps from Internal to USB Storage? My email to the manufacturer: 'Back in February I purchased a 7'' Google Android 4.0 16GB MID Capacitive Touch Screen Gsensor A10 Tablet MID70416W - Dragon Touch (16GB White), which I really like a lot but I’m having an issue with storage space, I’m trying to update and add Apps to the table but I’m getting an error saying there is not enough space to add anymore Apps but this is a 16GB Internal storage and I have added a 4GB card, I’ve tried moving Apps to the SD Card but only a couple of Apps can be moved, Can you help…' Manufacturer: 'Thanks for contacting us. We do understand your concern. Actually the 16GB is for the system and the stuff you downloaded will be saved in the limited local disk. And this tablet doesn't support to set external SD card to be default storage, so even you have a 4G card inserted, it won't help. You can download some apps in 'apk' format into your SD card then install in the tablet,then the caches will be smaller to take up less space in the local disk.Also you can transfer other files