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What's DOS?
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SD Card Storage

I purchased a new 16GB SD card for the phone and I want to install it... However I don't know what on my phone is on the internal memory and what is on the SD card that came with it.  I don't want to lose my APPS or contacts or anything like that... HELP!

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Re: SD Card Storage

You cant access the internal memory so there is nothing to worry about. You

just have to insert the card and then format it and mount it. You will be

good to go. Also don't use the apps to SD feature as there is a known issue

with apps disappearing from it.

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Re: SD Card Storage

You can plug the phone into computer, copy card to pc, then copy this data back to new card.

There should not be any contacts on the SD card. The only thing on the card is music or media you put there. Some apps may store data there too.

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Re: SD Card Storage

Contacts should be on the internal memory.  Move your apps to phone via settings>manage applications and going to On SD Card.  If there's any green checkmarks select it and move apps to phone.

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Message 5 of 16 (107 Views)

Re: SD Card Storage

Quick and easy way to find out if any apps are on your sdcard


 


From the homescreen press the menu button/settings/apps/manage apps/on sd card


Then scroll down the list and any that have a green box next to them are on your sdcard. If you then tap said app, you will have the option of moving it to your internal storage

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Location: India
Message 6 of 16 (107 Views)

Re: SD Card Storage


Eagle328 said:

You cant access the internal memory so there is nothing to worry about. You


just have to insert the card and then format it and mount it. You will be


good to go. Also don't use the apps to SD feature as there is a known issue


with apps disappearing from it.



 I recently ran in to the infamous class 10 issue on my Transcend 32gb stock rom unrooted MB865 after 4 months of glitch free use. I just wanted to know what exactly is the known issue for "Apps 2 SD' application. I ask this because if I use a class 4 which is supposed to work fine, but if I then start moving apps using this app to the SD will there be a problem? If yes then which program should I use to move apps to SD as else what use is such a mammoth 32gb storage for besides music & videos as I keep installing a lot of apps.  


Also since I now want to move all contents i.e including all apps which were moved to it (class 10) as allowed by developers to new card (class 4) how should I go about it?


1) Would I need to just Copy the whole card as is in to a pc folder the paste the same on to the new card?? 
2) or is it a better idea to redownload all apps once again? I have back up on the card for all my apps from "Apps2SD" but then I believe it's backs up all version of any single app then how should I go about it restoring apps on to the new card ensuring I am restoring the latest version as it stores multiple previous version backups as well? 
3) Before using the card for the first time for optimum performance is it required to format the card from within the phone or from PC using a tool like "Autoformat".exe (also what's the deal on NTFS,FAT formats, which one is better and how to go about it?) Any idea on what kind of file system does the complete format option of autoformat.exe available on the transcend site do?


Would appreciate inputs from all. Thanks

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Re: SD Card Storage

@Roshan - if you just do a full copy of the card you should be fine - but you need to make sure htat you copy everything including hidden files.


As for Format choices - it really should not matter how or where it is formatted. As for type of format, you don't usually get a choice - FAT32 is the best for removable storage and the only thing supported by all devices.


No idea what transcend tools do, but again, if you don't do FAT32 then the card will not work in both PC and phone. NTFS won't work in phone, and the new ExtFat won't work in most phones and only some windows OS.


The issue I have seen is about writing to the card.. it acts read only or can't be read until the card is unmounted and remounted. I have never moved apps to a storage card - no need to for me. Plus many apps don't run right or they use extra power keeping the card bus powered.

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Re: SD Card Storage


AlphaDog said:

@Roshan - if you just do a full copy of the card you should be fine - but you need to make sure htat you copy everything including hidden files.


As for Format choices - it really should not matter how or where it is formatted. As for type of format, you don't usually get a choice - FAT32 is the best for removable storage and the only thing supported by all devices.


No idea what transcend tools do, but again, if you don't do FAT32 then the card will not work in both PC and phone. NTFS won't work in phone, and the new ExtFat won't work in most phones and only some windows OS.


The issue I have seen is about writing to the card.. it acts read only or can't be read until the card is unmounted and remounted. I have never moved apps to a storage card - no need to for me. Plus many apps don't run right or they use extra power keeping the card bus powered.



 @ Alpha, thanks but I still have following questions now in reference to 32gb Class 4 which I intend to buy :


1) Will 32 gb class 4 work without any hitches at all on Atrix 2? There is no 32 gb class 6 available of any brand,correct?


2)) Does Atrix 2 not support running of apps on SD i.e by using a app like "Apps 2 SD to move apps from phone to sd card"? I mean "Apps 2 SD moves the apps but will it yet cause problems even in class 4 (class 10 is inherently an issue I completely understand). If yes then how is that for EA games redemption (Asia Model) the phone necessarily asks for inserting SD card (I am now without inserting an SD card) & also many senior developers who say apps are not supposed to be moved to SD card, they themselves in their posts write (in reference to ICS devlp work) "move the file to root dir of your SD"?? Isn't that contradicting themselves. What is the deal here?


3) How do I make sure I copy hidden files as well (I recall having used the encryption feature for the SD card, how will that affect in the copy paste process)?


Surely would appreciate your & other members inputs. Thanks

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Message 9 of 16 (107 Views)

Re: SD Card Storage

I have a sandisk 32 gb class 4 card which works flawlessly.

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Message 10 of 16 (107 Views)

Re: SD Card Storage


macgiobuin said:

I have a sandisk 32 gb class 4 card which works flawlessly.



 Mac,


My Transcend 32 gb class 10 worked flawlessly for almost more than three months after which rebooting constantly in case phone switches off started to occur and that too was resolved mysteriously from time to time but now it totally does not accept the class 10 causing reboots.


Few questions for you :


1) How long have you been using this card?


2) Did you first format it before first use?  if yes via pc or via phone? Any particular format of the card or software you used that you might want to share.


3) Do you transfer Apps to sd using the app "App2SD or LinktoSD"? and if yes are you not facing issues like icon disappearance from home screen or apps disappearing etc? Coz my u/s from reading various posts of senior members is do not install apps to sd card.


Thanks for your help & advice.