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Old January 15th, 2012, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I did not come up with this, MikesTooLz did. i am simply just sharing it BUT there is a problem that i have run into thanks to this. I'll explain at the end.

I hate how the LG Esteem has a fake internal 4GB SD card. Its a small amount of storage and not all apps can find the external SD card storage located in /sdcard/_ExternalSD/

The last update to the Google Plus app also broke auto upload of photos stored on my external SD card. I have figured out how to make my 16GB SD card show up as the internal memory (or as the Main /sdcard/ directory) and the internal fake SD card storage shows up as external storage.


To do this your phone must already be rooted.
Once the phone is rooted its just a matter of replacing a file on the phone with the modified file.

Download the following file, unzip it on your computer and transfer the vold.fstab to your SD Card. After you have the file on your SD card, use a program like Root Explorer to copy the file to /system/etc/
When it asks if you want to replace the existing file with this new one, select yes to replace the file.
Reboot the phone and start enjoying your new increased internal memory.

http://androidinvasion.us/downloads/vold.zip


My problem is when i plug into a pc to get to my both memory cards, it wont connect. It says it has dismounted the external SD card but that's all. I then downloaded muti-Mount sd app. it kinda works but i have to enable the original Mass storage and then the muti-mount SD. sadly this will only give me access to the internal memory and not my external. i was thinking that when the original maker of this file was creating or editing it that he left out or deleted some important line of code to make this properly work. Any clues or ideas?

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yea, but it causing other issues too from what I've read. mainly all thats done is changing the order of the 2 in the vold.fstab.

its a give n take kinda of mod lol
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Clearly it does, would you or anyone else reading this be able to give me the original file it replace, I stupidly did not back it up. i wanna open them side by side and see if maybe there's something missing or to much added. I'm not to good at stuff like this but i usually find my way around things after some time, also i posted it here in hope that we can all correct this.
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Clearly it does, would you or anyone else reading this be able to give me the original file it replace, I stupidly did not back it up. i wanna open them side by side and see if maybe there's something missing or to much added. I'm not to good at stuff like this but i usually find my way around things after some time, also i posted it here in hope that we can all correct this.
heres what the original has in it:
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dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host/mmc1
dev_mount extsdcard /mnt/sdcard/_ExternalSD auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host/mmc3
original file attached to this post too. Just renamed n remove the .txt and then place it in system/etc
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The Replacement.

dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host/mmc3
dev_mount extsdcard /mnt/sdcard/_ExternalSD auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host/mmc1
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Is there any way to just change the partition on the internal memory to allow the entire internal memory to be used as such, for system and data, and to have the SD card be external memory? You know, like a normal phone?
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Is there any way to just change the partition on the internal memory to allow the entire internal memory to be used as such, for system and data, and to have the SD card be external memory? You know, like a normal phone?
no, the phones has 8 gb which is split up in different parts, and the os goes on 1 part of it, and so on.
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Is there any way to just change the partition on the internal memory to allow the entire internal memory to be used as such, for system and data, and to have the SD card be external memory? You know, like a normal phone?
actually most mid to high end phones and tablets are the same way and all phones will eventually follow suit. So technically what you are calling normal is technically not.
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The Replacement.

dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host/mmc3
dev_mount extsdcard /mnt/sdcard/_ExternalSD auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host/mmc1

Did this fix your problem from your OP?
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Why can't I view my SD cards Total/Available space? For both, it says "Unavailable". Its been like that since I purchased the phone, about a month ago. It always annoyed me.
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Thats not normal especially if it was that way stock. I would have had it replaced.
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Help me plz, i use that app on my lenovo ideapad a1 and after rebooting my tab, the tab does not detect micro sd card. What should i do? Now i m unable to restore firmware.
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yea, but it causing other issues too from what I've read. mainly all thats done is changing the order of the 2 in the vold.fstab.

its a give n take kinda of mod lol

I thought about it too. Maybe it's better to comment out the internal memory, just redirect the real sdcard to /sdcard lol. The space is puny anyways compared to 32gb and all apps would just save to one spot.
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That sounds like a good idea lol...I would give up 4GB for 16GB (what I have) or 32GB in your case. But can you just comment it out with forward slashes and stars like in any other regular java code??
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I'm not 100% sure, I mean from the linux point of view, you can edit the vfstab file and save (carefully, backup first). But then there is the internal/external memory differentiation wich may or may not be a part of that file, that just means it should map it to /sdcard and tell android that path is external memory possibly. I'll take a look later tonight cause I really hate having folders scattered all over.
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Make 2 folders on your pc. One called INTERNAL, one called EXTERNAL
Connect to pc via usb
backup all the files in the INTERNAL drive, except the folder called _ExternalSD to the INTERNAL folder on your pc.
Copy all the contents from your sdcard's drive letter to EXTERNAL

Make a new folder on your pc called MERGED
In this order:
copy the contents of the EXTERNAL folder on your pc -> MERGED
copy the contents of the INTERNAL folder on your pc -> MERGED (overwrite if it asks)

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#[STAR eMMC migration]
# LG_FW_SDCARD
##dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host
##dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard 15 /devices/platform/goldfish_mmc.0 /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host/mmc1
##dev_mount extsdcard /mnt/sdcard/_ExternalSD auto /devices/platform/goldfish_mmc.1 /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host/mmc3
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#Commented out by kanaida
#dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host/mmc1
#dev_mount extsdcard /mnt/sdcard/_ExternalSD auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host/mmc3
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#New Values:
dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard/_ExternalSD auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host/mmc1
dev_mount extsdcard /mnt/sdcard auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host/mmc3
#
#[STAR eMMC migration]
once that's done,
reboot your phone. Now the partitions are backwards internal is the real sd and external is your internal memory. You can now format them both if you want, connect back to your pc and copy the MERGED folder into the INTERNAL memory on your phone so all data is nice and merged in one place
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Hmm looks like usb mode doesn't mount the drives correctly, they just make the drive letters but no drive mounted. That's workable for me though. I just use samba to do my dirty work over the network didn't ever use usb really anyways when windows shares are so much more convenient. It may have to do with the entries in init.rc but those are kind of a pain to play with, think you gotta flash a zip to modify those.
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There is also an app on the market called "airdroid" that allows you to wirelessly transfer files as long as your PC and phone are connected to the same wifi network...it works great and is unbelieveably free
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I got airdroid too, but samba actually lets you use the phone identically to as usb storage mode so it's convenient for this purpose.

just click start, type \\YourPhone'sIP and you're good to go
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Nice...I'll look into it...does it allow you to reply to text messages from your PC as well? That's my main use for air Droid lol
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lol... it's totally different. it makes your phone pretend to be a windows computer on the same network and shares out your sdcard as if it was a regular folder.

Airdroid is just a web interface for your phone to do stuff, it's all web browser stuff. A remote control pretty much.
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UPDATE: DO NOT TRY THIS.
I'm not sure if it's because i tried formatting the internal sd after this (because I was able to reboot and copy stuff ok), but my phone sat there charging for a while, and I just saw a red led, but couldn't turn the screen back on, so I held the power button and nothing. Then I took the battery out and put it back in, nothing turns on at all, no LG logo, vibration... nothing. Tried another battery, same thing. Even though I don't think it makes sense or that it's related, I suggest NOT trying it to be on the safe side. I think it just died on it's own, I will see tommorow if I can exchange it for the other new dual core LG. I know it doesn't have hdmi but I don't use it so this might be goodbye guys as I won't have an esteem anymore.
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holy crap...this has happened to alot of people...well in any case let us know if you actually get the connect or not lol...sorry about your phone though
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Hey guys, i know there are some smart people out there but i need help. Okay, so i updated to zvd and tryed this method. it all worked, however just wouldn't stop media scanning. After all that, i just deleted the vold and did a hard reset....now its saying i have no sd card! i know there's gotta be a way to fix it, but its hard to even download anything because it says i have no sd card. Any ideas? This has,happened before, but i just reflashed my ROM and it fixed itself. What should i do?!? Please h
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Hey guys, i know there are some smart people out there but i need help. Okay, so i updated to zvd and tryed this method. it all worked, however just wouldn't stop media scanning. After all that, i just deleted the vold and did a hard reset....now its saying i have no sd card! i know there's gotta be a way to fix it, but its hard to even download anything because it says i have no sd card. Any ideas? This has,happened before, but i just reflashed my ROM and it fixed itself. What should i do?!? Please h
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If you've not dl'd a rom, just dl one n grab vold.fstab from the system/etc dir in the zip and the do adb remount and then adb push vold.fstab /system/etc/ and then reboot. That should fix u up.
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If you've not dl'd a rom, just dl one n grab vold.fstab from the system/etc dir in the zip and the do adb remount and then adb push vold.fstab /system/etc/ and then reboot. That should fix u up.
well that's what i'm trying to do but the update took away cwm. and i can't reinstall it without cwm knowing i have A sd card.
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well that's what i'm trying to do but the update took away cwm. and i can't reinstall it without cwm knowing i have A sd card.
U just need root so the adb remount will work
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i already rooted zvd
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Install cwm with the AIO, then u can update it with rm later.
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UPDATE: DO NOT TRY THIS.
I'm not sure if it's because i tried formatting the internal sd after this (because I was able to reboot and copy stuff ok), but my phone sat there charging for a while, and I just saw a red led, but couldn't turn the screen back on, so I held the power button and nothing. Then I took the battery out and put it back in, nothing turns on at all, no LG logo, vibration... nothing. Tried another battery, same thing. Even though I don't think it makes sense or that it's related, I suggest NOT trying it to be on the safe side. I think it just died on it's own, I will see tommorow if I can exchange it for the other new dual core LG. I know it doesn't have hdmi but I don't use it so this might be goodbye guys as I won't have an esteem anymore.
I wish I would have read this before....same thing just happened to me. I had to exchange it. But was there any ways to fix this before?
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I wish I would have read this before....same thing just happened to me. I had to exchange it. But was there any ways to fix this before?
so wats up did they give u another phone
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so wats up did they give u another phone
Yup they gave me a brand new one for 30$(:
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Playful God you do good work and I like your solutions. Can someone link a step by step to make my SD card on my phone work the other feed for the file is down.....
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Playful God you do good work and I like your solutions. Can someone link a step by step to make my SD card on my phone work the other feed for the file is down.....
If your talking about changing the sd cards around then read this quote below

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hi guys,
I NEED SOME HELP...

So im running the esteem rooted with black plague and flashed the 2.2 kernel.now my problem is the sd card.ive researched that ppl have problems with the internal and external sd drives...so i did the ''vold.fstab'' and now the phone doesn't recognize any sd card...no pics, no music, when i go to file manager and other apps says no sd card mounted.the phone is working but im worried if something happens that if i need to reflash or a back up that the files on sd card wont be found.
so i read you can re-mount and push the original ''vold.stab'' file from the ROM.
NEED HELP DOING THIS...!!! ANYONE...

Or is there a way to go back the way it was? and no my dumbass replaced the og file instead of renaming it (also tried to push the ''vold.stab'' file to system/etc seemed to work but no changes)
still dont know how to ''re-mount'' using adb...
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Make 2 folders on your pc. One called INTERNAL, one called EXTERNAL
Connect to pc via usb
backup all the files in the INTERNAL drive, except the folder called _ExternalSD to the INTERNAL folder on your pc.
Copy all the contents from your sdcard's drive letter to EXTERNAL

Make a new folder on your pc called MERGED
In this order:
copy the contents of the EXTERNAL folder on your pc -> MERGED
copy the contents of the INTERNAL folder on your pc -> MERGED (overwrite if it asks)

replace the contents of /etc/vold.fstab with:
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## Regular device mount
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## Format: dev_mount <label> <mount_point> <part> <sysfs_path1...>
## label        - Label for the volume
## mount_point  - Where the volume will be mounted
## part         - Partition # (1 based), or 'auto' for first usable partition.
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#[STAR eMMC migration]
# LG_FW_SDCARD
##dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host
##dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard 15 /devices/platform/goldfish_mmc.0 /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host/mmc1
##dev_mount extsdcard /mnt/sdcard/_ExternalSD auto /devices/platform/goldfish_mmc.1 /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host/mmc3
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#Commented out by kanaida
#dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host/mmc1
#dev_mount extsdcard /mnt/sdcard/_ExternalSD auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host/mmc3
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#New Values:
dev_mount sdcard /mnt/sdcard/_ExternalSD auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.2/mmc_host/mmc1
dev_mount extsdcard /mnt/sdcard auto /devices/platform/msm_sdcc.4/mmc_host/mmc3
#
#[STAR eMMC migration]
once that's done,
reboot your phone. Now the partitions are backwards internal is the real sd and external is your internal memory. You can now format them both if you want, connect back to your pc and copy the MERGED folder into the INTERNAL memory on your phone so all data is nice and merged in one place
may it work on a wildfire s android 2.3.5?? (ofc rooted)
because i have still the same problem...
less internal storage -.-
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may it work on a wildfire s android 2.3.5?? (ofc rooted)
because i have still the same problem...
less internal storage -.-
I don't know about this working on yours but maybe partition your sd and use link2sd it's in the Google play store.

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I wouldn't try it. This one is built for the esteem.
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I don't know about this working on yours but maybe partition your sd and use link2sd it's in the Google play store.

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ive partitioned my sd by rom manager but its still too less for me
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i was already to try it and than i red there something with "...LG..."
so now im asking...
i dont think its enough to change it just in "HTC" there because the system setting folfers might be totally different created....
but i just dont know...
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