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Old June 23rd, 2011, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Swapping SD cards and content

OK, dumb question coming from me, who has built and maintained computers since the early '80s, but I'm not quite sure about file structure and access from Android.

I've heard different advice regarding swapping SD cards. I have a 16gb Class 10 that will go into the Evo 3D. The only thing I want from the old card is music, but...

For games like Angry Birds, Peggle, etc. is the level stored within data on the SD card, meaning that transferring this information over puts me in at the same level I'm playing on the 4G?

Is user authentication (non-browser) from apps stored on SD card, so that copying these folders over prevents me from having to remember? Most of my userid & PW is in lastpass, but there are a few silly apps that I will likely not remember.

I've heard its best not to copy, there is lots of old app information that should probably be purged from SD card. At the same time, the more popular advice is to just copy over everything from old card to new. Then there's an additional twist, that there are some freebies on the new phone's card.

Thanks in advance for your advice, polite ribbing, old age jokes, etc.

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It depends on the game, really. Sometimes save progress is on the SD card, sometimes it's built into the app. I'm not sure about Angry Birds, but Peggle should be able to be copied. Just move the games to SD card and find where they are on the SD card and try a straight copy of those folders.
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Has anyone figured out how to copy over the Green Hornet movie so it will work? I copied everything on the 8 GB card that came with the phone to my 32 GB Class 10 Card, but while the move shows up, it will not play.

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Has anyone figured out how to copy over the Green Hornet movie so it will work? I copied everything on the 8 GB card that came with the phone to my 32 GB Class 10 Card, but while the move shows up, it will not play.

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Just copy and paste, the issue with the movie not playing was on htc's side. My copy started playing this morning after not working at all previously and every thing was copy and pasted to my 16gb class 6.
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Just copy and paste, the issue with the movie not playing was on htc's side. My copy started playing this morning after not working at all previously and every thing was copy and pasted to my 16gb class 6.
THANKS! Your right, works perfect now!

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Hey got a question that I cant wrap my brain around.

If I plan on using the new SD card in the 3D tomorrow(Heard they are faster), but I back all my stuff on my SD card now to my computer...what about the apps that have data on the SD card?

What I mean is, if I copy all that stuff, and tomorrow when I get the 3D and fire up app brain to restore apps...they are obviously not going to go straight to the SD card like before correct?

So what happens when I push to have some storage sent to the SD card, will it overwrite what I already have backed up?

Hope that makes sense....
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I've heard its best not to copy, there is lots of old app information that should probably be purged from SD card. At the same time, the more popular advice is to just copy over everything from old card to new. Then there's an additional twist, that there are some freebies on the new phone's card.

Thanks in advance for your advice, polite ribbing, old age jokes, etc.
I'm deciding this as well. Most likely I'm going to go with only copying the stuff I know I want. And then for app data, I'll deal with either losing my settings, or if it's important, I'll try to copy over the relevant data...

My sdcard is a mess of stuff. lots of apps I no longer have left junk in there. So I don't mind starting from scratch somewhat.
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Hey got a question that I cant wrap my brain around.

If I plan on using the new SD card in the 3D tomorrow(Heard they are faster), but I back all my stuff on my SD card now to my computer...what about the apps that have data on the SD card?

What I mean is, if I copy all that stuff, and tomorrow when I get the 3D and fire up app brain to restore apps...they are obviously not going to go straight to the SD card like before correct?

So what happens when I push to have some storage sent to the SD card, will it overwrite what I already have backed up?

Hope that makes sense....
I suggest just copying your Pictures and Music over. Don't move over the app stuff. I have done that before and when you install all your apps from the market or AppBrain and then try and move them to the SD card you get an error the first time. When you press move to SD again it works but it takes two presses therefore it takes longer.
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I'm deciding this as well. Most likely I'm going to go with only copying the stuff I know I want. And then for app data, I'll deal with either losing my settings, or if it's important, I'll try to copy over the relevant data...

My sdcard is a mess of stuff. lots of apps I no longer have left junk in there. So I don't mind starting from scratch somewhat.
First I plugged in my 3D and copy the entire contents of the SD Card to my laptop in a folder called 3D. Then I plugged in my OG and cut everything off of my 32gb card and put it on my PC in a folder called EVO Backup and then copied the entire contents of the 3D card. Then I just kind of went through my EVO Backup and copied the pictures and music and downloads and a few other things but left the Apps stuff alone because that can turn into a headache.
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I suggest just copying your Pictures and Music over. Don't move over the app stuff. I have done that before and when you install all your apps from the market or AppBrain and then try and move them to the SD card you get an error the first time. When you press move to SD again it works but it takes two presses therefore it takes longer.

So pretty much be losing all data and settings that are on those apps?

Not that I care too much about the apps. Obviously my Music and Pics are important...and I'll copy backup files for Texts and Call logs(Need that from work). Everything else is really nonimportant.

Speaking of the Texts and Call logs, has any one ever notice an issue when copying those two onto a new Android phone? And not like Evo to Evo, Ive done that before.

I mean like the Evo to the 3D or any other android phone?
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once the Evo 3D is rooted, you can restore app settings. And I'm starting to realize how great root is now that I don't have it.

But rather than wait for a root exploit, I'm just going to suck it up and manually configure all my apps.

And agreed that the desktop serves as a good temp folder for transferring SD card data
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Do I need to format the neg 16Gb card in the phone before I copy to it?
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Can anyone tell me what I'd be losing if I just put in a new SD card to replace the one it comes with?
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once the Evo 3D is rooted, you can restore app settings. And I'm starting to realize how great root is now that I don't have it.

But rather than wait for a root exploit, I'm just going to suck it up and manually configure all my apps.

And agreed that the desktop serves as a good temp folder for transferring SD card data

I'm only going to miss root, for the Wireless tether app....it has been clutch having that for work and being able to get on my laptop at ANY time.


Unless the 3D has the Native app(Nonroot) that is in Gingerbread?
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Can anyone tell me what I'd be losing if I just put in a new SD card to replace the one it comes with?
you may lose some app settings (for apps that use the sdcard to store settings). you'd obviously lose anything you put on it.

other than that, putting in an empty SD card is a pretty harmless process. your phone won't complain.
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you may lose some app settings (for apps that use the sdcard to store settings). you'd obviously lose anything you put on it.

other than that, putting in an empty SD card is a pretty harmless process. your phone won't complain.
I just want to make sure I wont lose anything I actually need from whats the phones original SD card as new.
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I just want to make sure I wont lose anything I actually need from whats the phones original SD card as new.
I think you would only use The Green Hornet movie stuff.
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I'm deciding this as well. Most likely I'm going to go with only copying the stuff I know I want. And then for app data, I'll deal with either losing my settings, or if it's important, I'll try to copy over the relevant data...

My sdcard is a mess of stuff. lots of apps I no longer have left junk in there. So I don't mind starting from scratch somewhat.
Having built Windows machines since version 1.0 I'm accustomed to rebuilding from scratch. Yeah, it took awhile to get to this point in Plants vs. Zombies but I'm stuck at this level anyway (freakin' bungee-zombies), so who cares. Based on the advice from folks responding I will just copy over my music and take a productivity hit by doing the rest from scratch. I think I will be happier in the long term.

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Does anyone know where I can get the Green Hornet movie that came preloaded on the SD card. I switched out the standard 8 gig SD card with my 16 gig I had in my OG Evo. But now I'm not sure where I can put the 8 gig card. Any solutions?
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Does anyone know where I can get the Green Hornet movie that came preloaded on the SD card. I switched out the standard 8 gig SD card with my 16 gig I had in my OG Evo. But now I'm not sure where I can put the 8 gig card. Any solutions?
Same problem here. Let's take it a step further and say I formatted the 8gig card because I assumed you could either re-download the movie or that it would be streaming. I never dealt with HTC Watch before and assumed the movie would be accessible over and over again from my account.
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Would it work to backup old SD card onto computer, then install your apps on the new phone, then move the app data folders/files over 1 by 1 overwriting the "new" files?

There are a few apps for which I really don't wanna have to restore all my settings manually.
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no thats not recommended to do. if you are changing from different handsets you can transfer problems over.. best to do a fresh manual install...
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Sorry if this question has already been asked. But I have an app on my 4G that I would like to put on my 3VO. For all of my other apps, I re-downloaded them from the Market. However, I can't find this app on the market anymore (tried the app share feature and the link didn't work). So is there a way to find it on my phone and copy it over to the 3VO? Even though the app doesn't appear to be on the market anymore, it still works fine on my 4G.
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Sorry if this question has already been asked. But I have an app on my 4G that I would like to put on my 3VO. For all of my other apps, I re-downloaded them from the Market. However, I can't find this app on the market anymore (tried the app share feature and the link didn't work). So is there a way to find it on my phone and copy it over to the 3VO? Even though the app doesn't appear to be on the market anymore, it still works fine on my 4G.
I know for a fact that the SystemPanel app: https://market.android.com/details?id=nextapp.systempanel.r1&hl=en

can do this (it has an app installer/archive function and basically produces an *.apk that can be transferred to your other device), and I believe Resco File Explorer has a similar app backup function but I can't be sure of this.

If you want to also save the app data (like high scores or save games) and they are within the app, you'll have to have your 4G rooted and wait for a permanent root solution for the Evo 3D and then use something like Titanium backup.
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What was the name of the app?

Astro file manager has a backup function which backsup all the apk files into a folder on the SD Card. I'm not sure if you require root for it to work though.
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Hi all,
just got my 3D sunday and the girl at Best Buy didnt backup correctly.
Before i switched phones i copied the EVO 4G Hardrive to sd card and it appears to have my apps.Is it possible to load the contents from sd card to recover my apps
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not really. you will have to install all apps manually, and some will see the data some wont
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Default Proper way to swap my 32GB card into new EVO3D

Sorry if this has been covered, but I'm picking up a new EVO3D tomorrow and would like to confirm with the gurus on here the proper way to transfer my 32GB SD card from my current EVO4G phone. Here's what I think I'm going to do:

1. Do an AppBrain Sync of all my apps on my current EVO4G. Also, I will do a backup of my SMS, MMS, Call Log, and Bookmarks for transfer to my new phone.

2. Plug my current EVO4G into my laptop and copy the entire contents of the 32GB SD card to a folder called EVO4G Backup.

3. Plug my new EVO3D into my laptop and copy the entire contents of the provided 8GB SD card to a folder called EVO3D Backup.

4. Copy movies, pictures, and/or music ONLY from the EVO4G Backup folder to the EVO3D folder. I am not planning to copy any other app or system folders from EVO4G to EVO3D, as I think that may mess up the 3D with old junk (one exception: I will probably copy a backup of my call log, SMS, MMS, and bookmarks made using MyBackup so I can restore them onto the new phone...I will need that stuff). If anyone has any suggestions for folders I should copy from my EVO, please let me know.

5. Turn off both phones and transfer my 32GB SD card from my EVO4G to my EVO3D. Turn on the EVO3D and format the 32GB card in the EVO3d (how is this done? I'm not sure, but I'm betting it's a good idea). I also plan to put the 8GB SD card provided with the EVO3D into my EVO4G and format it.

6. Plug my EVO3D back into my laptop and copy the contents of the EVO3D Backup folder to the EVO3D SD card. Unplug the phone and do a restart to make sure that the phone is functioning normally.

7. Install AppBrain and reinstall all my synced apps from AppBrain (no data, but I'll live). User MyBackup (unrooted) to restore the SMS, MMS, Call Log, and Bookmarks.

8. Rock on with 3D awesomeness!

My only question on the above (bolded) is how to do the SD card format in the new phone...other than that, let me know if I'm missing something. Thanks, all...
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menu, settings, SD & phone storage. "Unmount SD card". Then, "Erase SD card"
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Sorry if this has been covered, but I'm picking up a new EVO3D tomorrow and would like to confirm with the gurus on here the proper way to transfer my 32GB SD card from my current EVO4G phone. Here's what I think I'm going to do:

4. Copy movies, pictures, and/or music ONLY from the EVO4G Backup folder to the EVO3D folder. I am not planning to copy any other app or system folders from EVO4G to EVO3D, as I think that may mess up the 3D with old junk (one exception: I will probably copy a backup of my call log, SMS, MMS, and bookmarks made using MyBackup so I can restore them onto the new phone...I will need that stuff). If anyone has any suggestions for folders I should copy from my EVO, please let me know.

5. Turn off both phones and transfer my 32GB SD card from my EVO4G to my EVO3D. Turn on the EVO3D and format the 32GB card in the EVO3d (how is this done? I'm not sure, but I'm betting it's a good idea). I also plan to put the 8GB SD card provided with the EVO3D into my EVO4G and format it.

My only question on the above (bolded) is how to do the SD card format in the new phone...other than that, let me know if I'm missing something. Thanks, all...
The phones will automatically detect and mount FAT file system cards universally, doesn't matter if it is new or old. No formatting (erasing) necessary unless you want to clear all files and libraries from them (recommended), or partition the card for another file system (advanced users).

Sounds like you are on the right track. I moved some other files over, like my Angry Birds profile and other game saves (although I have not tried to use them yet). Don't forget the '.data' folder because it contains your copy of Green Hornet 3D and HTC Watch update.'dcim' as you know contains your camera photos. Some other files may have things in them the system needs ('.android_secure' and 'Android'?). Back up first, Format the cards, then reload files on them so you have a fresh start. And always keep a back up copy on your computer just in case.

To get to the format (erase) utility through the phone: From the home screen press Menu -> Settings -> SD and Phone Storage -> Unmount SD card -> Erase SD Card. If I recall correctly, The phone can only format cards up to 16GB.

I highly recommend this Formatting (erase) utility for the PC though: SD Card Formatter 3.0 It is a computer utility that erases and formats SD cards. The software is produced through official channels and is distributed by the SD Card Association themselves.

It features a Full Erase and Full Overwrite mode as well as quick format. I like full overwrite because it helps me feel more secure in that my data is erased from the card and over written by 1's and 0's, where as the quick format utility found on the phone may potentially leave recoverable data. Be aware, the full overwrite will take a long while, be prepared to set it and come back later. It is a good little utility nonetheless.
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Sorry I meant to post my steps as a new thread, but appreciate the comments. Question to Pyro: You said that "the phone can only format cards up to 16GB"...can that be right? I and many others have a 32GB card, the phone can read it as such...
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Sorry I meant to post my steps as a new thread, but appreciate the comments. Question to Pyro: You said that "the phone can only format cards up to 16GB"...can that be right? I and many others have a 32GB card, the phone can read it as such...
You created a new thread, but it is a frequented subject with an established home so a moderator politely merged it to where it has been more or less asked and answered before.

I know it sounds weird but it really did use to be true back when the Evo 4G came out and 32GB cards were new/scarce, It may have been fixed with the new versions of Android I can't recall for sure. There was a software problem where it could read and write to 32GB cards but for some reason Android's format option was grayed out or shot an error. Like I said it may have been fixed but I have had a 32GB card for over a year and vividly remember experiencing it first hand.

That is why I knew of the SD formatting utility in the first place, and I won't use anything else now. It really is a wonderful free tool to have.

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Found some documentation from last April for fun (it must have been fixed a month or three after this with an update):
http://www.androidcentral.com/android-doesnt-play-nice-yet-32-gigabyte-microsd-cards
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I just received a new 32gb memory card that i want to install on my evo 3d. What is the correctly way to install this? Do i need to format or do anything like that or do I just put it in and go?

I have very few pictures so don't care about the transfer of them to new card.

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Transfer what you want insert and go
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No formatting needed?
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To be more specific:

1) Connect your device to your PC and open up your existing 8gb SD card on your desktop.

2) Create a folder and copy everything from your SD card to that new folder.

3) Name and save that new folder somewhere on your PC.

4) Disconnect your device and open up the back cover of your device to remove your 8gb SD card.

5) Insert your new 32gb SD card and put the cover back on.

6) Turn on your device, allow it to boot up, and reconnect to your PC.

7) THERE IS NO FORMATTING NECESSARY.

8) Open your SD card connection and copy over the files that you placed in the new folder.

9) Disconnect, and make sure you check each file to ensure it works properly.

10) You're done.
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If formatting is required, the phone will tell you that it needs to format the SD card before it can use it and give you a prompt to format.
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I just received a new 32gb memory card that i want to install on my evo 3d. What is the correctly way to install this? Do i need to format or do anything like that or do I just put it in and go?

I have very few pictures so don't care about the transfer of them to new card.

thanks guys!
The answer has already been provided in here. I just wanted to weigh in with an idea:

With the falling prices and further proliferation of 32GB MicroSD cards, I think this question needs to go in the FAQ somewhere. I have answered this question twice in the past month.
Micro SDHC card discussion for the Evo 3D.
Swapping SD cards and content

This original thread has been merged to one of these ^ linked threads now (thanks Mods). Scroll up a little ways to find a priceless SD formatting utility for the PC.
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I bought a 32 bg micro sd card as an upgrade but cant quite get it working when i open the shortcut on my home screen it doesnt open, i copy and paste the files but that doesnt work any program/app i can use?
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I got a new sd card and followed the instructions but when I remove from the computer it takes away files that i transferred on the sd card
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Just wanted to say that no all micro sd cards work on this phone.... I had bought a Patriot version of a micro sd card. and nothing but problems as soon as i started using it. Kept getting an error that said my sd card was unexpectedly disconnected. Decided to go and but another Sandisk version, and no problems at all again. So maybe we need a list of brands that work with this phone. At first i opted out to buy the 20 dollar cheaper one, and found out it did not work very well. ( only half the time).........
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I just recently registered in the forum and the amount of information is amazing.

Like many of you i also changed my phones SD Card but i forgot to back it up at all. I gave my old card to someone else who of course formatted it before i could figure out the mistake i had made.

Is there a way to get back at least the stuff that came with the phone like the 3D pics?
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I just recently registered in the forum and the amount of information is amazing.

Like many of you i also changed my phones SD Card but i forgot to back it up at all. I gave my old card to someone else who of course formatted it before i could figure out the mistake i had made.

Is there a way to get back at least the stuff that came with the phone like the 3D pics?
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Welcome Mario! There is alot of information, Sometimes it is difficult to sift through it all and find the right answer. Don't worry though there is always someone around willing to help out.

You could try this program to try and 'rescue' the old files, but I'm thinking that will be a lost cause at this point since your friend now owns the SD card
Undelete for SD Card - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Check out the awesome FAQ/Guide if you haven't already.
[OFFICIAL SOLUTION FAQ] Having trouble with your EVO 3D? Click here!
It has lots of info, sort of streamlined. Topic 1.03 and 2.11 are applicable to you, just hit the 'show' button. I've included the link you need here though.

You will be led to this link:
Stock Evo 3d SD Card Contents *.zip *Now LIVE* - xda-developers

There you will find a .zip of the SD card original contents, which includes the 3D pictures and other goodies.
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Welcome Mario! There is alot of information, Sometimes it is difficult to sift through it all and find the right answer. Don't worry though there is always someone around willing to help out.

You could try this program to try and 'rescue' the old files, but I'm thinking that will be a lost cause at this point since your friend now owns the SD card
Undelete for SD Card - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Check out the awesome FAQ/Guide if you haven't already.
[OFFICIAL SOLUTION FAQ] Having trouble with your EVO 3D? Click here!
It has lots of info, sort of streamlined. Topic 1.03 and 2.11 are applicable to you, just hit the 'show' button. I've included the link you need here though.

You will be led to this link:
Stock Evo 3d SD Card Contents *.zip *Now LIVE* - xda-developers

There you will find a .zip of the SD card original contents, which includes the 3D pictures and other goodies.
Thank you

The zip file with all the content is what can really be helpful to me but unfortunately today most of the sites are going black in sign of protest.
Ill be checking the other links immediately.

Thanks again
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The zip file with all the content is what can really be helpful to me but unfortunately today most of the sites are going black in sign of protest.
Ill be checking the other links immediately.

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XDA is back up as of 1 PM EST.
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hi everyone, i just got htc evo3d with an 8gb memory card installed , i want to change my micro sd card to 16gb but i got lot of application installed on my 8gb , is there any safe way to do it ...

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Simply copy all of the files to a PC and then copy all of the files to the new SD card. You can use a media card reader or the phone itself.
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it is very simple , thank you ...
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I tried the basic backup that was proposed with my 3d EVO.

Copied 8gb card to computer.
Inserted 32gb card in phone.
Copied 8 GB of files back to the new card.

Here are the errors I'm getting. In the DCIM folder... Only some of the photo files transfer back and they aren't accessible by the photo program.

Is there a folder limit ?

I have a large number of photo's on my phone. In fact it's probably the majority of the card taken space.

Anyone else have this problem ?

Suggestions ?
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