Installing a new SD CardSupport


  1. Groty

    Groty Well-Known Member

    I just picked up a new 8gig Class 6 for my hero. The original 2gig in the phone looks like it has a lot of application related data on it. Do I need need to copy this over to the new SD Card or will everything be automatically rebuilt on the new card?

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  2. JB in AZ

    JB in AZ VIP Member VIP Member

    Great question! I bet there is more info needed before the knowledgeable folks here can give you a good answer.

    Two I can think of are:

    Are you rooted?

    Are you using aps2sd?
  3. LBPHeretic

    LBPHeretic Well-Known Member

    I popped an 8GB - Class 6 microSD card into my Sprint HTC Hero the same day I bought it. All I did was copy everything off of the 2GB microSD card to my PC's desktop and then copy all of that back to the new microSD card when I had installed it in the handset.

    I have not experienced any issues by doing this. I hope this helps you out.
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  4. deedub

    deedub Well-Known Member

    I just bought a new 8gb class 6 from Amazon as they have them for so cheap right now. I did the switchover yesterday. Here is what I did:

    1. After connecting the phone to my PC and mounting the old 2gb card, I created a "Android Backup" folder in "My Documents" on my PC, and then did a mass copy of everything to the new Android Backup folder from the root so I would get all of established SD card folders.

    2. Unmounted the 2gb card so it was safe to remove from the phone, removed it, and then inserted the new 8gb card and formatted it, then mounted the card again so the PC sees it as a drive.

    3. Copied everything (again from the root) from the Android Backup folder on my PC to the new card in the Hero.

    Worked like a charm and all of the various folders were successfully copied both ways and it didn't take that long to do either.

    Dave
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  5. LBPHeretic

    LBPHeretic Well-Known Member

    Very descriptive, deedub! That is pretty much what I meant, but you went into better detail.

    It is a relatively simple process and and anyone with a little knowledge of copying files from one source to another should be able to handle it. Good stuff!
  6. deedub

    deedub Well-Known Member

    Thanks LBP, I was typing longer (and probably slower) so you beat me to it :D
  7. Little Darwin

    Little Darwin Well-Known Member

    Just to increase confidence if needed...

    I can confirm that the process outlined here worked for me when I moved to an 8gb class 6 card too.
  8. Groty

    Groty Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys! I just didn't know if Android would want to see the empty SD Card and do some type of a rebuild based on the apps installed. Your route is the one I was going to take, just wanted to make sure.
  9. jholladay

    jholladay New Member

    Windows 7 (explorer?) had a problem with the length of file names used by google books.

    I used cygwin to copy the files:

    cd /cygdrive/c/windows/temp
    cp -rpv /cygdrive/e/* .
    (disconnect, unmount, replace card in android, remount, reconnect USB)
    cp -rpv android/* /cygdrive/e/Android

    (not sure why the case was different on the 2 cards)
  10. Snagglepuss

    Snagglepuss Member

    I used the same process described above useing my Mac and a 16gb card. Worked flawlessly. Have not experienced any problems with the card or data in over a year.
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