Internal Storage PartitionSupport


  1. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Okay, so even though this isn't my primary device and a family member uses it daily, I'd like to find out if anybody has noticed that there doesn't seem to be any partitioning on the Photon Q. It seems like all of the internal storage is merged together, however, it's still identified as external1.

    Has anybody tried moving apps to SD and when doing so, does it show the actual partitioning of the internal storage or is there truly no partitioning. On top of that, what I find strange is, because of how it's set up and identified, there's really no use of apps to sd because it still doesn't get moved to the external.

    Anyhow, if any of you have looked into this and have the answer, please chime in.

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  2. PythonFanTN

    PythonFanTN New Member

    I'm not sure if this helps or not, but external1 isn't the internal storage area....that's actually what your external sd card maps to. Internal phone storage is /mnt/sdcard. Its very confusing/frustrating to be sure, no clue why Moto did it that way unless they just assumed the majority of folks wouldn't ever insert an sd card.
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  3. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Actually, it's not that confusing at all. I figured there had to be some sort of partition, so you could "move apps to sd." This is similar for all android devices, just named differently than the original Photon.

    Can you tell me what the max memory available for sdcard vs. exterior1?
  4. PythonFanTN

    PythonFanTN New Member

    I think its extremely confusing for someone just getting the device....to be more logical they should have named the internal /mnt/internal1 or somesuch, and kept the actual /mnt/sdcard label for an actual external sdcard.

    No clue on partitioning as I never saw such on the Epic, but I do know the App2SD app will not work on the Q per the developer. This was the response I got from him:


  5. PythonFanTN

    PythonFanTN New Member

    And in terms of max memory available, the internal ('sdcard') space (usable for storage...ROM size is actually 8gb) is roughly about 4.5 gigs, so you have a good bit of room and thus not a *huge* amount of concern about this to begin with unless you insist on keeping media on the internal memory vs. a removable physical micro sd card. In terms of 'external1' that all depends on the size of the sd card you put into the phone of course, but if you mean the max size of sd card it will accept, its 32gb.
  6. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Totally understand what you mean and can understand how it'd be confusing to others. I was just speaking from my own experience with Android partitioning in general.

    And yes, coming from the original Epic or the Evo, partitioning wasn't applicable because there wasn't a huge amount of internal storage available as current phones have as standard.
  7. CMNDR

    CMNDR Well-Known Member

    Just so you know, this isn't just a Motorola thing. Its more intrinsic to android itself and relates back to its more Linux nature. While it can be confusing at first, it easily translates across other android systems.
  8. chas9rr

    chas9rr Member

    I have been wondering this also. I had to trade in my phone and i backed up all my previous program settings and info from inside the particular programs. Inserted the sd card into the new phone, and had nothing. All the apps backed up to mnt/sdcard... thus the internal memory. So if this is standard, why are app makers not making their apps point to the external memory for backup?

    Question then is how do i backup setting for Go Launcher and Go sms pro so i can transfer the settings to a new phone? (vibrator died, have to trade it in again...)
    Charles
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