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  1. Maenad

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    Hello people! I'm a total newb when it comes to Android stuff - so i came here to learn.
    Would love to be able to root my Desire - i LOVE the phone but hate the lack of internal memory, so root/a2sd+ seems the only way to go! Don't want to end up bricking the phone tho, so i won't be attempting rooting it until i understand exactly how it all works. So much to learn, but hey i like a challenge! ;)
     

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    Welcome to Android Forums!

    Actually you don't need to root to get more storage if you're not averse to a little work.

    If you've got 2.2 or higher You can change the default location to the SD card if you want to. And, once that is changed you can move even more apps to the SD card, even though they were installed to internal memory.

    If you want to move more apps to the SD card, you'll need to have the Android SDK installed. How-To Install Android SDK On Windows, Mac and Linux

    Then on your phone go to settings>applications>development and enable USB Debugging. Plug your phone into the PC using the USB cable.

    open a command prompt on your PC (start>run type "cmd" press ENTER)

    Change directory to the android-sdk-windows\tools folder

    At the prompt type
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    1. adb devices
    and you should see your phone listed as a serial number.

    type
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    1. adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2
    Done.

    Now the default location to install apps is the SD card. And, some apps that you couldn't move to the SD card will now be able to be moved. Keep in mind Widgets and services should always be installed to the phone and not the SD card, so if you follow the steps above and you install a widget afterwards, you will need to go to settings>applications>manage applications and manually move it to the phone. If you want to set the default install location back to the phone, you simply repeat the process but use
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    1. adb shell setInstallLocation 0
     

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