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  1. rumbataz

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    I want to debrand and upgrade my Virgin Mobile branded HTC Desire as i've lost patience with Virgin Mobile. I have an 8GB micro-SD card in there at the moment - it has a few photos on it and that's about it.

    Can I simply make this into a 'gold card' and update using it and then leave it in the phone to use as a storage card too? If so, will the phone then receive future updates automatically?
     

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    i thinking of undertaking this journey too, but on tmobile.

    I would like to know the same answer (think my card is 4gb) and also all the posts/threads i should read prior to starting.

    Thanks
     
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    Yes


    http://androidforums.com/htc-desire/67098-how-flash-debrand-your-desire.html
     
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    Not only can you do that Rumbataz (as Dan confirmed), I'd say it was advisable to do it that way. I use a 16gb micro sd for storage and took that out to debrand, instead using the 4gb card that came with the phone for the gold card. As a result I have to switch the micro sd cards for any updates to install correctly. That's a fairly minor thing but if I had my time again I'd just cut and paste everything off the 16gb "everyday" card onto the pc, format and gold card it then, once de-branding was complete, move everything back onto it. It adds a bit of time and trouble to the debranding process, but thereafter you never need to worry about saying yes or no to an update nor having to switch memory cards.
     
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    why dont you do that now?

    thats what i did. you just have to create a new image using the gold card tool as each microSD has its own CID
    now my 8gig is my primary storage and gold card, i have the original 4gig i used to flash the 1st time as a backup
     
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    So the gold card is specific to the micro sd, not the phone, and I could theoretically use a different goldcard for every update?
     
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    The process of creating a goldcard image relies on unique identifiers from the SD card, so yep.
     
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    exatly
     
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    Thanks everyone. Upgraded to 2.2 (2.09.405.8) using RUU.
     
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    Hey guys,

    I successfully debranded a few months ago with a gold card. The sd card I used has since been formatted though. I take it this means it will no longer work as a gold card?

    If not, can I just create a new gold card for that sd card or will I need a new one?

    Thanks for you help.
     
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    Thanks for this thread. I made my 8gb sdcard the goldcard and then put in the 16gb sdcard I bought. I went through the whole process again and this time made the 16gb the goldcard and all went well, thankfully.

    Also, chrome to phone worked immediately after I did this. It hadn't worked until I did this. Coincidence??!!
     
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