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  1. krisg55

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    I have files on phone I didn't download and cannot remove..file manager says sd card when no sd card.. have root file when checker says no root. .have files that supposedly can't have without root.. ugh
     

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    What files are you asking about. Also can you post a screenshot of what your file manger shows?
     
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    [I just did

    QUOTE="n0tall0wed, post: 7825914, member: 1381383"]What files are you asking about. Also can you post a screenshot of what your file manger shows?[/QUOTE]
     
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    Nothing out of the ordinary there. The "root" you see is the root or base level of the internal file structure, which is Linux-based--nothing to do with being rooted. You would need to be rooted to delete files there, though.
     
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    Really? Even sdcard?
     
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    sdcard is a local storage location and not an actualy SD card. Every Android phone has an /sdcard folder. Let me see if I can dig up the thread that explains it ....
     
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    Ok
     
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    Couldn't find the thread, but in a nutshell ...

    When Android was first developed over a decade ago, there was very little internal memory so expansion was done with removable storage in the form of an SD card. Since Android is based on the Linux kernel, it requires a mount point for all storage and it was hard coded into the os to mount external storage as '/sdcard'. At the time all installed apps would use /sdcard as the default location. As Android devices improved over time and began to have larger internal memory, external storage became optional, but apps still looked for /sdcard, so it was changed to create a mount point on the internal partition and make external storage mount someplace else. Android devices (phones or tablets) today may not even have an SD card slot, but apps still need to use the /sdcard path to install and save data. That's why you have one and it's NOT a real SD card.
     
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