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  1. James161324

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    I have quite a few games, and apps that i want to move to my sd but it just doesn't let me. Is there any way i can do this
     

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    If you're rooted, you can move any app. But remember, any app that has a widget shouldn't be moved to SD, because then the widget will not work.

    I don't have any games on my phone, but don't know why they couldn't/shouldn't be able to be moved and played off SD, might want to shoot an email to the game dev and ask.
     
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    If you do root, you can use Link2sd. This uses a 2nd partition on the uSD card and moves virtually the entire app to the 2nd partition, as opposed to a small portion that apps move.
     
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    Yea i was confused, i don't see why a game has to be on the phone
     
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    The dev has to enable the app to be moved to the uSD card via normal means. There are apps, as mentioned that will do it even without the permission set.
     
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    I tried Link2sd and it requires 2 primary partitions on the microSD and Windows won't let you have more than one. How do you get around that?

    :eek:
     
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    It will still make the partitions, it is just that Windoze can't use more than one.

    I used Minitool (thanks to MacFett who recommended it) and it worked. Back up the sd card first, then reformat through the Minitool and partition, then copy the former contents back into the newly-partitioned sd card.
     
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    The phone (in it's stock form) will allow you to move [some] apps to the SD card, just stock Android, I was thinking.
     
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    Yes but only if the developer adds a line of code to the android manifest for that app. It is very simple I'm not sure why most apps cannot be moved as it takes about 5 seconds to make it happen.
     
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    Which apps, would you folks say, take up a large amount of the V's phone memory, but don't allow you to move them to SDcard (with stock, no rooting)?
     
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    Google maps is about 11mb. I don't use Facebook or Geocaching, maybe folks can let us know how much space we're losing with these apps as they post them.
     
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    I appreciate the help but it wouldn't work with mine. Don't know why. I downsized the original partition to 7GB and setup the second for the balance. The phone wouldn't recgonize the microSD. I then changed the second drive to the primary and same results. The only way I could get the phone to recognize the microSD was to have a single partition.

    I don't know what else to try. I went back to my 2GB chip and played with it and couldn't get it to work either with 1GB on each partition so I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I can't get it to work and therefore can't move the apps to the microSD.:mad:

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks,:)
     
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    Are you sure it is formatting to FAT32?

    My Windoze wants to default to NTFS--did you check to make sure it didn't change to that?
     
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    Are you restarting the phone after the resizing? The Link2sd won't see the 2nd partition until after you restart and the phone itself won't see it.
     
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    To MacFett:

    I have tried everything I can think of to partition my microSD card. i purchase a 16GB card. I put it on my Windows 7 desktop and partitioned it in half (approx 7.5 and 7.5). Since Windows only allows 1 primary I left the original (1st) partition alone and as primary and just formated the second as a FAT32.

    When I then take the microSD and put it in the phone it doesn't see it. If it take it back out and unpartition it so that I only have the one 16 GB partition and then put it back in the phone it sees it again.

    I've tried this with my original 2GB microSD also with the same results. I have tried EASEUS to partition origionally and when that didn't seem to do the job (althought it did do the partitioning) I then tried MiniTool with the same results.:thinking:

    I'm at a complete loss now on what to try next. My phone is full and I don't really have that many apps on it. A few moved to the microSD with App2SD but not as many as I would like so I tried Link2SD which required the 2 partitions. And here I sit now without a solution.

    One thought, is there a partitioning tool out that that runs on the phone? Maybe that would work.

    Oh and one last think. I'm on an LG Optimus V running Android 2.2 so it should all work.

    Any help from anyone would be appreciated.
     
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    Have you read my tutorial that I have linked for you more than once? Don't use Window's disk manager to do this and don't make it half and half. Make the entire uSD one partition, then using minitool to decrease that partition down by upto 2gigs. Ensure both are FAT32 and marked as primary within minitool. You can do all of this while it is in your phone.

    Have you restarted the phone after you have done the partitioning? The phone will not see the 2nd partition and link2sd won't see/use it until after the phone restarts.

    I had problem with EASEUS as well, that is why I used minitool. I have a post in my link2sd tutorial about doing the partitions, not quite in tutorial format. I will redo it when I partition my 16gb uSD.

    I didn't find any that run on the phone itself, but with minitool I was able to partition the uSD while it was in the phone. I have the Otterbox case and I don't like taking my phone out of it.
     
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