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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jmwilson, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. jmwilson

    jmwilson Member
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    Just curious how exactly to see your de card and what is saved on it. I saved ringtones and how no idea how to find them. Thanks .
     

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  2. erisuser1

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    The steps are a little bit different than plugging in a camera or a USB key:

    1) Connect the Eris (running) to the PC
    2) Watch the Notification Bar at the top of the Eris' screen - you'll eventually see the little USB symbol there
    3) Pull down the Notification Bar - you'll see a notification that says:

    "USB connected (Select to copy files to/from your computer)"

    4) Tap that (notification), and then press the "Mount" button.


    At this point, use the PC/Mac the same way you would after plugging in a USB thumb drive - your files will be at E:, F:, G: or someplace like that.***


    When finished:
    5) On the PC (Windows presumed), use the "Safely Remove Hardware" Icon in the system tray to unmount the drive (as far as the PC is concerned).

    6) On the Eris, pull down the Notification Bar, and select the notification which says:

    "Turn off USB storage (Select to turn off USB storage)"

    7) Tap the "Turn Off" button.

    8) Disconnect the USB cable.

    The reason that this seems way more complicated than using a USB thumb drive is that the Eris won't let it's computer use the SD card at the same time the PC has control of it. Steps 3 and 4 cause the Eris to relinquish control of it, and Steps 6 and 7 let the Eris have access to the SD card again.


    *** I can't remember whether Windows auto-configures the device the first time through or not - you might have to walk through the usual USB driver install for Windows
     
  3. jmwilson

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    Wow, thank you.

    I had no idea it would be that complicated. I thought there just may be a menu on the phone itself to see what you have stored.
     
  4. erisuser1

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    Whoops, sorry! I thought you were asking how to see them from a PC, not the phone.

    From the phone you should install a "File Manager" app, and that will let you browse the SD card from the phone itself.

    I've been using Linda File Manager (free), but I think there is another File Manager App which is more popular - Astro File Manager (also free; I haven't used it).


    HTH

    eu1
     
  5. hrbib21

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    Astro is a good choice, yes. No better or worse than Linda File Mgr IMO.
     
  6. kimmie343

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    Thanks so much. This is exactly what I was looking for.
     

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