1. Download our Official Android App: Forums for Android!

Support My files : SD v Internal

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by TobesEtc, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. TobesEtc

    TobesEtc Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    38
    Posts:
    261
    Joined:
    May 12, 2010

    May 12, 2010
    261
    19
    38
    MD of software co.
    London, UK
    When I open My files the top options (Home & Up) are greyed out as unavailable.

    Just below that it shows /sdcard (indicating, I assume, that I'm looking at the SD Card). Below that it lists all the files (I assume on the SD Card - yes?)

    I don't seem to be able to look at the USB Storage on the device (which I'd have thought was called the device storage, but appears not to be...) How do I change between looking at files on the phone and on the card?

    FYI, within Settings>Storage I have the following:
    SD card 7.5 GB and the option to unmount the SD Card.

    Then I have USB storgae 11.5GB

    The I have Device Memory 1.71GB
     

    Advertisement

  2. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    143
    Posts:
    1,493
    Joined:
    May 13, 2010

    May 13, 2010
    1,493
    228
    143
    video editor
    Charlotte, NC
    if you have an sd card in there (an actual sd card, not internal), it should show up on your computer as two different things.

    if you're trying to use the "My files" app, either home or up should be selectable so you can navigate to the actual sd card.

    it's also possible that the "My files" app could only be for internal storage but this would be strange. wouldn't put it past Samsung, though, because i think it's strange to call internal storage an sd card.
     
  3. TobesEtc

    TobesEtc Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    38
    Posts:
    261
    Joined:
    May 12, 2010

    May 12, 2010
    261
    19
    38
    MD of software co.
    London, UK
    Well, I certainly have an SD card in the phone, because when I connect to a PC I can see two loactions Phone/SD Card...and all my music is on the card.

    But when i open My Files on the Phones Apps it will only let me see the SD card...
     
  4. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    143
    Posts:
    1,493
    Joined:
    May 13, 2010

    May 13, 2010
    1,493
    228
    143
    video editor
    Charlotte, NC
    so the "My files" app actually sees sd card and not internal storage? if this is the case, it appears the phone is set up to see the sd card and not internal storage after an sd card is installed. sounds like you have to remove the sd card if you want that app to show internal storage files again.

    have you tried Astro from the market or anything similar?

    edit: when you use the "My files" app, what folders do you see listed?
     
  5. 3waygeek

    3waygeek Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    43
    Posts:
    164
    Joined:
    May 8, 2011

    May 8, 2011
    164
    32
    43
    On the SGS2, /sdcard is the phone's internal memory, and /sdcard/external_sd is the microSD card you stick into the slot by the battery. It's a bit confusing; it took me a few minutes to figure that one out when I got mine last week.

    One other thing -- if you're trying to look at the card through the My Files app on the phone (or some other Android file explorer) and on the PC at the same time, you probably won't see your inserted SD card on the phone. Most phones will dismount the inserted SD card so Android can't see it, but the connected PC can; it's to prevent both from trying to write the same file at the same time.
     
  6. daemolition

    daemolition Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    16
    Posts:
    35
    Joined:
    May 18, 2011

    May 18, 2011
    35
    3
    16
    To view your micro sd card with Myfiles, its under 'external sd' as said above.
     
  7. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    143
    Posts:
    1,493
    Joined:
    May 13, 2010

    May 13, 2010
    1,493
    228
    143
    video editor
    Charlotte, NC
    cool. i figured it prob had to be in there somewhere. the whole "sd card" thing being actual internal memory is certainly causing some confusion for some here. really can't understand why Samsung would do that. why not just call it internal memory? lol
     
    3waygeek likes this.
  8. 3waygeek

    3waygeek Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    43
    Posts:
    164
    Joined:
    May 8, 2011

    May 8, 2011
    164
    32
    43
    I'm guessing, but it may be that the "internal memory" is actually a microSDHC card that isn't physically accessible to us normals -- sort of like what MicroSoft tried to do with Windows Phone 7.
     
  9. mrvirginia

    mrvirginia Android Expert
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    143
    Posts:
    1,493
    Joined:
    May 13, 2010

    May 13, 2010
    1,493
    228
    143
    video editor
    Charlotte, NC
    good point. well here's to hoping they think of something else to call it lol :D
     
  10. vantiveman

    vantiveman Well-Known Member
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    36
    Posts:
    79
    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010

    Jan 25, 2010
    79
    6
    36
    I wish they would think of something else to call it!
    You should consider that most apps consider location 'sdcard' to be the external memory and not the internal. This means that all HD Gameloft games expect the data folder to be in 'sdcard', which now is internal memory.
    Also, if you use GPS apps like Sygic or CoPilot, they will also insist that the maps data folder is on 'sdcard'. For me this is a problem, as I want these things to use the SD card I added and not the internal memory, which on my machine is now down to 5Gb!
    I raised it with Gameloft and they couldn't help. I raised it with Samsung tech support and after I they had misunderstood the question and sent me a stock reply (about installing apps to sd card) I asked again and they just replied that I should write to their head office! Not sure why, as I would have thought it was Tech Support that should be providing an answer to this issue. Consequently, I have seen no point in writing to Head Office about an issue that should be addressed by their Tech Support group.
    This is a problem that will only get worse, as developers will be releasing even larger apps and games to use the new range of dual core devices that will be emerging this year. I don't understand why Samsung couldn't have stuck to the standard of naming the external sdcard, 'sdcard'! The internal memory could have been names any damn thing, so why give it the name sdcard?
     
  11. trinirastawoma

    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    5
    Posts:
    1
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2011

    Jul 22, 2011
    1
    0
    5

    Thank you so much. I am new to andriod technology and I was in such a quandary as to why I can't access my sd card. Thanks!!!!! you are surely a life saver.
     
  12. DaveSyd

    DaveSyd Android Enthusiast
    Rank:
    None
    Points:
    53
    Posts:
    428
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2011

    Jul 19, 2011
    428
    62
    53
    Australia
    I agree with sentiments here. Took me a while to figure out what is going on also.

    While we are on all things storage...can someone tell me why I keep seeing LOST.DIR everywhere. Must be created by android or samsung?

    Is there any conventions on the files created in storage \sdcard ? I see some files in the root created by eBay app, other stuff littered around in there..?
    D
     

Share This Page

Loading...