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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by HippoMan, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. HippoMan

    HippoMan Member
    Thread Starter

    I have bought a new, larger sdcard for my N1. I want to copy the contents of my old sdcard to the new sdcard, and then start using the new one.

    I want to make sure I understand the best way to do this, before I dive in.

    Does this procedure look reasonable? ...

    1. Connect my computer to my N1 via USB and mount the sdcard.
    2. Copy the entire contents of my sdcard to an empty directory on my computer.
    3. Dismount the N1.
    4. Shut down the N1 and install the new sdcard.
    5. Restart the N1 and go through any sdcard initialization.
    6. Connect my computer to my N1 via USB and mount the sdcard.
    7. Delete everything on the mounted sdcard.
    8. Copy the old sdcard contents back onto the new sdcard.
    9. Dismount the N1 from my computer and then and restart it.

    Will that do the job? Or do I have to perform the copy by mounting each sdcard to my computer via an external sdcard drive ("external" meaning not the N1)?

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. phlojo

    phlojo Well-Known Member

    As have I... mine shipped today, should be here in a few days.:)

    Actually, that doesn't sound right.

    You're not going to be able to delete everything on the mounted SD card because it is connected to your phone and the phone is turned on, so your phone is using some files on the SD card.

    Keep searching, a while back I stumbled upon a thread on some forum (maybe this one?) about how to do this. I think it goes something like this:
    1. Connect the old SD card directly to the computer (not via phone/USB). You can use an adapter for that.
    2. Copy the entire contents on your computer.
    3. At this point I think you have to put the new SD card into your phone and mount it, then turn off the phone and remove it.
    4. Connect the new SD card directly to the computer.
    5. Copy the contents of the old card (now saved on your computer) onto the new one.
    6. Put the new card in your phone and power it up.

    Please post what you've done and how it turned out. I would really appreciate it. :)
     
  3. HippoMan

    HippoMan Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for your reply.

    Actually, I recently discovered that when the phone is connected to a computer via "Select to copy files to/from your computer", the sdcard is completely disconnected from the phone, and it's mounted to the computer in exactly the same way as if it was mounted via an external USB sdcard reader.

    So it's completely safe to go through the procedure that I outlined above. I did so, and everything worked perfectly. For convenience, I'll repeat the procedure here:

    1. Connect my computer to my N1 via USB and mount the sdcard.
    2. Copy the entire contents of my sdcard to an empty directory on my computer.
    3. Dismount the N1.
    4. Shut down the N1 and install the new sdcard.
    5. Restart the N1 and go through any sdcard initialization.
    6. Connect my computer to my N1 via USB and mount the sdcard.
    7. Delete everything on the mounted sdcard.
    8. Copy the old sdcard contents back onto the new sdcard.
    9. Dismount the N1 from my computer and then and restart it.

    I now have done this three times. Once on my N1, and twice on a G2 that I recently purchased. In all cases, it worked perfectly for me.
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