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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Rgarner, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    I got a new SD card for the phone, a ZTE Z815. I guess I'll have to give in and format it for adaptive storage to make it useful for anything besides photos and videos. How do I transfer them from the old card, which is set up the regular way? What do I do with the old one, put it in a museum?
     



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  2. AMOCO

    AMOCO The Computer Guy
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    I broke down and bought a 64gb. one and gave my old 32gb. one to a friend.
    You can transfer your media to a computer and then move them back when your done.
     
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  3. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    Thanks for your answer, but I have no computer access. Is there another option?
     
  4. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    You could copy them to a cloud account like dropbox or Google Drive and then copy them back once the new SD is set to adoptable storage. Make sure you do it with WiFi so you don't eat through your data
     
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  5. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    Thanks, that sounds good. I guess I'll do that.
     
  6. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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    If you have several gigs of data it would be faster to use a file explorer to copy and paste the files directly from the SD card to a folder in your phone.

    You could use the old card to keep backups of important data.
     
  7. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Thank you, and which file explorer is best for this? I would probably need one which doesn't take up much space. Also, which is overall the best?
     
  8. Leon Marco

    Leon Marco Well-Known Member

    Use either 7zippper or es file explorer. Or if you want to save your space totally and are ready to go of some features you could give a try to the file manager in settings>storage
     
  9. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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    The best will depend on your preferences, every file explorer should be able to copy and paste though. File Explorer works well:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nextapp.fx
     
  10. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    OK, I've downloaded 7zipper but I'm not sure how to do this. I guess the only things on the old SD card, which is still in the phone, would be photos and videos, since it's just plain regular and not adaptive or whatever. How do I save them to a file or folder on the phone?
     
  11. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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    I haven't used 7zipper, but usually with file apps you tap and hold a file for the option to select it. Then you can select multiple files, and there is an option to copy.

    Then go to a folder in the phone and paste.
     
  12. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    I finally took out the old SD and put in the new one. The only format option is for portable, not adoptive storage. What do I do now?
     
  13. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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    Not every phone will support Adaptable Storage, some manufacturers might remove the option.

    There should be a notification when you first put the SD card in to set it up, or go to settings -> storage -> select card -> menu -> format as internal (might vary by phone). Then you can go into Settings -> Apps and choose to move apps that support being moved (not all do).
     
  14. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    How do I find out if ZTE has blocked adoptive?
     
  15. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.
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    It will probably say in the phones user manual.
     
  16. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    I was able to find a PDF of the user manual, which mentions only portable storage. I assume this means no adaptive. Is there a way to get around this? It's a ZTE Z815, with a measly 8 GB, and of course unrooted. The "old" SD card is a SanDisk and the new Samsung, both 32 GB.
     
  17. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    I just put the old SanDisk back in for now. I had a few photos in the new card that I can find with 7zipper but not otherwise. How do I copy them to Google Photos?
     
  18. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    How are SD cards partitioned? Does it take a computer? What's a good percentage mix, of what and what?
     
  19. Leon Marco

    Leon Marco Well-Known Member

    open the photos app. In the very first time you launch it should ask if you want to upload select yes.
     
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  21. Rgarner

    Rgarner Android Expert
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    Thanks, it's a good article. I think it may be a little dated, though, since it mentions Dalvik instead of Android run time. Why did Google change that? Also, would it be possible to use Ubuntu on a computer to read ext? Finally, how do I root a ZTE Z815 with Marshmallow 6.0.1?
     
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