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  1. jakman

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    Still looking for some insight and/or answers on this one...please help if u can!! Thanks!!

    Phone details:

    Metro PCS LGMS769
    Android v 4.1.2
    ROM LGMS769e (stock)

    I have finally partitioned my SD card (16GB) successfully using MiniTool Partition Wizard tool. I created two FAT 32 partions (G=11.75GB DATA and *.=2.87 APPS). I had problems when creating an EXT2 partition...Link2SD wouldn't recognize it or mount the card.

    Was able to successfully mount the card after creating 2 FAT32 partitions so I went with that for now. Several questions though...

    1) I was unable to actually move to SDcard using "native App2SD method" with an error telling me that App2SD not supported by my device because it has a primary external storage which is emulated from the internal storage. Instead had to link the app in order to move its files to the card. What does this mean and why can't I physically move? Also, what is actually happening when I create links?

    2) Apps appeared to be on the external card afterward when I went to System/storage and reviewed space usage. I could not, however tell whether they were on the DATA or the APPS partition from File Manager OR after taking the card out and looking at it from my PC. There were a couple of l directories created (LGBackup and LOST.DIR) but all appeared to be empty. WHY?

    3) After dismounting and taking the card out to explore on PC and then putting card back in the phone it was remounted automatically however all apps are now taking up space on my internal drive and external storage is completely. Also, all my home screen widget configs are empty with all listed under "APPS" utility. Can anyone explain what's going on and how to correct?

    THANKS!!
     

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    I have been looking for a way to store apps on my SD card for some time now. Had I known the metro pcs LG l9 could only store 1.8gb of apps I would have purchased a different phone. Please let me know if you have found a solution. Thanks.
     
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    not positive but i think the second partition has to be ext 3 or 4 for link2sd to function
    lost.dir is a folder where android puts fu**ups
    like i was converting a movie to a different format
    i forgot and rebooted the partial conversion was in lost.dir
    it sounds like you confused android by making both partitions fat
     
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    Unfortunately this didn't work for me. The only way I could get apps into the SD card was to partition part of it with EXT4 and then set up Link2SD to create symbolic links. Any methods of forcing App2SD just did not work for me.


    Yes. Link2SD nowadays best works with EXT3 and EXT4 FS. Also, after you set up your partition with EXT4, make sure you go through the other options Link2SD offers to "find" that partition. Sometimes Link2SD can't find it by default so you have to try the other options it gives you.
     

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