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swapping SD cards from phone to phone

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by boatman, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. boatman

    boatman Android Enthusiast
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    Sorry, this is a repost, don't know how to move it. Think this is a better forum as it is a general question...

    I have a d1 with 16g card, my son has a d2 with 8g. i have lots of programs and pictures on the card from the past 16 months, the d2 is pretty new.

    My son wants his music on his phone, its more than 8g, I have just about 10 g free.

    So we can swap cards.

    but I have about 25 directories with stuff starting with .androidsecure that looks to a bunch of .asec files, then amazonmp3, android, astrid, boos, data, dcim, dictdata.... nitrodesk, noteeverything....

    I was hoping not to lose everything on my card. He just has his music on his card, so that can get reloaded on the new card.

    How do I go about swapping cards. Do I format them first, and if so, do I do that on the computer, or is there a way to do this on the phone? I noticed that dcim .android directories are on all android cards. (dcim is on cameras i know), but does android write them when you first mount the cards?

    Can I format his card, (how is the best way to do that), and just copy my entire card to his, and plug into my phone and I will have all my programs and data? Then format the larger card , insert in his phone and install music?
     

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    Make two folders on your computer somewhere, name one "from my phone" and name the other "from son's phone". Connect your phone to the computer via usb in disk drive mode, then open the drive and COPY EVERYTHING, every single folder, into the "from my phone" folder. Verify it copied everything, then format the card.

    Do the same for the other phone, then format it. Now, take everything in the "from my phone" folder, and put it on the 8g card that will be going to your phone. Do the same thing for the 16g card except put everything that was on the 8g card onto it.
     
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    A simple drag and drop will do the trick.
     

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