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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Steeltooth493, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Steeltooth493

    Steeltooth493 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I just got this phone, and I have moved some of my apps using App to SD. However, instead of moving the apps over to my 32GB SD Card, the phone is moving the apps over to its USB storage, which I have not used before on previous phones I have owned and do not really need. Why is it doing this and how can I disable USB storage, or tell App to SD to move my apps over to my proper SD card?

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  2. captainbob

    captainbob Member

    You cannot move an app to a.external card.
  3. flapjacky

    flapjacky Newbie

    I get so confused by this because I moved most of my apps to my 32GB SD card. When I unmount my SD card, my moved apps are grayed out. Doesn't that mean it's on my external SD card? I don't have a specific app to do it. I just have a rooted phone with the free version of Titanium back up. Am I wrong thinking they're actually on by external SD card? :thinking:
  4. That seems to be the case with all Samsung phones with Gingerbread. The way they partitioned the drive confuses Gingerbread into thinking that the internal "USB Storage" is actually your external SD card, and gives you no options for moving it to the real external SD card, which renders the functionality almost useless beyond storing movies and other massive files. Since you're already rooted, you might be able to find something to fix that. I'm still looking and I'll tell you if I find anything.
  5. Tausif123

    Tausif123 Lurker

    I Went to the link and there is a section that talks about that and it says there is a solution. I have no idea what it means though. I downloaded the file but now I am clueless on what to do. There were no directions. Can someone pls tell me if it works and how to do it?
  6. ritchea

    ritchea Well-Known Member

    Are you rooted? Have you installed a custom recovery (ClockworkMod)? I am not an expert, but it says the file is a flashable zip. I take that to mean you enter your recovery and choose "Install zip from SD card." Follow the procedure choosing that .zip file. I'm not sure root is necessary although to rewrite any file, it probably is, but a custom recovery is necessary. Read the section on Recovery on the same page at xda that has the zip files.
    CAUTION:Before doing this, run a backup of your phone in the recovery mode. It should place the backup on your ext sd card. After the backup is finished, check to make sure you have the backup and that the file size looks right (hundreds of MB's). Make a copy of that backup on your PC or use another card for flashing (place the .zip file on the root of your SD card not inside any folders). If anything should happen to the phone, you can run "restore" in recovery mode to put your phone back the way it was.
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  7. KoukiFC3S

    KoukiFC3S Android Expert

    Unfortunately ICS still behaves like that. It's lame.
  8. Thank you SO MUCH for that link! I now finally have the ability to move applications to my REAL external SD card! :adore: :adore:
  9. Randalllind

    Randalllind Newbie

    That worked for me as well. However when I plug in phone to PC it says SD card is my internal memory and phone is now my 32GB sd card does that matter?

    Update: Phone sees SD card as 32GB so I don't know why when you plug it in to a computer it has phone/sd card reverse strange
  10. aaxellus

    aaxellus Lurker

    I am having same problem,my apps are stored in usb storage instead of sd card please help...
  11. Buddy3927

    Buddy3927 Lurker

    The app you ran tricked your phone into reversing the positions of the external SD card but did nothing as far as your computer is concerned. It still sees them as they are. Jocala (on the Galaxy Exhibit thread at xda) now has an app that switches your SD cards. No flashing needed, just download and run. The flashing way screwed up my phone but this one couldn't work any better. Just make sure that if you used App2SD to move any apps, you move them back first.
  12. howards12

    howards12 Lurker

    I've had my phone since April and this drove me crazy for a long time. T-Mobile in store and Tech support were no help at all. I was told you can't put apps on the ex sd card. Not true! My phone kept telling me that my exSD card was ful and it was 32gb. I finally did a reset. Matter of fact I did it twice because the first time it wasn't better.
    Of course it wipes your phone clean and you have to reinstall anything you added previously, but all my storage numbers are right and most apps you add can go on the ex SD card( not all some are dsigned to work only in the on board memory. Good luck hope this helps.
  13. RedFive2012

    RedFive2012 Lurker

    On a previous phone with extremely limited flash and RAM, I used Link2SD which works a bit differently from App2SD. Since Android is built on Linux, Link2SD uses Linux-style links (think shortcuts) for the parts of the app which need to reside on internal storage. It requires that the SD card have 2 partitions: one for apps, and one for normal storage use. The apps partition will be hidden generally, and does not need to be huge (1 or 2GB is probably big enough for most folks). Link2SD manages the 2 partitions, and when you install a new app, it will detect all the installed files and folders, move everything to the app partition, and link them back to the correct place on internal storage. The biggest benefit here is that widgets continue to work as usual, whereas they tend not to work with App2SD. You can also move/link existing apps to the SD.

    It can also freeze any app (including T-Mobile's preinstalled bloatware), convert system apps to user apps (which can then be removed), apply updates permanently to system apps, and help keep all the system caches clear.

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