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  1. HotDawg

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    I assumed "move to media area" meant move to SD card, but it doesn't.
    Although I do get a "move to phone" choice after "moving to media area", my SD card storage still shows 29.71 out of 29.71 available. :mad:

    What's the media area?

    What's the easiest way to move apps to the SD card?

    ETA: Testing App2SD, may have answered my second question.
     

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    The phone's internal storage is divided into 2 parts. The firs is the standard phone memory where the os is and apps install to. The other part of internal memory acts like an SD card but is not removable. I would guess "media area" is what they call this second internal storage area. Natively it doesn't look like you can actually move apps to the SD card.

    http://androidforums.com/motorola-droid-3/411030-internal-storeage-sd-card-question.html discusses the same issue for the Droid 3.
     
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    Okay, I'm talking to myself, but I found a partial answer at xda if anyone is reading this: [Q] SD Card/SD Card-EXT / Internal storage/"Media Area" - xda-developers

    Hmm. So, if it's a portion of the internal storage set aside for apps, where is "in the phone"? And do you have to use up the media area before apps begin saving over to the external sd card?
     
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    Thanks, milrtime - I'll read that link, too!
     
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    From what I can tell, the Media area is an 8Gb partition of internal phone storage which is mounted (confusingly) as sdcard in the OS. The actual SD card seems to be mounted as sdcard-ext (meaning external). As a result, you can move apps back and forth from the phone (app partition of internal storage) to the Media area, but I don't see any immediate way to move apps to the SD card. Not that it really matters, with 8Gb to work with. Just helps to understand how the partitions are set up.
     
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    Don't bother with App 2 SD, btw.

    Yeah, it seems that you can't put any apps on your external SD, just movies and music etc. Dissapointing, but I guess that's just how it is.

    Now if you can do it rooted, this may actually be a real reason for me to try going that route. Although I couldn't get SDK installed on my PC properly, so perhaps that's not something I should try - LOL.
     
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