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I recently got a Note 2 and enabled device encryption. I want to put a micro-SD in it now to expand my storage capacity, but when I go to settings, it won't let me mount the card. Is it because of the device encryption? Is there a way to add this drive without decrypting and re-encrypting?

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A good question! It's possible (technically). Do a backup of your old data first! You might succeed to re-format the new sd-card using your Note2. If that doesn't work, the only way I can think of is rather hackish and involves some basic Linux skills: Raw-copy over all the encrypted data from the old SD card to the new one and try accessing it (it should have the old size still), if you can then reformat it, it might grow to the new size. If you succeeded, restore the data to the new crypted SD card. PS: I'm curious if it works, let me know! If this is to vague just ask or chat – ce4 Nov 13 '12 at 22:05
ce4's approach sounds good. You might want to contact Samsung too. – Mark Beleski Feb 4 '13 at 23:02

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