I have got a new 8 GB SD card, but the catch is I have done the app2sd stuff. So what are the steps to be followed for the data and apps transfer without loss of anything.

Will a simple copy and paste including all hidden files be enough?

  • apps2sd? The default one or one where you save stuff to the ext partition? – R R Aug 13 '12 at 10:03
  • If you just copy on Windows/Linux/MacOs, everything will be fine. I.e.there is a (on your phone) hidden .android_secure folder which contains the app2sd data (hidden on the phone) that you just can copy using anything different than your phone. – ce4 Aug 13 '12 at 20:39
  • the default free app i downloaded – ashwinsakthi Aug 14 '12 at 11:23
  • thanks ce4, just copied as you said and its working fine...thanks a lot. – ashwinsakthi Aug 20 '12 at 9:24

Depends on how the copy is performed. The SD card contains a couple of hidden files/directories (especially with App2SD being used, there's the .android_secure folder to be considered).

Usually, when on a Linux workstation, a complete copy from sdcard#1 to sdcard#2 should do the job (cp -dpR <source> <target>). Same should apply to Mac OS. As I have no Windows, I cannot speak for that.

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  • What about creating the second partition for app2sd? Doesn't app2sd make any difference to regular sd card clone? – roxan Aug 13 '12 at 10:52
  • I don't know how you create a second partition for App2SD. Usually, as far as I know, App2SD just creates encrypted containers on the sd card. Never heard a separate partition is automatically created or required -- though apps like Link2SD recommend this and make use of them, stock App2SD usually does not -- again, as far as I know. Not sure whether there are special implementations around. Is your original card partitioned? – Izzy Aug 13 '12 at 11:19
  • It also works on windows, but you have to make all hidden files and folders visible. – Thanos Sep 27 '13 at 10:25

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