I don't know if I am just being stupid here or if I have infact gone wrong somewhere.

Basically. I followed the usual steps for using an SD card as App storage. Connected 2GB Micro SD via a Card Reader, Used MiniPartition Tool to split off a 512MB section. Both Primary with the 512Mb Being set as Ext2 and the first Partition remaining as FAT32 for media usage.

Put the card back into phone and added Link2SD followed by the Select partition type Ext2 and rebooted etc etc. Whole thing appears to have been done successfully as I can now move Apps to SD card. Obviously I still have the issue of a small % of data being on the internal but thats not an issue atm.

SO my issue I guess is this:

Why is that each time I add an App to the SD. Say for example the Facebook app at around 25MB.. Why does it deduct that space from my first Partition (the FAT32 Media part) and not the second partition (the 512MB ext2 partition) which was specifically created for this purpose?

I have the Samsung Galaxy Ace GT S5830 Running on Android Version 2.3.5.


This is how my storage info looks: enter image description here

  • Added a picture of the storage page. The space taken on the SD card is all app files :L the 2nd part is completely untouched and it shouldnt be. as far as I know.
    – LacusVir
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 14:25

3 Answers 3


You need to use Link2SD to actually move the app to the second partition. If you simply use the built-in Android way of moving it to the SD card, then you aren't taking advantage of Link2SD at all.

In Link2SD, you can select apps and move them to the second partition. You can even set it up so that any new apps installed will automatically be moved over. Any current apps that were moved to the SD card using the native Android method must be moved manually to the Ext2 partition using the Link2SD app (though I think you can select multiple apps and move all of them at once).

  • I didnt use the native settings to transfer the apps to the SD, I did it via the Link2SD yet they are still taking up media storage space as apposed to the Ext2 partition :/ Any idea why?
    – LacusVir
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 13:07

You dont have to move the apps to sd card. Just select your apps in link2sd and then from menu select create link option. It will link your apps to sd card (ext2 partition) and not fat32.

  • And that should achieve the so called 'tricking the system' into thinking its got more internal memory than it actually has? And if so.. won't I still get Internal Memory low messages frequently?
    – LacusVir
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 11:46
  • No you will not get internal memory low error
    – ahuja007
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 12:43

First of all, you need to upgrade from Link2SD to Link2SD Plus so that you can move everything, including the data.

Move the app to phone memory, then create link, then check everything, then press ok. Then, the whole app, including the lib files, data etc. is moved on to the 2nd partition.

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