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I have an 8 gig SD card I plugged into my tablet. When I go to settings and look at storage I can see I have a 7.2 gigs free on my external SD card. I downloaded a 700 meg file to /mnt/sdcard/Download but after doing this and checking storage I see there is still 7.2 gigs free on my SD card.

I also have torrent programs which point to this same location on my SD card to save files. but none of these programs can actually download any files because they are reporting this location as only having 100 megs free, so I have concluded that my tablet is lying to me. Mnt/sdcard isn't actually my sdcard! this is infuriating how do I fix this?

This is an Azpen A727.

Android version: 4.2.2

I have rooted my tablet as well.

Edit: okay so I read that the actual location of the SD card is a folder called mnt/extsd. I rooted my tablet but when I try to use the folder as the download location for my programs it says I don't have access how can I grant the programs access?

I get error my app (a torrent) throws when trying to set the sdcard as the download location- the right location of the SD card. I can create folders extsd but can save any files there

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I also have the A727. :)

It appears that whoever designed the system should have been more careful with how he named stuff -- the internal hard drive is called "sdcard," as you mentioned in your question.

Internal drive -- called "sdcard"

To use the SD card on your tablet, you need to hit the "SD card" button on the top of the screen (using the built-in file manager), as in the picture shown below. There you can see the folder labelled "extsd" = external SD card. (as opposed to the internal one?)

SD card

Then, when you open that folder, you can access the files on your SD card. Enjoy! :)

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  • Ha that's ridiculous, but then what do you expect for a $20 tablet (if you also got yours at Microcenter :) ). I'll try this again when I get home – user1028270 Jul 9 '14 at 17:54
  • OK sorry I'm responding so late. My app says it doesn't have access (atorrent). I'll post the error message – user1028270 Jul 12 '14 at 21:09
  • Ah. I don't know....can you get to the files on the SD through the File Manager? If yes, the app is the problem; if not, then maybe your card has problems.... – Shokhet Jul 13 '14 at 2:33
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Forgot I still had this thread open. It looks like I was suffering from a rather well known "feature" of Android 4.4 (I avoided it because running 4.2, but I guess it applying to this version as well).

After rooting I just had to go through this procedure to manually edit:

/system/etc/permissions/platform.xml

and reboot and now its working. Yay.

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