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Questions tagged [external-sd]

For questions related to the external micro-SD card used by most Android devices to increase the amount of available storage. For the internal SD card, use 'internal-sd'. See the 'storage' tag wiki for a full overview of available storage-related tags.

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sd card becomes unrecognisable after large data transfers

i have a sandisk 64 gb sd card, recently it has been acting a bit weird. whenever i plug the sd card into my phone with around 20 gbs of data, my phone recognises it as corrupt while i can still use ...
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How to change Adobe Reader's working directory or move Android directories to SD card?

Maybe incorrect forum but gotta start somewhere... I just got an old Samsung Galaxy Tab A running Android 7.1.1 for a PDF reader. As the internal storage is very limited, all the files are on an SD ...
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Files missing after data transfer between SD card connected as a USB OTG pen drive sending to an external SD card on a Samsung Galaxy A42

I just tried to move about 2 GB of files from an SD card --connected as a USB OTG Pen drive in the USB-C port-- to the "external/removable" SD card mounted inside of the phone. (*first, I ...
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How to disable or eject virtual sdcard by adb on emulator memu player 7

I'm trying to unmount the sdcard or virtually eject it, because not allowing me to run an APK that is presenting an issue. After a deep research even with app developers, they told me that disabling ...
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Specific SD card not detected in a specific phone

So, I had an SD card (16GB). It works normally on my phone. I put it on PC to transfer some files, and now my phone doesn't detect it being inserted. other phones detect this SD card normally pc ...
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TWRP - Backup Failed with Error Code 255 - CreateTarFork () - Samsung Galaxy S20+ Ultra

I have a fresh Nov/Dec updated ROM Build for my Samsung Galaxy S20+ (SM-G986B). Since it's a fresh clean ROM with all necessary apps and the performance of my phone is seamless, I want to create a ...
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On a not rooted smartphone, how do I format my SD Card to a file system of my choosing?

On a not rooted smartphone, how do I format my SD Card to a file system of my choosing? Note that I have ordered an SD card reader so I can put my SD card into my laptop and try formatting it from ...
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How can I view what file system my SD card has been formatted to? [duplicate]

How can I view what file system my SD card has been formatted to? e.g. if it has been formatted as FAT12 or FAT16 or FAT32 or NTFS or exFAT
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Use USB attached SD card in gallery

When traveling I usually only have my tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+) with me but not a real PC. So to have a quick check of the pictures I took during the day with my DSLR camera I'd love to use the ...
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SD Card crashing settings but being detected

I ran out of storage on my: Oukitel WP20 running Android 12 and so I decided to get a 512GB Micro SD Card from SanDisk. My previous one was a 128GB from SanDisk aswell. So I backed everything up, ...
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Is there a way to specify a default download path for Google Drive/Chrome to an external microSD card?

I have a 512 GB external microSD card that's connected to a smart phone. For speed reasons, I would like some functions like the camera to still use the on-board phone memory, but would like files ...
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How to replace the adopted SD card without reformatting the entire phone?

I currently have a Fairphone 4 and a 1 TB SD card. It was set up as shared internal storage. Over the past few weeks, I've been having random crashes on the phone which I think may be down to the SD ...
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"Unspecified error" when using external SD as root for KSWEB web server

After installing KSWEB web server on an Android tablet, everything worked fine out of the box. The problem started when I realized I needed the web server root to be in an external SD card as there ...
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Mounting an extra partition as a fake external SD card

Nowadays phones don't have SD cards anymore, but some have a ton of storage. So, I was thinking of creating a fake external SD card using an extra partition to be able to store all of your zip ...
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"Corrupt" SD card after power off?

I have a BQ-7082G ARMOR Android 7 device, with a SD card formatted as internal storage. One day it run out of battery, shut down, and afterwards it reported the SD card is corrupt and refuses to mount ...
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Get a list of unreadable files using ADB

I'm trying to make a backup of a dying SD card on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8. I tried using adb pull, better-adb-sync, and other tools. The problem is that, not all files are readable because of the bad ...
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How can I change the installation directory in Orange Pi from internal storage to external storage running

I am running android Operating Software in Orange Pi. How can I change the installation directory from internal storage to external storage (SD Card). As my application file size is 1gb ++, the ...
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PNG Image Files Become Corrupt Shortly After Transferring From Computer

I am running Android 12 on a Galaxy A12 phone. Recently, out of the blue, image files that I transfer to my phone from my computer have been having the following problem: At first, right after I ...
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Move apps to SD card at once

My LG phone's internal storage is full, the phone is NOT rooted. I know I can move apps to SD card one by one: |cog icon| Apps | tap each app one by one and pray for the Move button to appear, but ...
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Shrinking encrypted ext4 partition

I have a micro SD card adopted by an Android phone as internal storage extension. While being adopted it was partitioned/formatted by the phone with two ext4 partitions: android_meta and ...
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sd card ejects after formating as internal via google files app

I am trying to increase the internal storage of my realme narzo 30a phone. but it doesnt support format as internal. so i enabled usb debugging and used sm set-force-adoptabe true via adb. Then i ...
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How to notify Android that MicroSD is mounted?

I manually mount MicroSD like this: nsenter -t 104 -m mount -t sdfat -o rw,gid=9997,noatime /dev/block/mmcblk0p4 /storage/extSD As a result, file managers can work with it. But Android still thinks ...
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Stop Android from creating folders on a media player external USB drive

I have an X96 media player running Android 11. Whenever I attach an external USB drive or SD card, Android will create a bunch of directories, an "Android" one (this I know about), but also &...
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Apps suddenly unable to access SD card for seemingly no reason

SOLVED (see accepted answer) So this one is weird. Everything was working fine untill I rebooted my phone earlier today. For some reason, since this reboot, apps are unable to access my SD card ...
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Moving andorid secure folder between sd cards

I needed to upgrade my sd card size for my phone and have ~4-5k files in my android secure folder. I backed everything up to my laptop and then pushed it onto my new sd card. The copying got ...
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How to recover files from a healthy microSD card in Android?

I accidentally deleted important documents (about 100 PDFs) that weren't backed up yet from a 64 GB microSD card, which is used as the primary storage in my unrooted Android 9.0 smartphone. The ...
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Why is my internal storage space constantly so low on my Samsung Galaxy A12 phone when I use an SD card?

My Galaxy A12 is always notifying me to delete unused files to avoid running slowly\apps not working correctly due to low internal storage space. I've moved any\every thing that's able to move to my ...
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Apps not writing to SD Card

I use a Motorola X4, Android 9. I have been storing app data on my SD card for over 2 years. Several months ago, this capability vanished, and I started getting storage full warnings from Files. The ...
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can't give permissions to apps to access sdcard, I got the message "To protect your privacy, choose another folder"

I'm trying to give access to the sdcard (like the stock file explorer), but if I try to select the root of the sdcard I get the message "To protect your privacy, choose another folder", and ...
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ADB file transfer works on internal storage but not SD card

I am trying to transfer a large amount of files (>40k images and videos). I've had trouble transferring it by dragging and dropping in Windows File Explorer so I used the adb push command. It works ...
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Which filesystem should I use on my SD Card?

I have a 1 TB SD Card in a Fairphone 3 running the latest Lineage. Recently I had issues with random reboots and now found out that my SD Card is formatted with FAT32, which might cause troubles on ...
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Moving apps to SD Card on Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Android 12

I purchased 6 months before, Samsung Galaxy s20 Fe with android 12 with 128 GB internal memory and a 256 GB external Micro SD card. I am an IT freelancer professional, so I have a job is for testing ...
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"Mount" a loopback device from SD card without root

I'd like to move Termux/Nix-on-droid on my SD card as I lack space on internal storage. Unfortunately, SD cards are formatted in extFat so they can't deal with stuff that are common on ext4 systems, ...
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How to secure files in SD card by using adoptable storage?

I asked this question before, and this is a follow-up. I am trying to encrypt my SD card for data security (I don't want some random guy to be able to access my photos/documents/downloads by just ...
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How can I Simulate External Drives on Android Studio?

I'm currently working on a small internal application for my company. (non-commercial, just a QoL app) The plan is to connect several hard drives to one mobile device and simultaneously flash them all ...
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How to change permissions for SD card directory under /storage

I have symlinked /data/media/0/Download to /storage/15B3-16E4/Download so that files will save to my SD card, but apps can't write to it because the owner/permissions are wrong. adb shell su -c ls -ld ...
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How can I remount an external storage SD card?

My external sdcard1 has disappeared leaving only sdcard0 emulated. I have looked in device/storage, and the folder is indeed gone. How can I mount or remount my external storage sdcard1?
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Can apps read all files in sd card (external removeable micro sd card) without the storage permission?

As far as i know. The way Android storage works is as follows. There is internal storage and external storage. Internal storage is for the apps data only and apps can only access their particular data....
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Is it possible to limit read permissions for some folders on external SD card to certain apps on Android 10?

My device has 64 GB of internal storage and it's nearly full. I can expand storage with a 256 GB microSD card. However, I don't like that everything stored on the SD card is freely accessible to every ...
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How can I move back data from external SD card to internal memory?

Today I added an sd card to my smartphone (Fairphone 3+, Android 10), I selected to use it as internal storage, and moved the photos and some apps (don't know which ones) to it automatically. After ...
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How do I format my SD card via terminal/Termux?

I'm running a MIUI 12.5.5 xiaomi.eu ROM on a rooted Redmi Note 9 Pro. I'm trying to format my 128GB micro SD Card via Settings > Storage > Format SD Card, but this causes the device to reboot. I ...
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Some music metadata/tags dissapeared after copying to micro sd

I tried copying my large music library from my internal storage to my external micro sd card, only to find 50% of my album art went missing, some artist and album info is gone, while the songs ...
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How to remotely access full file system on Android for backup?

I have always used SFTP servers on my Android devices, with sync scripts run on my server daily to perform backups. I also transfer files to and from the devices this way. With each version of Android,...
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How to recover data from an erased android SD Card [duplicate]

Last week when my phone(Galaxy Note 10+) was stolen, I logged into my Google account from my laptop and chose the option to erase the device. The cops managed to catch the guy and retrieve my phone ...
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Can I rename the external storage mount point on Android10 with root access

System: rooted Samsung Galaxy S10 with Android10 I have replaced my old external sdcard (128GB) with a new and bigger one (512GB). The old card was automaticly mounted to /storage/6639-3031. The new ...
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How to recover encrypted files from sdcard from phone with broken screen?

So I have a few problems with my Galaxy S9+ phone: About a week ago, my old galaxy s9+ phone's screen started turning black right before the login screen. I can see the Samsung and verizon splash ...
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My SD card is acting up, how can I recover what's in it?

Last night, on my phone, I was trying to copy a file from one folder in the SD to another folder. But whenever I tap paste, the SD card would disconnect (I see a "this operation could not be ...
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Can you record video to external drive?

If I connect an external ssd drive to the phone, it can browse its file system and write to it. Is there an app (or a setting) that allows me to record video directly to this external drive? The use ...
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After changing VolumeID (Disk Serial), Android (Lineage OS 17.1) refuses to accept card and wants to format

I tried this several different ways using several tools. In the past I was able to do it just fine. When changing to a new serial (VolumeID, like ABCD-1234), Lineage OS 17.1 on a Galaxy Tab S2 refuses ...
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How to mount external µSD card partition filesystems on Moto g Power?

A µSD card has several partitions, but the phone mounts only the vfat partition, not the ext4 partitions. I see that there are existing internal ext4 filesystems, so it can handle that type. Is there ...
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