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Preparing storage devices to record data by creating the necessary structures, while potentially existing structures and data are being destroyed. Follow the 'info' link below for more details.

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Factory reset upon unlocking

For security reasons, I want to be able to specify two lock passwords (or patterns) as follows : One for normal unlocking the device. Another one if entered, the device will factory reset itself (...
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What really happens during a factory reset? Does it securely erase all data?

When you "factory reset" an android phone, are you formatting the phone storage by securely erasing all data and writing over them with zeroes, or are you simply deleting the files by hiding them from ...
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How to properly format a MicroSD Card for FroYo?

The MicroSD card that came with my phone shows up as simply 'FAT' in Windows XP. This 2GB card works well in my HTC Wildfire running FroYo. I bought a new 16GB MicroSD which is formatted as 'FAT32' ...
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SD card not recognized if I create second partition

I need to create a second partition on my SD card to use Link2SD to store apps on it, but every time I make a second partition the phone says there is no SD card at all. I've tried it a few times with ...
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What file system does the format option in settings > storage use?

I was wondering what file system Android will use when I format my (external) SD Card. Can someone enlighten me? Is it the one already used or exFAT or FAT32 or manufacturer dependent?
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How to format an SD card?

How can I format an SD card directly inside Android?
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SD card will not format within Android therefore cannot mount. Works fine on laptop

I bought a 64GB SD card for my Galaxy S3, and it worked perfectly. Today I turned on device encryption (worked fine) then I turned on SD card encryption. Since then I am stuck with the phone reporting ...
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How do I move apps to Micro SD card in Nokia 6.1 (Android One) device?

I got a Nokia 6.1 for my son in an effort to get him out of the Apple world. One of the big advantages for him was the ability to store Netflix videos and large games in his SD card enabling him to ...
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Do you have to reformat an SD Card before you can copy its contents to your PC?

My phone has been stuck in a boot loop and I need to safely retrieve the contents via card-to-PC transfer, then PC-to-new card, then new card-to-phone, etc. I read somewhere on here that you must ...
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What file system for sdcard for KitKat

I have been searching the web and this website for information about the file systems supported by Android. I have not found anything though. Since KitKat (Android 4.4), some changes have been ...
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Micro SD Card Suddenly not Recognized in Phone Slot Only [closed]

This has been bothering me for weeks. I have an android phone (Moto X Pure) that allows for an external storage card to be added. I have one SD card that I was using for a while but I got a new one ...
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Formating and reinstaling OS on Galaxy S4

Someone put CyanogenMod on my T-Mobile Galaxy S4. So I tried to unroot and return to the original by watching this Youtube video and using this method.This is what I have gotten from the phone: Odin ...
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Formatting (or reinstalling) Samsung Galaxy S2

I have some experience about Android phones (but i'm not an expert) . I have problems with my Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100) . Its battery heating too much, there are a lots of applications, sometimes ...
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Pinch-zoom not pure zoom in Web browser on HTC Desire Z because text is auto-re-formatted: irritating / layouts break

When I (multi-touch) pinch to zoom and release my fingers from touching the screen to see the zoomed display, the Android web browser on the HTC Desire Z performs a shrink-to-fit re-format of the page ...
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64gb SDXC Cards in Galaxy S2, or 64gb SDXC cards where only 32gb supported

I spent hours looking for a solution to my issues with my 64gb Micro SDXC card that my girlfriend purchased me for my birthday. From what I understand only capacities up to 32gb are officially ...
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Micro SD card physically damaged?

it seems to me that my sd card is damaged so I wiped/erased it from android few times but it did not help. Right now what happens is that if the card is present the phone freezes (not always) at the ...
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“Format as Internal Storage” option no longer available

When I first inserted my SD card, it showed a notification with an "options button." I proceeded to format the card as external, portable storage, although the system storage format option was ...
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External Hard Drive to Smartphone without additional power supply

I) Goal Use external hard drive without power supply - no hub either - to backup smartphone directly. II) Configuration Huawei Mate 20 Pro, this - I own this. USB C male to USB A (3.0) Adapter (i.e....
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Cannot format userdata, Fastboot refuses to detect

I have an OpenSUSE Leap 42.2, with adb, fastboot, and heimdall all present. My Android tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (model: SM-T713). I am attempting to flash Lineage OS onto it. I have already ...
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Does Android Jelly Bean supports NTFS SD card formatting?

If I format my micro SD card as NTFS, will my phone see it? I need this because I want to transfer files larger than 4GB on my phone microSD card, but FAT32 allows just files up to 4GB.
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64 GB SD card with Samsung s3 mini

I bought a Sandisk Ultra microSDXC card with 64GB to use in my Samsung s3 mini. When I put it in the phone doesn't find it (presumably); going to settings -> storage and scrolling down to the bottom ...
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corrupted /data partition?

for a stupid reason I used TWRP which is btw a stupid tool... long story short.. It messed up the data partition... Currently I have a nexus 5 that can run whatever recovery I want, but doesn't have ...
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Is there a way to format numbers' font in Nexus One/Nexus S?

I love to see numbers in Georgia font and would love to see them auto-formatted into that font! If you know such tips, please share! Update I want just numbers to be formatted while other texts ...
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Filesystem format used for SD Card by Galaxy S3

When I remove the SD Card that was formatted by my Galaxy S3 from it and put it in a MacBook, fdisk shows its sole partition as having partition ID 0C, indicating that it is a Fat32 LBA partition. ...
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Format SD card after playing with fdisk (No card reader)

After playing with partitioning using FDISK (from busybox) i finished and now i want to format it back to whatever is usable under Android. Using same FDISK via Android console i deleted all ...
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If I reset my phone, will it also TRIM the fragmented eMMC?

I know that Android supports fstrim but it only works if the phone is idle for a long time while charging. I think my phone is too fragmented and is lacking performance so I want to reset it but I am ...
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Format external SD card from android

I am having issues with my SD card, it just gets on getting unmounted and mounted many times per day. I have read online that the best thing to do is to format my card. I've looked online and ...
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Formatting a “corrupt SD card” fails - is the card dead?

I have a no-brand-marked 32 GB "Micro SD HC" Card, which I'd been using with my Android 6.0.1-based phone. Recently, the phone has been telling me the card is corrupt, and would not use it; and today ...
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Can I format android phone's internal storage with adb?

I formatted my phones internal storage with ntfs and now it doesn't appeared in usb mode and also not in file manager. And phone's feature like gallery, camera, recording etc are not working. Is there ...
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Can Android detect of bad sectors on external SD Cards when reformating?

Title: Can Android perform surface analysis (Detection of bad sectors) on external SD Cards? Reasons for asking: 1. At one point, I found tons of old pictures and videos in the 'LostDir' folder. ...
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Does Android lock my external SD card in a special way so that it is read-only on a PC?

I just got a new 64GB micro SDXC card for my Samsung Galaxy S2. I had the same one already before, but after 3 years it said goodbye and had to be replaced (I can still read all data, but writing is ...
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Problem with Partitioned Internal SD card! I can't get full size back!

I have a Android Matricom G-Tab Quantum Tablet with 1 GB of internal memory (tablet and system Space) and a 16 GB internal storage. I was running out of space in the 1 GB memory and since Android ...
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Extract DB from accidentally formatted /data

I had to factory reset my Samsung Galaxy Note i717 (1stGen AT&T), and I forgot to backup before formatting /data. I need to extract the messages DB from it, because I have many important messages ...
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Can I recover app data after the phone has been Factory Reset?

Without remembering application data, I reset my Galaxy S3 to factory state. Now, I lost data for one expense manager app. Is there any way to recover the data?
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How can I format a flash drive using terminal emulator?

I have a Huawei u8160 running Cyanogenmod 7.2. I've recently installed the usb host package and some time then I successfully activated the usb host mode. after that I needed to format a flash drive ...
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Do a total wipe of my device

I have flashed my ROM several times with different ROMS, and sometimes back to stock. I flashed roms, modems, kernels etc. But the flashing never seems to totally format the device, because the ...
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How format nexus 4 before flashing new ROM

I have a Google Nexus 4 (mako) and I had installed cyanogen mode which accidentally showed a loop error message like "... has unfortunately closed" telling that several google apps and wizards had ...
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Is internal storage formatting harmful?

I have been messing around with my Archos 7 Home Tablet V1, and have currently installed this ROM. Now when I go to Settings -> SD card & device storage, Total space under SD card is "Unavailable",...
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how could I store Big file (30G of like) on an external SD?

I need to store on an android tablet or phone some big file : about 30G. To be read by an app as a database. but because of Fat32 simple copy just fail after 2G. Could I format my external SD under ...
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Can user data be recovered after formatting and flashing stock ROM?

I am exchanging my old Android L phone for a new one. I have formatted the whole phone including bootloader and flashed its stock ROM using SP Flash Tool twice. I hope my data has been overwritten. ...
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Filesystem for sdcard to store large file and apps access

I am running android oreo 8.1 (custom ROM) on Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro. I have a 64GB memory card in which I want to store large files of size 15GB, 20GB etc. So I can't use FAT32 filesystem. I ...
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Android 7.1.1 showing insuficient space even with plenty of space in SD card formatted as internal

I have a ZTE Maven 3, it comes with 8GB of internal memory so i bought a 16GB microSD and formatted it as internal storage with the built-in android option to do so. Problem is, when i try to install ...
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Erase external SD card via adb

Is it possible to perform "Erase external SD card" action via adb? To be clear, my goal isn't to manually call partitioning/formatting tools such as newfs_msdos from command line. I want to get ...
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Android 6.0, backing up SD card before reformatting

I use Vodafone Tab Prime 7 (Android 6.0.1; hardware remotely based on Alcatel One Touch) with 32GB Samsung SD card (almost 30 gb full). I was using in for a few months but now with all my apps ...
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Can't clean format in TWRP Recovery

Phone Moto X, "Ghost" 2013, 1st-gen., Developer's version and unlocked with Motorola code. Maybe this is not supposed to be cleaned off, but thought I'd ask as I am far from an expert with this stuff....
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How to find out External SD card mount block?

Im going to reformat my sdcard to have an ext4 partition for installing linux on my phone. I'm using Aparted app to do this: 5GB Fat32 for android to work with. 10GB ext4 for Linux. 1GB swap for ...
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Formatting a Corrupted microSD

Received a 128gb Samsung Evo+ microSD card that had originally been encrypted or used as adopted storage on another android device. Current partitions, gpt table /dev/mmcblk0p1 android_meta 16.00 ...
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How to expands sd-card formatted as internal storage?

In Android 6 I formatted my 32GB sd card as internal storage. What I now see with GParted on my desktop is this: As you see there is still an unencrypted, readable FAT32 partition. I assume it was ...
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How to access the content of an sd card formatted as internal storage?

I am using Cyanogenmod 13 (based on Android 6) and an external 64GB sd card. When starting Cyanogenmod the first time I selected to format this sd card as an internal storage (Note that in my case the ...
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Formatted Micro SD Card as internal storage, after flashing a new build the card is unusable with any device

I've tried reformatting as portable storage and internal storage and neither work, choosing portable storage shows no errors it just doesn't do anything while internal storage errors. I've tried ...