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"Format as Internal Storage" option no longer available

It seems like manufacturers are removing the "Format as Internal" feature on newer phones. Perhaps because it's in their interest to force us to upgrade our devices after running into memory ...
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How do I find what type of file system is of an attached USB or SD card?

Related question: How to detect filesystem type of un-mounted partition? Just to complete some missing pieces: Usually we use mount command to see mounted filesystems, it works without root e.g. ...
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If I reset my phone, will it also TRIM the fragmented eMMC?

Android supports fstrim but it only works if the phone is idle for a long time while charging It's not so. On newer versions, Android runs fstrim with a daily schedule, provided that the conditions ...
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Backup all installed APK's from phone using ADB

If it's just the APK files, you could use the getapk script provided in the tools/ directory of my little helper Adebar, calling it e.g. with getapk user to retrieve all user-installed apps. You won't ...
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Filesystem format used for SD Card by Galaxy S3

The reason is, at least with Samsung devices and cards larger than 32GB, Samsung or Android formats the card with the exFAT file system, but incorrectly identifies the partition type as "FAT32 (LBA)", ...
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How do I find what type of file system is of an attached USB or SD card?

Apps like Disk Info also provide the format (enable "show file system" in settings).
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How to create and use multiple partitions on external SD card with different filesystems (Ext4, exFAT, NTFS)?

A few points on four partitions: Dedicated first partition exFAT or NTFS or FAT32 (whichever Android permits and gives optimum performance) to store apps, photos and media. For apps consider ...
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Does /dev/block/mmcblk0 include an external sd card that has been formatted as internal?

No. Internally formatted external sd card is not included in mmcblk0. dd dumps files, in your case the block device file mmcblk0 which includes all partitions, GUID partition table (GPT) and any free ...
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How do I move apps to Micro SD card in Nokia 6.1 (Android One) device?

The Nokia 6.1 has a reported issue with using SD card as internal storage, detailed on the XDA Forum. To summarise: The ability to use an sdcard as internal storage is avaiable with build ...
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How to skip formatting SD Card?

I think the best answer here is by @Android_Helper. I would recommend backing up the data before doing what I'm about to suggest. I have been able to skip formatting by repeatedly removing and ...
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Unsupported SD format renders my micro SD card useless. Is there a way to fix it?

Plug it into PC and format it to FAT32. That should done the trick. Or maybe you can format it trought phone take a look for that option in storage settings.
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How can I delete data from phones that won't start up?

Physically breaking them is the only way to be relatively certain the data isn't compromised by someone else somehow.
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How format nexus 4 before flashing new ROM

CWM is long dead, let it stay that way. You are advised to use the latest TWRP recovery, which has an interactive graphic interface, has a more powerful and thorough wipe function, and has an inbuilt ...
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Clean install of android

First, for reinstalling you'll need a ROM specifically matching your device (there's no such thing as a "generic installer" for Android, see e.g. Can I install a ROM made for a different device and ...
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Reformat sdcard on every reboot in MIU13

I've installed by compiling https://github.com/exfatprogs/exfatprogs version 1.2.0, as it can repair the filesystem. Then I run in a Linux PC with a card reader: $ sudo /usr/local/sbin/fsck.exfat /dev/...
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How to create and use multiple partitions on external SD card with different filesystems (Ext4, exFAT, NTFS)?

just partitioning and formatting from adb shell (needs to be umount) (for doing this in recovery, delete all strings /data/local and su -c from command list) adb push parted /data/local/tmp adb ...
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Recovery chances for a formatted SD card which was used as Android's internal storage

Accessibility of the data on a storage volume that has been adopted by Android Marshmallow or higher as "internal storage" is well documented and has requirements of root at an absolute minimum... So ...
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Can user data be recovered after formatting and flashing stock ROM?

I have formatted the whole phone including bootloader Bootloader can't be overwritten, your device will be bricked. I think you meant boot partition which contains kernel. But that doesn't contain ...
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How do I find what type of file system is of an attached USB or SD card?

The app DevCheck will show you the actual filesystem of /system and /sdcard. (unlike the "diskinfo" app).
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Clean install of android

Yes and no. I'll explain: TL;DR Simple method at end of post Using your example... Formatting a hard drive on a desktop computer (depending on quick or full format) effectively writes 0s to all (or ...
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Formatting a "corrupt SD card" fails - is the card dead?

Most likely. If you had the card set to be read as internal storage, Android sets an encryption on it. After a factory reset, the keys change, and the card is permanently write-protected. I have had ...
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External Hard Drive to Smartphone without additional power supply

A) Is my goal really achievable? How? Unsure, see the answer to the second question of item E. B) Is my assumption right, that my LaCie HDD won't spin because of power supply issues? Yes. The HDD ...
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Replacing the gmail account on my Mi android phone

My phone is mi5 pro running MIUI 9.5 Android 7 In the settings menu go to Sync > scroll down > click add account > enter your Google account Step 2 is to delete the existing mothers account. Sync > ...
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HTC Desire 616 hard-bricked (dead) after format all + download in sp falsh tool

The dead state of a smartphone is actually because of corrupted firmware files. either the rom your are flashing is corrupted or the flashing process is interrupted whatever is the problem. try ...
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How to skip formatting SD Card?

Instead of formatting, you can introduce the sd card into your computer with Windows and run in cmd: chkdsk D: /F Assuming your sd card drive letter is D: That will clear the "error" ...
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How to skip formatting SD Card?

Try to backup your data to your laptop then Format it to your Android smartphone then restore your backup data.
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Android 6.0, backing up SD card before reformatting

As you state that some content is visible, but I doubt that its all I assume that by the means of tablet your card is visible and accessible. You doubts about incompleteness of displayed files ...
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How to remove everything from an Android device?

You can't do this from the OS or adb, you would have to do it from fastboot or recovery such as CWM or TWRP. fastboot erase all - note this will erase EVERYTHING, including your IMEI or MEID and ...
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Unsupported SD format renders my micro SD card useless. Is there a way to fix it?

I tried all the suggestions I could find on the web, including third-party-software, but none of them worked! My SD card was neither accessible on the device itself (via file explorers) nor on a PC. (...
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