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Best file system for an external SD card

The answer to your question is built into your phone's OS. 1. Put the SD card in your phone 2. Reformat the SD card with your phone(Settings --> Storage/Storage & USB) 3. The file system on the ...
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My adoptable storage is full. How can I move the data to a bigger MicroSD card?

Having a similar issue, I read through the comments to your question and ended up doing the following based on a hint suggested by Barleyman: Go to Settings > Storage & USB › Internal Storage, ...
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Is it possible to mount on a PC an SD card that has been encrypted by an Android Marshmallow device?

Marshmallow has two ways to treat the external SD card : Portable Storage : In this the entire memory of the ext.SD card is available for use, if it is not encrypted (natively) and you can mount it ...
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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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Why do partitions get unmounted automatically after some time?

SHORT ANSWER Go to Magisk Settings and set Mount Namespace Mode to Global once for all. In SuperSU app, disable Mount Namespace Separation. OR For one time solution, use this command instead: ~$ su -...
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How to transfer files between BlueStacks and Windows PC?

BlueStacks Media Manager Bluestacks now has a Media Manager that you can use to easily import/export files.
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What is the .android_secure Folder?

android_secure folder contains those apps which you have moved to external SD. Files inside them would have .asec extension Android 6.0 upwards don't allow you to move apps to external SD as you have ...
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How to get Adoptable SD card encryption key with root access?

There's some interesting pointer found in Decrypting Android M adopted storage (emphasis mine): Android M allows for adoptable storage, which is implemented similarly to internal storage FDE -- ...
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Termux write to SD card

Use termux-setup-storage to setup your storage. See https://wiki.termux.com/wiki/Termux-setup-storage for instructions and more information. Write data will be enabled in the Termux private folder ...
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Can android phones use micro SD storage in the same way they do internal storage?

Since Android 6.0 (Marshmellow), Android supports Adoptable Storage. However, many phone manufacturers, including Samsung, have disabled this feature on their phones. How to use Adoptable Storage on ...
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Should I get A1 or A2 spec'd Micro SD card for my phone?

TL;DR: Get an A1 card unless you know for sure that your workload greatly benefits from Command Queuing (CQ) and your host hardware supports CQ. Long answer: After looking around a lot it seems that ...
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How do I access `$HOME/storage` outside of Termux (with a file explorer)?

If you did termux-setup-storage previously, create random_file.txt file in $HOME/storage/shared. That'll be created on /sdcard/. But you don't need to do that hassle. Just grant Termux Storage ...
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SSHelper: SD card Permission denied

Take a look at the various ways to get around this issue as explained in the official docs. Here're some excerpt: One solution, not at all easy, is to take the external storage device out of the ...
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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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Is there any way to recover data from 2nd SD partition?

To access second partition on SD card if it's not deleted, you may adopt multiple approaches listed below. For deleted partitons or deleted files, you may use tools like testdisk and extundelete which ...
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SD card formatted as internal storage Recovery Data

This question appears to be a duplicate of How to decrypt Adopted Storage? in many regards, but if I understand it correctly, the following things happened and one step makes it unique: You adopted ...
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Link2SD error- "mount: Operation not supported on transparent endpoint"

Try with an ext4 partition. From www.link2sd.info/faq. I had the same issue and this fixed it.
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Booting Android from SD card

I have been successfully able to boot from SD card on QMobile Z8 by: Replicating eMMC partition table by partitioning SD card on a Ubuntu machine using parted and fdisk Flashing factory firmware ...
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Why apps move from SD card to phone memory after upgrade and how to avoid it?

It is an existing behavior found in Lollipop. (May be an marketing strategy to make you buy expensive internal storage phones) According to Lollipop the phone internal storage is referred as SDCard ...
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How to make WhatsApp store media on external SD card (instead of device storage)?

Unfortunately, there is no way you can do this without root access. If you know what is rooting or if you have already rooted your mobile, then follow this answer. But if you don't know, please don't ...
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How do i install apps directly on SD card in Lollipop?

As pointed out by Can I install an app directly to my SD card? and our app2sd tag-wiki, what you want to achieve isn't possible for multiple reasons: To install the app, Play Store first needs to ...
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Unable to get bluestack downloaded data

My path to shared data is C:\ProgramData\BlueStacks\Engine\UserData\SharedFolder
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Microsd card slots: shared vs dedicated - What is the difference?

You're most likely looking at DualSIM devices. If they come with a dedicated SD card slot, you can use 2 SIMs and an external SD card. If it's a shared slot, it's either 2 SIMs or 1 SIM + SD card – i....
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How to remount sdcardfs to allow setting file permisions / ownerships?

You cannot change permissions and ownerships of files on sdcardfs. On all operating systems based on Linux kernel - like Android is - it's possible to set permissions on files (including directories) ...
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Cross-platform compatible encryption of SD-card for Android

FDE In previous versions Android's default encryption for /data and Adoptable Storage was Full Disk Encryption (FDE) which is a custom implementation of dm-crypt. userdata partition (on FDE as well ...
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How to change photo storage path for LineageOS 16's Camera app?

As of right now it is not possible for you to change the path. Android Pie does not allow apps to write/read SD Card public area and only allows apps to access the application private area. That being ...
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How to create a shortcut to some file in another folder?

"Shortcut" is a purely Windows concept. It's an ordinary file (with .lnk extension) which contains a reference to some other file or folder. Windows Explorer and other programs know how to open the ...
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Why do we need emulated sdcard?

Historically virtually all the early Android phones had a removable SD card and a very small amount of internal storage (by modern standards). Apps were written expecting to be able to get access to ...
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Best file system for an external SD card

Answering the question, the filesystem used on standard Android devices is "exFAT", which is available from Windows Format application and Android's own filesytem management tools. Hope this cleared ...
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How to transfer files between BlueStacks and Windows PC?

BlueStacks only provide a way to access a subfolder of the sdcard /storage/sdcard/windows/BstSharedFolder which in Windows has the path C:\ProgramData\BlueStacks\Engine\UserData\SharedFolder. The ...
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