Apps on SD card
gacg2d
Newbie

I moved a lot of my apps over to my SD card yesterday because I couldn't connect to the server to check for new software updates and someone suggested that might help. Now I cannot access those apps. The ones with shortcuts say that the attached app is no longer installed and others just don't show up. When I try to get back to the 'manage applications' screen where I can move them back, the app just says "computing...." and never does anything. I've tried doing a battery pull and removing/replacing the SD card but nothing works. Also, I can no longer download anything from the Market as it just says "downloading" forever and will never actually start to download. Is anyone else having this problem or have any idea how to fix it? Some of those apps I really need and it's driving me nuts.

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Wildman
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I can not express enough how bad of a ideal that moving to sd  feature is, it causes more issues than help...

 

To resolve the market update issue all you had to do was mount sd card to pc and browse to /sdcard/.android_secure and delete the smdl2tmp1.asec and then reboot device.

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RMLJ
Contributor - Level 1
Under sd&phone storage does it say remount or unmount
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gacg2d
Newbie

It has the option to Unmount the SD card, but when I click that it freezes the phone and then force closes.

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RMLJ
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I would make sure that you can read the card with a computer if not the card may be bad. It almost sounds like you have usb cable plugged into device from a computer. You probably do not. Also the card could not be seated properly shut down pull card and reboot see if it tells you preparing sd card or not. When you put the card in it should click in place. Don't just pull the card out push in on it it should have a spring action then remove it.
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gacg2d
Newbie

I have tried removing and replacing the card several times, and each time my phone reloads it does say preparing sd card. But then nothing else with it will work.

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RMLJ
Contributor - Level 1

See if you can read it from a computer and try booting in safe mode power down power back on and when the second HTC screen comes hold the volume down button. Then see if you can manage your sd card.

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RMLJ
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Look at your sd card in .android_secure and see if you have any duplicate files named -2 try moving them to a different location maybe to your computer and see if that fixes it. I read on another site that deleting the duplicate files would fix this problem.
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Wildman
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I can not express enough how bad of a ideal that moving to sd  feature is, it causes more issues than help...

 

To resolve the market update issue all you had to do was mount sd card to pc and browse to /sdcard/.android_secure and delete the smdl2tmp1.asec and then reboot device.

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MDagg77
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So you should never puts apps on the MicroSD card?

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Wildman
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I never could understand that option on a device when they know that the apps will stop functioning if the phone is used as a Mass Storage device and not to forget the sd card is the last item to load after a reboot..

Besides their is no way that a sd card will access and write faster than a phones flash memory.

Worse ideal ever....
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Tidbits
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Wildman wrote:
I never could understand that option on a device when they know that the apps will stop functioning if the phone is used as a Mass Storage device and not to forget the sd card is the last item to load after a reboot..

Besides their is no way that a sd card will access and write faster than a phones flash memory.

Worse ideal ever....

top part I agree...

 

bottom part it's subjective.  it depends on the class of the nand and the class of the sdcard.

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Wildman
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Tidbits wrote:

Wildman wrote:
I never could understand that option on a device when they know that the apps will stop functioning if the phone is used as a Mass Storage device and not to forget the sd card is the last item to load after a reboot..

Besides their is no way that a sd card will access and write faster than a phones flash memory.

Worse ideal ever....

top part I agree...

 

bottom part it's subjective.  it depends on the class of the nand and the class of the sdcard.


You are right that there is veribles that could make a diffrence but lets look at realisticlly, a sd card isnt really made to be accessed constantly and almost non-stop which would happen if a popular app is installed on it, this will simply take the card out faster..   Its made for storage and not a primary drive.

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Tidbits
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Wildman wrote:

Tidbits wrote:

Wildman wrote:
I never could understand that option on a device when they know that the apps will stop functioning if the phone is used as a Mass Storage device and not to forget the sd card is the last item to load after a reboot..

Besides their is no way that a sd card will access and write faster than a phones flash memory.

Worse ideal ever....

top part I agree...

 

bottom part it's subjective.  it depends on the class of the nand and the class of the sdcard.


You are right that there is veribles that could make a diffrence but lets look at realisticlly, a sd card isnt really made to be accessed constantly and almost non-stop which would happen if a popular app is installed on it, this will simply take the card out faster..   Its made for storage and not a primary drive.


Correct realistically that is true, but most people don't know the difference.  It's a marketing ploy to put cheaper and smaller nands into their phones, and market the portable expandable storage to compete with what the iPhone. 
It's honestly the reason I believe the last 2 Nexus devices DO NOT have an SD card slot and more memory(Nexus S, and Galaxy Nexus).  I think Google is trying to force manufacturers to compete with their devices to put more memory into devices as well as that expandable slot.
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Lt-Belspur
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MDagg77 wrote:

So you should never puts apps on the MicroSD card?



I put all my apps on the SD Card that will install there. No issues at all.

 

Some apps must be run from memory and will not install to the SD Card.

 

Our onboard storage is only 2.5 gig.

 

Maybe mine works so well because I am rooted Team BAMF Forever 1.0.8

 

I just got 24 hours of battery life on the standard battery and no voicemail issues either.

 

Wildman I know your feelings,  But it's my phone.

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Wildman
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Lt-Belspur wrote:

MDagg77 wrote:

So you should never puts apps on the MicroSD card?



I put all my apps on the SD Card that will install there. No issues at all.

 

Some apps must be run from memory and will not install to the SD Card.

 

Our onboard storage is only 2.5 gig.

I store all of my apps on the internal memory and havent gad any issues with storage, I have 1.5 left with over 13 apps installed.

 

Maybe mine works so well because I am rooted Team BAMF Forever 1.0.8

 

I just got 24 hours of battery life on the standard battery and no voicemail issues either.

 

Wildman I know your feelings,  But it's my phone.

I am not sure what that means because I never said anything about your device, id you are speaking about being rooted, I have came to decision that each to their own and once again I point out I am not against using this method.


 

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jrh4054
Specialist - Level 3

I too have moved all the apps I can to the SD card with absolutely no performance issues.  Some apps can't be moved.  I have to assume that those apps that can be moved have been written to operate from the card.

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Wildman
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Only applications that has been designed to function from SD Card can be moved to the SD Card...  

Is there any reason you want to try to move the apps to the card?  Keep in mind that the storage card wont perform as fast as internal memory because of transfer restriction of the card and reader but basically you wont notice the difference because it is usually so miner in most situations.

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jscrawley
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On my old droid I would move apps to the SD card because there was hardly any internal memory on that phone(256mb if I remember right). The Apps would work fine 90% of the time. The biggest problem I had was that when the phone would reboot it would take forever, and in some cases it would never, load the app that were saved to the SD card. One nice thing about my Gnexus is there is no option for that, so all my apps work wonderfully

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