Atrix SD card: Reads OK- but no apps writing to it??
Sorry if this is just stupid me... I'm new to Android, coming from a Blackberry Bold 9700.
I have an 8Gb sd installed and can add folders, files, etc via USB while installed in the Atrix.
When I unplug and go check "file manager" on the Atrix I can see and browse "SD card".
When I go to "Music" on the Atrix I can see and play all the songs I manually added to the SD card....
BUT-- my phone wont write ANYTHING to the SD card! Everything I download, every pic I take, every app's created files ALL go to "Internal Memory"!
Am I missing a setting or doing something wrong? How do I make something as simple as photos save to the SD? Go ahead, show me how ignorant I am.
- 02-24-2011, 08:47 PM #3
- 02-24-2011, 08:51 PM #4
- 02-24-2011, 09:06 PM #5
- 02-24-2011, 11:21 PM #6
"did you try menu/settings/sdcard & phone storage
scroll to the bottom where it says storage location and change it to sd card?"
I did that. Kouki seems to be correct. I tried "App 2 SD" and that app sees the internal memory as the SD! So the SD isn't of much help I guess. Crazy.
- 02-25-2011, 06:05 AM #8
menu/settings/SD Card & Phone Storage/
Look at the very bottom and see if Windows Media Sync isn't set to Internal Phone Storage. If you change that to SD card you will then be able to install applications to your external SD card...or maybe I'm just lucky and my phone is different than the rest of yours. So Kouki I'm calling your bluff on this one. If I remove my 32 GB external SD card, I loss about half of my apps.
- 02-25-2011, 06:24 AM #9
What "App 2 SD" is calling my "SD Card" is 10.71Gb... My SD is only 8Gb so that app at least is not working with an external SD.
Element, when I go to settings/ applications it will allow me to move some but not all of my apps to the "Media Area"... my phone says noting about an SD card. The "Media Area" in my case is the phone's internal memory and not my SD.
- 02-25-2011, 11:01 AM #11
menu/settings/SD Card & Phone Storage/
Look at the very bottom and see if Windows Media Sync isn't set to Internal Phone Storage. If you change that to SD card you will then be able to install applications to your external SD card
- 03-11-2011, 03:33 PM #12
Done all this and it still only gives me the option to move files to the "media area"- I've saved music to the SD card and can play it fine but I can't move files to the card from the phone itself unless I use the root version of file explorer, which breaks the app that's moved. Any ideas on how to change. "Media area" to SD card? It says media area where SD card should be listed in the application management area, and yes, I've checked the option to use the external SD card for windows media sync. Thanks.
- 03-12-2011, 01:03 PM #13
- 06-16-2011, 02:02 PM #14
I have Atrix 4G with Firmware 1.83. Rooted.
The music player has no problem recognizing the SD card as its source... nor does the camera. However, I am an avid fan of Audio Books and have been using Audible. Since 1.83 update, Audible isn't able to view any content on the external SD card.
I have contacted Audible, and their "canned" answer is that they have not developed support on dual-core systems yet. The support staff also had an Atrix, and he, too, is unable to use the SD card for storing audio books.
One other thing to note... most apps will look to its own folder off the root directory of the device. In the Atrix (when viewing files via Astro) I noted that the external SD card isn't at the "root" of the device's file structure, but under a subfolder called sdcard-ext.
I've also noted (on an related issue) that when I have ringtones stored on my external SD card, and I plug my phone into a USB port... the SD card gets "unmounted" and unavailble to the phone itself. When this happens, all my ringtones get scrambled, and the phone picks its default tones baked into the OS. VERY annoying, and I find myself needing to re-configure my preferred ringtone and notification sounds every time I plug my phone in (thus I hardly ever plug my phone in, except for the time I wanted to root it)
While I'm no XDA guru... but just a consumer, I make a leap to the conclusion that the Atrix (with update to 1.83) logically presents the location of the external SD card different than older Androids. We might just have to wait for developers to come out with updates to their apps before we can utilize the SD card for our app data.
Audible Support's last comment was that they are aware of the problem with "dual-core" devices, and will email me when they come up with an app update.
On the bright side, they gave me 1 free credit to download another book for the inconvenience.
- 09-01-2011, 09:13 PM #15
Re: Atrix SD card: Reads OK- but no apps writing to it??