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    Default [MOD] Switch Internal for External Storage

    Intro:

    If you’re like me, you’ve come from the ThunderBolt or a similar phone where most of what you save/did was saved on the ACTUAL external SD card, and not the phone emulated SD card. This will show you how to trick our phones to where the external SD card and the internal ‘SD card’, are swapped.

    This will be especially helpful if you plan on switching over to a new ROM in the future, and will help prevent data loss if something happens to your phone.

    ** Before proceeding, I am NOT responsible for damages that occur to your phone. If your phone magically grows legs and sleeps with your significant other, becomes a nuke bomb, or ends up being your housemaid, I am in no way responsible for that. **



    Prereqs:

    1) You MUST be rooted, and chances are, if you’re looking at this you are. But… the guide to that can be found here:
    [How to][VZW GNote2] Root/Rom via Odin w/video

    2) Your boot loader MUST also be unlocked. The guide to that can be found here:
    [GUIDE] Unlock Your Note 2 Bootloader! Let Thy Phone Be FREE!

    3) Clockwork Mod recovery MUST be installed (Download ROM Manager from Google Play)

    4) You MUST be running the stock, rooted ROM.

    Before proceeding, you need to determine which format you want to put your external SD card in. (Fat32 or exFat)

    A note about exFat: Unfortunately, Clockwork Mod Recovery does NOT recognize the exFat format (as of 12-26-12). This may be an issue if you create regular nandroid backups, or if you plan on flashing other roms. [I myself chose Fat32 format for this reason]

    After choosing which format to place your SD Card in, download the correct file below:

    Fat32 (modified, and repackaged by me)
    extsd2internalsd_i605_fat32.zip

    exFat (made by ang3l12. )




    Process:

    1) After downloading the file, place the file under a folder on your external SD Card (such as the ‘Downloads’ folder)
    2) Reboot into recovery mode
    3) Choose to install a zip file from the SD Card, and then choose to install from external SD Card
    4) Navigate to the folder you placed your file in, open it, and select ‘Yes’
    5) Reboot and enjoy the larger amount of space!

    * If you have issues, try this! * (I had to use this process for my phone)
    1) Download SManager, or Script Manager from Google Play
    2) When you start it for the first time, choose to navigate with Root access
    3) Navigate to the ‘/system/etc/init.d’ folder
    4) Choose the ‘11extsd2internalsd’ file
    5) Click on the ‘SU’ and ‘Boot’ icons, press save and reboot.
    6) That SHOULD fix the problem

    Also, in the original guide, mattiadj suggests you format the SD Card, but I don't think its a necessary process.

    After rebooting, wait about 30-60 seconds, navigate to ‘Settings->Storage’ and you should see this!

    [MOD] Switch Internal for External Storage-storage.jpg

    Credits:

    I DID NOT make this mod, I simply edited and repackaged the exFat version ang3l12 made (which was based on mattiadj's script found )
    This guide was also based off of the guide found in mattiadj's post on XDA.
    Last edited by SonOfUncleSam; 12-26-2012 at 10:32 PM.
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    Default Re: Switch Internal for External Storage?

    There probably is something out there, if you unlocked your bootloader you can always flash Beans B4. This comes with an option to enable sdSwap which will do exactly what you are asking to do. I will see if I can find anything that will allow you to do it without flashing anything.
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    I used this video and worked perfectly...

    Sent from my Rooted VZW Note 3
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    This looks amazing. One pet peeve of my with the Note 2 is that the phone only came in 16gb. I put in a 64gb SDcard but still really couldn't take advantage of it. Just could put music and movies. Another reason I'm looking into having to unlock. This will work with the stock rom unlocked/rooted correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by sudbury78 View Post
    I used this video and worked perfectly...
    Are you rooted and unlocked or just rooted? I see in the video he says you just needed to be rooted and running a TW based rom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sudbury78 View Post
    I used this video and worked perfectly...

    This is great for moving and what not to the SD Card. I can't watch the video since I am at work but if it is like the title says, moving apps to the SD card and switching actual storage is different.

    Unless I am mistaken I think the OP is looking for something that will basically make the phone default everything to the external SD Card and not the internal SD Card. I could be wrong just going on my assumption.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creccaj1 View Post
    This is great for moving and what not to the SD Card. I can't watch the video since I am at work but if it is like the title says, moving apps to the SD card and switching actual storage is different.

    Unless I am mistaken I think the OP is looking for something that will basically make the phone default everything to the external SD Card and not the internal SD Card. I could be wrong just going on my assumption.
    That video is a script that does swap the extSdCard and internal SDCard so the phone thinks the extSdCard is the internal and well yeah the internal is now your external. Looks like both do the same thing. One with a script that you run and the other you posted you have to flash. Trying to figure out which would be the best option.
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    Default Re: Switch Internal for External Storage?

    You only need to be rooted, but I can say if you are willing to be rooted, going unlocked and getting even more from your GN2 is well worth it. Many custom ROMs out there and Scott's CleanROM v3.5 based on the International 4.1.2 N7105 is awesome. It allows him to make one great ROM that easily allows you to choose your carrier settings he supports with the Aroma installer. Give it a try. His ROM is TW based and focused on keeping the stock benefits yet performance based and incredibly stable.
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    * Deleted post due to guide in first post *
    Last edited by SonOfUncleSam; 12-26-2012 at 10:33 PM.
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    And if needed, I can make a write up where it isn't archaic as crap... Lol I do not mind.
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    Default Re: Switch Internal for External Storage?

    Quote Originally Posted by SonOfUncleSam View Post
    And if needed, I can make a write up where it isn't archaic as crap... Lol I do not mind.
    That would be great, thank you
    If i've made life easier buy me a Macchiato
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    Just to add a note. Beans has this option when you install. Not sure if this is new to B4 but seems to be working great.
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    Guide has been posted! Mods, feel free to edit if need be
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    Bump--
    Sent from my Rooted VZW Note 3
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    Does anyone notice that someone made an app for this mod? So you don't have to flash anything.


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    Quote Originally Posted by clarkkent434 View Post
    Does anyone notice that someone made an app for this mod? So you don't have to flash anything.


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    Good find, does it allow you to undo it aswell?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post
    Good find, does it allow you to undo it aswell?
    Bump. I wanna know it as well too cause I wanna try the other ROMs besides Beans 11.
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    If I remember correctly, I believe this app uses a script in order to accomplish this. Once you hit the button to switch the SD cards, it will be done. However, when you restart your phone, it will be back to it's non-swapped state. (ie, normal) There is an option to apply this option on boot to keep it continuous.
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    can it work on galaxy note GT-N7000
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhon Mamen View Post
    can it work on galaxy note GT-N7000
    Yeah of course... I actually used it on mine to see whether or not it would work.
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    can you solve this ...?
    i have problem with my internal storage " USB Storage is Damaged.Try Reformatting it"..so ican't use my camera and cannot open my gallery.
    it's begun when i try to move some files from my pc to my laptop, i using my internal storage like a flash disk. but it's not working ,,so i unplug the cable from my pc. and after that all.. my internal storage is damaged.
    i've tried to format everything and i've tried to change my rooms but still doesn't work

    can you tell me what should i suppose to do ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhon Mamen View Post
    can you solve this ...?
    i have problem with my internal storage " USB Storage is Damaged.Try Reformatting it"..so ican't use my camera and cannot open my gallery.
    it's begun when i try to move some files from my pc to my laptop, i using my internal storage like a flash disk. but it's not working ,,so i unplug the cable from my pc. and after that all.. my internal storage is damaged.
    i've tried to format everything and i've tried to change my rooms but still doesn't work

    can you tell me what should i suppose to do ?
    Are you talking about the internal storage in your phone? Or are you talking about an External SD Card?

    If you're referring to an External SD Card, I would turn your phone off, remove the card, using a card reader, take any files you need off of it (and put them on your computer for the time being). Then, take the card, put it back into your phone, and power it up. Then under Settings>Storage, there is an option all the way at the bottom to format the SD Card. When this is complete, power off your phone again, place the SD card back into your computer, transfer the files back onto it, place the card back into your phone and power it back up.

    Now, if it's internal, this may be a whole other issue. However, this MAY fix it (assuming there's nothing wrong with the OS files)... Using Clockwork mod (or another backup program, assuming you're unlocked?), make a nandroid backup, and save it to the EXTERNAL SD card. (Because you DON'T want to lose your current ROM and all your information.) Then, power off your phone by doing a battery pull, take out the SD card, then boot into recovery by holding the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time. If you're using Clockwork Mod, you can go under Advanced (I believe), and format anything that has an option to format. After that is done, do a battery pull, place your SD card back in the phone, boot into recovery and restore the backup you just made.

    A few things to note though, if you still have the same issue, you may want to try and install a new ROM. Use software such as Titanium backup to make a backup of all your apps and information first though, being sure to save everything to the External SD Card. (There is an option under settings to change the path to which the backups are made). If you still have issues after that, there is a possibility that the actual phone memory may be damaged. With that being said, you would have to undo your root, and take it into a VZW store to have them replace it.
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    Will this work on a note 10.1 2012 edition running stock rooted rom?
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    i can't make this work on my Nobis 9" NB09. . I used the app follow all the instructions and no luck

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