1. hybucket's Avatar
    I have a 16GB Galaxy 5 with an 8 GB SD card, which is close to full. I would like to replace that 8GB card with a 32GB. The current SD card has mostly music on it, but there is other stuff on there, like a folder for Android with a bunch of Data subfolders, and some other folders, which appear to be empty. I think that the way to do this is to move all of the SD card onto my laptop and then re-install it on a new card. Is this correct? Would this screw up any of the stuff currently on the device itself? And would I add the stuff from my computer onto the card DIRECTLY, or thru the phone connected to the computer? A dummies' question, perhaps, but I want to get it right.
    03-05-2016 01:43 PM
  2. nahoku's Avatar
    All the folders you see on the SD card are automatically put there by the phone... except any folders you created yourself. It sounds like you're able to transfer music from your laptop through a card reader. After you get your new card, just connect it to your laptop and put whatever files you want on it. Don't worry about the Android folders... they'll be generated by the phone.
    03-05-2016 03:20 PM
  3. hybucket's Avatar
    Thanks - I remember reading somewhere that there are certain hidden files on the card that cannot be transferred...I have no idea what they are or whether they are on my card. It does sound like it should be as easy as you mention, but you never know...
    03-05-2016 04:37 PM
  4. nahoku's Avatar
    Not sure where/what you heard about hidden files. There are none. Just put your files on the card... the phone will take care of the rest.
    03-05-2016 06:18 PM
  5. deke40's Avatar
    I just did what your are going to do. It will go quicker if you do as you suggested. Insert the SD card from your cell into the PC and copy the entire card over. Then insert your new card into the PC and transfer the
    the cell info over to it with the additional items you want on it.

    This is way faster than going through the USB ports.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-05-2016 07:02 PM
  6. hybucket's Avatar
    Thanks - that answers what would have been my next question about the USB ports.
    One more, tho...do I need to format the new card in the phone before I do the transfer?
    03-06-2016 09:09 AM
  7. ironass's Avatar
    Thanks - that answers what would have been my next question about the USB ports.
    One more, tho...do I need to format the new card in the phone before I do the transfer?
    Yes
    03-06-2016 10:18 AM
  8. deke40's Avatar
    As IA said yes, I always do mine because the USB people like to insert unnecessary junk on them.

    I mostly use SanDisk Ultra.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    03-06-2016 11:13 AM
  9. hybucket's Avatar
    IA-
    Dummy question again...but..do I format the new card IN the phone, or in the computer itself? So I would have to insert the new card into the phone, format it, then take it out to transfer the files from my computer to the card, then re-insert into the phone?
    03-07-2016 09:52 AM
  10. ironass's Avatar
    IA-
    Dummy question again...but..do I format the new card IN the phone, or in the computer itself? So I would have to insert the new card into the phone, format it, then take it out to transfer the files from my computer to the card, then re-insert into the phone?
    Format it in the phone first to add the mandatory Android files that will make it work. Then add your own stuff.
    03-07-2016 10:10 AM
  11. hybucket's Avatar
    Thanks. When I transfer the files from the computer to the newly formatted card,, will it not be transferring some same files that were originally transferred from the old card to the computer? (Hope you followed that....).
    03-07-2016 10:14 AM
  12. ironass's Avatar
    Thanks. When I transfer the files from the computer to the newly formatted card,, will it not be transferring some same files that were originally transferred from the old card to the computer? (Hope you followed that....).
    Not if you do the files individually and omit those 2 or 3 already on your newly formatted card.
    03-07-2016 12:15 PM
  13. hybucket's Avatar
    Quick thanks to you all. Things went smoothly.
    03-09-2016 04:25 PM

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