HTC disk mounting

Ndc writes in the HTC One X forums,

Probably like most of you, I can't wait for my One X to arrive next (later this?) week. I'm getting so sick of my Epic 4G. One anxious question for me though: how do I transfer the data on my microSD card over to the One X?

I've got most of my stuff in the cloud - contacts, calendar, music etc - but there are some important app data, like health logs, that I really would like to transfer over.

I've got a backup app, should I use that to back stuff up online?

We're really glad you asked, as this is a question more than a few are bound to have. Cloud storage and backup apps are great, we use them all the time, but in this case nothing is going to work as well as the trusty USB cable and your computer. When you get your new One X, and after you're done marveling at how thin and sexy it is, you can move all your app data over to it straight from your Epic 4G.

Just because the One X has no SD card doesn't mean it has no SD card storage area. It's just internal. When you plug it in to your computer you'll have the same option you would from other phones to mount the storage. It's pretty safe to say you should connect the Epic 4G up, pull everything off the SD card to a folder on your computer, then you can drag it right into the One X's storage. Mind the folder names -- app data can be in its own folder on the SD card or it can be inside the Android\data\ folder. Try to put it back in the same folders it came from and you'll be fine.

If you don't have access to a computer, you could transfer all your SD card data to a service like Dropbox and restore it to the One X with a file browser -- it just takes a bit longer and uses a bit of data. Either way will work, so use what's most convenient for you.

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Ask AC: How to transfer microSD card data?

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I'm not sure you'll want to hear this, but the Android kernel was written with a programming language from 1972!

I went from a MyTouch 4G to an HTC One S, and there's really not much to it. Although for my case, my old phone's USB port was damaged, so it wouldn't mount on a computer. I had to extract the microSD card and plug it into an adapter and connect it directly to mky computer, and then I copied my data off of it. Then you just plug your new phone in and copy it over.

I know people complain about the lack of an SD card slot on these phones, but honestly I've had a lot of trouble with my micro SD cards. My wife's card has become corrupted several times and we've had to copy the data over to another card. Luckily we weren't travelling when it happened. I've also noticed that the built in storage is a great deal faster than the typical micro SD card. I would have been even happier if they allowed both, though.

Why, Ever WHY would I go from an Epic 4g (Sprint) to the One X (AT&T)?!? Epic 4g users will likely hold out for the Evo 4g LTE, or the Galaxy Nexus, or hold out for a new slider format... Just saying ;)

I wouldn't either, but I have the opportunity to get a discounted plan, and I can't say no to the $$ savings. Also I've weaned myself from the keyboard (not a gamer).

When the fudge is Google going to force app developers to use the cloud for backup data?

Sure you can back up your pics and stuff, but people are going to pissed to find out all their hard work at Angry Birds is going bye bye because Google sucks a big one with app data backup (or rather, developers don't deal with the completely free and available backup option).

Thanks Jerry. I don't often connect my phone to my computer, but this seems easy enough to do.

I think the original question was how to move the data from his apps over to his new phone. It's easy to transfer pictures, video and documents but the actual app data? Can this be done? Can you move your Angry Birds data to your new phone so you won't have to play all those levels over again? I think that is more in line with what he is asking since he wants his health logs to transfer. Can this be done with an unrooted device? I'd like to know the answer too.

>"or it can be inside the Android\data\ folder."

Jerry, you should know better! Use proper directory delimiters. What you meant to say was:

"or it can be inside the Android/data/ directory."

There are so many easy ways to make nandroids.

First never transfer user apps around from SD to phone, etc. create a nandroid /backup for that app and play hide n seek with it all day safely. :)

Its imperative to have a Nan. Clockworkmod is a sh@$#t program unless you really know what you are doing and pay up! You shout invest in Titanium Backup Pro. Its the most comprehensive back up and app system management of all apps. Its worth the price, but there still is no easy way to nandroid back your old phone and settings.

What you are looking for is EXT 4 and partition managment. ITS SO EASY, unless someone refuses to read the entire app description the first time. Others might say partitions and ex this and that is so convoluted - wrong. ADDHD is what they have and if they just followed the steps , a, 2, 3 etc.... anyone can easily partition his SD card, making them over clock faster then anyone around, fast system times, smoother actions, fast open and close...... Optimisation your SD card makes any phone a MBZ, so it wrong and you'll have tiny extensions for apps, and week effects.

Once you get to a lot of settings and apps you like.... Save them and nanadroid....back all that to your PC safely... its so easy.

Then you can flash all kinds of crap ROMs and junk apk files that waste your entire setup and kill your kernel,,, like my dumbass!!! ////stupid porno

There are so many easy ways to make nandroids.

First never transfer user apps around from SD to phone, etc. create a nandroid /backup for that app and play hide n seek with it all day safely. :)

Its imperative to have a Nan. Clockworkmod is a sh@$#t program unless you really know what you are doing and pay up! You shout invest in Titanium Backup Pro. Its the most comprehensive back up and app system management of all apps. Its worth the price, but there still is no easy way to nandroid back your old phone and settings.

What you are looking for is EXT 4 and partition managment. ITS SO EASY, unless someone refuses to read the entire app description the first time. Others might say partitions and ex this and that is so convoluted - wrong. ADDHD is what they have and if they just followed the steps , a, 2, 3 etc.... anyone can easily partition his SD card, making them over clock faster then anyone around, fast system times, smoother actions, fast open and close...... Optimisation your SD card makes any phone a MBZ, so it wrong and you'll have tiny extensions for apps, and week effects.

Once you get to a lot of settings and apps you like.... Save them and nanadroid....back all that to your PC safely... its so easy.

Then you can flash all kinds of crap ROMs and junk apk files that waste your entire setup and kill your kernel,,, like my dumbass!!! ////stupid porno

There are so many easy ways to make nandroids.

First never transfer user apps around from SD to phone, etc. create a nandroid /backup for that app and play hide n seek with it all day safely. :)

Its imperative to have a Nan. Clockworkmod is a sh@$#t program unless you really know what you are doing and pay up! You shout invest in Titanium Backup Pro. Its the most comprehensive back up and app system management of all apps. Its worth the price, but there still is no easy way to nandroid back your old phone and settings.

What you are looking for is EXT 4 and partition managment. ITS SO EASY, unless someone refuses to read the entire app description the first time. Others might say partitions and ex this and that is so convoluted - wrong. ADDHD is what they have and if they just followed the steps , a, 2, 3 etc.... anyone can easily partition his SD card, making them over clock faster then anyone around, fast system times, smoother actions, fast open and close...... Optimisation your SD card makes any phone a MBZ, so it wrong and you'll have tiny extensions for apps, and week effects.

Once you get to a lot of settings and apps you like.... Save them and nanadroid....back all that to your PC safely... its so easy.

Then you can flash all kinds of crap ROMs and junk apk files that waste your entire setup and kill your kernel,,, like my dumbass!!! ////stupid porno

Android destroys the Motorola file structure from non-Android Moto phones, rendering the phone's card useless just plugging it into any Android device. How stupid. I had to download all the vids/pix/music onto my Win box then reformat the card with the Moto phone, then reload all the stuff off the Win box and let Moto rediscover it. I won't be plugging phone-formatted cards into my Acer A500 ever again. Windows destroys nothing or Moto access. Why does Android?

Just plug it into Android and POOF! it's GONE!