Android sd card as Internal storage

robrodp
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I have a samsung galaxy note 3 32GB Internal 64GB sd card

I format the sd card for portable storage and all is ok I see my 32GB internal and the 64GB sd.

If I format the sd card to merge with the inetrnal storage it shows:

Total space available; 90GB

Internal 32 GB (It should say 90GB right)

sd card shows 64GB but unavailable for file manager (which is ok)

I connect my android to the PC and it shows only internal (which is ok) but it only shows 32 GB of space.

My idea was that if formatted as internal the available sorage would show up as 90GB, so from my PC I cant really know what the actual available space is.

Am I doing somethong wrong? Or that is the way sd card as internal space works? Is there a workaround?
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ITSysTechSenior Systems Administrator

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When your device is connected to the computer swipe down from the top of the screen and chose "USB connected" and then chose Connect USB Storage. You should see all your storage devices in windows.
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I know I do it, and the phone appears as storage but not wiht 90GB only 32GB the question is if formatted as internal storage how can I see the full 90GB in my windows not only 32GB
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Do you have the "Media device (MTP)" option when you swipe down and chose "USB connected"?
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Yes... I can see the files but it only reports 32GB
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Am I doing somethong wrong?

Nothing wrong. It will only show the real internal storage.

Or that is the way sd card as internal space works?

Yes. Formatting SD card as internal space is only a junction point of the SD card in the internal storage.

Only the Android OS will see it for the available total storage when an app is sending a request for checking the available total storage on install of app by user.

Is there a workaround?

No. It is the expected outcome.

The design of formatting SD card as internal storage is only for making sure user can install app of large file size (which will exceed the total internal storage) like games by utilising the SD card to be seen as internal storage.

But, it will have a drawback.

When your SD card fails, you cannot retrieve your data from SD card if you have enabled formatting SD card as internal storage.
robrodpProgrammer

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Just what I thought. Best thing get a Note 8 with 128GB internal storage. Doesn't come cheap though
Jackie Man IT Manager
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Just what I thought. Best thing get a Note 8 with 128GB internal storage. Doesn't come cheap though

True. But we have to live with it if we do not have the budget.

I am using Sony Xperia Z2 with only 16GB internal storage. I do not use SD card as internal storage as:- (1) Sony does not support it; (2) I have data loss when my SD card became read only for my old Lenovo Android phone after I have formatted SD card as internal storage.

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