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    Application Storage vs Internal Storage Question

    I received my D3 yesterday....Wow, what an upgrade from my D1!

    I know the D3 has 512MB RAM and 16GB Internal Storage. However, when I look at Storage Settings, it says I have 1.53GB remaining Application Storage and 11.35GB Internal Storage. I haven't installed an SD Card yet.

    Q1) How is the OS allocating between the 512MB RAM and the 16GB internal storage?

    Q2) Are my applications installed across memory and the storage?

    Q3) Do I have control of where the apps are stored between the onboard memory and onboard storage?

    Q4) Is there a Settings screen that will display the actual, physical specs (512MB RAM and 16GB Storage)?
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    The droid 3 has 512 meg ram (random access memory) for running OS and apps being used.

    It also has 16 gig of internal storage (basically like an internal sdcard/flash drive).

    This 16 gig is divided up in to different pieces, some to store the system (OS) files, some to store your apps that you download. It appears to use a little about 2.5 gig for this.

    The rest of the internal storage is mapped as /sdcard (about 11.5 gigs). This is where you store pictures, .mp3s, etc....and where apps you download will store their data (kindle books, launcherpro backups, etc...).

    A physical sd-card you install is "extra" space for you to store more pictures and songs and such.

    Q1) How is the OS allocating between the 512MB RAM and the 16GB internal storage?
    Two different pools.
    512MB ram is RAM for the phone's OS and running apps.
    16GB internal storage is storage of the system files and apps downloaded.

    Q2) Are my applications installed across memory and the storage?
    Memory is for running apps
    Storage is for storing apps
    There is no cross memory usage

    Q3) Do I have control of where the apps are stored between the onboard memory and onboard storage?
    No. On board memory is not for you to use, it's for the OS and running applications.
    On board storage is divided in to sections, some for downloaded apps from the Market and where the system files are and another section for your files (documents, pictures, songs, etc..).

    The 1.53GB remaining is the /data mounted partition for apps you get from the Market (or other sources). The 11.35GB is for where you would put pictures, music and such. They are both off the internal 16GB storage just separated in to different partitions. (2gb for /data, 11.35 for /sdcard).

    Adding an additional (real) sd-card to the slot will mount as /sdcard-ext giving you more storage for pictures, music and such.
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    tcrews: This is a perfect answer to my question. Thank you.

    I am an old techie and should have understood this. On my D1, I was always having to manage my 256MB internal storage by moving as many apps as possible to my SD Card. Even so, I continually was getting a low space message. I was equating the D1's 256MB Internal Storage with Memory when actually it is equated to the 16GB (2.5GB allocated for /data) internal storage on the D3.

    So... 512MB RAM on the D3 seems to be wholly adequate. Why are some complaining that it isn't 1GB? Would performance be enhanced by any measurable amount by having 1GB RAM? What would be the advantages given the common apps and memory requirements on an Android GB Smartphone?
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    You can move apps to the media storage as well, I have several apps that I only use occasionally, mostly games, that I have moved to media area.
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    Best way to look at the phone in comparison to your original Droid is like this..

    Droid:
    256 Meg RAM
    256 Meg internal storage (apps)
    16 GB external /sdcard used for user files
    Froyo allowed for App2SD giving you some more space on top of the 256 meg internal storage though using up some of your /sdcard space.

    Droid 3:
    512 Meg RAM
    16 GB internal storage with 2gb for apps and 11+gb for /sdcard user files
    Empty card slot for /sdcard-ext for additions user files

    You can use the same "Apps2SD" feature on the Droid 3, though it's moving from the internal 2gb partition (/data) to the internal 11+gb partition (/sdcard).

    It's under the normal menu/applications/manage applications and when selecting an app you use the "move to media area" as that is what they call it.

    An added sdcard is just additional storage for user files.


    As to why people complain about 512MEG ram, people just like to complain.
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    If you use a lot of apps that get push notifications, live wallpapers, lots of widgets, etc then you will start to have issues like screen redraws. I am deliberately testing the limits right now during my 14 days that I have the option to return this phone. At first I was getting very minor redraws, like the Quick Contacts widget just needing to reload contact pics after returning to the home screen from either browsing sites with tons of graphics and flash or using more intense apps. The more I load up, the worse the redraws get. Now Sometimes on going back to the home screen the screens are blank for a few seconds while all app icons and widgets have to reload. More RAM would help reduce the redraws.
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    adding a 16 or 32 gb micro sd?

    So then is the device only expandable with a microsd to add 16gigs more? i was looking for class 10 32gig and they are very pricey. Mayeb the 16's are cheaper for 10 rating.

    Looking to buy a card here soon.

    Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by tcrews View Post
    Best way to look at the phone in comparison to your original Droid is like this..

    Droid:
    256 Meg RAM
    256 Meg internal storage (apps)
    16 GB external /sdcard used for user files
    Froyo allowed for App2SD giving you some more space on top of the 256 meg internal storage though using up some of your /sdcard space.

    Droid 3:
    512 Meg RAM
    16 GB internal storage with 2gb for apps and 11+gb for /sdcard user files
    Empty card slot for /sdcard-ext for additions user files

    You can use the same "Apps2SD" feature on the Droid 3, though it's moving from the internal 2gb partition (/data) to the internal 11+gb partition (/sdcard).

    It's under the normal menu/applications/manage applications and when selecting an app you use the "move to media area" as that is what they call it.

    An added sdcard is just additional storage for user files.


    As to why people complain about 512MEG ram, people just like to complain.
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    No, you can use up to a 32gb sdcard. Not sure if class 10 is really necessary though....
    If you want the larger cards, look for a class 6 or so. I haven't seen anything that would require a class 10 card.
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    Upgrading storage

    If I purchase a 32GB sd card, who do I move the data on the current Droid2 storage card to the new card please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aes View Post
    If I purchase a 32GB sd card, who do I move the data on the current Droid2 storage card to the new card please?
    The easiest way is likely to hook your old phone and/or card to your computer. Create a temporary folder somewhere, and copy all of the stuff you want to keep into the folder. Unhook the old card/phone, and hook up the new one. Copy the files from your temporary folder onto the new card/phone and you are good to go. You probably don't need to keep any of the generated files or folder from various programs; the main things to keep would be photos, music, and any other of your personal files.
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