I like to use the USB Mass Storage setting. This will bring up two drive letters on your PC. One will be sd, the other sd-ext. So far the internal sd gets the first new drive letter, sd-ext gets the second. sd-ext is where I keep my music and pictures. Create folders called "Music" and "Photos" and/or 'Videos". Drag your media to these locations and you should be good to go. I am not 100% on whether the phone will rescan immediately, but certainly a reboot will get you a rescan so the music and photos will show up. One thing stupid about the native gallery is that it will not recognize any directory structure that you may have set up in the photo sub-directory, you have to manually recreate folders in this app. I am using Gallery 3-d from the market which is nothing more than the old gallery application which will create and display photo subdirectories if you set these up when you move your photos to the card.
And I agree, this new system is very cumbersome at first. But I am guessing having the 4 switch settings is better if you know how to take advantage of syncing, etc.. I am a drag and drop kinda guy:p
I prefer drag and drop also which is why I'm trying to learn how to do it on the computer. There should be a preference to save media to the sd-ext card automatically so we don't have to do this ourselves. Why cant there be a setting for it? Then issue solved?
When I get some time I will see about moving the whole folders from SD to SD-ext.
I'm finally getting used to to the file system. It is very confusing that they call the 8Gb internal storage 'sdcard' and the actual external installed 16Gb sdcard 'sdcard-ext'. It is unfortunate because apps like Titanium Backup look for and use 'sdcard' for backups. I haven't been able to figure out how to change the file storage location to the titaniumbackup folder on 'sdcard-ext'. Same problem with backing up LauncherPro settings. I can't get the backup to go to 'sdcard-ext'. I shouldn't have to make those backups and then move them from internal to external. At least the camera saves to the external sdcard.
What is the purpose of the Settings > Storage > Storage location in the Windows media sync? It defaulted to internal and I changed it to Sdcard from internal, but I don't know what it does.
I have pictures both in the SD and SD-Ext for some reason...
I looked and have thumbnails but not pics internal and pics and thumbnails on sd-ext. Wierd.
Originally Posted by SSHGuru
You can set the storage location for the camera and videos. Open the camera app, select the menu on the left side, pull to the right. Select the gear Icon. Change storage to sd-ext.
As to applications that use storage for back-ups, this is going to be a Developer issue. This directory structure appears to be somewhat new, so it will likely be up to the application developers to have to mod their programs to deal with this new "feature". The more robust applications already allow this feature, like PowerAmp (music) that has a toggle and scan feature so you can tell the application where to look.
I have not tested this yet, but in theory I would expect using the internal location for photos should yield a slightly faster write (capture) time as I think the internal storage should write faster than the card. Note to self, need to test this....
I use SD-Explorer which you can download free - better than astro.
I also find that if you look under DCIM in the sd you have full pictures.
Ever since I set to save to SD it's put the two pics I took in there under DCIM so I may need to get rid of the other directory.
Good point about the thumbnails. Near as I can tell, as the native OS does create thumbnails when using gallery apps, and as the programs that create the thumbnails (Gallery Gallery 3-d) will obviously use the internal sd, it "appears" that the picture are in two places. If you use the sd-ext for photos, it will place thumbnails on internal sd. The thumbnail subdirecory is not created on sd-ext when you move pictures and view from sd-ext. My applications that fetch album art do the same thing. Music on the card (sd-ext), thumbnail album art goes to sd.
I have a galaxy note 2 for almost 2 months and I can not figure how to move documents or photos from a folder to a newly created folder in the internal storage. Is there a way to do this? every time I click on the "move" option it takes me to the external storage.
Looking forward to your help.