Formatted sd and now apps on sd are gone

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    I plugged my phone into my mac and mounted the sd. I copied all the files/folders on the sd (the ones that were shown in finder). Then I formatted my sd card and copied the files I thought i needed from my hard drive back onto the formatted sd card. Now the apps that i had stored on my sd (via the froyo implementation) don't work. I assumed they were saved on a separate ext partition (like the apps2sd/apps2ext before froyo). But alas they were not. Turns out froyo stores it on the fat partition (apps2fat).

    So in short: where are the apps stored on the sd? Is it "invisible" to finder?

    I know I should have made a disk image and not just copied the files/folders when I "backed it up".

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    The Apps on SD should be in a folder named ".android_secure". They are usually only visible when viewed from a computer. I don't see the actual files when I use Astro, etc.




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    I don't see .android_secure

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    Yes, that is where the 'apps2sd' are stored, .android_secure. I wish I had more info, but I'm a PC (which shows me all my "." folders). I am curious though, what made you format your sdcard?

    good luck
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    my sd was completely full of idk what. I guess it was from leftover things from installed apps, caches etc.. I figured I could format and just copy any files I needed.

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    So I take it you didn't copy the contents or part of it to your mac first? Hmmm. . . When mine gets pretty full I usually just remove the stuff I know for sure about via a cut/paste to my pc and leave the rest alone.

    good luck
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    I guess I didn't copy any of the "." Folders

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    I formatted my card recently, and ran into the same problem. I couldn't see any apps from the SD card in my app drawer. I also couldn't install or uninstall apps at all, nor restore apps from Titanium. I went as far as having a replacement phone sent here and a new SD card is on it's way. Well, because of this thread, I checked out my android.secure folder and oddly I had two copies of most of my apps in that folder. I cleared out all the duplicates, and now can see apps on the card in the drawer and I can also install apps as usual. So, if you can see that folder, check to see if there are duplicates of your apps in there.
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    How would a replacement phone get your apps back?

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    Well, my paid apps would just download from the Market (they are attached to my google account), and the non paid I would restore with Titanium.

    I didn't know that the card was the problem when I called for the replacement.
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    Folders that start with a period (like .android-secure) are hidden in Linux. So they are ALSO hidden in OSX, and on Android.

    Chances are, when you backed up the SD card, you missed all your "dot folders". Next time when you back it up, just use tar:
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    tar -czvf droid_backup.tar.gz /wherever/your/droid/is/mounted
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