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Why does Android clutter up your SD card?

14th January 2012, 05:43 AM   |  #1  
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Why does Android clutter up my SD card with so many folders and crap. I have a class 10 16 GB card so space isn't an issue. I'm just a bit OCD and when I connect my phone to my computer I see 20+ folders from different apps and what not.

Basically, why doesn't Android better organize all this stuff into one folder? Sure I could make them hidden but I don't see why there needs to be so many folders for so many different things. Where does it all go if you don't have an SD card?

Hopefully someone can offer some insight into this madness.
14th January 2012, 06:43 AM   |  #2  
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Why does Android clutter up my SD card with so many folders and crap. I have a class 10 16 GB card so space isn't an issue. I'm just a bit OCD and when I connect my phone to my computer I see 20+ folders from different apps and what not.

Basically, why doesn't Android better organize all this stuff into one folder? Sure I could make them hidden but I don't see why there needs to be so many folders for so many different things. Where does it all go if you don't have an SD card?

Hopefully someone can offer some insight into this madness.

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14th January 2012, 06:43 PM   |  #3  
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Lol

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14th January 2012, 07:46 PM   |  #4  
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Agree with OP. I spend a lot of my time on my phone in the SD via root explorer. And the amount of folders NOT created by me is dizzying. And I've wondered the same about what if no sd'. Maybe that's why the the android devices before froyo performed sooo poorly. Froyo was the first iteration of android that supported move to SD. Maybe before froyo, all of that crap went to the /data partition of the painfully memory-limited devices of the time. Thus the poor performance.
Just a stab at it. Dunno. Thinking out loud - but that's what General is FOR.

But yeah, I wondered about the no SD thing before, too. And I came from winmo, where I kept a really organized SD.

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14th January 2012, 07:47 PM   |  #5  
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It would be nice if it wasn't so bad. But for the most part it is not androids fault, its the apps you have used, I have had to get rid of so many, but now im built back up over time and trying new apps out.
15th January 2012, 04:16 PM   |  #6  
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Agree here also..hell ICS adds a bunch of folders I don't use..


Alarms,pictures,podcasts,music,notifications,ringt ones to name a few..
15th January 2012, 07:40 PM   |  #7  
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It's not Android, it's dip**** developers.

All app data is supposed to be stored in [sd_card]\Android\data\[name_of_the_app]. To make it really easy they provide developers a method that gets the directory for their app called getExternalFilesDir().

Email the dip**** devs and tell them to start using getExternalFilesDir. I can tell you that TitaniumBackup and a few others have point blank refused to use that directory, as I have already emailed them.

NewsRob and a few others indicated they would look into moving to that directory during the next major release.
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Thanks for the info.
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15th January 2012, 11:28 PM   |  #9  
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I have become so accustomed to reinstalling OS's after dealing with annual re installation of Microshaft OS's it doesnt bother me anymore.
Hell they are closed source, I pay big $$$ and have just as many issues just like another unmentioned OS.
I will take open source (Linux, Android, FreeBSD.. others) and the ability to create, not to mention share at no cost, unlike those others who charge $$$ any day of the week.
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Lol, couldn't agree with this any more. Files and folders are about the only thing I'm OCD about and it bugs me to no end.

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