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[TUTO] Xperia M [SS/DS] Better method for extending storage

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By rafik23, Senior Member on 25th August 2014, 09:51 AM
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Better method for extending storage in XMD Or using external at place of internal
Hi, after searching in forums for swapping External 2 internal , i try all methods but it don't work for me with my XMDS build 15.5.a.1.5 JB 4.3, then i found this one without swapping
Requied:
1 - Rooted XM SS/DS or any Handset with emulated internal SdCard ( i try it on samsung galaxy pocket neo and it has work fine)
2 - FolderMount app
3 - BusyBox installed if you haven't install it from here
4 - Reboot Fix taken from here Credit to jinishpv
5 - Link2SD configured like in thread http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1750888 , and the minimal size of sdext2 is between 1 up 1,5 GB (depending of update applications) the max is 2 GB for FAT16.

How it work?
this method merge and link folders existing folders from internal storage to external one used by application or user (physicaly are on external but logically are on internal or the system recognize the folder on internal memory but use storage from external)
ex: I pair blue-tooth folder in Int and EXT , if I receive a file from blue tooth by default the file wil be received to internal storage virtually stored on Internal but physically stored on external storage.
before mounting folders :

Quote:

su
127|root@C2005:/ # df
df
Filesystem Size Used Free Blksize
/dev 420.4M 64.0K 420.4M 4096
/mnt/secure 420.4M 0.0K 420.4M 4096
/mnt/asec 420.4M 0.0K 420.4M 4096
/mnt/obb 420.4M 0.0K 420.4M 4096
/system 1183.2M 1023.2M 159.9M 4096
/cache 197.0M 19.4M 177.6M 4096
/persist 3.9M 84.0K 3.8M 4096
/firmware 64.0M 35.5M 28.5M 16384
/data 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/data/sdext2 1459.8M 1033.8M 425.9M 32768
/lta-label 15.8M 4.3M 11.5M 4096
/mnt/shell/emulated 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/storage/emulated/legacy 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/storage/emulated 420.4M 0.0K 420.4M 4096
/storage/sdcard1 13517.3M 7628.5M 5888.8M 65536
/storage/emulated/0 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/storage/emulated/0/Android/obb 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/storage/emulated/legacy 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/storage/emulated/legacy/Android/obb 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096

after mount with mount folder app just we what's been added
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/storage/emulated/legacy 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/storage/emulated 420.4M 0.0K 420.4M 4096
/storage/sdcard1 13517.3M 7628.5M 5888.8M 65536
/storage/emulated/0 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/storage/emulated/0/Android/obb 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/storage/emulated/legacy 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/storage/emulated/legacy/Android/obb 2053.7M 541.8M 1511.9M 4096
/data/media/obb/com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftA8HM 13517.3M 7628.5M 5888.8M 65536
/data/media/0/bluetooth 13517.3M 7628.5M 5888.8M 65536
/data/media/0/Download 13517.3M 7628.5M 5888.8M 65536
/data/media/0/SpeedSoftware 13517.3M 7628.5M 5888.8M 65536
/data/media/0/viber 13517.3M 7628.5M 5888.8M 65536
/data/media/0/WhatsApp 13517.3M 7628.5M 5888.8M 65536

little explain :
after mounting it create a new mount for folder what a destination is on sdcard1

How To do? :
1- download the app from https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...e.fmount&hl=fr and install it
2- grant super user authorizations
3- creating substitute folder by pairing from internel to external
4- click on add (+)
5- Creating pairs of folder

1st Method: by choosing folder
Choose Name of folder and paths in both source and destination , source will be the folder on internal and destination will be in external

Ex : obb folder for asphalt 8 and you can do it for DCIM , bluetooth , Download and for big folder on internal storage.


2nd Method : from Apps Analyzer

1- Open apps analyzer form app
2- you click on app you want to move its folder to SDCARD Ex: Asphalt 8
3- Click on Create pair for obb or data


1 - you choose the folder for app (it will be choosed automaticaly for some apps)
and save

2- after done wait for mounting and merging folder the list for folder will be appears like above


with white pin not mounted with green one mounted and working
just click on wanted one for mounting/dismounting

Troubleshooting:
in the first time perhaps when it mounts folder it can reboot ( it happend for me whan i chose folder manualy)
remove all and make a first one by app analyzer , if error permissions appears FolderMount ask you if do want patch the rom choose yes and reboot.
then you can mount folder manualy
and enjoy with more space

Results
and here is the result without Link2SD


after Adding LINK2SD


I hope that will helpfull and Sorry for my english!!!
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Does it work with half root (Towel Root)?
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my phone is rooted with kingoroot and it work fine

towelroot not tested
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Does it work with half root (Towel Root)?

test it and post your results
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why you dont try full root withe towel root here http://forum.xda-developers.com/xper...-root-t2789990
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Towel root make half root when you reset phone that means you loose supersu not su binaries

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Hi, last night I tried every method to install Link2SD but all failed
I want to try your method because our phone is similar (firmware version), but I need information about these:

1. What partition format do you use for your 2nd partition. FAT32 or EXT2/3/4?
2. I already rooted my phone using Towelroot. SuperSU works fine. Do I have to reroot it using your root method (kingoroot)?

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1. What partition format do you use for your 2nd partition. FAT32 or EXT2/3/4?
2. I already rooted my phone using Towelroot. SuperSU works fine. Do I have to reroot it using your root method (kingoroot)?

1. Use ext4 for your Link2SD partition of approx. 2GB and FAT32 for your primary partition i.e. the rest of the Micro SD card.
If using a MicroSD 32GB card or larger, you should consider using a 64K cluster size when partitioning FAT32.
I use MiniTool Partition Wizard on a MS Windows system.

The only consideration for using a Link2SD FAT32 partition instead of ext4 is that any old system can read files on a FAT32 partition.
There are however many ext4 file readers for MS Windows systems and thus ext4 is the best option for the Link2SD partition.

With the SD card inserted into the phone and upon the first startup of Link2SD app, select an ext4 partition to mount and restart your phone.

I would suggest purchasing the Link2SD Plus app as it provides a link to SD card for app data too.

2. Root access is just root access. If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it's a duck.
If you're successfully using SuperSU with a full root, your should be fine.
I use Framaroot to gain full root access myself, when most people use other methods.

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I just tried FolderMount. After moving first app (via app analyzer) the phone just keep rebooting and after each time, just about 30 sec for next reboot! Deleting FolderMount and the phone stops rebooting...
So I don't know is it really possible to move apps to sd card on Sony Xperia M? I searched lots of forums and tested many methods... Seems Impossible...

[1] Configure full root access for a locked bootloader on C1905 (test and confirm stable)
[2] Configure Link2SD on a 2GB ext4 partition and move apps and data(Link2SD+) to external SDCard ext4 partition (test and confirm stable)
[3] Configure FolderMount and link Internal folders to external SDcard folders (test and confirm stable)

No reboots.

This is VERY possible as that's how I have an Xperia C1905 configured.

Using this method, camera thumbnails no longer use up space on internal storage if you've linked folder DCIM.
Using this method both sdcard0 and sdcard1 point to the same files on the external SDcard for the folders you have linked, thus eliminating internal/external folder location confusion and free space on internal storage.
Using a high read/write 64GB SDcard, one has great storage flexibility and internal storage remains static at approx 1.6GB free.
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