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Samsung Galaxy A3, A5, A7 (2017) Adoptable strorage (use SD card as internal storage)

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generationgav

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Jan 4, 2006
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worked for me with A3 (2017) and Android 8.0 Oreo

How did you do it? I've currently bricked my OH A3 hoping a full Oreo wipe will solve it, 2 nervous hours until it's downloaded though.
I followed the instructions, it told me I had to wipe the device and then won't reboot.

EDIT: Phone back up and running. I'm just not convinced adoptable storage is running as expected. The overall amount of RAM on the device is the same as before, apps are listed as being either internal storage or external storage separately, so expecting will still run out of space as doesn't seem any better than having it as an external storage device?
 
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Shajirr

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Jul 26, 2018
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Phone is Galaxy A3 2017, Oreo

Tried to install the patch through TWRP, now the phone doesn't boot, verification failed.

Any way to save it without losing all data? TWRP backup restore turned out to be useless, it did not fix this problem.
 

kukom6

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Jan 27, 2013
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Still, doesn't work for me :(
I have flashed the last FW for my phone ( A320FLXXU2CRE3 ) via ODIN,
I have installed root and adoptable_storage_enabler_ashyx in the TWRP
Turned on the phone and put SD card (32gb a1) to the phone. In the popup, I set internal storage.

It looks good but, in the Device maintenance -> Storage I still see 16Gb, but when I open tree dots and storage settings, I see "... used out of 45.5GB". When I open sd card, I see there two application but none of them are working. And when I want to open these applications in the settings -> Storage, the settings crashed.

I am not able to use all of the storage. When I use e.g. 15gb, I am not able to download any application which has more than 1gb.

Any idea what I do wrong?
 

generationgav

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Jan 4, 2006
67
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Still, doesn't work for me :(
I have flashed the last FW for my phone ( A320FLXXU2CRE3 ) via ODIN,
I have installed root and adoptable_storage_enabler_ashyx in the TWRP
Turned on the phone and put SD card (32gb a1) to the phone. In the popup, I set internal storage.

It looks good but, in the Device maintenance -> Storage I still see 16Gb, but when I open tree dots and storage settings, I see "... used out of 45.5GB". When I open sd card, I see there two application but none of them are working. And when I want to open these applications in the settings -> Storage, the settings crashed.

I am not able to use all of the storage. When I use e.g. 15gb, I am not able to download any application which has more than 1gb.

Any idea what I do wrong?
Having the same issue - all steps seem OK and the settings show I know have 64gb internal memory; but apps can go either internal or external and the device is out of storage again.
 

Discoragno

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Dec 21, 2009
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Something goes wrong.
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7adm

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Aug 15, 2011
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How can I revert the changes made to the system, so that the option to choose adaptable storage disappears when inserting a sd card?
 

romostalgia

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Aug 5, 2019
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Well, it seems that this thread would really benefit from some actual replies to the many questions accumulated over time. People are asking whether "adoptable storage" will work with the newer Android OS, for instance, or different ROMS. Various issues are listed - again with no reply.

I personally am wondering about the potential problems if I try the method described with Oreo. Apart from wlanowski's short post ("it worked"), there is no info at all and this prevents me from giving it a try.

Pretty bothering as I still find this phone perfectly ok...

Shortly: Please try and reply to the posts from "laymen" :)
 

Discoragno

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Dec 21, 2009
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Hello, finally I've reistall this ROM.
But I can't use the microSd like internal, in the previous flash of thjis ROM i've the opportunity to use thees function with a lot of fun.
See the pictures, I think Italian languare are also ok for you.
1 Pic= Storage settings
2 Pic= I tap on "SCHEDA SD non supportata" ( sd not supported)
3 Pic= The message is about to inform that all files are deleted il formatted - > I TAP ON "ANNULLA" ( Discard)
4+5 Pic= I can view menu like 2 option to formata the microSd like "memoria extra telefono" ( like internal) BUT thees feature are not usable, and the 2nd "memoria portatile" (Portable memory)
Any IDEA??
Thanks to ALL!
 

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pablo8itall

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Phone is Galaxy A3 2017, Oreo

Tried to install the patch through TWRP, now the phone doesn't boot, verification failed.

Any way to save it without losing all data? TWRP backup restore turned out to be useless, it did not fix this problem.

Had the same problem on A3 with Oreo.

I had to use Odin to flash the system partition with a stock ROM. Lost all data.

TWRP isn't seeinf my Data partition, something to do with encryption. I wonder if thats the problem.
 

Tweeboe

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Tried on my Samsung Galaxy A3 Core rooted with magisk method, works seemlessly, now Installed all my apps and games though sometimes it's lugging behind it's okay.
 

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    By default Samsung disabled the option to allow a user to use a microSD card as internal storage. This is very bad especially on devices that come with only 16 GB of internal storage.
    Not happy? You can understand the gravity of the situation and complain to Samsung about this
    :crying: HERE :(

    Adoptable storage is a standard feature in Android Marshmallow but gets disabled by most manufacturers in their attempt of forcing users to throw more money on devices with more internal storage.

    What are the changes with Adoptable Storage?

    • the SD card gets encrypted and encryption key is stored in internal device memory
    • the encryption makes the SD card read/write operation slower than otherwise
    • disables the normal use of SD card by swapping it in other devices (unless you select a percent of SD card to be kept as a removable partition)
    • can slow down the loading time of some apps, including installing them
    • some confusion is created in the device's total available memory reporting and memory usage reporting
    In order to enable Adoptable storage you need to have custom recovery installed on your device. This will blow the e-fuse in the device, trip Knox, and you will loose warranty for the device.
    Put the ZIP attached below on your SD card and flash it. This is an Add-on will make some changes to Android OS core to enable Adoptable Storage option, the one on which Samsung putted it's will to remove it.

    The device will restart (if not you can restart it manually). Now you should remove the SD card, and delete the partitions from it on your PC (using an SD card reader or something) with the help of your favorite partitioning software.
    This is to force the phone to ask you next time you insert the SD card, how to use it. Otherwise the option Use as internal storage may not appear.

    In the new 2017 A series there is this new universal app for managing battery usage, disk usage, RAM usage and security.
    Eventually you can find the option to migrate data to the SD card - this can take a while.
    Basically it moves all the non-system applications from original internal storage to the new internal storage on the SD card. All new application that you will install will be placed entirely on this new internal storage.

    Use another app like Storage Space from Google Play Store to see the real available memory, the universal Samsung manager is not designed to understand Adoptable storage as Samsung intended not to.

    That's it. I tested this on A3 2017 (SM-A320FL) with Exynos CPU and ClockWork Mode custom recovery.
    Download CWM Recovery for A3 2017 form this post. It should work on all A 2017 series on devices with Exynos CPU.
    You can do this (flash a ZIP) using any working custom recovery compatible with your device (CWM, TWPR).
    The applicability of this method may be limited to android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

    From my experience on the Galaxy A3 2017 it seems that the new internal storage is equal in size to that of the SD card, so the new internal storage it is not adding to the ~9 GB of original internal storage left free - as I expect it.

    The New Storage manager app is different from the usual access menu of standard Samsung settings. The menu we are looking for is hidden before the Format as portable storage option and there is no back button.

    To make menu appear put the SD card into a computer and delete all the partitions on it.

    1. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard on Windows or any other tool that let's you delete the partitions on the SD card
    2. Place the SD card back in to the device
    3. Go to the Storage Manager and select Storage options form top right

    Now you should see the "corrupt" message under SD card. This is what we want.
    To make the phone see the SD card as corrupt.

    4. Now tap on that and hit Configure on the popup where it says ...in order to use it it has to be configured.

    5. Done. Now you will see 2 options:
    -Use as portable storage
    -Use as internal storage

    You can trigger the same menu by reformatting the SD card into the phone but before it finishes formatting tap quickly on the back button. This will actually interrupt the format, corrupt the SD card and then a notification will appear (A new SD card was detected):
    • Swipe down the notifications pane
    • There will be a cog icon and Configure. Tap on it to proceed
    • There it will open the menu with both options:
      -Use as portable storage
      -Use as internal storage
    Please feel free to post your feedback and experiences regarding this below.
    Special thanks to ashyx who updated this patch to work on these devices and other devices. More details and PayPal donation link here.
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    Thank you! It worked perfectly and in the first attempt. I did not even have to use a computer to format the SD card, or interrupt the process on the phone. I formatted it using the phone’s default formatting option and, once it was completed successfully, it asked me whether I wanted to use the SD card as internal storage. Smooth as can be. The only issue I can see is that it’s showing the total available storage as 64 GB, which means that the phone’s 16 GB is not being counted. I don’t really care enough about it to troubleshoot it. I am not using up 64 GB anytime soon.
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    Well, it seems that this thread would really benefit from some actual replies to the many questions accumulated over time. People are asking whether "adoptable storage" will work with the newer Android OS, for instance, or different ROMS. Various issues are listed - again with no reply.

    I personally am wondering about the potential problems if I try the method described with Oreo. Apart from wlanowski's short post ("it worked"), there is no info at all and this prevents me from giving it a try.

    Pretty bothering as I still find this phone perfectly ok...

    Shortly: Please try and reply to the posts from "laymen" :)
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    not working for me :( I flashed the zip file, everything seems allright but even after formating the sd card, I don't have the option
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    not working for me :( I flashed the zip file, everything seems allright but even after formating the sd card, I don't have the option

    This is because the New Storage manager app is different from the usual access menu of standard Samsung settings. The menu we are looking for is hidden before the Format as portable storage option and there is no back button.

    To make menu appear put the SD card into a computer and delete all the partitions on it.

    1. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard on Windows or any other tool that let's you delete the partitions on the SD card
    2. Place the SD card back in to the device
    3. Go to the Storage Manager and select Storage options form top right

    Now you should see the "corrupt" message under SD card. This is what we want.
    To make the phone see the SD card as corrupt.

    4. Now tap on that and hit Configure on the popup where it says ...in order to use it it has to be configured.

    5. Done. Now you will see 2 options:
    -Use as portable storage and
    -Use as internal storage