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Can the internal SD card be exchanged?

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Hi there,

I was wondering the following. The phone mentions that there is an internal SD card built in the phone. Does anyone know if this really is a physical SD card?

And if so, could we take it out and replace it with a bigger size?

That would really be great, combined with the swap of internal sd card and internal memory this would turn this phone into an even better phone.

If so, would it be possible to use this extra memory without any problems? Or would the rom just use 2 gb of it?

Cheers...

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I don't think it's really an internal SD card, but a flash chip. But they label the internal memory as /mnt/sdcard

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It's a partition of the internal flash storage, in much the same way your laptop might be partitioned into several logical drives despite only having one physical device. So no upgrades. However the Heid Bummer here has been looking at merging them in a custom ROM so you get one massive internal drive, I think.

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The heid bummer? Is that Pauls nickname lol

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It's a partition of the internal flash storage, in much the same way your laptop might be partitioned into several logical drives despite only having one physical device. So no upgrades. However the Heid Bummer here has been looking at merging them in a custom ROM so you get one massive internal drive, I think.

Okay, I already thought they put in an SD card making it cheaper than the usually faster internal memory. But if it is just a partition, that can´t be the reason. Makes me wonder why on earth do they split up the memory into partitions then? Some software does not install on secondary memory so this is limiting the amount of memory you can use.

It is not that after a fresh install you can still use the software that is on the secondary partition because usually you will have to reinstall everything again. And well, backups, you can perfectly save to an SD card. Now even when I try to restore settings from my SD card for certain applications made in my previous phone, it cannot find the applications because it is not expecting an extra SD card.

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Yeah, it's a pain in the arse. Essentially it's just a very cheap way of ensuring people can use the phone out of the box for taking pictures, etc etc, as you have some user storage without having to ship with a real physical SD card.

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I think it's good to have those internal 2gb because you can copy anything to that partition as a temporary backup or if you need to access those files with increased speed.

Anyway, in real life, that storage space is always empty when you use the external microsd.

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It would be great if the internal memory could be set as long large partition, to maximise space for installing apps for those who have real SD cards. Paul's partition swap is great, but that still means 750MB is basically going to waste that could be use for apps.

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