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Formated my SD as fat+swap+ext ... now some questions


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Hello,

I have been messing about with my Pulse and the Modaco custom rom.

I noticed in the recovery mode menu screen it allows you to format the SD with a fat, swap and ext partitions .. i did this and after a reboot the USB mounting has stopped working.

1. Will USB mounting in normal OS mode only work with a purely fat32 sd card?

2. Will android just start to use the swap (when required) now it is there?

3. What is the intention of ext partition?

4. How can I get android to put apps on the SD card?

Thanks for any info. you can offer.

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I noticed in the recovery mode menu screen it allows you to format the SD with a fat, swap and ext partitions .. i did this and after a reboot the USB mounting has stopped working. - Could be as a result of the Swap partition being on there but i cannot confirm this.

1. Will USB mounting in normal OS mode only work with a purely fat32 sd card? - Yup FAT32 is the only bit that Windows will see through mounting.

2. Will android just start to use the swap (when required) now it is there? - Nope in fact the Custom ROM wont work correctly now that there is swap, as per Paul's comments on the custom ROM thread. From my understand the Kernel changes are required in order to use swap, however the kernel cannot be modified without the source (which we do not have yet!)

3. What is the intention of ext partition? - for Apps2SD to move your install applications to.

4. How can I get android to put apps on the SD card? - When there is no swap partition this is done automatically for you.

My suggestion, reformat the SD card using Recovery THIS WILL WIPE EVERYTHING ON THE CARD, use a USB card reader if you need anything off of it first.

Then reformat it, with with a 512mb ext2 partition and the rest of your sd card as FAT32. Details of how to do this in parted can be found on XDA Dream thread here.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=535232

Make sure that you use ext2 and not ext3/4 for the moment!

Hope that helps a little! :D

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