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How to Organize an Android SD Card

Updated on June 17, 2013


For many android device owners, there arises the need to organize and cleanup their devices. This should not confuse an android owner. Any of the processes undertaken to organize an android device and especially the SD memory card are easy and straightforward. The easiest is perhaps the factory reset but it might do more harm than good since many apps and data may be lost.

The SD card in your android phone can be organized to ensure that it accommodates all of your apps and media. The best way to do this is through partitioning of the SD card with the use of apps. In this way, you will create space for a varied number of uses. You can partition the SD card to create storage space for the recovery image. Another partition can be used to store apps in a rooted android device to preserve internal memory.

How to Format the SD Card on Android

Lastly, an android user can manually organize the SD card and by extension organize the android phone. By understanding how the android file system works, various data and media files can be categorized into appropriate folders. The memory card and the android device will be tidied up in this way.

The partitioning and organization of a memory card is a simple process but which should be treated with a lot of seriousness. This is required to avoid complications.

Let’s have a look at how to go about both the manual organization of an SD card and the partitioning and organization of the memory card through the use of apps.

Manual Organization an Android SD Card

  • Using the USB cable, connect the android phone to your computer. On notifications, tap on USB connected and tap on ‘Mount’. The SD card is recognized as an external drive.

  • From the computer, access the external drive on the file browser.

  • Create folders in the drive which is the SD card. Supported folders are Music, Alarms, Ringtones, Pictures, Downloads, Movies and Podcasts. These folders can be lumped together in the directory aptly named ‘Media’.

  • Copy all your files into the appropriate folders and follow up by disconnecting the android phone before unplugging from the computer.


Use Apps to Organize an Android SD Card

There are a number of apps which can be used to organize an android SD card. Those worth of mention are MiniTool Partition Wizard and the EaseUS Partition Master. An android owner would first want to know what are the apps and media which are hogging up space within the SD card. A free app called DiskUsage will show files and directories that are stored in the SD card. Additionally it will display in a graphical manner how much space the apps consume.

Here is how to use the MiniTool Partition Wizard in organizing the SD card.

  • Extract the SD card from the android phone and connect directly to your computer through the SD card reader slot or USB adapter. Partitioning the SD card will involve formatting parts of the card and data may be lost. Therefore make sure that you first copy data to your computer.

  • Launch the MiniTool Partition Wizard and allow the app to recognize and display your drives.

  • Right click on the SD card and click on ‘Delete’. All partitions and data in the SD card will be deleted.

  • Click on ‘Create’ button, select and click ‘Primary’. Select ‘File System: FAT’ for a card with a capacity of less than 2GB and select ‘File System: FAT32’ for a cards greater than 4GB.

  • On the Partition Size menu, select the amount of space for regular file storage and click ‘OK’.

  • Click ‘Create’ again and select ‘Primary’ and choose ‘File System: ext2’ in case you want to use App2SD for app storage. Choose ‘File System: swap’ in case you want to use a swap file to extend your Android RAM.

  • Finally, click on the ‘Apply’ to finish the process.

Partition Your SD Card Using Minitool Partition Wizard

Remember that:

To enjoy the maximum use from organizing and partitioning the SD card, you may have to root your Android device. Rooting an android device is proper and legal under copyright law. The only disadvantage with rooting your android device is rendering the warranty void.

The use of your SD card as a swap partition to enhance the amount of available RAM has a disadvantage. It can degrade the lifespan of the SD card compelling you to replace the memory card sooner.

The MiniTool Partition Wizard will queue actions instead of executing them when entered. The commands are only executed in sequence only when you click the ‘Apply’ button. It may look like an inconvenience but it will give you the opportunity to rectify any mistakes or when you partition the wrong drive.

Lastly, take advantage of android which provides lots of freedom when it comes to the file system access and storage. Any app that organizes the SD card has the same access to your storage card that you do. It will be more helpful to install apps which you can trust.


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    Firoz 4 years ago from India

    Useful information on android SD card. Voted up.