Android 6 Marshmallow – Adoptable Storage (SD card as Portable card / Internal Storage)

Android 6 Marshmallow – Adoptable Storage (SD card as Portable card / Internal Storage)


Supported Model: PROBOX2 Air

Android 6.0 Marshmallow introduces Adoptable Storage. Adoptable Storage enables a user to set up their SD card / USB Drive as internal storage, and store applications, their data, and media on an adopted SD card / USB drive.
When you insert a SD card / USB drive for the first time on a Android 6.0 device, you can choose to either use the SD card / USB drive as Portable Storage or Internal Storage.
Portable Card / Drive
Internal Storage
Select this mode if you frequently swap your SD card / USB drive between devices, use your SD card / USB drive for media storage only.
Select this mode if you want to completely extend your device storage with the SD card / USB drive, and need the card to store large applications, games, and their data.
You have a Class 2, 4, or 6 card.
Support up to 3TB
You have a high-speed card (UHS-1) / High-speed USB 3.0 drive
Support up to 64GB
If you frequently swap SD cards / USB drives, use SD card / USB drive to transfer content between devices and do not download many large app, we recommend configuring your card as “portable”.
If you want to store large games on the SD card / USB drive, if your device storage is always filling up, and you plan to always keep this SD card / USB drive in the device, we recommend keeping your SD card / USB drive as internal.
Only pictures and media can be stored on the SD card / USB drive.
Downloaded applications, their data, is always internal. they can not be moved to the SD card / USB drive.
The SD card / USB drive is readable by other devices. (another phone, Mac, PC, digital camera)
Content on the SD card / USB drive is not encrypted by default.
Selecting Portable Storage will not require an immediate re-formatting of the SD card / USB drive.
The SD card / USB drive can become your device primary storage
Downloaded applications, their data and media can be moved to the SD card / USB drive
** This is dependent on application developer as they must allow for this feature with their application.
The SD card / USB drive is not readable by other devices. (another phone, Mac, PC, digital camera)
The SD card / USB drive is always encrypted, and can not be decrypted on any other device.
The SD card / USB drive will be formatted when Portable storage is selected.

Please pay attention for the direction of micro SD card insertion of PROBOX2 Air as above.

 

Performance warning

We recommend use of a high speed card , such as a UHS-1 type. Class 4 and Class 2 micro SD cards are not recommended for adopted internal storage usage. The performance of these cards is typically 10x slower than internal storage performance.
High speed card are identified by these logos:
If your card it too slow, your device will warn your during the adoption process. If you encounter this dialog, we advise to upgrade your card to a UHS-1 card first.

A. Using your SD card / USB drive as ‘Portable Storage’:

A1. Insert the SD card / USB drive on your device
A2. Android will notify you a new SD card / USB drive has been detected. You should see a “SD card” / “USB drive” Notification, press “SET UP” as below:
A3. You can setup the card as portable or internal storage as below, choose “Use as portable storage” as below, and then press “NEXT”

Notice:

1. Media, pictures, movies already on the SD card / USB drive will be visible in the device photo gallery and media apps. New content side loaded to the card will also be available and viewable in media apps on the device.
2. Some third party applications will enable you to store their content on the ‘portable’ SD card / USB drive, as in lollipop; but only if the application developer chose to do so (Google Play Music)
3. If you select a SD card / USB drive as portable storage, you will NOT be able to move applications to the card, nor will play store automatically install applications to this card.

 


B. Using your SD card / USB drive as ‘Internal Storage’:

B1. Insert the SD card / USB drive in the device
B2. Android will notify you a new SD card / USB drive has been detected. You should see a “SD card” / “USB drive” Notification, press “SET UP” as below:

Note: If there is no ‘setup SD card’ in the insertion notification, then you can go to settings -> more settings-> storage & USB -> select card / drive-> settings -> format as internal
B3. You can setup the card as portable or internal storage as below, choose “Use as internal storage” as below, and then press “NEXT”
B4. Press “ERASE & FORMAT” option, after have carefully read the warning
B5. If you currently have applications installed on the SD card / USB drive, your device will ask you to move these applications back to internal storage before formatting your SD card / USB drive.

Your SD card / USB drive will be formatted and encrypted, and usable as device storage

B6. Once the SD card / USB drive has been formatted, you will be asked whether you want to move data currently on your device to the SD card / USB drive. This step will move all media, pictures, and documents to the SD card / USB drive.

• If you decide to move that data to the SD card / USB drive – “Move now” , the SD card / USB drive will also become the preferred storage location for all applications content, data and database and media.
• If you decide to skip this step – “Move later” , your device internal storage will remain the preferred storage for all content.

Then press “NEXT”

Notice:
1. Once a SD card / USB drive has been formatted as internal storage, both your device internal storage and the SD card / USB drive will show up as “device storage” under storage settings, and you will be able to move applications which were in internal storage to the card. Moving applications to the card can be done from application settings (settings->apps->select application->change storage location)

2. Once a SD card / USB drive has been formatted as internal storage, Play Store will install applications on either storage volume automatically, based on a set of rules provided by the application developer (you will be able to move applications from one volume to another). If the application developer has not provided the correct set of rules for automatic installation to the SD card / USB drive, each time applications update, you will need to move them back to the SD card / USB drive.

 

General Q&A:

Q: I want to use the new adoptable storage feature but I have applications on my SD card / USB drive, how do I avoid losing these applications ?
A: Adopting your new SD card / USB drive will reformat it and encrypt it. Before adopting your new SD card / USB drive, we recommend moving all applications on your existing SD card / USB drive back to internal storage; THEN adopting a new SD card / USB drive.
Q: After I adopt an SD card / USB drive as internal storage, can I use this SD card / USB drive in another device or my laptop ?
A: No. You should keep the SD card / USB drive in your device. Another device (laptop, camera) will not be able to view the content on the SD card / USB drive. If you remove an adopted card from a device, the system will request the SD card / USB drive be reinserted; you will lose access to apps and data on the SD card / USB drive until it is safely re-inserted.
Q: Are there any performance concerns ?
A: While formatting a SD card / USB drive for internal storage use, Android will perform a set of speed test and warn you if it determines your SD card / USB drive does not meet the minimal performance requirements.
Q: What about my data ?
A: The lifetime of a SD card / USB drive can vary depending on its manufacturer and class. We see a large variety of SD cards / USB drives, each with different properties. If you decide to use your SD card / USB drive for internal storage, it will typically have lower life span expectations than embedded device storage. We recommend you make sure important content and apps are backed up to the cloud.
Android 6.0 now auto-backups up application content and their data to Google Drive. SO, please make sure all your content is backed up to the cloud.

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