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Links2SD
« on: November 29, 2013, 12:03:49 PM »
Hi everyone.  I installed Links2SD from the play store.  It works well.  So I thought I'd make a tutorial for anyone interested.  Please add your experiences and information in the comments.  If I made a mistake, let me know. thanks.   :)  As always, follow my instructions at your own risk.

LINKS2SD does require root.

The app requires you to re partition your SD into two partitions.  You can use what ever tool you like. 

EaseUS partition tool - http://www.partition-tool.com/?gclid=COjrjc2PjbsCFWJo7AodxHgAXQ  (thanks rabid1 for the suggestion)

I use Mini tool partition wizard, it's free.  Follow the tool's instruction guide to create the new partition.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

open the tool




I used split partition function.

or you can also move/resize partition if you prefer.



When you're done you will have two partitions.  Both must be primary.  fat32 didn't work for me - I couldn't get the apps to move to it.  I had to make it an ext2.



download Links2sd from play.  Setup the app.  I set mine up to ext2.  Choose which ever you setup your card to.  A reboot is required.



open the app's settings and setup to allow automatic linking to SD if that's what you want.  Encrypted apps will still have to be manually linked.




Installation of apps now will have a link created to the ex sd now.




You can check in the apps storage info to verify.



to manually add links - scroll the list of installed apps. And choose the app to be linked.



Click create link



Choose which files you want linked.





again, verification can be found checking your storage.  Write down your starting amounts or take a screen shot :).  then you can verify where you are after you're done, if you want to be sure. 




The app is working well for me.   8)


periodically you need to go the pull out menu on the left side of the app and clean up the second partition and dalvik cache, and clear all the app caches.







« Last Edit: February 10, 2014, 08:35:34 AM by LuckyMe »



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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2013, 12:28:21 PM »
Looks great Laura.  I'll have to give it a whirl.  Thanks!!
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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2013, 12:35:29 PM »
Thanks John.

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2013, 01:44:06 PM »
Thanks Laura this is excellent information.

I see another sticky in your future. Perhaps all your wonderful tut's should be put in a how to thread as well.

Appreciate the info, was looking into this app myself recently.

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2013, 02:20:03 PM »
Thanks Laura this is excellent information.

I see another sticky in your future. Perhaps all your wonderful tut's should be put in a how to thread as well.

Appreciate the info, was looking into this app myself recently.

thanks cynycl,  I guess I'm destined to be a sticky mess.   :)

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2013, 09:18:43 PM »
Hi

Well I'll start by saying I went and did the root thing! It would have taken a little less time but the drivers for marrying up win. and the tablet were the wrong ones. I couldn't get a connection so had to uninstall them, a lot of fun by the way!!

Installed the drivers that came with the dopa zip. Worked perfect! Then proceeded to run 1,2,3.
Everything went Great! Installed the cwm recovery PERFECT!!

Now I'm rooted!

Now here's the glitch though.

Reference this thread I had just bought a brand new 32 gig card. So I used it.

I partitioned it for about 10 gigs for the first partition. Then the balance about 20gigs for the second. As you I had to set format to ext2.

But that's were the similarity ends! Link 2 says my tablet does not allow to move/link apps to sdcard!

Says to change to fat32 but when I try this it won't fly! Only ext2 fly's. But I've tried this procedure 2 times with the same results!

Any thoughts?
Should I have installed a rom? If so, which one would you suggest? The one that came in the dopa zip?

I've got all this space now and no way to use it!
You seem to not have the same problem! So I'll assume I didn't do something right!

The only difference that looks like is that I started with a new card! I didn't split any partition since there were none to begin with.

Any idea's?

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2013, 10:29:00 PM »
I think I'd have to read this at least ten more times before coming close to understanding. Does this work only with an android device that is rooted?

I'd like to be able to copy the APK files for the apps I have on this tablet, but everything I've read says you can't copy them to an SD card or the cloud without having the tablet rooted.

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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2013, 11:06:09 PM »
Yep, you have to be rooted to do this.  You can back your apps up to your sdcard without root (App back up & restore) but to run them from the sdcard requires root. 

Laura maybe you should add an explanation of what this process is doing and why it's useful.  It  allows you to move your apps to your external sdcard and run them from there.   Something you can't do with current versions of stock android.

With the Sero having only 8gigs on board storage you will eventually run out of room for apps.  This is intended to  fix that problem by creating app storage available on the external sdcard.

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2013, 09:56:53 AM »
Hi

Well I'll start by saying I went and did the root thing! It would have taken a little less time but the drivers for marrying up win. and the tablet were the wrong ones. I couldn't get a connection so had to uninstall them, a lot of fun by the way!!

Installed the drivers that came with the dopa zip. Worked perfect! Then proceeded to run 1,2,3.
Everything went Great! Installed the cwm recovery PERFECT!!

Now I'm rooted!

Now here's the glitch though.

Reference this thread I had just bought a brand new 32 gig card. So I used it.

I partitioned it for about 10 gigs for the first partition. Then the balance about 20gigs for the second. As you I had to set format to ext2.

But that's were the similarity ends! Link 2 says my tablet does not allow to move/link apps to sdcard!

Says to change to fat32 but when I try this it won't fly! Only ext2 fly's. But I've tried this procedure 2 times with the same results!

Any thoughts?
Should I have installed a rom? If so, which one would you suggest? The one that came in the dopa zip?

I've got all this space now and no way to use it!
You seem to not have the same problem! So I'll assume I didn't do something right!

The only difference that looks like is that I started with a new card! I didn't split any partition since there were none to begin with.

Any idea's?

Brad

Hi Brad, glad you survived root.  And you are correct, the move function doesn't work for the Sero. Please go back and read my instructions, we are using the "create a link" function. That's what will move the files to the card using the Sero.

If you want/or need to,  the partition can easily be removed from the card using the tool. Making the card one partition again.

But the app does work well for me using the create link function.  Even after flashing my nandroid last night, the app continued to function appropriately.

Don't let it intimidate you, re read the tutorial and work slowly.

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2013, 10:05:15 AM »
I think I'd have to read this at least ten more times before coming close to understanding. Does this work only with an android device that is rooted?

I'd like to be able to copy the APK files for the apps I have on this tablet, but everything I've read says you can't copy them to an SD card or the cloud without having the tablet rooted.

Hi radicchio,  backing up your apps is something else. And yes, you will need root. I will have a tutorial for that by Monday.


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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2013, 10:12:44 AM »
Yep, you have to be rooted to do this.  You can back your apps up to your sdcard without root (App back up & restore) but to run them from the sdcard requires root. 

Laura maybe you should add an explanation of what this process is doing and why it's useful.  It  allows you to move your apps to your external sdcard and run them from there.   Something you can't do with current versions of stock android.

With the Sero having only 8gigs on board storage you will eventually run out of room for apps.  This is intended to  fix that problem by creating app storage available on the external sdcard.

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It's clearly stated in the app description in play.  Everyone should read this information prior to installing or considering to installing onto their tablets. 

It's a bad habit to install anything without reading ALL the information provided by the developer and the user reviews.  IT'S IMPORTANT STUFF,  But I will add some additional info later when I have access to my PC. I don't want to modify (many photo links are involved) using my tablet.
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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2013, 10:20:51 AM »
What I found to be intimidating about this whole process was the re partioning part.  The tool is very confusing. I found an old 4gb card and played with that tool a couple hours.  But it appears it's easy enough to correct partitioning errors, merging the two sides etc....

Intimidation can be a powerful emotion.  Conquering it is satisfying and rewarding. It does take time and hands on experience, But worth the time invested.  :)

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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2013, 10:59:07 AM »
What I found to be intimidating about this whole process was the re partioning part.  The tool is very confusing. I found an old 4gb card and played with that tool a couple hours.  But it appears it's easy enough to correct partitioning errors, merging the two sides etc....

Intimidation can be a powerful emotion.  Conquering it is satisfying and rewarding. It does take time and hands on experience, But worth the time invested.  :)

EaseUS is the better way to go. More functions really easy to use. right click the partition/card choose the option and click. The only real learning curve is you have to remember to click apply when each option completes. You can pick several and hit apply. but it's actually faster to do them one at a time.
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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2013, 01:02:19 PM »

Hi Brad, glad you survived root.  And you are correct, the move function doesn't work for the Sero. Please go back and read my instructions, we are using the "create a link" function. That's what will move the files to the card using the Sero.

If you want/or need to,  the partition can easily be removed from the card using the tool. Making the card one partition again.

But the app does work well for me using the create link function.  Even after flashing my nandroid last night, the app continued to function appropriately.

Don't let it intimidate you, re read the tutorial and work slowly.
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Hi

OK did everything by your tut. But the link function is grayed out.

Now according to your tut, you created the first partition using fat32 and set it to primary.
2nd partition is set to ext2 primary.

If this is correct then I don't understand where I fouled up. Because I obviously did somewhere since the link function is grayed out. When I try to manually set it in link2sd it says linking is not allowed!

So I'm at a loss at the moment.

The only thing I can think of is I'm running the stock rom, not a custom.
Could this be my problem???

Also I noticed  link2sd says can't mount to a ext2 partition and says to make it fat32. the only problem there is like you, it wouldn't allow me to set the second partition to fat32 but I could set it to ext2 or 4!

Brad

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2013, 03:17:10 PM »

Hi Brad, glad you survived root.  And you are correct, the move function doesn't work for the Sero. Please go back and read my instructions, we are using the "create a link" function. That's what will move the files to the card using the Sero.

If you want/or need to,  the partition can easily be removed from the card using the tool. Making the card one partition again.

But the app does work well for me using the create link function.  Even after flashing my nandroid last night, the app continued to function appropriately.

Don't let it intimidate you, re read the tutorial and work slowly.


Hi

OK did everything by your tut. But the link function is grayed out.

Now according to your tut, you created the first partition using fat32 and set it to primary.
2nd partition is set to ext2 primary.

If this is correct then I don't understand where I fouled up. Because I obviously did somewhere since the link function is grayed out. When I try to manually set it in link2sd it says linking is not allowed!

So I'm at a loss at the moment.

The only thing I can think of is I'm running the stock rom, not a custom.
Could this be my problem???

Also I noticed  link2sd says can't mount to a ext2 partition and says to make it fat32. the only problem there is like you, it wouldn't allow me to set the second partition to fat32 but I could set it to ext2 or 4!

Brad
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Hi Brad.  Sorry it's not playing nice!  We'll figure it out together.   I have read on XDA others have the same issue as you with partitioning errors.  I read one person had to partition to ext4.  This was the only way the card could be read.  So maybe you will have to change it from ext2 to ext4.  partitions must be primary.

As far as the link being greyed out-  one thing that comes to mind is making sure you really are rooted.  Do you have SuperSU?  Did you get the box to grant permissions?  if so, you're good and we can rule that issue out.

there are some apps that can not be linked/moved.  They will not have the option and appear greyed out.  All system apps should appear this way.  (gallery, email accounts, browser are just a few of those not allowed to be linked). User apps should have the option.




Also, Have you tried downloading from play and seeing if the app is automatically linked? 



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