How To Partition Your SD Card With ROM Manager

Many Android users, like myself, come across the problem of not having enough internal storage space on their devices. Android 2.2 introduced Google’s Apps2SD feature which allowed developers to make it possible for their applications to be moved to the SD Card. Unfortunately this was an incomplete solution as not all of the data used by an application was moved to the SD Card – some was left in internal storage – and few applications can be transferred to the SD Card as developers have to opt in and enable the feature.

I needed an easier and more comprehensive solution. I needed ROM Manager. ROM manager is the complete tool for all ROMing and rooting problems. It has a variety of features – too many to name in this post – but I’ll keep this on topic. The Partition SD Card feature is available in the free version of ROM manager so you can get started straight away if you download the app from the Market.

Note: You will need to have the ClockworkMod recovery image installed on your device to use this tutorial.

Here are the simple steps to follow to Partition your SD Card:

  1. Back-up all data on the SD Card to a computer – partitioning is a destructive process meaning all content of the card will be wiped.
  2. Open up ROM Manager.
  3. Select “Partition SD Card”.
  4. Select an option for the “Ext Size”. This is the size of the partition in which apps can be stored. I recommend 256MB for 1GB SD Cards and 512MB for any cards larger than this.
  5. Select an option for the “Swap Size”. Not all ROMs use this so I recommend you choose either 32MB or 64MB, but no higher.
  6. Click “OK” in the pop-up to continue.
  7. Let the phone boot into recovery mode and do its thing – this can take several minutes, so be patient.
  8. Reboot your device.
  9. Done!

It really is as simple as that. Now all you need to do is install a ROM which supports data2ext and you’re internal storage space will shoot up. I advise you use MIUI for many reasons, but that is just personal taste.

For a full overview of the features included in ROM Manager, I advise that you watch this video.

© Graham Macphee 2011

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