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All posts tagged "removable storage"


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How Important is a Removable Storage Card to You?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:41 PM

It's poll time! As you know, Windows Phone 7 devices do not allow for removable storage cards in the traditional sense; even if you happen to find a phone with a microSD card slot that you can access, once you put a card in that slot it will force a hard reset. If you take the card out, it's unreadable on any device but your phone - the data on it is encrypted for speed and security. That essentially makes it non-removable storage. So the question is, does this matter to you? For me, it doesn't - I have an 8 GB microSD card that's inside my HTC HD2, and it literally hasn't been taken out from the day I put it in there. Before that, it was in my Samsung Jack, again never getting removed. For some of you though, this is an issue - you need to be able to remove the cards and use them in your laptop, desktop, etc. Vote in the poll - please generalize; I didn't want to cover every possible time frame - and sound off in the comments. Will the lack of removable storage stop you from buying a Windows Phone 7 device?


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Swapping Onboard Storage On The HD7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.theunwired.net/?item=dis...rosd-cards&5674

"One of the limitations of Windows Phone 7 is, that Microsoft's new mobile OS isn't supporting user removable flash memory like microSD cards, as supported by Windows Mobile, but Windows Phone 7 uses embedded memory like Apple's iPhone does...However, even if Windows Phone 7 isn't featuring a customer swappable flash memory, it seems that some handset manufactures are using micro SD cards anyway."

Even though Microsoft has mandated non-swappable storage, you can still upgrade a WP7 device's storage capacity if it has a MicroSD slot - if you don't mind having to factory-reset your phone. the::unwired.net takes a stab at the process, and though it's not as trouble-free as it could be, Arne shows that it can be done.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Windows Phone 7 and Removable Storage

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 09:29 PM

http://windowsphonesecrets.com/2010...ovable-storage/

"So, there's been some confusion around Windows Phone 7 and its support of removable/expandable storage. As is so often the case, this confusion comes from Microsoft: The company told me specifically (and repeatedly) that the OS would not support this. But it sort of does. Here's how it works."

Here's the bottom line: if you really want a device with expandable storage, you should buy one with an exposed microSD card slot - but not all devices will have them. I don't understand why Microsoft didn't just make it part of the Chassis 1 specification; I think it would have been fine to have the cards be non-removable except as part of a hard reset. You buy the phone, you put in whatever size card you want, boot up the phone, and never touch the card again. Makes sense, no?


Monday, October 11, 2010

Some Windows Phone 7 Devices Will Have Removable Storage?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 03:33 PM

http://www.wpcentral.com/removable-...7-samsung-focus

"Okay, lets get some of this confusing stuff out of the way: the Samsung Focus has "only" 8GB of storage available. In talking with Samsung, their position was basically so much of this phone is "cloud based" that 8GB may be sufficient for most people. However, they're more than glad to suggest that 16GB and higher are probably on the horizon."

Hmm. This article states that the Samsung Focus has a removable storage slot and that you can take out the 8 GB microSD card, put in a 16 GB microSD card, hard reset the phone, and the card will be usable. The contents of the card are digitally encrypted for performance and security reasons, so you can't take it out and pop it into another device, but this painful-but-doable method of upgrading the storage on your phone is quite interesting, and quite surprising. I wonder how many other Windows Phone 7 devices will be able to do this? Fingers crossed that HTC is enabling the same type of thing on their phones...(in fact, let me email HTC about that right now).


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