128GB Micro SD cards - back up to android phone !!

  1. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    128GB Micro SD cards - back up to android phone !!

    Hi there
    with cheap (around 20 EUR / USD) 128 GB micro sized SD cards with decent read / write speed on them why not save your backup e.g macrium on to one of these cards on your phone -- a 128GB size micro sd card has plenty of storage space for a windows backup, enough decent music files (flac) and space to save some critical data files without needing to store stuff in the cloud -- plus being on the phone you can email files / edit office type docs etc without even having an Internet connection so long as 4/5G signal available.

    Cloud storage is no good for example if you need to restore an OS to a dead computer etc .

    As an exercise though I wonder if anybody has got a smart phone with an internal micro SD card to work as a boot device -- if the computer can recognize the phone as an external storage device at boot time it might be possible ---interesting to see if it could also be made to work as a Windows to Go device via Wintousb or similar program.

    The read / write speeds on these cards now plus the phone's processors have improved so hugely recently that this doesn't to me seem such a Bonkers idea !!!!

    My laptop recognizes the internal card reader itself as a boot device although I've never tried using that. I've got some time to waste so I'll see if I can boot a live Linux distro from the phone's card - the distro installs easily enough on the phone card. !!

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  2. storageman's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1909 18363.836

    First off a disclaimer - "I KNOW NOTHING about apple products". Android phones however no longer connect as a USB Device, they are media devices. You can still "Drag & Drop", but it nolonger shows up as a USB device. This change was made I believe in rel 5 (poor memory). I don't believe you could boot windows from a Media device (Probably not allowed). Now maybe on a older Android phone you could ????

    I did try using a SD card as a boot device for my ASUS W10 Tablet. It would not work. No way to select it as a boot device. I also tried to use one for a image backup, Macrium completely ignored it as a target drive for images.

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