External SD Card confusion - How to find it

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    This took me a while to figure out, so I wanted to post just in case people were having trouble.

    When you are browsing the directories, you will find a place called "\mnt\sdcard". This is not actually your sdcard! This is internal memory. I was confused about this for days, thinking it was my sdcard, but it actually is not.

    To get to your actual external SD card, you need a file manager. I use File Manager HD, which was recommended to me on these forums.

    Now, to get to the right directory from File Manager HD, you click on "Storage" which routes you to /mnt/sdcard. Once there, you can hit the up-arrow at the top to back-out of that directory. Here, you see "External_SD" as a choice. THAT is your actual external SD card.

    You can use File Manager HD to copy files from internal storage (\mnt\sdcard) to your actual external SD (\mnt\external_SD). But you can never see your external sdcard on your PC when it's connected via USB...

    Hope this helps people who might be confused, trying to copy files onto their external SD.
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    I use OI file manager.. I'm not quite sure what the difference's are but for a free one I like how it works.. But I might have to download file manager HD to try it out.. Do you know any of the difference's or is that one for a tablet it self?
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    They are probably all pretty much the same. I am surprised that android doesn't come with a stock FM. I use this one because I like the interface. But if you can copy and delete, and add shortcuts, that's really all you need.
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    I still find it odd that you can not view and edit the SD card via your PC.
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    Yeah I noticed that today when I got my micro sd card
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    I wonder if it is a Honeycomb thing or limitation put in by Acer? Ridiculous to have to remove your sd card and plug it in to the PC separately to transfer files to and from it. I never have to that with my Droid X no matter which version of the Android OS I am using.
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    thhaaaaannnnkkk you...jeeeeeeezzz...
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    Good post.
    It's one of the first things I had to scramble to search about when I got my a500.
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    I think this is an Acer thing. The Toshiba had a shortcut link in the file manager for the SD Card.

    Now the better question will be if using a Custom ROM if the same issue is still there. If so then Acer really didn't thin at all about a SD Card port and it was added in after the fact.
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    Thank you!
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    wrong section. This is the accessories area.
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    You can view and install/delete items on your SD card through your USB cable on you PC this way:
    Computer > Acre ICONIA Tab A500 > Internal storage > mnt (folder). There may not be a Internal Storage if you do not have media on you card, read on.
    Everything on your SD card is accessed through this folder. If you ad media (i.e. music or video) to you SD card then there will appear a drive when you open Acer ICONIA Tab A500 in Computer. BUT! it will not show everything else you have there. You will have to open the mnt folder.
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    Hi, there, i have just had the problems that you are mentioning on the post above. I am using file experts app. And when i click on the home , i got to see two directory. One is SD Card and the other is Internal Phone Memory. Here is what makes me very frustrated. The files on SD card are not on my external card, they are actually the internal one. Surprisingly, when i get to the Internal Phone memory, i see that my really external sd is here with the name sdcard,

    So the internal card directory is "/mnt/Flash" and my real external sd card is "/sdcard"

    So now what should i do?
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    Thank you, I have thought the same thing for a few weeks now! That explains why I could not find my movies, but I could find them with the video player!

    Sent from my A500 using Android Tablet Forum
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    I loaded the Astro tool right after I bought the A500 and its file manager works well enough that I've never considered getting another one.
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    This was my next Question. Its my wifes tab (Icona A100) She downloaded a movie from her pc to her micro sd. Installed the micro into the tab but can't find it to play the movie. I think she needs to install a file manager. Also got a male micro usb to female usb so she could use the flash drive for storage but it did not let me view the drive either.
    Thanks, think I hit the right spot. She's not home so i'm gonna play with it.
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    Well I downloaded the file mngr HD, there is no storage file. opens with mnt/sdcard but I can not get to a external storage. Tried pulling sd card out putting it back in nothing. So then I tried astro file mngr. Still no go.
    anybody got any ideas.
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    You can access the Acer SD card from the PC via USB cable. Connect your Acer, open "Computer", you will see the drive "Acer ICONIA Tab A500", you will get a drive called "Internal Storage", open that and look for the folder "mnt", open that folder and you will be in the SD card. Once you drop photos or MP3s into it from your PC then the next time you open the main Acer ICONIA drive you will then see two drives under that. The other will be "SD Card" which will show the size and all other properties of the card.

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