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How to Transfer Data from One SD Card to Another

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Aug 04, 2023 • Filed to: Take Data Backup • Proven solutions

My phone currently has a 16GB SD card mounted and formatted as internal storage, but it's almost full because of all the pictures I take and apps I have. I just bought a larger card, a 32GB part, but I have no idea how to get everything to the new card.
Even if I install it with all files copied on it, the phone will want to format the card as internal before letting me use it; formatting erases all data.
Did anyone get any idea on how to do this?

When the task under consideration is to transfer data from one SD card to another, it carries specific background reasons. The foremost is the capacity. When your SD Card runs out of memory, and deny to store further data, then the only solution is changing to larger capacity SD card. Moreover, when the files to be stored on the SD card is significantly larger, to be on the safe side, you can transfer data from one SD card to another. It could be done by formatting the new SD card, then insert both cards simultaneously, and by using third-party application software, you can migrate the data. This article deals with the question i.e., how to migrate my phone to a larger microSD card or transfer phone SD card to a new card.

If you are looking forward to answering the question i.e., how to migrate my phone to a larger microSD card, then here is all that you want to know. Before solutions, let's get some insights about the SD card and the consequences in which the SD card is cloned. SD card is a non-volatile memory often used in portable devices, i.e., Android phones, digital cameras, handheld computers, media players, video game consoles, etc. The SD cards are cloned under two possible conditions, i.e., for up-gradation and for backing up. In the former case, when colossal data is stored on the SD card, and it runs out of space, or the SD card is dealing with space linked errors, it is advised to upgrade the SD card to a larger one. In the latter case, the SD card is cloned to create a backup for the data. It is done to protect data against data loss consequences. This article explains the solutions, i.e., clone android SD cards to a larger one via software and manually transfer SD card data to a new one. Here are the topics that would be discussed in detail.

Method 1. Transfer Android SD Card to a Larger One with Software

When the task is to transfer data from one SD card to another via a software, i.e., changing to a larger capacity SD card, here is the software solution. UBackit data backup is a high-end backup software that efficiently helps to transfer the SD card to a larger one, i.e., up-gradation of SD card. You need two SD card readers, a windows-based device, Wondershare UBackit, and an appropriate electric supply to all devices for this task. Here are the steps to follow:

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Step 1: Initiate the process by connecting both SD cards to the device. Make sure they are in proper connection and detected by the device.

Step 2: Now download and install the software on your device and launch it.

Step 3: In the main menu, select the option of Create New followed by choosing the option of Disk Backup.

disk backup

Step 4: Select the source file, i.e., source SD card.

click disk to backup

Step 5: In the next window, select the larger card as a destination location. To transfer data from SD card to another, you can select the another SD card as the backup destination. Then click Select to start the backup process.

backup destination

Step 6: Once the process completes, you can click Schedule at the bottom of the backup folder to set automatic backup as you need.

schedule backup

As soon as the data is transferred from one SD card to another, disconnect both cards from the device. Then connect the newly backed up card for continuous connection and availability of data.

Method 2. Manually Transfer SD Card Data to the New One

Apart from using any third-party backup software for transferring data from one SD card to another, you can manually run the data transference process. It could be done via OTG in an android phone and via copy and paste technique. Here are the detailed stepwise procedures.

1. Via OTG in Android smartphones

For transferring files between two SD cards, i.e., transfer phone SD card to a new card, in the case of android phones, a function OTG is available. You can move the files between SD cards via OTG in Android smartphones. For this, you need an android smartphone, SD card, a larger SD card, and an OTG card reader. Apart from the OTG card reader, you can also employ OTG cable and card reader. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Initiate the process by enabling the Android phone OTG setting.


Step 2: Once the settings are enabled, insert the larger SD card to the OTG card reader. Mount the OTG card reader on a smartphone.

If you are using the OTG cable and SD card reader, here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Mount the SD card to the SD card reader and connect the reader to the device via OTG cable. Make sure the card reader is in an appropriate connection with the device.

Step 2: Now, in the device (android phone) in the option of settings, click on files followed by selecting the option of Local and then SD card.

Step 3: Now, select the files and folders that you want to transfer.

Step 4: In the top right corner, click the three dot icon and then select the copy option. Choose a larger SD card as the destination folder.

As soon as the process of data transference is completed, eject the larger SD card. Restart your phone and replace the SD card with a newly cloned SD card.

2. Copy and Paste to transfer files

Another manual process for transferring data from one SD card to another is via copy and paste procedure. Copy the target files from the source card (smaller SD card) and paste it individually to the destination card (larger SD card). Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Mount the old and new SD cards on the card readers and connect the readers to your device.

Step 2: In the start menu, launch the cmd command prompt by typing cmd in the search box. Click enter to continue.

Step 3: As the command prompt launches, type attrib -h -r -s /s /d G:\*.* and click enter. G stands for the drive letter of the android SD card.

Step 4: All hidden files and folders and available data will be displayed on the Android SD card.

Step 5: Now, select the target files and folders to transfer from one SD card to another.

While performing the copy and paste technique, be careful, as it can also cause an accidental deletion. Once the data transfer process is completed, you can insert the newly cloned SD card to your android device.

Data transference between two SD cards, i.e., from one smaller card to another larger card, is performed in two particular cases. It could be done for protecting the data from data loss consequences, or space is getting low on the SD card. It could also be done for upgrading the SD card to a larger capacity or backing up the data. This article explains the importance of transferring or cloning SD cards for data transfer. Three methods are explained in detail. One is the third party application software, AOMEI backupper that can be used to transfer data from one (smaller SD card) to another (larger SD card). The other two techniques are manual processes. One method is by employing the OTG operation for android phone, and the other is copy and paste technique.

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