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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

To ROOT and MOVE Apps to SD Card on Android Smartphones.

Many Android based Smartphone such as Lenovo 2010A do not allows installation or transfer of Apps to SD Card. These smartphones soon run on low phone-memory as we keep installing new Apps, updates and data. One of the solutions is to root your Android Smartphone and then use Apps such as Lucky Patcher. This blog us based on rooting steps mentioned in and usage of  Lucky Patcher to move Apps to SD Card. The blog is completely based on my experiment, and a bit risky, as you may have to RESET your Smartphone for recovering from any unstable state.

  • Computer with Windows OS
  • Backup your Contacts, Data and other important information from phone to SD Card or computer/laptop
  • Enable the USB Debugging Mode on your Smartphone by clicking: Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode
·         Battery at least 60%

1.      Download the SuperSU zip file from and copy it to the SD card of phone (or download it directly with the phone). Do not extract any files from the zip file, as we will use it as it is.

2.      Install the latest MTK USB driver
Download from and install on your computer:

Switch off your mobile and connect to PC over USB port. If Driver was installed successfully you will find MTP USB in Device Manager of Windows:

3.      Disconnect Smartphone from the computer.
4.      Download Recovery Image like for Lenovo A2010 (available at ), and extract the files from the archive to computer. In fact we need only 2 files, "Recovery.img" and "MT6735M_Android_scatter.txt"

5.       Download SP Flash Tool from  and extract the files from the zip-archive. Now:
a.      Double click flash_tool.exe
b.      Browse Scatter Loading and select the scatter file of Smartphone (that is “MT6735M_Android_scatter.txt” file mentioned in above step).
c.       Now we can see recovery check-box is checked and the recovery image ("Recovery.img") path. Ensure all other check-boxes are unchecked.

d.      Switch off the Smartphone and connect this to the computer over USB cable
e.      Click the green Download button on top ( not the tab)
f.         Keep device connected and Switch on your device

6.      Recovery mode:
a.      Disconnect Smartphone from the computer
b.      Switch off the Smartphone
c.       Keep in same time Volume (+) and power buttons in same time. After 3 second release the power button Then you will face the display below as like as android recovery screen. Now press Vol (+) Button for select recovery mode.
d.      Go to “Install” and select our file on external_sd folder of device:

Swipe Sliders (if required):

7.      Reboot. Your phone is now rooted.
8.      If successful, you get # super use icon:

9.      Moving Apps to SD card:
a.      Download apk file of Lucky Patcher from
b.      Ensure Installations from unknown sources setting is enabled on the Smartphone. Install the apk file.
c.       Uninstall all Apps you wish to move to SD Card. Then, re-install them and open Lucky Patcher. It will ask for root access, and SuperSu will pop-up a dialog box asking for allow/not-allow the root access to Lucky Patcher. Allow the root access to the Lucky Patcher.
d.      Lucky Patcher will show location of Apps. We may select “Move to SD Card” for moving the App to SD Card.  

e.      That’s all!!

  1. Remove battery if at any stage Smartphone becomes unresponsive/hanged.
  2.    If we reset Smartphone , keeping the file in SD Card, the reset android phone would automatically get root SuperSu installed. For better stability, it may be more appropriate approach to RESET the Smartphone with ROOT and then install new Apps and move them to SD Card using Lucky Patcher.
     (To Reset: Tap the menu button and go to Setting > Backup & reset >  Factory data reset) (remove SD card to avoid data loss)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

How to clone or Image hard drives? How to migrate Windows installation and all installed applications to a new drive? Upgrading HDD to SDD?

You may be looking for Drive cloning or Imaging for creating a bootable backup of your computer’s disk drive or one or more partitions   or migrating from HDD to SDD.
Here are some tips:
1.      Download and install DriveImage XML ( It is free for Home use.
2.      DriveImage XML also supports “Raw” mode, which is basically bit-by-bit cloning/imaging, useful when you intend to conduct some Data Recovery or Forensics too.
3.      For creating a bootable backup of your drive, you just need to select “Backup”:

Note: Depending on you Windows version, you may have to run the DriveImage XML as “Run As Administrator”
4.      If your target partition size is lesser than the source partition, OR you want to recreate/resize partitions at target drive, you can use EaseUS Partition Master ( ) . It is a free disk management tool (For Home use).
5.      You may also try to migrate the newly cloned/imaged drive to another computer of similar manufacturer or hardware configuration. If you get any operating system error, you can use a bootable OS  CD/DVD or create a bootable USB and try to repair the OS of the cloned/Imaged Disks.

To create a bootable Windows USB Flash Drive from ISO file of Windows, you can use Rufus ( ). Rufus also supports UEFI and  GPT.
a)      With Rufus, select FAT32 file systems, if your windows  ISO file size is below 4 GB , otherwise select NTFS .
b)      Depending on you Windows version, you may have to run Rufus  as “Run As Administrator”
c)      To detect portable USB Hard Drives: Click the Big White-Arrow (Format Options): and check: List Hard Drives

6.      After repairing cloned/imaged drive on new computer, if you get Windows Login screen, but nothing happens after login. i.e.  Task Manager works, you are able to run new Tasks such as calculator, cmd.exe but explorer.exe does not work.

Possible Reason:  At startup Windows looks into the registry and expects installation partition that is  C: (usually) for loading OS completely, however the new cloned partition gets drive letter of the portable drive (may be H:, or I:, or  J:, …, depending upon your computer). 

Solution: Change drive letter (from H:, or I:, or  J:, …) to C: :
Run regedit32.exe (Registry Editor) through Task Manager and modify following setting:
a). Go to registry key:
b). Click MountedDevices, and go to Security  > Permissions.
Verify that Administrators have full control.
Close regedt32.exe, and then run regedit.exe.
a). go to registry key:
b). Find "\DosDevices\C:". Right-click \DosDevices\C:, and then select Rename  to rename this to an unused drive letter "\DosDevices\Y:".

c). Find the drive letter of your cloned partition. For example "\DosDevices\I:". Right-click \DosDevices\I:, and rename it to "\DosDevices\C:".
d). Select \DosDevices\Y:, and then name it back to "\DosDevices\I:".
Close regedit.exe, and then run regedit32.exe. Change the permissions back to the previous setting for Administrators.
Restart the computer. Your computer should work normally.

7.      In place of SATA interface, if you wish to boot the cloned drive over USB port (portable USB Hard Drive), you may use a good freeware application WinToUSB ( ). WinToUSB can install/clone Windows to a USB drive with BIOS and UEFI supports.

Note: If you want to install Windows onto second HDD/SSD drive without using a CD/DVD/USB drive, or clone your current Windows OS installation to a HDD/SSD drive, you can also try WinToHDD ( ).