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How to increase the size of SD Card in BlueStacks
How to increase the size of SD Card in BlueStacks
12-05-2013 - 09:37 PM
 coolboy
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This guide is only for the new BlueStacks version that has the folder SDCard.sparsefs in the following folder: C:\Program Data\BlueStacks\Android (if you installed Windows in C Drive)
The Program Data is hidden, so you need to enable “Show Hidden Files” to access the folder.
To show hidden files: go to Control Panel > double-click on Folder Options > click on the View tab > select Show hidden files, folders, and drives option and uncheck the box Hide protected operating system files > click on OK
 
   
 
My SD Card size is 8,184 MB and I will increase it to about 9,000 MB.
You can install and use the Smart System app to display the SD Card size like it shows in the image below.
   
INSTRUCTION FLOW:
I. Preparation
II. Create the new SD Card (a drive image)
III. Mount the image as a hard drive and format it
IV. Add the new SD Card to BlueStacks


I. Preparation
Step 1:
Download the tool DATA.IMG Maker and unzip it from here: https://www.mediafire.com/?m128nvp8tytpx1g
 
Step 2:
Download and install OSFMount: www.osforensics.com/tools/mount-disk-images.html
 
II. Create the new SD Card (a drive image)
Step 1:
Navigate to the DATA.IMG Maker folder > double-click on the Resize.bat file
   
 
Step 2:
The TopoRezie utility will be launched.
Click on Create new and locate the location for saving the new SD Card image.
Note: make sure to save the new image to a drive that has the amount of free disk space larger than your new SD Card size.
   
Step 3:
Type in a name for your new SD Card file with the .fs extension (for example SDCard.fs) and click on Save.
   
Step 4:
Hold and drag the slider to set the size of your new SD Card (in megabytes) > click on the Create file button.
   
Select none > click on OK and quit the utility.
   

III. Mount the image as a hard drive and format it
Step 1:
Launch the OSFMount application > click on Yes if prompted by the User Account Control.
 
Step 2:
Click on Mount new
   
Step 3:Source: select Image file.
Image file: browse and select the newly created image.
Drive letter: assign any letter.
Drive type: set as Auto.
Read-only drive: uncheck.
Click on OK to mount the drive.
   
Step 4:
Navigate to This PC > right-click on the newly mounted drive > select Format
   
Step 5:
File system: select FAT32 or FAT > check the Quick Format option > click on Start.
   
Click on OK to format the disk.
   
Click on Yes.
   
Step 6:
Please wait some minutes for the formatting progress to be completed > click on OK
  
   

Turn to the OSFMount application > click on Dismount all & Exit.
  
   
Click on Yes
   

IV. Add the new SD Card to BlueStacks
Step 1:
Navigate to the folder C:\Program Files\BlueStacks and run the file “HD-Quit.exe” to quit all BlueStacks services and processes.
   
Step 2:
Press Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog box.
Type in regedit > click on OK to open the Registry Editor > click on Yes if prompted by the User Account Control.
   
Step 3:
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BlueStacks\Guests\Android\BlockDevice\2
On the right side pane, double click on the Path string.
   
Input the path of your new SD image file into the Value data field > click OK > exit Registry Editor.
   
Now launch your BlueStacks application and check the size of your new SD Card.
   

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(This post was last modified: 12-06-2013 02:33 PM by coolboy.)
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RE: How to increase the size of SD Card in BlueStacks
03-06-2014 - 10:57 AM
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تصویر: images/smilies/biggrin.gifYOU SIR ARE THE MAN! I created a 32GB SDCard.fs file but checked the box create as removable media in OSFMount and vwholla, I copied and pasted it to my (1TB) Seagate backup drive and now I'm considering using third party FAT32 formatting software to force the formatting of a drive larger than 32GB and devote the entire External to this program as I'm in love with having the ability to run android apps like Pandora One and Tune In Radio Pro by using the APK Handler or downloading them directly into it and installing them directly from my Dropbox account!تصویر: images/smilies/cool.gif
(This post was last modified: 03-06-2014 10:59 AM by pmp317.)
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RE: How to increase the size of SD Card in BlueStacks
04-02-2014 - 12:59 PM
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Guys!! there is a much faster way to achieve this goal!!

1. locate "store" in SDCard.sparsefs folder
2. UseHD-quit to close bluestacks
3. copy and past "store" to desktop
4. Use OSF Mount to mount "store"
5. Use OSF Mount to extend disk space in GB to how much you'd like
6. Use OSF Mount to Format "store"
7. Change "Store" name to SDCard.fs
8. Create a New folder in C: (I used "SD") and place SDCard.fs in the folder
9. Open Regedit
10. Change BlueStacks\Guests\Android\BlockDevice\2\Path settings to C:\"YourFolder"\SDCard.fs
11. You're done! open Bluestacks and you will see your new SD Card size =)

Cheers!!!
(This post was last modified: 04-02-2014 01:01 PM by cbsoldier24.)
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