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Making sense of Android storage areas

April 18th, 2016

Android devices provide storage via a removable microSD card, an eMMC chip soldered to the circuit board or in many cases both. Life would be easy if all Android device extractions showed the same folder path for those two storage areas but sadly that’s not the case. Variations in those folder paths between different Android devices, and different Android versions mean that working out exactly where a recovered file is physically located within an Android device is harder than it should be.
Which is why we’ve created www.controlf.net/sd within our Free Stuff area on the site. It lists the different folder paths that we’ve seen across different Android devices and versions for the removable microSD ┬ácard and also for the built-in eMMC storage. The hope is that the page will help examiners to make sense of the folder paths being reported in device extractions and be able to report them with more confidence.