Fully learning the Android SDK (Software Development Kit) is a challenging road. With API now at version 25, there are a lot of things that a new Android developer has to learn. In fact I, myself is currently dipping myself in Android (and Java) developing and most of the time, I Google things out to learn what a specific code means. Even with a friend that I can immediately chat and get answers, learning Android (and Java) from the ground up is a long, painful, but very rewarding way.
Now how do we make that painful process more bearable? We enable the code tool-tips.
If you have used AMIDuOS before, you will notice that it installs and stores all files forcefully in drive C. If you are running an SSD + HDD combo with too little SSD space, this is really a pain in the head. As we all know, Android apps by default can consume a lot of storage space. Therefore, if you are using a lot of Android apps in your DuOS emulator, it will in turn take a lot of space in your disk space.
For instance in my DuOS configuration, I am seeing around 13-14 GB of storage usage.
Luckily there is a guide provided in the AmiDuOS support page by Andrew Kim that will enable us to move those big .vdi files to another drive (in my case in my drive D:).
Simplifying the steps provided by Andrew Kim will give us the following:
Get symbolic linker app
Move data files to another location
Run symbolic linker app and perform link
I could end my entry here but hey, you’re not here to read a summary of a post. So without further ado, let’s proceed with the details.
So you did try doing Android emulation in your Windows machine. Among the different solutions out there, you choose AMIDuOS. You booted it up, installed your apps and tried to experience Android in your laptop / desktop. What a bliss!
But after sometime, you noticed that some apps won’t fit the full resolution provided by your machine’s screen.
At first, its okay with you. But after a while, it get into you and you ask questions like “why the f*** is this app is forced to portrait mode when clearly my screen is on landscape mode?“.
Do you want those big virtual machine (VM) instances stored for long-term storage? Well, if you are in the same boat as me (or you just wanted to find out what is the general difference between normal, maximum, and ultra 7-zip compression ratio and speed), I advise you to read on.