How to restore Kodi external storage data after updating to 5.0.5 on 1st-gen Fire TVs

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If you’ve followed my guide to move Kodi’s data to external storage on a 1st-gen Fire TV, you’ll probably find all your Kodi settings and data are gone after your device updates to the new 5.0.5 software version. That’s because Fire OS 5 changes the 1st-gen Fire TV’s path for external USB storage from /storage/extUsb to /storage/usbdisk, so Kodi can’t find your data after the update. The good news is, it’s an easy fix to restore your Kodi data, and here’s how to do it.

If you moved all Kodi data to External Storage using my guide…

  1. Connect to your Fire TV via ADB.
  2. Run the command:
    adb shell
  3. Run the command:
    echo xbmc.data=/storage/usbdisk/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files > /sdcard/xbmc_env.properties
  4. Optionally, run this command to delete any new Kodi files from your Fire TV’s internal storage that may have been created:
    rm -rf /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi
  5. Run the command:
    exit

If you moved only Kodi’s thumbnails to External Storage using my guide…

  1. Connect to your Fire TV via ADB.
  2. Run the command:
    adb shell
  3. Run the command:
    echo \<advancedsettings\>\<pathsubstitution\>\<substitute\>\<from\>special://thumbnails/\</from\>\<to\>/storage/usbdisk/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/Thumbnails/\</to\>\</substitute\>\</pathsubstitution\>\</advancedsettings\> > /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/advancedsettings.xml
  4. Optionally, run this command to delete all Kodi thumbnail files from your Fire TV’s internal storage:
    rm -rf /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/Thumbnails
  5. Run the command:
    exit

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One comment
  1. scotty says:

    im trying using terminal with a macbook but says command not found?
    -bash: adb: command not found

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