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Old April 14th, 2014, 04:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I just made my account to seek help for my problem. I have a Galaxy S4 which was running touchwiz 4.4.2. I started to notice that I didn't have much storage space left. I checked my storage and the bar was filled up nearly all the way and it said i had only 800mb free (this was when it was calculating storage). when it loaded, the bar shrunk down to the right size but it still shows that I only have 800mb free, yet the storage numbers for music, photos, etc don't add up to having 800mb free. I thought this was a rom error, so I did a factory reset with cyanogenmod 11. The problem is still there. I have checked if there is anything taking up space using a file manager but I can't find anything.
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Old April 14th, 2014, 04:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum.
If you'll tell us who your carrier is we can get this moved to the proper forum for your device.
In the mean time, are you using SafeStrap? If so, that would probably account for what you're seeing. I don't claim to understand it all, but SS only uses part of the available storage, depending upon how large you created the slot.
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Thankyou for the reply, my carrier is Virgin mobile in Australia. And no, I am not using safestrap I don't even know what it is
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Did you personally root your phone, or did someone do it for you (or did you buy it used, already rooted)?
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I doubt it helps but here is a screenshot of my storage.
It starts out at 16GB where yours starts lower. I have more used in every category, but still ends up with more available than yours. I'm running 4.3 on my AT&T S4. Rooted, with safestrap for recovery options, but never loaded any ROM slots into it.

You can tell if you have safestrap during boot.
After Samsung Galaxy S4 screen and before the AT&T (on mine) it says "safestrap" with a goofy looking cartoon geek character, and you have 10 seconds to launch safestrap or proceed with boot)

Maybe try sd nurse to see if it shows anything unusual.
I vaguely recall certain backup services may create hidden files.
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Did you personally root your phone, or did someone do it for you (or did you buy it used, already rooted)?
I flashed Cyanogenmod, it's already rooted.
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I flashed Cyanogenmod, it's already rooted.
Yes, I know it's rooted - my question goes to how it got rooted - did you do it or was it already rooted? If you can answer my question directly, I can move to the next step in a possible explanation for your missing memory.
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Yes, I know it's rooted - my question goes to how it got rooted - did you do it or was it already rooted? If you can answer my question directly, I can move to the next step in a possible explanation for your missing memory.
I rooted my previous touchwiz rom, but i'm not too sure that it caused the problem. Then I flashed Cyanogenmod and it was already rooted, I didn't have to root. The problem was still there however.
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Come on lads... you've got to start thinking globally on this forum.

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If you'll tell us who your carrier is we can get this moved to the proper forum for your device.
Sorry Podvin, that question only works for the U.S. variants, where each one has a different model for each carrier. The other 95% of International phones can only be determined by model and CSC/Product code as 50%, or more, are unbranded. Hence my, stock, time saving post, here.

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Thankyou for the reply, my carrier is Virgin mobile in Australia. And no, I am not using safestrap I don't even know what it is
I'm, "guessing", that you probably have the International, GT-i9505, model of phone. Safe strap is not usually used, if at all, on the worldwide, International, models where a CF-Root kernel is the preferred method. See, Rooting Galaxy S4 - Dummies Guide.

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I rooted my previous touchwiz rom, but i'm not too sure that it caused the problem. Then I flashed Cyanogenmod and it was already rooted, I didn't have to root. The problem was still there however.
Did you use the CyanogenMod Installer, (now withdrawn from the Play Store I believe), to install the CM ROM or did you flash a .zip via Recovery mode?
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Come on lads... you've got to start thinking globally on this forum.



Sorry Podvin, that question only works for the U.S. variants, where each one has a different model for each carrier. The other 95% of International phones can only be determined by model and CSC/Product code as 50%, or more, are unbranded. Hence my, stock, time saving post, here.



I'm, "guessing", that you probably have the International, GT-i9505, model of phone. Safe strap is not usually used, if at all, on the worldwide, International, models where a CF-Root kernel is the preferred method. See, Rooting Galaxy S4 - Dummies Guide.



Did you use the CyanogenMod Installer, (now withdrawn from the Play Store I believe), to install the CM ROM or did you flash a .zip via Recovery mode?
Yes, I have the GT-i9505 model of the S4. I didn't use the CyanogenMod installer, I flashed the zip file in CWM recovery. The problem was there before I even got CyanogenMod though.
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You are, of course, right Ironass - but that's why we have an International All Things Root Forum.
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you may have some error repeating over and over, which fills your internal sd card.

using a root explorer, check /data/log folder
if this is the culprit you will have to examine the logs to get a better idea of what the cause is before removing the files contained within there.

You could also check for any entries in /data/lost+found folder. If there are entries in here, then this is due to sd card corruption. These can be removed, but again, files will be going into here due to a problem with your sd card, in which case, a factory reset and full wipe may be the answer.

Other than these 2 suspects, I would just browse through your device root folder and internal sd card for anything untoward.
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you may have some error repeating over and over, which fills your internal sd card.

using a root explorer, check /data/log folder
if this is the culprit you will have to examine the logs to get a better idea of what the cause is before removing the files contained within there.

You could also check for any entries in /data/lost+found folder. If there are entries in here, then this is due to sd card corruption. These can be removed, but again, files will be going into here due to a problem with your sd card, in which case, a factory reset and full wipe may be the answer.

Other than these 2 suspects, I would just browse through your device root folder and internal sd card for anything untoward.
Thankyou for the suggestion. I checked my data/log folder and there is nothing in it. In fact, there's no log folder there at all. The data folder is empty. I have browsed through my device root folder and am yet to find anything.
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Thankyou for the suggestion. I checked my data/log folder and there is nothing in it. In fact, there's no log folder there at all. The data folder is empty. I have browsed through my device root folder and am yet to find anything.
Just remember to browse the root of the device, and /sdcard as both are on your internal storage (/sdcard is in fact mounted to /data/media/0)
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You are, of course, right Ironass - but that's why we have an International All Things Root Forum.
Oh, great Podvin!

I'm now relegated to the position of, "After the Lord Mayor's show", for the Guides, now.

(There'd better be an invite for me this year, to the Mods and Guides, Christmas party )
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I think you deserve a nice cold pint of beer as well as an invite
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Invite him and give him a drink is fine, as long as you want to shoot the average age of the entire event up by 30 years, and attend a Christmas party that would then have one of those annoying loud drunken bums rambling on incessantly about his once-in-a-lifetime encounter back in the early 60's involving Gloria Hunniford, a pair of red gimp masks and a large pyrex bowl to each and every party goer in turn whilst dribbling down his kipper tie that sits awkwardly over his vast pork pie-filled belly that is barely hidden by his Marmite+egg-stained string vest, and of course, put up with the overpowering and utterly unbearable aroma of Gorgonzola, stagnant socks and badgers' bits.
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Really hawker, in eating my breakfast here!
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