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  1. doomedromance

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    I tried using Astro and andExplorer to delete, it wouldn't let me like I figured.
    I tried googling how to do it and everywhere I went just confused me and gave me a headache.
    Is there a simple way?
    Would it even be worth it? Like will it free up space for apps?

    All I need is the 5-7 tones I have on my SD card, I don't want any of the stock ones or the ones people added from the Nexus One.

    Thanks.
     

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    You could use root explorer. It's probably the easiest one.

    If you're well versed in adb:

    adb shell
    mount -o remount,rw /dev/mtd/mtdblock4 /sytem
    cd /system
    rm 'whatever file name' * however many you want to remove
    sync
    reboot
     
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    So root explorer will allow me to delete them from my phone, unlike astro?
    I didn't want to buy it if it didn't do that.

    I've never tried using the adb on the computer. I guess I can read up on it. I haven't had a need to use it because all the developers are so awesome.

    Edit: I got root explorer and it allowed me to delete it nice, and easy. I just had to mount r/w or something.
    Thanks
     
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    Assuming you are indeed rooted, yes, Root Explorer will give you the ability to remove these. I bought the app and don't regret it. For removing certain things, it is much quicker than typing in commands with ADB.
    When you open Root Explorer, there will be a little tab up top that allows you to mount r/o (read only) and mount r/w (read/write)
    By default it is set to r/o. So you will need to click the tab to switch to r/w.
    From there you can go into your folders and delete whatever you want. Be careful not to delete anything you don't know.

    Below is a screen capture of what the default screen of Root Explorer looks like with that tab I mentioned above.
     

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    DOH!
    I was too late...lol
    But yes, it will work for anybody else interested in using this method.
    But I repeat, be very careful with what you delete/modify/move/etc.
     
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    Can you do it in Terminal Emulator after you mount /system as rw?
     
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    +1 root explorer
     

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