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Storage space says full after TWRP flash fail and firmware reinstall

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by thesisSynthesis, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. thesisSynthesis

    Thread Starter

    Hi everyone,

    CONTEXT
    I recently installed LineageOS 17.1 on my Xiaomi phone. I’m not super experienced in these things but I was able to follow the instructions fine and it went very smoothly.

    Then my fiancé wanted me to install it on his phone too. He has a Samsung Galaxy J4+. I started following the instructions found here: https://www.getdroidtips.com/lineage-os-17-1-galaxy-j4-plus/


    I ran into an issue when trying to flash TWRP – basically the phone got stuck in boot loop and an error appearing saying “Recovery is not Seandroid Enforcing”.

    I couldn’t find much help online to fix this error within this specific context and was anxious about it not being my phone, so I just flashed the latest firmware for his phone model and did a fresh Android 9 install. That worked fine.


    ISSUE
    However, now we have a strange issue – When he tries to take photos it tells him there is not enough storage space and the storage information says he has over 7GB of 8GB, and most of it is listed as ‘other’, so I’m not sure where it is coming from.


    He says he never had problems with storage space before (although I thought 8GB seems quite small). So something seems to have caused this from my tinkering, something hasn’t been removed from the cache maybe?


    We are both aware that I’m an amateur and there was a risk of something going wrong so it’s not a massive issue, as we can buy an SD card for external storage etc, but I just thought I would try and ask on here to see if anyone could shed light on why this might have occurred and if it can be easily fixed.



    Thanks so much!!

     


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    Post #5 by thesisSynthesis, Apr 13, 2021 (3 points)

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  3. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    You are right: 8GB is tiny for any phone. But since the J4+ was supposed to have at least 16GB (which is also criminally small for a 2018 handset) I have to guess that this is just showing the part of the storage that is not used by the phone's system itself. But that is unusual actually: most phones show the full capacity of the device, including the space used by the system (which in some devices is classified as "other"), so 8GB on a 16GB (or larger) device is very strange. Can you post a screenshot?

    The trouble with "other" is that it's a useless classification. All it means is "this doesn't fall into the few categories we've listed here", so it can be almost anything. If you can still install apps, maybe try something like DiskUsage to get a better view of what is actually using the space?
     
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  4. thesisSynthesis

    Thread Starter

    Yeah, I thought it seemed very small!

    Okay, I've attached a screenshot of both the default internal storage view and also what the DiskUsage app shows. Not a whole lot of info really:
    Screenshot_20210413-194132_My Files.jpg Screenshot_20210413-194034_DiskUsage.jpg
    Thank you!!
     
  5. thesisSynthesis

    Thread Starter

    I've also just found out that he had 14GB of photos stored on his phone before I tried doing the Lineage install - as he backed them up to his PC and that's the size of the folder. So it appears the phone is showing less storage than it actually has..
     
  6. thesisSynthesis

    Thread Starter

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  7. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    next time make a nandroid backup when you can. this way you do not have flash a firmware update. if something goes wrong you can nandroid restore your backup.
     
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  8. thesisSynthesis

    Thread Starter

    Ah thank you I will keep that in mind!
     
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