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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mysamsungtab, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    Hi All,

    I have tried my best to find out whats eating into my disk usage and am on the verge of giving up now as no clue :(

    Please see attached screenshots of my disk usage - whats eating into my disk usage??


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  2. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    What device do you have?
  3. divinebovine

    divinebovine Android Expert

    Your screenshots seem to answer your question...or am I misunderstanding it?
  4. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Model GT-P3100 - not rooted
  5. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    The Screenshots indicate that roughly 9GB of hard drive space is unaccounted for.

    OP, have your tried booting into recovery and clearing cache?

    Edit:Moved to the Galaxy Tab 2.0 Forum.
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  6. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    The screenshots do NOT tell whats taking the space.

    The available space should be much more(in GBs) considering the 'total space' and the usage reported across categories.
  7. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Yeah i was gona say that... it looks like the "available" is wrong :thinking:
  8. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    jhawkkw, you understood my problem correctly - lot of unaccounted, unusable disk space.

    How to boot into recovery? Will I lose data?
  9. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    If you boot into recovery and only clear cache, you won't lose any data. However if you do a factory reset, it will wipe it virtually clean. Let me look up the button combo real quick to get into recovery for that device.
  10. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Alright, to boot into recovery, power down the device. Then once it's off, Hold Volume Up + Home, then while both buttons are held, then hold power with them so that all 3 are held at the same time.
  11. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    You give me hope :)

    Trying it now.
  12. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Wait a minute - no "Home" button on my device!
  13. tcat007

    tcat007 Android Expert

    Install this and reboot and see what's where.
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  14. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    It would be your capacitive home button for navigation while the tablet is turned on.
  15. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    Have tried couple of disk usage software but they failed to report the missing disk space - the used total never adds up to the actual "huge and incorrect" total usage.

    Will try this one as well.
  16. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    Ok, pressed vol up + boot button and got the recovery screen - which option to choose?

    I see:
    1. reboot system now
    2. apply update from ADB
    3. apply update from external storage
    4. wipe data/factory reset
    5. wipe cache partition
    6. apply update from cache

    What to choose?
  17. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    wipe cache partition. Apps like Google music/movies/books store their pinned content here along with other programs as here. clearing cache should clear up some space hopefully.
  18. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    Cleaned up cache - not much gain.

    Available space is now 1.02 GB
  19. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    I've got two more ideas, but both involve data wipes and I don't know how willing you are to do that.

    The first would be to boot back into recovery and use the factory reset option.

    If that doesn't work, the second option is much more invasive and much more technical. I don't know how comfortable you'd be with this option.
  20. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    by Ivan Volosyuk,
    as suggested - no luck

    Screenshot attached.

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  21. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    Oh wait - system data is 9GB??
  22. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Holy Bloat!

    The System is using up 9GB, that is crazy high. If that's the case, since you're not rooted, the only option is to flash a factory image to re-write everything. This will data wipe unfortunately, but in this case, it's needed.
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  23. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
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    Yes jhawkkw, I think I am heading towards a factory flash(how to trigger it?)

    Wondering why does the app show "system data" as green?
  24. mysamsungtab

    mysamsungtab Newbie
    Thread Starter

    The app also does not "drill down" into system data to show granular usage.
  25. hulkmarvel

    hulkmarvel Guest

    I don't know if the user tried also with clean master (ks mobile),it cleans also old empty data folders (cleans also microsd memory),it also cleans the gallery.I don't know if it will help much but it should be used in this case.

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