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Increasing NEO /System and /Data partitions

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15th November 2012, 11:46 PM   |  #1  
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Hello Team.

Not everyone knows that the NEO was somewhat offended. For some unknown reason to me NEO section /System and /Data partitions are smaller than on other models Xperia 2011.
It is should be fixed!

We will need:
- FlashTool latest versions (version above 8)
- Installed driver in the system (located in the flashtool\drivers)
- Downloaded NEO V (MT11) .587 FW (Find it in the header. Localization does not matter, I Used nordic) (another .587 FWfor NEO V)
- Installed CWM on the phone, or you can find it in the custom kernel (to make a backup of the installed firmware, and restore it after that)

1. Go to the CWM and do a full backup of your ROM. (you can skip, but will have to re-install the ROM again)
2. Run FlashTool and Flash previously downloaded FW from NEO V 587 with this markers:

3. After flashing reboot and go back to CWM. Do factory reset, wipe cache, wipe dalvik cache. And restores the previously made backup.

So what we had:

And what we have now:

As you can see /System increased from 312.5 to 400MB, and /Data from 380 to 420mb.
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16th November 2012, 04:43 AM   |  #2  
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Need someone to confirm

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16th November 2012, 05:05 AM   |  #3  
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Need someone to confirm

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Should work as many have confirmed. But be aware of the drawback before deciding if this mod is the right for you.
Me - not (explained in an another topic)

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16th November 2012, 07:31 AM   |  #4  
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What's the drawback, I haven't experienced any problems and I've been using it for a few days now.
16th November 2012, 07:32 AM   |  #5  
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I just used the one from http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1766539 but we need to fix the camera if we used stock ROM
16th November 2012, 08:50 AM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by MaxWorks

Hello Team.

Not everyone knows that the NEO was somewhat offended. For some unknown reason to me NEO section /System and /Data partitions are smaller than on other models Xperia 2011.
It is should be fixed!

We will need:
- FlashTool latest versions (version above 8)
- Installed driver in the system (located in the flashtool\drivers)
- Downloaded NEO V (MT11) .587 FW (Find it in the header. Localization does not matter, I Used nordic)
- Installed CWM on the phone (to make a backup of the installed firmware, and restore it after that)

1. We go to the CWM and do a full backup of your ROM. (you can skip, but will have to re-install the ROM again)
2. Run FlashTool and Flash previously downloaded FW from NEO V 587 with this markers:

3. After flashing reboot and go back to CWM. Do factory reset, wipe cache, wipe dalvik cache. And restores the previously made backup.

So what we had:

And what we have now:

As you can see /System increased from 312.5 to 400MB, and /Data from 380 to 420mb.

thanks mate ! it works ! ^^
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16th November 2012, 09:13 AM   |  #7  
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Every Xperia Neo user should have done this. Great tutorial there. I've been using it for about 5 month now and never experience drawbacks or whatsoever.
16th November 2012, 09:50 AM   |  #8  
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where is the downloaded FW from NEO V 587 ?
i can't find it ?
can you give me link for download it
sorry for bad english
16th November 2012, 10:25 AM   |  #9  
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I've been using it for 2 months and no problems !
16th November 2012, 11:03 AM   |  #10  
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It's good that you didn't notice any drawback. it means this mod worked for you as you wanted.

Here is the reason I don't want that.
After the mod, /system increased from 312.5MB to 400MB (88MB difference) and /data from 380MB to 420MB (40MB increased).
From where the space from? It is from the partition intended for /system/vendor. After modding - /system/vendor mount point disappeared, means its contents is now in /system partition.

As I do not use stock rom, the 133MB partition intended for /system/vendor can be wasted. But thanks to alliance kernel, it is (automatically) mounted and used for dalvik cache (described HERE). Without it all the dalvik cache would occupy a lot of space in /data.

In MY CASE, the dalvik cache directory is as big as 98MB. By a simple calculation, I just think the mod can increase the data partition in 40MB, but will cause 98MB of dalvik cache to be moved to /data. So I decided that this new partitioning schema is not for me. I need more space in /data rather than /system.

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