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[Q] formatting internal SD card

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9th January 2014, 09:50 PM   |  #1  
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Hey Guys,

After doing some reading about Folder & partition structure of Android, I am totally confused & in worse condition.

My question is simple;

Flashing a new ROM does not reset/delete the folder in the internal SD card. Since I have capacity problem, I would like to delete those folders and make fresh start. How can I do this? Is is safe to delete /android/data folder?

Under setting/storage, the sum of all folders is around 5.2 GB, while it shows the total as 8.8 GB. Where is the rest of my space?

Best Regards

I have a GT-I9500, running Arrow ROM 11.0 (android 4.3)
9th January 2014, 10:36 PM   |  #2  
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Philz recovery has an option to format the device internal memory.

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10th January 2014, 03:35 AM   |  #3  
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9505 has 9.13gb

in recovery before flashing a rom you have to wipe data, system, cache, dalvkit cache, etc

i wist phyl recovery sayd wike internal memory, but there is no option like that, only wipe sdcard1 (external)
10th January 2014, 03:50 PM   |  #4  
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Okay this is what you need to do.

First download official firmware through SamMobile, then flash the .tar file through Odin, the boot into recovery, factory reset, the flash the same .tar file again. This will wipe out ALL your data on internal storage and give you a true fresh start. Of course after that if you're not happy you can always flash a custom recovery and flash a ROM.
12th January 2014, 02:13 PM   |  #5  
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Thanks for the replies. Going back to original firmware, seems like a tough route.

When I connect my device to windows, it simply allows me to format the SD card. What would happen IF I just do that? Would I brick the phone or loose an irrecoverable important data? (I don't care, If some bloatware does not work or loose its data)
12th January 2014, 04:03 PM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by xhuttra

Thanks for the replies. Going back to original firmware, seems like a tough route.

When I connect my device to windows, it simply allows me to format the SD card. What would happen IF I just do that? Would I brick the phone or loose an irrecoverable important data? (I don't care, If some bloatware does not work or loose its data)

I'm pretty sure if you format the internal card from a Terminal prompt, you will brick your phone.
12th January 2014, 06:13 PM   |  #7  
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we already told you you have to WIPE though recovery
5th March 2014, 01:01 PM   |  #8  
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we already told you you have to WIPE though recovery


When wiping through recovery will that wipe/erase my efs folder?
That contance my imei and other...
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When wiping through recovery will that wipe/erase my efs folder?
That contance my imei and other...

No. wiping through philz does not erase your efs directory.
However, you can always backup your efs to be totally safe

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