Attend XDA's Second Annual Developer Conference, XDA:DevCon 2014!
5,771,909 Members 37,828 Now Online
XDA Developers Android and Mobile Development Forum

[Q] formatting internal SD card

Tip us?
 
xhuttra
Old
#1  
Junior Member - OP
Thanks Meter 0
Posts: 9
Join Date: Aug 2013
Default [Q] formatting internal SD card

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)
 
linkisoc
Old
#2  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter 16
Posts: 131
Join Date: Jan 2008
Philz recovery has an option to format the device internal memory.

Sent from my GT-I9505 using XDA Premium 4 mobile app
 
maurocds
Old
#3  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter 98
Posts: 367
Join Date: Jan 2013
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)
 
xiabonan
Old
#4  
Junior Member
Thanks Meter 7
Posts: 19
Join Date: Sep 2013
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.
 
xhuttra
Old
#5  
Junior Member - OP
Thanks Meter 0
Posts: 9
Join Date: Aug 2013
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)
 
dratsablive
Old
#6  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter 37
Posts: 358
Join Date: Feb 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by xhuttra View Post
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.
 
maurocds
Old
#7  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter 98
Posts: 367
Join Date: Jan 2013
we already told you you have to WIPE though recovery
 
marcel112
Old
#8  
marcel112's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter 240
Posts: 1,765
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Zwollywood
Quote:
Originally Posted by maurocds View Post
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...
Current Phone: OnePlus One
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 ( P5100 )
Asus TF101 10"

Old Phone:
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S4
HTC One (M7)
Samsung Galaxy SIII
HTC One X
Samsung Galaxy SII
Htc Desire {Miui Rom}


<b>[COLOR="SeaGreen"]<font size=5>I JUST CAN'T KEEP MY HANDS AWAY FROM FLASHING</font>[/COLOR ]</b>
 
ayedarts
Old
#9  
Junior Member
Thanks Meter 1
Posts: 12
Join Date: Feb 2014
Quote:
Originally Posted by marcel112 View Post
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

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes