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    Default iPhone 3G hidden partition?
    So basically, I plugged the ole' 16 gig 3G into my laptop, and Windows said that I have 14gb free of 28.
    Now considering its sold as a 16 gig phone, and gives access to less that that, my mind is kinda blown.

    The latest firmware for it, 4.2.1, is only like 400 - 500 megs uncompressed, and its needs some growing room. I figured it would need 2, maybe 3 gigs max just as a system partition. But definitely not a whole 14 gigs.

    Can anyone give me some insight? Why this phone has 28 gigs, is advertised as 16, and lets me use 14.

    If I can get access to the full 28 gigs, it would be a handy external hard drive.
    Heres a picture for proof. If anyone cares.
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    Uh, if you bought a 16gb iPhone 14gb free sounds about right. Don't know why that 28 gb is showing up, sounds like a windows glitch to me.

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    I know the 14 sounds right. But the 28 is what gets me. I guess I'll plug into a friends computer. Although I doubt its a glitch. My 16 gig iPhone 4 says 13.7 out 16.

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    Different computer. Same result. Has to be the phone.
    Last edited by SawyerBenjamin; 06-14-2013 at 12:13 AM.

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    Did you check it out with iTunes?

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    Yeah. It just just tells me how much is free out of 14gb.

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    When you open iTunes, click on device and scroll down to see the horizontal bar, you should see everything. And BTW, that should be right. 2 GB is the partition for IOS.

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    As I stated in a previous post, iTunes only tells me how much is free out of 14 gb.
    And I get that its normal to have 14 out of 16gb available due to a system partition. Im just curious as to why Windows is saying that theres a total of 28 gigs on the device.

    My only guess is that its a 32gb model and Apple partitioned off half of the memory and it was sold as a 16 gb model. Because if Im correct, 32 gb models only allow you 28gb. Unless someone else has a better guess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SawyerBenjamin View Post
    As I stated in a previous post, iTunes only tells me how much is free out of 14 gb.
    And I get that its normal to have 14 out of 16gb available due to a system partition. Im just curious as to why Windows is saying that theres a total of 28 gigs on the device.

    My only guess is that its a 32gb model and Apple partitioned off half of the memory and it was sold as a 16 gb model. Because if Im correct, 32 gb models only allow you 28gb. Unless someone else has a better guess?
    I'm guessing a Windows glitch myself... I don't think it's likely you have a 32GB iPhone, as the 3G was never manufactured with a 32GB capacity.

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    You're probably right about the capacity. I just assumed. But as I posted earlier, two different computers showed that it has 28 gigs. So it has to be something to do with the device.

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