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    Default Erasing the damn iPhone (invisible) memory
    I've posted this problem elsewhere, for which I apologize, but I thought this new title might catch someone's attention. I have virginized my iPhone to 1.02 then upgraded to 1.1.1 then unlocked with AppSnapp then activated with AnySim, all done successfully. I then had a problem of seeing only 300MB memory. After using a command line in vt100 my phone recognized 8GB memory but 5GB of this (my songs/photos/videos) is 'invisible'. Tried renaming Mediaold file but system says it doesn't exist. Tried erase->erase all data from iPhone, but problem persists. Tried restoring through iTunes but same problem remains. In iTunes the 'invisible' memory is shown as an orange colored bar (newly added songs are colored blue line). I've come to end of my nerves and just want to erase all the damn memory/reset the iPhone, but don't know a safe way to do it (and don't know if that will erase the 'invisible' data). Please help me, cheers, and BIG THANK YOU to anyone who can assisst.

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    If you sync your iPhone in iTunes, you're likely going to see a very large chuck (in orange) that says OTHER data. That's your missing tunes and movies. You need to make sure your "Media" folder is properly named, and the symlink to it has been removed.
    Get "iPod & iTunes for Dummies", it'll change your life.

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    You're absolutely right about the huge orange line in iTunes, but I don't get how to do the rest you mentioned - could you please give the details (I am using vt100). Much appreciated.

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    If you did the symlink method when you upgraded, you had to rename your Media folder to mediaold (or something like that) and do a symlink to Media (this will show up with a little arrow beside the folder in an FTP app). Now that the upgrade is complete, you need to rename mediaold back to Media (case sensitive) and delete the symlink (the one with the little arrow). What are all the folders currently listed in your root folder? (there should only be Library and Media)
    Get "iPod & iTunes for Dummies", it'll change your life.

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    Man, you are the first person nailing the problem...I've been wanting to ask someone how do I get a listing of files in a folder using vt100 - please what command should I use in vt100 to list the files (the iPhone terminal app)?

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    The command to show files and folders is simply "ls" or "ls -l". If you see any files/folders that begin with "->". That's a symbolic link and is the one the needs to be deleted.
    Get "iPod & iTunes for Dummies", it'll change your life.

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    I got this output:
    Library Media sym Sites root.zip Media Oldmedia bin youtube.zip

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    Does the Media sym start with ->? Try ls -l

    Delete Media, and rename Oldmedia to Media.
    Get "iPod & iTunes for Dummies", it'll change your life.

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    these have -> :
    Oldmedia

    can you please give me the full commands to type in
    Last edited by Buzz; 2007-11-11 at 06:56 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    PS: Sorry, the delete a file, the command is "rm filename". To rename a file, it's "mv oldfilename newfilename"

    So type: rm Media
    then: mv Oldmedia Media
    Get "iPod & iTunes for Dummies", it'll change your life.

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    rm Media...got this output:
    cannot remove 'Media': Is a directory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    rm Media...got this output:
    cannot remove 'Media': Is a directory
    Do you have SSH capability on the phone?

    it's a lot easier to use an FTP client like CyberDuck (Mac) or WinSCP (Windows) to access the phone

    You need to have a WIFI connection and SSH installed on the phone then you do all the work on your computer rather than on the phone.

    You connect to the phone using the WiFI IP address (Settings -> WIFI -> YourNetworkName Details) Port 22, SFTP protocol. Login name is root. Password for 1.1.1 and 1.1.2 is alpine (1.0.2 is dottie)

    It may take a few tries the first time you connect since the FTP client times out after 30 secnds and the SSH client on the phone needs longer than that to establich the security keys. Just keep retrying. when asked if you want to accept the keys say Yes (Always on a Mac)

    Once connected you'll have an explorer (or finder) type window to work with on your computer. Right click the folder for specific commands.
    Last edited by Murfunit; 2007-11-11 at 07:10 PM.
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    idea...can I rename Media to ABC, then rename Oldmedia to Media, then try deleting ABC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    rm Media...got this output:
    cannot remove 'Media': Is a directory
    Use: rm -r Media
    Get "iPod & iTunes for Dummies", it'll change your life.

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    WinSCP gave me a connection problem "unable to connect", tried many times without success..

    did this:
    rm -r Media
    rv Oldmedia Media
    rebooted my iPhone...now I am back to square 1 with only 300MB memory showing
    ls listing shows:
    Library Medis_sym bin youtube.zip Media Sites root.zip
    ls -l shows:
    Media->
    ...help

    I then did:
    rm Media
    and now ls shows:
    Library Media_sym bin youtube.zip Media Sites root.zip
    (memory shows now correctly 8GB, but cannot see 5GB songs/photos, back to quare one huge orange line in itunes)
    Last edited by Buzz; 2007-11-11 at 07:44 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    I would be glad to help ya on a messenger or in the IRC.

    Let me know.
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    I had the same problem and couldn't find a solution.
    I decided to restore the iphone (thanks to TruckerBear for posting in the thread that I started!)

    You will have to re-jailbreak, but with jailbreakme.com being SO fast and easy now,
    it was definitely worth it! (unless you have stuff on your phone that you don't have on your computer - in which case, copy it before you restore)

    Just use iTunes to restore to 1.1.1 (using option-click).
    It will restart and ask you to activate.
    Activate using this guide:
    http://www.modmyi.com/wiki/index.php...out_of_the_box

    I found this MUCH easier - since I had already fixed my media folders,
    and deleted the sym links with no results...
    If you decide to restore instead, and have problems getting into the 'contacts' to do the jailbreak, let me know, mine didn't work exactly as the guide described, but was easy to do anyway..

    good luck! (It's really nice to have the entire storage space useable again!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    I then did:
    rm Media
    and now ls shows:
    Library Media_sym bin youtube.zip Media Sites root.zip
    (memory shows now correctly 8GB, but cannot see 5GB songs/photos, back to quare one huge orange line in itunes)
    Alrighty, this time type: ls -la

    Beside the dates, it will give you the sizes of the files/folders. Either Media or Media_sym will show the 5GB size, and that will be the correct one to call Media.

    1) It actually is Media, so you have to delete Media_sym to remove the symlink
    2) It's Media_sym in which case you "rm -r Media" and then "mv Media_sym Media"
    Get "iPod & iTunes for Dummies", it'll change your life.

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    Txs but I don't see any big files - Media (170), Media_sym (272) only....biggest files are: root.zip (752965), youtube.zip (9021), DS Store (6148), others even smaller....seems 5GB is really invisible..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Txs but I don't see any big files - Media (170), Media_sym (272) only....biggest files are: root.zip (752965), youtube.zip (9021), DS Store (6148), others even smaller....seems 5GB is really invisible..
    this is the EXACT same thing that happened to me...
    I tried for two weeks to figure it out,
    seriously. Is there any reason that you don't want to do a restore?
    It will take less than 15 minutes to have your phone back and working right...

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