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What is "Other" in capacity?

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jwwolf22 Calculating status...
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Mar 20, 2012 1:47 PM

I have 8.2GB of Other on my new ipad3.  I have tried restoring 2 times and I can not get rid?  Any help ideas?

iPad, iOS 5.1
  • DemoTime Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2012 2:06 PM (in response to jwwolf22)

    I always thought it was system files, but my iPad suddenly got around 10GB of other eating up my space.

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,475 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 2:11 PM (in response to jwwolf22)

    Other contains things such as emails, notes, contacts and contents of third-party apps - so if you have third-party music, video, magazine or newspaper apps you could have a large 'other'

  • iPhoNettie Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 2:14 PM (in response to jwwolf22)

    Ugh!   I have 3.1gb of other.  It happens when I load up my photo albums.  I noticed what I think were two corrupt files in my wallpaper folder, deleted them, but I still have the large "other" amount, so I just keep the photos off the device and that brings the "other" back down to less than 1 gb.  I like having my photo albums on My iPad, so I dont know how to fix this issue. 


    If anyone reading this can help, I'd appreciate it.  

  • Encrypted11 Level 2 Level 2 (350 points)
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    Mar 20, 2012 2:14 PM (in response to jwwolf22)

    Sometimes its just corrupted partially synced app files. Sometimes it doesn't clear up after a sync. In such cases, a reset without using the backup would be a workaround.

  • iPhoNettie Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Mar 21, 2012 4:37 AM (in response to Encrypted11)

    I did a full restore and set it up as a new ipad, didn't restore from back up and had to re load everything (PITA!!), in the mean time, I identified the corrupted photos (there were more than I thought-all were on my wallpaper folder), removed them from my computer folder, from my photo stream (emptied my recycle bin), etc, rebooted the computer and (after putting everything back on my ipad) did a soft reset, then synced the iPad again but that large "other" amount is still there.  UGH UGH UGH!!!


    I don't know what else to do.  It did go from 3.1 gb to 2.7 gb, and I was able to load all of my pictures, but it's more annoying that I don't know what is causing issue.  I know it could be worse like the other posters with 10 gb of "other". 

  • curtfromriverview Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 1, 2012 11:03 AM (in response to jwwolf22)

    Anyone have any luck figuring out what causes the "Other" category in Capacity to continue to grow unreasonably? I recently restored my New IPad with a backup of my IPad 2. For whatever reason the available capacity on the New IPad was less than the IPad 2 by a full 10GB with a restore from the identical backup. Note both are 64 GB Verizon models. So after several reboots I did a clean restore and re-synced everything.....Long story short... it seems to be related to iPhoto. I originally had my full library of photos synced, around 17,000 of them. I did several things to attempt to reduce the amount of used memory. First by not syncing any photos (Other was at 2.2GB) then reduced the number of photos to 11,000 and the capacity allocated to photos was 21.7GB while Other was slightly more at 2.3GB. Then I added an additional 4000 photos, the Photos went DOWN to 21.3GB, but the Other went UP to 8.6GB, and this was after rebooting the device. Seems like these kinds of memory allocation anomalies are a more than isolated issue for many users, I'm surprised that there hasn't been a more affirmative diagnosis/solution provided by Apple.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,220 points)
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    Apr 1, 2012 11:55 AM (in response to jwwolf22)

    How Do I Get Rid Of The “Other” Data Stored On My iPad Or iPhone?


     Cheers, Tom


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