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When syncing using itunes.... OTHER  what is "other"

28870 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2008 12:45 PM by Lawrence Finch RSS
Inachu Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Feb 1, 2008 12:12 PM

I wish Apple would let us see what the files are that are marked as OTHER.

I would like to delete "OTHER FILES" but iphone refuses to let me see these files as if they are never there but can be seen when syncing up using itunes.
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  • iLink Calculating status...
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    Feb 1, 2008 12:21 PM (in response to Inachu)
    The "Other" is the space taken up by the Firmware Files and the Database File that lists which music file is which. The Database File is needed because all the music you put on is renamed into 4 letter Code-words to help fight music-sharing piracy, and the Database File tells the iPod what songs are on it, all of the info associated with those songs, and where to find those songs.
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  • Jose M Level 4 Level 4 (1,010 points)
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    Feb 1, 2008 12:23 PM (in response to Inachu)
    If you are referring to the Capacity Line in itunes when the phone is connected. Other is Contacts, stored emails, and web clips that are saved to the phone.
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  • joeyjoeyjoey Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Feb 1, 2008 12:53 PM (in response to Inachu)
    Also "other" also holds failed sync data.

    example: syncing a large amount of data your phone resets and iTunes reports that it can no longer write to the disk. That failed data now rest in the "other" section and can no longer be used and will take away from your total storage area. The only way to free up this space is to reset the phone from the settings > general menu on the phone.

    With the recent 1.1.3 its not uncommon to see others in the 180-200mb range.

    So if you have a rather large other (ie 500mb, 1GB, 2GB or more) you more than likely had the phone restart in the middle of the sync.
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  • Reid Sorenson Calculating status...
    Okay, so how do you clear out that failed sync data? My iPhone lists 1.20 GB of "Other", which has been there for the last few syncs in a row. Should I restore the phone to reclaim that space?
    iMac G5 (iSight), Mac OS X (10.5.2), iTunes 7.6.1, iPhone firmware v. 1.1.3
  • ajl917 Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Im thinking that will come back anyway because when you restore, everything is sync back to your phone...
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  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)
    If you do a Restore it will clear out the bad data in Other.
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