Thanks, razmee209. I searched the forums pretty extensively before posting my question. However, I did not find an answer, hence my post.
Are you saying that _your_ "Other" is 1 GB? That is a lot larger than what I found in the many postings I have seen on this topic.
As stated above, I know that I need to reset and restore my iPhone. My real question is how to do this and retain 5.1.1. If there is a solution that you are aware of that I missed, I would greatly appreciate a link to that.
Thanks for your help.
Yes, other should be default at 1 GB anything over 1 g is a corrupt file, no mines at 5 GB, I would need to restore my phone as new and not from backup if I want to get rid of it.
What you can try is do a backup of your phone http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766 then got to settings general reset erase all contents and settings. after that is done then go thru the setup and restore from backup. Then see if the other has decreased. IF not then you will have to restore as new and not from backup.
I was able to successfully restore from backup while retaining my current (outdated) iOS. The key was to reset the iPhone from Settings > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings from the iPhone, NOT iTunes. ITunes still wants to update my iOS but I was able to decline that option and restore my phone just as it was - minus the 3.4 GB of corrupt data. My "other" is now a sleek .57 GB.
I am pretty sure that my overly large Other reading was probably a bad copy of my music - I sync my phone on two PC's - one for music (home) and the other (work) for everything else. I probably goobered it up when I was trying to set this all up in the first place. Now to go to my other PC and put my music back on.
I am posting this in case it helps someone else that has the same question. Just be sure that you have a good backup of your phone before erasing it.