iTunes bug? iPhone won't sync because "there is not enough free space"

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by sportsfrk214, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. sportsfrk214 macrumors 6502a

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    I am having a problem with my iPhone that just started today out of the blue. Here is what I'm running:

    iPhone 4S - Verizon - iOS 6.1 - Jailbroken with evasi0n
    iTunes - Windows - v11.0.4.4

    I am getting the following error message:

    "The iPhone (blank) cannot be synced because there is not enough free space to hold all of the items in the iTunes library (additional 21.95 GB required)."

    This makes zero sense to me and has happened suddenly. I do not have 21.95 of stuff that won't fit on my device. I have just as much stuff in my library as I did last week and I didn't get this error message last week. I don't know if it has anything to do with being on the latest version of iTunes, but this error message is preventing me from syncing.

    Also odd though, I was on iOS 6.1.2, yet my phone now says 6.1. Also in iTunes when I have my phone plugged in, under phone number, it says "n/a".

    Does anyone have any possible ideas or solutions to any of this? I really don't want to have to restore because then I'll lose my jailbreak. Thanks for any help!
     
  2. bloutrein macrumors regular

    bloutrein

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    It is possible that the iPhone DB file - where all your iPhone track contents and data are listed - became corrupt.

    If this is the case, your iTunes library on your computer will no longer recognize the device contents (even if you can play the songs on your iPhone without a problem).

    If iTunes does not recognize the contents on your iPhone, it will try to push everything again back to the iPhone while your iPhone physically contains all its tracks already - explaining the error message for not-enough free space you are being returned.

    Solution: if you have all of your iPhone contents already loaded up in your iTunes library, restore the iPhone via iTunes - this will restore your iPhone to the latest backup made during your last sync (including settings, messages, etc) + it will add all the contents of your iTunes library back to your iPhone.
     
  3. sportsfrk214 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Shoot, I was hoping I would be able to fix the problem without restoring, since that will break my jailbreak. Seems I'm without much choice though so I might just have to bite the bullet. Thanks for the reply, based on how much content I actually have on my iTunes, and how much free space I actually have, the numbers seem to add up in support of your theory. Thanks!
     
  4. bloutrein macrumors regular

    bloutrein

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    hm, you could alternatively try adding a single track to your iPhone via using iTunes in manual mode to see whether iTunes will then fix the DB - I doubt this would work though...
     

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