iPod touch Part of iPod touch flash memory unusable?

BackcountryLife

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Jul 17, 2010
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Yesterday I sold my 32 gb iPod touch on craigslist and the buyer emailed me today and claims that part of the flash memory is unusable and only 21 gb of music will go on it. I believe when I had it theres was about 27 gb of music, videos and apps on it but I could be wrong. I understand after formatting and installing iOS it's down to more like 30 gb of free space. I had upgraded this to iOS 5. Is there any way that only part of the flash memory would be usable? I couldn't find any threads here talking about it or via a google search.
 

stiligFox

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Yesterday I sold my 32 gb iPod touch on craigslist and the buyer emailed me today and claims that part of the flash memory is unusable and only 21 gb of music will go on it. I believe when I had it theres was about 27 gb of music, videos and apps on it but I could be wrong. I understand after formatting and installing iOS it's down to more like 30 gb of free space. I had upgraded this to iOS 5. Is there any way that only part of the flash memory would be usable? I couldn't find any threads here talking about it or via a google search.
I think it just has to do with how ram is calculated. 32gb on the package = less actually available.
 
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Project538

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Yesterday I sold my 32 gb iPod touch on craigslist and the buyer emailed me today and claims that part of the flash memory is unusable and only 21 gb of music will go on it. I believe when I had it theres was about 27 gb of music, videos and apps on it but I could be wrong. I understand after formatting and installing iOS it's down to more like 30 gb of free space. I had upgraded this to iOS 5. Is there any way that only part of the flash memory would be usable? I couldn't find any threads here talking about it or via a google search.
While it's true that the actual formatted capacity is going to be less than 32GB, it shouldn't be that low. 21GB of free space isn't normal, it should be more like 30GB just like you said. Tell the buyer to do a complete restore. Not from a backup, set it up as a new device. Hopefully that works, since I can't think of an explanation for why so much storage space would be used up.
 
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BackcountryLife

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Jul 17, 2010
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Do you think there is any way that part of the flash memory has actually failed and the iPod is still usable? I want to make sure I didn't sell a bad ipod, but that the buyer did something to it when trying to put his stuff on it.
 
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battlekid

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Do you think there is any way that part of the flash memory has actually failed and the iPod is still usable? I want to make sure I didn't sell a bad ipod, but that the buyer did something to it when trying to put his stuff on it.
I doubt it. Did you jailbreak the iPod at any point? It sounds like either it was never fully restored after a jailbreak, and a large amount of non-iOS related files were left on the device, or your buyer is trying to pull a fast one on you.
 
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BackcountryLife

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I doubt it. Did you jailbreak the iPod at any point? It sounds like either it was never fully restored after a jailbreak, and a large amount of non-iOS related files were left on the device, or your buyer is trying to pull a fast one on you.
I never jailbroke it. I was thinking the buyer was trying that too.
 
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aquaboi924

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I have a new 64gb red touch and the capacity was ultimately 57gb only. That was explained to me as normal but this is quite low though...
 
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