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I have an HTC Wildfire (the original, not the S version). It is supposed to have 512MB of memory. When I check my free space in the app manager I noticed I have around 185MB. Why is this?

I am using CyanogenMod which is around 80MB, if this wasn't accounted for there is still a lot of space missing. Why is my phone reporting so little?

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possibly related: android.stackexchange.com/questions/6452/… –  Al E. Oct 17 '11 at 22:48
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ok. here is the thing. The space is there, the problem is that it is not accesible for applications.

Android systems have several partitions as explained here. Doing an df on my device I get:

Filesystem              Size      Used      Available Use%    Mounted on
tmpfs                   156.5M     32.0K   156.4M     0%    /dev
tmpfs                   156.5M         0   156.5M     0%    /mnt/asec
tmpfs                   156.5M         0   156.5M     0%    /mnt/obb
/dev/block/mtdblock3    250.0M    119.0M   131.0M     48%   /system
/dev/block/mtdblock5    175.1M    157.2M   18.0M      90%   /data
/dev/block/mtdblock4    40.0M      1.3M    38.7M      3%    /cache
/dev/block/vold/179:1   3.7G      2.8G     952.5M     75%   /mnt/sdcard

the space I see in the app manager is the same allocated for /data, the rest of the space is used for the cache and the android system (in the /system and /cache partitions).

A solution would be to find out how to resize the partitions in the internal memory of the phone (there is a procedure here). Another solution (which seems easier) is to put they regularly used apps in the /system partition along with the default applications so that all memory is used (root is needed)

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The download may be 80 MB, but it's compressed. The real size is much larger. Your apps and data also take up space.

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I just decompressed the zip of my rom. it is 110mb. supposing that the app manager is reporting only apps (115 used mb) I am still missing more than 50%. –  santiagozky Oct 17 '11 at 21:41
    
@santiagozky The files in the zip are compressed. Sort of silly, I know. –  Matthew Read Oct 17 '11 at 21:45
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