On a Samsung note 10.1 with 32G when I go to settings I can see 25GB available storage. Besides that, when I am trying to copy files from my ubuntu box to the tablet (connected through the USB) I am getting an insufficient storage message. Checking the properties of the mounted volume I only see 200MB free on it.

How can I fix it?

  • I just answered the first part of your question below. For the remaining part, a few more details are needed: Can you please check which partition is mounted there? You might be able to identify some files/directories, compare them with your device using a file manager or terminal, and then give the full path. I'm suspecting it mounts the wrong partition. Also please specify how you mount your Note (MTP, UMS, PTP).
    – Izzy
    Apr 13, 2013 at 16:03
  • It is mounted automatically. When I connect the tablet (Sumsung note) to the USB of the computer, a pop is notifying me that I have inserted a digital audion player. I can see it from nautilous. The directory mounted is the /storage/sdcard0 which has not the same free space as what is shown in the android settings | strorage | free
    – JohnP
    Apr 13, 2013 at 18:09
  • OK, "digital audio player" suggests it's using PTP or MTP, but certainly not UMS (the latter would be "USB Storage", not "Audio Player" or "Camera"). Do you have the mtp-tools package installed on your Ubuntu PC? My answer here might prove helpful (ignore the Kindle, focus on the Ubuntu part ;)
    – Izzy
    Apr 13, 2013 at 18:21
  • After installing mtpfs and creating the dir ~/NexusDrive I am executing: mtpfs ~/NexusDrive, it finds the devide but it gets stuck showing the messgae: Attempting to connect device. All this is happening while the tablet is connected through the usb. Do I miss something here?
    – JohnP
    Apr 13, 2013 at 18:48
  • Sorry, John: As I don't use it myself, I cannot further check. I recommend you post a new question with this issue: include the steps you've performed, including the error message. Hopefully somebody using this can help you further. It might also be a good idea to not post this question here, but on our sister-site AskUbuntu, as it's the Ubuntu-part it is about. I hope I at least was able to answer the first part of your question below (so you might accept it), and got you started in the right direction with the other part.
    – Izzy
    Apr 13, 2013 at 19:41

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with 32 GB when I go to settings I can see 25 GB available storage

Though the device is declared to have 32GB, part of that is reserved for the firmware. The entire 32GB are partitioned:

The 25 GB you see are those from the aka /data.

This answer only covers the first part of your question. For the second part, we need some more details.

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