Wednesday, February 13, 2013

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR INTERNAL MEMORY PARTITION ON YOUR MTK6577 PHONES

Most MTK6577 / MT6577 are advertised with having 4Gb of ROM. Actually it is 4GB of total memory space. This 4GB is shared between the main Android OS partition, the main internal memory where apps are installed and the phone storage.

The main internal memory is almost always configured at 503mb and is really too small for installing many apps and will fill up quickly. The phone storage partition is configured to be about 2GB for web downloads, photos and videos plus some space used for cache. Total space is slightly over 2.5GB.

Although the MTK657x phones have the option to install the apps into the sdcard, some of us don't like it as we want the option to change sdcards anytime.

There is an app on XDA forum which I have download and put it on my 4shared account for you guys to download. This app gives you the choice of changing that smallish 503mb to the whole 2.5GB leaving about 80mb for Phone Storage space. We can then use an sdcard to add extra storage space.
Why the phone producers do this is because the low end users can use the phone without adding a sdcard.
This app gives you the option to change your internal memory to 1gb, 2gb, 2.5gb or even 3gb if you have an 8gb phone.

But before you download and use this app, you need to be
1) ROOTED
2) HAVE CWM recovery installed
2) BACKED UP using CWM recovery.

I made a mistake and the phone refused to boot. You might also want to do this on a new phone because you have to factory reset your phone. If you fulfill the 3 conditions, go ahead and install the app. You will have to check 'install from unknown sources' in settings.
When you run the app, you can choose 1gb or 2gb or 2.5gb. Don't select 3gb unless you have a 8gb ROM phone and above. After you select your size preference, select 'boot into recovery' and the phone will reboot and send you into CWM recovery and you will need to Factory Reset or data wipe.
WARNING: DO NOT DO ANY OTHER WIPES LIKE WIPE CACHE AND WIPE DALVIK CACHE! This will cause your phone to hang during booting up. DO ONLY "WIPE DATA/FACTORY RESET" in CWM recovery and nothing else. Do not factory reset from your Android settings menu or your phone will go into a boot loop. I repeat again, do your factory reset only in cwm recovery menu. Use at your own risk.
Get it from HERE

67 comments:

  1. hi Greg
    may i know the reason for not selecting 3GB option on on 4 GB ROM phone?
    thanks

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  2. could u let me know what is the result if selected 3GB on 4 GB phone?
    eg android os if more than 1 gb then it cant load fully then will brick?

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    1. I don't think your phone will be bricked. I read that nothing happens. But you are welcome to try and tell me what happens. I will not try it on my own phone.

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  3. hi greg
    i did try selecting 3GB on my zopo zp900 & it did manage to reboot completely & the phone storage shows just 30 + mb instead of 80+mb when selecting 2.5gb
    however dont know if its my imagination or not but the operation of the phone feels laggy compared to using 2.5 gb selection. so i went back to 2.5gb
    any reasons for the lag or just my imagination?

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    1. Not sure why but could be some cache in the phone storage partition.

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  4. Hi Greg... Thank you for sharing this, it will be very useful for many people... Do you have a guide about how to use the CWM recovery? I'm very new about these things and i'm afraid of bricking my phone. Thanks

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  5. Hi, Greg. Can you post the link to some other free file sharing site? 4Shared is requiring signing in before the file can be downloaded. Thanks.

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    1. Why don't your register yourself in? 4shared has a lot of apk files for free.

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    2. Yeah, eventually I just had to register to download that file.

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  6. Greg, I used the above software on my Cherry Mobile S320 Titan TV (a variant of which is known as the Karbonn A30 in India), and while it did the job of expanding my Phone Memory to 2GB, I did find some issues. These are:
    - Camera and Video files won't save to External SD Card
    - Serious Battery Drain issue. I already calibrated by battery using the Nema Battery Calibration from the Playstore, but to no avail. My battery reading went from 100% to 47% in just 12 hours, despite not using it for gaming, etc.

    Any ideas on how to solve this?

    How to I return the unit back to its stock, factory setting of 500MB Phone Memory? Do I use the same procedure again? Thanks.

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    1. Hi, I am not the writer of this software so I can't give you that tech support. It works on my phone and that's it. Please look for your solution on xda forum because this software is from there. I do not know of any way to revert back to your original config.

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  7. run the app again & select 500mb

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  8. I did the "WIPE DATA/FACTORY RESET" and I restarted the phone. And the boot logo is looping now...
    What can I do now?
    Can I pull the battery off?

    Thank you for your help!!

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    1. Ohh, I thought it died. Fortunately I had a backup from CWM! After the battery pulled out and put it back, I gone into the CWM recovery and restored all the data.
      After restoring I have restarted and boot was ok.
      After the Android was loaded it showed a message : "The Internal memory has demaged..." (Or something like that.) I have "clicked" on it and then formatted the internal memory, and it is done! :)
      I have a MAGE with 2.5GB internal memory for apps! :)
      Furthermore, I did't have to reinstall any apps! I guess because of the restore...

      So people if you do not want to make brick phone, first DO a backup in CWM. Very important!!

      Anyway thanks for the app and the article Greg!

      I am so happy now! :)

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    2. Hi there,

      I also have the MAGE, but don't know how to root it. Can you help me out? Thank you!

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    3. I will try to do a new video on how to root the phone this weekend.

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  9. Dear Friend,
    I'm from Bangladesh. I have Micromax A-90 (single core processor and MTk-6575 phone ). Would your described procedure help me? Previously "http://dl.xda-developers.com/attachdl/8c59c347dd7aeb95cc269e7df46a76c7/50dbf8a9/1/4/6/9/2/7/7/New_repart.zip" made my phone completely DEAD !!
    Please advice me.
    Thanks,
    Rashed
    Bangladesh

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  10. Dear Friend,
    your "Mt657xRepartition_EN.apk" leads to be DEAD for my mmx a-90. Pls, advice what to do?
    Thanks,
    Rashed
    Bangladesh

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    2. Use cwm recovery to restore your phone. Item 3 says to backup your phone.

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    3. Thanks Dear,
      My mmx a-90 got life again. Now, how can I get more space for apps? Previously my default data storage(503MB only) became almost full. I also used Link2SD. How can i use your "Mt657xRepartition_EN.apk" ? Mmx A-90 specification:
      *Total ROM= 4GB
      *data storage=503MB for apps installing ext partition
      *Internal SD Card/ FAT-32 USB storage= 2.09GB
      *OS= Android OS, v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
      *Chip set= MediaTek MT675
      *CPU= 1 GHz
      *GPU= PowerVR SGX531
      *RAM= 512MB
      *Sensors=Light,Accelerometer, proximity, compass.
      Thanks again.

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    4. Make sure you have cwm recovery before you try this. Many phones will go into a boot loop and you will need cwm recovery to restore your ROM. Just download this app and install it and run it. Select your partition size then reboot into cwm recovery and wipe data/factory reset and reboot. If your phone goes into a boot loop, enter cwm recovery again and do a restore. When you boot into android you should have the new bigger partition.

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    5. Note, if you don't have cwm recovery then you can't do this on your phone.

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  11. I tried this, but I'm stuck at the boot logo!! I have the HDC Mage with 8GB. In the app I choose a 2,5GB partition, so I should be safe, then booted into Recovery and did a factory wipe.. since then I'm stuck at boot logo. I made backup from CWM before I started but I'm unable to restore it since it says E:Can't mount /sdcard. If I do a advanced restore I get E:Can't mount /emmc.. what to do?!?

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    1. I am not sure why you get that error. You just need to get hold of a stock original MAGE rom and reflash the whole rom to revive the phone.

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    2. Hi Greg, thank you for your reply!
      I made a backup with MTK Droid Root & Tools, also I have the CWM backup because I copied that to my laptop before running Mtk657xRepartion. How do I reflash the whole rom? I have a scatter file aswell.
      Thnx!

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    3. Some extra info: This is what I can do from CWMR
      Mountable:
      /data
      /cache

      Unable to mount:
      /system
      /emmc
      /sdcard
      /sd-ext (don't have external sdcard)

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    4. There is no Mage version with 8 GB onboard, it is only faked in software to look like that. In fact, most if not all 6577 phones have 2.5gb available.

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    5. And sd-ext does not mean external sd card, only a portion of a normal sd card formatted in ext file system which is a linus type.

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  12. YES, I managed to revive the phone by using the files created by MTK droid while modifying the recovery to CWM. But now I'm still stuck with a 500mb app partition. For now I'm going to look for other ways to achieve this. Maybe you have some tips? I see in CWM also a repartion SD function. Any idea what this does, and if it would work on our phones (HDC Mage)?
    Thnx!

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    1. Did you read all the previous comments? Just do as described then when it goes into a boot loop, just restore your backup. You need to do the CWM backup with a properly formatted micro SD card (FAT32 format). Before you attempt that, use your phone to format the SD card.

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    2. Another thought, you may need another version of CWM. Some CWM that are not properly ported cannot detect the SD card. You can use my CWM here posted in another post. ( CWM for MAGE )

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  13. ok thanks, work well on MTK6577 Lenovo P700i :)

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  14. hei, can i do this without CWM? i already rooted my phone (zyrex za987) but it did not use any CWM. in fact there is no CWM rec for this device for a while. any help??

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    1. If you do it without CWM and it goes into a bootloop, you can use your phone as a paperweight.

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    2. lol!
      is there any other way??

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    3. Or have the original rom ready to re-flash so if it goes into a bootloop, you can flash the original rom back. I think this is the only way. Looks like 90% of users go into a bootloop after performing this operation.

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  15. my phone turned into black screen...i have backups but it didn't fix the problem..what can i do?

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  16. sir for all those who have boot loops and black screen use flash tool device and flash your stocked rom or customized rom to fix your phone thats all i can say. for mtk6577 you can use mi spice 500 rom it works fine with me

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    1. @greg tay
      dre i also have a problem when using this..
      it always bootloop me when i try to format it
      on 2.5gb im using cherry mobile titan. which is mtk6577
      fortunately i always retry, and flash mispice500 on my phone
      is there any other way to extend the internal ram thanks :)

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  17. Can you please help me brother

    I recently bought a new Myphone A888
    which is based on MTK 6577
    then i rooted the phone on ICS Android..
    but i forgot to update the recovery to CWM
    and i used an MTK re-partitioning software ..But as soon as re-partitioned and selected to reboot to recovery my phone died ..
    it just died no led no nothing..

    is there any way to transfer recovery and format the partition which i made with any tool or anything ?
    please help !!!

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    1. Please search the intnet for the factory installed ROM for your phone first, then use Flash tool to flash the ROM back in. Remember you can only use the official ROM made for your phone.

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  18. Can someone help explain this to me.

    I have a ALPS N7300 with an MTK6577 and it is advertised as having 8GB of internal memmory, I too discovered a 512MB partition for apps and have used this APK to successfully adjust it to 2.5GB, so thank you very much.

    I have 1 problem and a question though.

    My problem is I get an error when I try to install things from the play store "Error while retrieving information from server [RPC:S-5:AEC-0]" if I persist and click OK and retry and get the error 4 or 5 times it eventually lets me through and I can install things so it is not a show stopper, just thought I would mention it, online it seems to suggest that the error is generated by problems with the storage on the device though I could google up nothing conclusive.

    My question is this, if I have 8GB of internal memmory, and for example I use a 2.5GB partition for /data and the ROM for the phone is less than 400mb, and I allow lets say 512mb for cache, there is still more than 4GB of storage that is missing and they say its for Android but android does not have a 5GB+ footprint, unless I am missing something and there is 4GB of tools stored on my device and locked off from access, which I doubt, can someone help fill me in on this?

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  19. Sir please help!!!

    in qmobile Noir A6 internal storage is patitioned just as you mentioned..
    partition 1) named: internal memory 502 MB
    partition 2) named: Phone Storage 2.5 GB

    the most annoying thing is, the Qmobile Noir A6 considers this partition 2 "Phone Storage" as External Memory!! and therefore it never moves apps in my Actual External SDcard.. and even softwares like app2SD also considers partition 2 "Phone Storage" as an external SDcard... :X even when my Actual sdCard is mounted :(

    Kindly find a solution.

    I need some way by which i could delete this partitions,
    partition 1) named: internal memory 502 MB
    partition 2) named: Phone Storage 2.5 GB
    of internal memory... and creae a simple single partition of 3GB.

    Please help me with a solution (Which don't require Rooting my device)

    Thanks in advance!!

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  20. just wanna say thanks for the heads up on the program, i used it on my lg l3 e400, and now have 1 gb of internal memory (thumbs up)
    worked good but after installing lots of software and games the system has gotten sluggish and freezes even after uninstalling everything so I go to try and revert back to a different rom and the partition stays at 1gb and the rom goes from ics to ginger bread 2.3.6 but all the previous programs are still installed and even the wallpaper stays the same as the previous rom, even with the original rom. how can i go back to original partition size?

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  21. hmmmm.. will this work on jelly bean???

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  22. i followed your instructions, now i have 2gb internal memory. but why cant i access my sd card and phone memory on file manager?

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  23. will this work on "MT6577" whats the difference between "mtk" and "mt"???

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  24. yeeeeeee it works!!!!!
    thx dude :D
    look at this screenshot: http://twitpic.com/d2dxtw

    i choose 2.5GB option, and then the rest is 55MB

    my phone is alps imo s88

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  25. I find this process maddening. Just wish the Phone didn't have an internal storage limit comparable to computers from 20 years ago.

    I've gone through a good chunk of a 64 page forum on trying to install the CWM on this thing and I'm confused.

    The ONLY thing I need to know is how to get this CWM recovery on here so I don't apparently wreck my phone?

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  26. Hey guys... Ive done a terrible mistake and i am lookin weeks now how to revive my phone.
    This is what ive done.
    I try to use the Repartition tool without having a CWM/TWRP as a custom recovery. All i have is my stock recovery. When i chose 2gb and reboot to recovery, i get bootloop after factory resetting on my stock recovery. I also tried SP Flash tool to flash my backup rom, but still no luck in booting, i also manage to flash a twrp recovery, and flash a new rom from it, but still bootloop... please advice...

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  27. Will it work on canvas hd mediatekmtk6589 processor....

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  28. Hi,

    I am in serious trouble. I am having a mt6575 s4 clone. Which have internal storage 503 mb and phone storage 2.06 GB. My phone is rooted and by MTKdroidtools i have made two backup also in my laptop (plus clockworkmod backup in sd card).
    After reading this article i went through shown step i come to
    cwm recovery and get this messege-

    E: can't mount/cache/recovery/command

    E: can't mount/cache/recovery/log

    E: can't open/cache/recovery/log

    E: can't mount/cache/recovery/last.log

    E: can't open/cache/recovery/last.log


    ignoring this messege i went for factory wipe/reset as discussed in the article. After that when i pressed for reboot my phone got dead. After that i have remove the battery and tried again to turn on but one blur screen came (i think its samsung boot logo which i have lost when i had rooted my phone). then i tried to open it again in cwm mode and succeed, but restore is not working from sd card...though those backup i made just before that partitioning operation. first it said- emmc & sd-ext cant mount...then i have formatted whatever i could...after that when i tried to restore again sd-ext.img not found...i have tried to restore from different way...but all the time failed...i have manually checked all the backup in my laptop and sd card..i couldn't find sd-ext image anywhere.....pls help me...i have downloaded some rom for my phone (same baseband & karnel) but still its not allowing to install it..pls help...u can mail me at kliffroger@yahoo.com

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    1. sorry for wrong info internal storage 503 MB and internal sd 2.06 Gb and i have choose 2.5 gb...pls help me Greg Tay and Jasper Glasbergen

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  29. Hi sir.. i done this on my CM razor.. and something went wrong.. i think i selected the 3gb.. only logo apearingon my phone.. what should i do??

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  30. Very helpful guide . Thank you Greg.

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  31. Hello Greg, will this work on Cherry Mobile Cosmos X2 that uses the MTK6589 ?

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  32. On my mtk 675, 1.5 gb of internal sd memory has dissappeared!! its now left with 500 mb. after this process my phone was bricked, but i somehow managed to revive it, but was shocked to see the shortened memory!! i foolowed the exact steps, pls help!!

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  33. How can I extend memory for QMobile A 900 model. Is this method same for QMibile A 900 or else. Kindly guide

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  34. I made a CWM recovery using the MtkDroidTool and then used this apk to make a 2gb partition on a new ZTE V889S without any problems.

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  35. WARNING: DO NOT DO ANY OTHER WIPES LIKE WIPE CACHE AND WIPE DALVIK CACHE! This will cause your phone to hang during booting up. DO ONLY "WIPE DATA/FACTORY RESET" in CWM recovery and nothing else. Do not factory reset from your Android settings menu or your phone will go into a boot loop. I repeat again, do your factory reset only in cwm recovery menu. Use at your own risk.
    I DO ANY OTHER WIPES LIKE WIPE CACHE AND WIPE DALVIK CACHE! AND NOW MY ANDROID CAN'T TURN ON,
    PLEASE HELP ME.....

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  36. I'm using lava iris 405 Original Memory details was as 755mb system, 500+ mb internal & 1.78 GB Phone memory but after running given processes I found onli 503mb system & not returning my original rom now m using costom rom how to revert system partition as 700+ mb ?

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  37. Hey Greg i have a blu studio 5.5 did what you said but didnt install CWM recovery and i now have a hang = boot loop phone wont get pass logo i can only get into custom recovery <3e> help please if you can

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