Hacky Workaround for a Bigger Data Partition on the Oppo Find 5
Oppo is quite a a developer friendly OEM, and the Oppo N1 is quite the confirmation of this. The previous Oppo device, the Find 5 is also very successful. Good technical specification and great support from Oppo were paramount to its success. However, Oppo didn’t avoid making some weird decisions, such as granting only 2 GB of space for user data.
Allocating 2 GB to /userdata is rather strange, as the device came with up to 32 GB of internal storage. Rather, almost all new devices ship with /userdata and /sdcard on the same parent partition to share the available space. Using ART on such limited storage space can be quite a hassle as well.
Luckily, the Oppo 5 developer scene is pretty active, and a number of developers lead by XDA Recognized Developer cyansmoker found a solution to make a data partition bigger. The whole process can be executed on Windows, Linux, and Mac because it uses ADB. To enlarge the data partition to 4 GB, you should carefully follow the instructions and be prepared to lose all data on your phone, so a backup is more than recommended. The developer was kind enough to provide an unbricking tutorial, but caution is required. Big thanks should also go to XDA Recognized Contributor anders3408 who put his device on risk of bricking and shared his experience with all users of Oppo forum.
If you own an Oppo Find 5 and want to expand your data partition, make your way to the hack thread to get started.
[Big thanks to my fellow news writer Samantha for the tip]
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