Anyway, I kept running out of disk space on the system storage...which made gmail stop downloading my email, not to mention I can't download more apps...so I set out to fix it. Started by rooting it, then rooting it with the second method (thanks guys ), and inspired by the second rooting method by Shotokan (viewtopic.php?f=47&t=36576) I've got it displaying 8+GB of system storage, my email downloads, apps run fine, I can install from apks, but I can't install anything from the android market - they'll begin downloading and then just vanish. I'm guessing it has something to do with the folder permissions and not being able to change those on /storage, which someone mentioned elsewhere, but I'm not entirely sure, and I'm pretty new to this stuff. So as it stands, this is somewhat helpful if you're like me and don't change your apps much and just want your email to keep downloading...but could be better.
Anyway, what I have so far is quite simple to do. To get the initial setup:
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cp -r /data/* /storage/rootdata/
mount --bind /storage/rootdata /data
And on every reboot, you have to mount it again. Been trying to find a way to automate that as well, but of course that seems to requires editing some of the read only data....which could be done by mounting it from somewhere else, but then you've gotta redo that on reboot, so that doesn't really help Could make an app that starts on boot though I'd imagine. I've never done any Android coding, but it might be worth looking into for this and the other root method.
Also, bit of an afterthought, and a hassle to do this, but I may also look into the possibility of wiping apps from the original /data partition, installing new apps, and then merging those into the /storage/rootdata/ folder ....if you get what I'm saying. Much of that could also be automated though if it works.
I'll update this thread if I make any progress on any of this, but let me know if any of you have any other ideas or if this has already been taken care of by someone.