Noob on the forums here so first off "Hi"
Second of all, have had my HTC Wildfire (Model A3333) for over a year now and i love it. Now that the warranty has final expired and i've had no problems with it, i've decided that now might be the time to root it.
Now, i'm a very tech savvy person (at least, i'd like to think so
), so i'm not going to ask "how" to root because i've already looked into it.
Having said that, i have a few questions about rooting that i would like answered before i go ahead.
Apps, settings and data backups
Having had several bad experiences of losing data on my desktop, i fervently backup everything at some point. I have done that with my Wildfire (basically copied the entire SD card) as well as manually saved all my settings, AND backed it all up using MyBackup 30 Day Trial (though i will be replacing this in favour of Titanium when i am rooted).
My question is thus:
I know that using HTCDev to unlock the bootloader will wipe my data, but i have been told that this is the least accepted (though apparently easiest) method of rooting.
Instead, i had planned on using unrevoked or Revolutionary but i have heard conflicting reports about whether they do or don't wipe your data
Am i correct in thinking that unrevoked/Revolutionary DOES NOT wipe my data?
Stock NAND Backup
As i've already mentioned, i will, in any and all circumstances, backup every last byte of data on my data storage devices, be it a hard drive or flash memory.
I know that the default hidden partitions are:
Others such as /system are visibile but unalterable unless rooted, which is fair enough.
What i planned on doing is rooting my Wildfire, then run ROMDump to copy the /boot, /recovery and /system partitions before installing ROM Manager. Therefore, i would have an exact copy of all the NAND data as it was pre-ROM Manager.
However, in every tutorial i have read unrevoked definitely (seems to anyway) auto-install ROM Manager and flashes a custom recovery image, and Revolutionary is rather vague on the issue (i.e. does not mention it at all).
So my question is twofold:
1st: Is there a way to gain temporary root access to use ROMDump (as the dev suggests)?
2nd: Is there a way to root my Wildfire without auto-installing/flashing ROM Manager?
90% certain of this (and really should know the answer
) but just cheking for clarification.
If i boot my Wildfire into recovery mode do i get the option to boot normally? In other words, reboot WITHOUT doing a factory reset, wipe data, etc.?
Seems like a stupid question, but this just for my own curiosity.
Is there an easy way to unroot the Wildfire without a factory reset? (You never know when that might come in handy)
If you've managed to read this far, thanks for taking the time to do so and hope to hear your thoughts on my questions soon