Removing Custom ROMs?


Last Updated: 2012-05-03 01:52:49
  1. HarshZigo

    HarshZigo Member

    An easy question for someone who knows better... Not sure when you're a N00B like me.

    Last week I rooted my .902 Bionic, installed Safestrap, Backed up with Safestrap, Backed up with Titanium Backup and froze all my bloatware. I'm totally happy with my phone but now I've been bitten by the "make my phone even MORE kicka$$ and I'm looking to try custom ROMs.

    1) Anyone have a recommendation for a ROM that'll give me longer battery life?

    2) Let's say I decide I'm content with the stock ROM and want to remove the ROM on my safe side to free up space... I've found great instructions for installing custom ROMs and flashing different ROMs but nothing really about how to just delete the ROM on the safe side. It seems like all I'd need to do is

    Verify that "Safe System is: ENABLED".
    Go to "backup and restore" and make a backup
    Go to "mounts and storage" menu and format \system.
    Wipe data/factory reset and also Wipe cache partition
    Wipe dalvik cache
    Reboot phone
    Toggle to Non Safe side

    Is that right?

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  2. New Rising

    New Rising Well-Known Member


    The best rom for the bionic right now would have to be eclipse, I've been using it for a couple of months now and have no complaints. If you want you could go to droidhive.com and test out some of the ics roms but non of them are full proof yet. If you back up a rom and want to delete it just use something like es file explorer and delete the backups you made that you dont want. Just be careful not to delete your stock rom.
  3. CamoCustom

    CamoCustom Active Member

    That Guide still doesn't say how you can get rid of the SAFE SYSTEM Rom, I would think a data wipe would do so. Can anybody else help answer OP's question? As I am interested too
  4. eyedea

    eyedea Well-Known Member

    The guide was only a helpful link, since he is new to flashing ROMs.

    New Rising already answered the OP's question with his post: " If you back up a rom and want to delete it just use something like es file explorer and delete the backups you made that you dont want. Just be careful not to delete your stock rom." That will clear up some space.

    If you want to get rid of safestrap completely: go to unsafe side and uninstall recovery through safestrap app and then you could delete the whole safestrap folder on your system. However, your preinstall folder will still have the contents of your "safe" ROM. In order to fix that, you will have to reflash the preinstall.img. Safestrap uses your preinstall partition to flash the safe ROM and give you the dual boot option.
    If you haven't flashed a ROM yet, copy all the preinstall files to a folder on your sdcard. That way you can restore your preinstall partition back to stock before you take the OTA.
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  5. CamoCustom

    CamoCustom Active Member

    Thanks for that! My question, that has yet to be answered elsewhere: What is the proper method for flashing the "preinstall partition.img" I have the .img file just not sure how to do it when the time comes.
  6. eyedea

    eyedea Well-Known Member

    There are a few ways:
    1. You could just replace the files in the preinstall folder with the stock files (if you have them or can get them).
    2. You could use moto-fastboot to flash the preinstall.img (my preferred method)
    3. You could use RSDlite to completely restore back to stock.

    *The next OTA may not require you to do any of the above. We will have to wait and see what moto does.*
  7. CamoCustom

    CamoCustom Active Member

    Ok, so the preinstall.img would be flashed in fastboot, I would need to have that file on my sdcard correct?
  8. eyedea

    eyedea Well-Known Member

    No. Moto-fastboot uses command prompt and 3 moto-fastboot files that you put in your 902 fxz folder. You can then flash any img you want to restore your phone.
    I can teach you more about it if ya want. PM me your gtalk name and i will hit ya up
    .

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