Root Data Retrievial After Flashing Fresh ROM.


Extreme Android User
How many times have you installed a new ROM and wish they were a easier way to get your phone back to how you had it before you flashed it? Well I have a solution.

Now this, as with anything isn't foolproof, and I take no responsibility for what happens to your phone, so proceed at your own risk .

So first thing you do is gather the ROM, Gapps, and any other files you may need like MetrOFF (for MetroPCS users) and put them on your SDcard. You also will need a BACKUP (NANDROID) of your current ROM and for this guide we will be using CWM.

  1. Boot into ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM).
  2. Goto backup and restore > backup
  3. When that finishes go back to the main menu.
  4. Wipe user data/factory reset, confirm.
  5. Wipe cache partition, confirm.
  6. scroll down to advanced > wipe Davlic cache, confirm.
  7. Return to main menu and go to mounts and storage.
  8. Format system, confirm.
  9. Format boot, confirm. _____data and cache have already been formatted when you wiped them in steps 1 and 2.
  10. Install zip from sdcard
  11. Choose zip for sdcard and select the ROM zip you placed on your sdcard and confirm.
  12. Back to choose zip from sdcard and select the gapps zip and confirm.
  13. Back to choose zip from sdcard and select the metroff zip if needed, and confirm.
  14. Reboot
Once the phone has booted (maybe even a few times) and you know its working properly, reboot back into recovery.

  1. Got to backup and restore.
  2. Advances Restore.
  3. Select the backup you made at step 2.
  4. Select the data.img and confirm.
  5. When that finishes reboot.
Now you should be real close to how you were before you flashed the new ROM. Please keep in mind if changing platforms from 2.1 to 2.2 or 2.3 and any combination of, this method isnt recommended as they are too many differences between Android platforms and will most like cause conflicts, force closes, and/or bootloops.

I did this whole process earlier with great success on CM7. Hope this may help some of you out there in Androidland.