Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by odiej34, Sep 8, 2011.
I'm rooted and would like to make a backup.
Clockwork Recovery is the program used to make back ups on rooted phones, BUT there is no recovery system for the Bionic yet, but just hold tight. I don't think it will take the devs long to do it. So for now just don't do anything crazy, you can freeze some bloatware and thats about it. I must have froze at least 15 apps.
Stock Recovery is likely Vol Dn + Pwr
Thats the bootloader
Hold both up+down buttons, then turn it on. Use the down button to scroll to the "recover" option, then press up to select. Once the screen changes to a new icon, hit both up and down again. You'll be in the stock android recovery menu.
I don't remember there being a backup option in either the bootloader or the menu.
As always, tread lightly, and I am not responsible for what you do to your phone when it's in this mode.
Is it possible after rooting to use the recovery to go back to stock w/o issues?
I'm guessing the only thing you can do with the stock recovery is a factory reset. You'll need the root tools to go back to stock.
You are correct.
Its possible to back up most of the partitions manually with root and restore them if the phone will still boot but you have to be extremely careful how you go about it.
+1 re. this ^^^.
The main three features that custom recovery give you are:
1) A quiesced system that ensures that the partitions you want to backup are not currently being modified; this is done by booting the phone into a limited kernel that basically gives you just enough capabilities to perform the functions you need in a custom recovery
2) A more user-friendly menu system for invoking commands that no ones wants to remember how to type (or you'd want to get wrong when typing them )
3) The ability to communicate with the adb daemon to provide the functionality that you'd want in a custom recovery
You could safely backup your /system and /boot partitions as the Bionic currently stands, but couldn't really safely backup your /cache or /data partitions since you can't ensure that they don't contain open files or files that aren't currently being modified. Additionally, I don't think you'd be able to safely restore your /system partition while Android is up and running.
Making a backup of /system would be helpful for finding and possibly restoring any individual files that one might have deleted, but your best bet would be to avoid deleting or renaming any critical system files to begin with.