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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by odiej34, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. odiej34

    odiej34 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I'm rooted and would like to make a backup.
    Thanks!
     

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  2. p8ntballah21

    p8ntballah21 Android Enthusiast

    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.
     
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  3. Lars

    Lars Android Expert

    Stock Recovery is likely Vol Dn + Pwr
     
  4. Thats the bootloader
     
  5. tehsusenoh

    tehsusenoh Android Expert

    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.
     
  6. knitpurlgurl

    knitpurlgurl Android Enthusiast

    Is it possible after rooting to use the recovery to go back to stock w/o issues?
     
  7. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    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.
     
  8. tehsusenoh

    tehsusenoh Android Expert

    You are correct.
     
  9. Lars

    Lars Android Expert

    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.
     
  10. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
    Moderator

    +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.

    Cheers!
     
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