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Root Overview of Backups and Memory

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  1. LittleRedDot

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    I was hoping to get some clarification of what needs to be backed up and where should it be stored. Right now I have the stock 8g sd that's rapidly getting full, and I want to know what's safe to delete. Also I have 2 backup apps, titanium and backup pro, plus the nandroids. If I check all the boxes on the nand, do i really need these other 2 apps. And when I make a backup, with either of the 3 methods, do I need to keep it on my sd? I have a ton of zip files - kernels, superwipe, univisible tweaks,gapps, pc36img, recovery ra-supersonic. I feel like most of this stuff can be transferred to a safe place, both on my cpu and my dropbox. Also, I only have 2g on my dropbox and I don't know what's most important to keep there.

    I guess I was hoping to get some rules, and overview of what should remain on the sd, what can be deleted (transferred), and what backups are really neccessary.
     

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    Nandroids I only keep 2 nandroids on my sdcard. More times than not, I only have one. When I know the most recent nandroid restores ok without trouble then I'll usually delete any other nandroid. But the one nandroid you should keep safe on the computer is the stock nandroid when you originally rooted. Also, keep a safe wimax nandroid either on your sdcard or on the computer.

    Roms, kernels, superwipes.... If i'm not going to flash a rom then there no reason to keep many roms on the sdcard. But the one thing I would do is keep a safe, stable rom on the sdcard at all times. This way if a problem with nandroid restore happens, then you can flash that rom and have a running phone in 5-10 minutes.

    I keep kernels as I download them, I have 3 right now and since most of them are 3-4 mb, they're not taking up much space.

    Keeping Calkulin's format all and/or VR Superwipe should be kept on the sdcard at all times

    I keep my most recent stable recovery in PC36IMG.zip form on the root of my sdcard at all times. I don't boot to the bootloader very often so when I'm asked to update, I say no. So, if your recovery gets corrupted somehow, then you can reflash the recovery and have a working recovery in no time.

    Titanium Backup I only use TB so if you only use TB then there is no reason to use any other Backup applications. Choose one and then use that app only. No need for 2 different backup apps
     
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    Wow, Thanks! You answered all my questions!
     
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    I think a class 10 sd card is in my near future, I just need more space.

    Maybe you can help with another problem so I don't have to start a new thread... I tried using a2sd but for some reason I can't get it installed?

    It says it could not start for one of 3 reasons:

    1. Device isn't rooted
    2. A2SD scripts not found
    3. No EXT partition found
     
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    Did you partition your sdcard?
     
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    I thought I did, but maybe it didn't take. I went through step by step in someone's guide and thought it went, by how to know for sure?

    Also, in my nandroid file is another file, and in that file are 2 files, both with different dates. These are the actual backups right? I can move the older out of that file on off my sd right?
     
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    Yeah, in RA's nandroid folder, there is another folder, and then you'll see folders with your backups, and they are all named as the date and time they were made.

    I got a 16GB Class 10 card when I found one on sale at best buy that I essentially got for free after using a gift card. I could never go back to an 8 GB card. It's totally worth the better card. I never have to worry about free space.
     
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    What rom are you on, maybe the rom doesn't have a2sd set up. You can flash Darktremor's a2sd.

    If you flash something like MikG and your sdcard is partitioned, the rom will recognize ext3. Open up Titanium Backup and you should see a2sd at the very bottom underneath

    System Rom
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