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[Verizon] Transferring nandroid backup to computer & other exchanging Nexus questions

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by acr89, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. acr89

    acr89 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    First off, I apologize if I'm creating a redundant thread - I couldn't find anything answering this question. My GN is having tons of problems - dropped call/data signals, GPS rarely connects, etc. The phone is unlocked/rooted to enjoy apps such as AdFree etc - still on stock ROM, not overclocked, etc.

    Since our phones don't have SD cards, how can I transfer a nandroid onto my laptop to keep it for the new Nexus? USB mode wasn't working for me since I think it only functions as MTP.

    Also, will a nandroid backup restore all of my apps/data/settings? Or do I need Ti Backup for that?

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  2. rexdog1888

    rexdog1888 Android Enthusiast

    You could try airdroid(in the market) but mtp should let you copy anything to a windows computer. If you have a Mac you need the tool at www.android.com/filetransfer. If you use Linux, I can't help you, I haven't been able to get Ubuntu to recognise my phone(if anyone has a suggestion for that it'd be great)
  3. acr89

    acr89 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks rexdog. So I should be able to copy and paste the nandroid back onto the replacement Galaxy Nexus over USB? I'm hoping the nandroid will backup my homescreens as well, as I'm not using ADW and can't save them that way :(
  4. iowabowtech

    iowabowtech root@android:/ #

    I just connected the phone to the PC and navigated the contents of the phone. Went to the Clockworkmod > Backups folder and dragged/dropped the desired backup onto my PC desktop.
  5. rexdog1888

    rexdog1888 Android Enthusiast

    Nandroid backups backup EVERYTHING. I can't think of a single thing that they dont
  6. SecondShot

    SecondShot Android Enthusiast

    I too am unlocked and rooted. Only difference is that I ventured out into one of the ROMS though. Regardless, since you are rooted, then I am assuming you were able to get the ADB drivers to load correctly and therefore your computer and phone are "communicating." If not, you have to get this squared away. Also make sure to use the USB cord that came with the phone. Some folks reported issues connecting due to this too. In all fairness, I had a devil of a time getting the right drivers loaded.

    If drivers are working, you will be able to get the computer to recognize the phone as an "internal drive." I run XP and have had no problems transferring files back and forth. I can't seem to get it to work in Recovery, but no one else can either. **Suggestion: transfer files while the phone is "live." I suggest this because if you have a foul up and need to move a backup.img file to flash it, you will need ADB to do it, you can't "mount" the drive like an SD card in Recovery and move files back and forth to your device. Other option is to just leave a nandroid of "stock" or whatever on your phone. That's what I did.

    I am somewhat new to this so others may have better insights.
  7. acr89

    acr89 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, I will give this a shot. Hopefully my signal/GPS issues are hardware related, otherwise flashing the nandroid onto my replacement will just give me the same problems.
  8. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
    VIP Member

    Just to contribute an option I think was only lightly touched-upon here: you can transfer files via adb while in ClockworkMod custom recovery.

    I have found that the "/sdcard" mount while in CWM is not always reliable and you sometimes have to substitute "/data/media" in place of "/sdcard", but that should get you access to all of your "SD card" data while you are in CWM or in fact, while booted-up normally in Android.

    Here's an example of copying a Nandroid backup from your phone to your PC (I used the "/data/media" reference instead of "/sdcard" for illustrative purposes--its the same mount point):

    c:\android> mkdir cwm-backups
    c:\android> cd cwm-backups
    c:\android\cwm-backups> mkdir bkup-2011-12-25
    c:\android\cwm-backups> cd bkup-2011-12-25
    c:\android\cwm-backups\bkup-2011-12-25> adb devices
    List of devices attached
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx device

    c:\android\cwm-backups\bkup-2011-12-25>adb shell ls -a -l /data/media/clockworkmod/backup/2011-12-
    -rw-rw-rw- root root 8388608 2011-12-25 10:22 boot.img
    -rw-rw-rw- root root 11776 2011-12-25 10:28 cache.ext4.tar
    -rw-rw-rw- root root 218476544 2011-12-25 10:26 data.ext4.tar
    -rw-rw-rw- root root 237 2011-12-25 10:28 nandroid.md5
    -rw-rw-rw- root root 12517376 2011-12-25 10:22 recovery.img
    -rw-rw-rw- root root 320909312 2011-12-25 10:22 system.ext4.tar

    c:\android\cwm-backups\bkup-2011-12-25>adb pull /data/media/clockworkmod/backup/2011-12-
    3423 KB/s (8388608 bytes in 2.392s)

    c:\android\cwm-backups\bkup-2011-12-25>adb pull /data/media/clockworkmod/backup/2011-12-
    1045 KB/s (11776 bytes in 0.011s)

    c:\android\cwm-backups\bkup-2011-12-25>adb pull /data/media/clockworkmod/backup/2011-12-
    3504 KB/s (218476544 bytes in 60.881s)

    c:\android\cwm-backups\bkup-2011-12-25>adb pull /data/media/clockworkmod/backup/2011-12-
    33 KB/s (237 bytes in 0.007s)

    c:\android\cwm-backups\bkup-2011-12-25>adb pull /data/media/clockworkmod/backup/2011-12-
    3426 KB/s (12517376 bytes in 3.567s)

    c:\android\cwm-backups\bkup-2011-12-25>adb pull /data/media/clockworkmod/backup/2011-12-
    3602 KB/s (320909312 bytes in 86.981s)

    Volume in drive C has no label.
    Volume Serial Number is 843C-52A5

    Directory of C:\gnex\sdk-tools\cwm-backup

    12/27/2011 04:14 PM <DIR> .
    12/27/2011 04:14 PM <DIR> ..
    12/27/2011 04:10 PM 8,388,608 boot.img
    12/27/2011 04:11 PM 11,776 cache.ext4.tar
    12/27/2011 04:12 PM 218,476,544 data.ext4.tar
    12/27/2011 04:12 PM 237 nandroid.md5
    12/27/2011 04:12 PM 12,517,376 recovery.img
    12/27/2011 04:14 PM 320,909,312 system.ext4.tar
    6 File(s) 560,303,853 bytes
    2 Dir(s) 451,233,787,904 bytes free

    Hope that helps.

  9. Dracol1ch

    Dracol1ch Lurker

    I've found that you can use pull on the directory name as well with ADB which makes this process even easier. To use Alien's example below the command would look like:

    adb pull /data/media/clockworkmod/backup/2011-12-

    This will pull all the individual files into your current working directory. Boy do they make this complicated by taking away the SDCard.

    Also, for those who don't know you may need to manually mound the SDCard from the mount menu in CWM if you don't see files there.
    From CWM:
    Select "Mounts and Storage" and press the power button
    Select "Mound /sdcard" and press the powerbutton

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