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    Hi,
    I know this is probably a dumb question, but I need to know for sure.

    If I do a "Factory Reset" on my Samsung Galaxy, will it (not only zap all apps and settings, which is what I'm after, but also) erase what's stored in "/sdcard" and/or "/sdcard/sd"? :thinking:

    I know that "/sdcard" is the built-in storage, and "/sdcard/sd" is the removable storage, but I'm not clear on whether "/sdcard" is part of the firmware area and whether or not it's the same as where the apps&settings are stored? I mean, there's lots of stuff outside "/sdcard", in the root of the file system ... is that stored in another chip? If not, I guess the whole shebang is going to go poof ...

    The reason this is important is, well, I don't have a micro-sd card to plug in, and I would very much like to have a backup of all the apps (eg. using the Astro file manager) while I do a reset. I'm trying to determine if my hardware really is broken, or if it's the firmware.
     

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    ive done a factory reset via the settings menu and it kept all files intact just cleared out contacts, settings, installed apps etc
    files i backed up or manually put onto the device via pc stayed intact

    there is a wipe command that will killl the lot but i think thats a dial code
     
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    Four minutes? I love having a personal stalker (;)) when the info always seems to be to the point and enlightening. :D

    However, I think I'll put it off 'till tomorrow anyway. Maybe I am a bit too tired now (it's close to midnight), and I have once lost all my data because I killed the wrong partition. :rolleyes:
     
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    haha, ive become addicted to these forums
     
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    For your info:
    I just reset my phone, and everything in "/sdcard" was still there afterwards. So it's pretty safe to reset, provided you have backed up your apps with Astro or somesuch. :)

    It also means that, if you really want to zap your phone (say, before selling it or sending it in for service), you must take care to empty your "/sdcard" folder manually.

    Sadly, and unrelated to this thread, it didn't improve the issue of the APN list not wanting to save my settings. :(
     

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