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Wipe- What is it

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Johnny Tsunami, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Johnny Tsunami

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    I used search to check first and did not get an answer, and all i want is some clarification on if doing a wipe is a factory reset? please do not yell at me as i did do a search and didnt find what i needed.
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    I believe you are referring to when you are rooted and you want to install a new rom, you have to wipe data & cache which is basically like reformatting the phone like a hard drive for a computer for a fresh install. I'm sure there is someone else that can explain if im wrong but thats my definition of it..:D
     
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    wipe = factory DATA reset. sometimes referred to as a "hard reset." If you're rooted, it should be done from the custom recovery. If you're not rooted, it can be done under Settings > SD & Phone storage > Factory data reset.

    It's not a format. It wipes all user apps and data. Your android version will remain the same. The core ROM is still intact. So this is not a factory reset. it doesn't put your phone in the state it came in. In other words, if you've upgraded to 2.2, a factory data reset will not put you back at 2.1.
     
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    Like I said someone much more informed could tell you better but I tried..:D
     
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    It's what you should do more often.
     
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    When flashing a new ROM do I need to wipe the cache, battery stats and rotate settings? Or is just wiping the data / factory reset good enough?
     
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    thanks all I wish I was rooted is it still possible to root with the easy root is there a mirror I can get it from any help would be great I waited to long to get it and don't really want to do the downgrade method
     
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    Is that true? If so, why did my phone seem to download and reinstall 2.2 when I reset it?

    Also, the Incredible has two reset options and I don't understand the difference.
     

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