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Tablet Backups - is it really this difficult?
I'm a n00b to Android but a veteran systems programmer with over 46 years experience - and I yet I find I am unable to do the simplest things with an Android Tablet. What I want to do is to make a baseline backup of the system now that I have it configured and loaded with apps.I find useful. In the Linux or UNIX world I would make a tar file, gzip it, and put it on a USBstick or burn it to a CD. But apparently it's not that easy in the Android World. Somewhere, someone decided that there was money to be made or theft to be prevented, by making something like a simple baseline backup impossible. When you search the literature (web) you find lots of free or low price apps claiming that they can simplify this basic task for you without having to resort to rootkits or whatever - but in a month of part time research I have not yet been able to find one that actually does that job. I've even tried setting up the Eclipse IDE with the Android tools on my Win 7-64 box - but can't get DDMS to see my tablet despite the fact that Windows sees it as a USB device. And I've tried PTP, MTP, and plain old disk drive. And every Android app I've tried (ROM Manager, Titanium, Appmaster, etc. etc.) gets installed and then says I need something else which isn't yet installed and when I try to install these missing pieces, to-date, none claim they'll work yet with my particular tablet.
So how do I get to be root in the Android world so I can do something simple like tar cvf <a folder on my extsd1 or some such>/mysystem.tar *; gzip <a folder on my extsd1 or some such>/mysystem.tar. Is such a simple operation impossible in this alleged LINUX-derivative system? Is the fact this is made so convoluted part of the security design of Android? If it is then I'm sure we owe a debt of gratitude to American cellphone providers whose deep-seated paranoia and obsessive focus on locking users to their service as part of a desperate stand against consumer choice, is at the 'root' of all this.
Frankly - I don't want to be a privileged user installing rootkits or other workarounds - I just want to be able to make a baseline like I can on any PC today. There are simple programs like dd that can clone a hard drive. The resulting image can be restored to the machine it was run on on a different-sized harddrive but won't run on another PC - what is it about Android boxes that make this so difficult to accomplish? I know some of my problem is ignorance about Android - but really - is it this hard?
Incidentally - my hardware is a Kocaso M1050S, but I also have an iView 760TPC and a Tivax MiTraveler, and have the same issue with each of them. All are running ICS. So while an answer specific to my Kocaso M1050S would be useful, the larger question of why this is so difficult to do, requiring all these dead ends of app installs that don't do what they claim, is really what I'm askling about. Can anyone provide a simple answer as to what is really required to do a baseline backup?