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Is there a step by step how-to for creating nandroid backups and how to restore a backup? About to do some experimenting.
 
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Jerry Hildenbrand

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Lets make one real quick :)

To enter the recovery and get to the anadroid backup application -

Press and hold the power/end call button for 3-5 seconds then let go. You'll be given a menu and choose power off.

After it shuts down, press and hold the home button. Without letting go of the home button, press power and release. When you see green text on a black background, let go of the home button.

Use the trackball to navigate the menu, and highlight the backup/restore option. Click the trackball on it.

On the next screen, highlight the nand backup option and click the trackball. You'll get a message at the bottom of the screen, read it and hit the home button to say yes.

At the bottom of the screen, you'll see Performing Backup....... the dots keep growing, think of it as a progress bar. This might take a minute or two. When it's finished it will tell you Backup Complete. Don't monkey with the phone while it's backing up.

The app makes a folder on your SD card called nandroid. Inside it is another folder, and it's name is the serial number of your phone. Inside that, will be another folder. It's name is a numerical longdate. You can look at it and see it's a combo of the day, month, year, and GMT. I recommend copying this folder to a pc and renaming THAT FOLDER ONLY as something you can remember, i.e. rooted_no_rom or TTG_rom_test. The files inside that folder are the backup of your entire system. All settings, messages, everything is in there. Don't muck around with them :)

To finish hit the back button and select reboot now from the menu.

To restore -
Reboot to recovery and navigate through the menu to the nandroid section again.

This time select restore backup. You'll get a message and need to hit the home button to confirm again. You go through the same deal with the dots as a progress bar at the bottom again, and it also takes a few minutes. When finished, it will tell you that the backup was restored

Hit the back key and select reboot. Be warned, the reboot might be longer than normal.

When it boots, you will be running from the moment of your last backup.

If you have any more questions, ask away!
 

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Thanks for this!! Can this be made a sticky? I read somewhere else once that you should hold power and back (that didn't work so swell)
 

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Thanks for this!! Can this be made a sticky? I read somewhere else once that you should hold power and back (that didn't work so swell)

our phones are different. I believe other phones may have different key combinations like Home + Power, Back + power. Ours is just vol down + power. The GSM hero may have a different combination like you said. Very important when modifying your phone you make sure its CDMA if you have a US carrier subsidized phone.
 

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Hi, im relatively new to this kind of stuff. I have a few questions

If I create a nandroid backup before I root my phone(HTC Hero) & then decide I want to actually use the backup while the phone is rooted, Will my phone be reverted to the default unrooted state?
If the answer is no, how do you unroot your phone?

Any help would be greatly appreciated
 

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Hi, im relatively new to this kind of stuff. I have a few questions

If I create a nandroid backup before I root my phone(HTC Hero) & then decide I want to actually use the backup while the phone is rooted, Will my phone be reverted to the default unrooted state?
If the answer is no, how do you unroot your phone?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

You can't do a nandbackup without root. You need root access to flash the special recovery that has nandroid in it.
2 methods for unrooting:
1. RUU- There is someone that made an executable (.exe) like the first option to put the leak on the phone, but puts 1.5 on instead.
2. Reverse Flashrec method. Someone does have an unrooted verson of the 1.5 ROM out there and have been able to successfully flash it back to stock.

Really, though, you won't want to go back. You only need these if you phone needs to be serviced.
 

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You can't do a nandbackup without root. You need root access to flash the special recovery that has nandroid in it.
2 methods for unrooting:
1. RUU- There is someone that made an executable (.exe) like the first option to put the leak on the phone, but puts 1.5 on instead.
2. Reverse Flashrec method. Someone does have an unrooted verson of the 1.5 ROM out there and have been able to successfully flash it back to stock.

Really, though, you won't want to go back. You only need these if you phone needs to be serviced.

Thanks that helps.
Will rooting affect the ability to gain the official 2.1 update that is supposedly coming May? & if it does prevent you from gettng the official update, what can you ? & i see the word "flash" alot. What exactly does it mean to flash a ROM or anything else.
 
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Thanks that helps.
Will rooting affect the ability to gain the official 2.1 update that is supposedly coming May? & if it does prevent you from gettng the official update, what can you ? & i see the word "flash" alot. What exactly does it mean to flash a ROM or anything else.

If you "flash" or install a custom ROM, it will prevent you from getting the update, but you can always go back (why you should keep a nandroid stock backup on your phone) and restore that and be able to update. If you do update, you will most likely be stuck with 2.1 without root forever. Not many people are willing to begin trying to root it, when 1.5 is easily rootable, and then 2.1 easily flashed or installed on top.
The flashing process is easy and takes a couple of minutes. You see on here "Sprint Leak" or Maybe "DamageControl" these are flashable to the phone (provided you wipe your data as these are 2.1 ROMs) and will run just fine. The term flash comes from the recovery image, to install the rom you go to Flash .zip from SD card. Its like flashing custom settings for the motherboard of a computer if you've done that (don't worry, I haven't either, but its ridiculously easy on an android phone).