How To Take And Restore Nandroid Backups?

Nandroid Backups

Nandroid backups are nothing but a fancy name for ‘taking a backup of everything in NAND flash’. This is a great way to take a backup of your ROM’s before doing any changes to your phone and if it all goes bad, you can use ClockWorkMod to do a NANDROID restore and get your phone back to the time you did the backup. Both the backup and restore are handled by ClockWorkMod Recovery.

Some applications are also there which make backups but they only backup system and user applications with data, cache. This advanced root backup method takes a snapshot of your internal memory and its system partitions.

As a rule of the thumb, it is highly recommend to perform a Nandroid backup, before making any customizations to the ROM.

  • Have the charging of phone to satisfactory level. More than half will do.
  • Check that your SD card or external memory has sufficient space. If there’s 1-2GB free spaces then you are in the green to move  ahead.

How to make Nandroid backup?

  • Reboot into the recovery by holding home key apart from power key during boot.
  • After booting into the clockworkMod recovery, navigate to the “Backup and Restore“.
  • Now select the “Backup”. This by default creates a Nandroid backup.
  • The process will start and will take a few minutes to complete.

And you’re done. Your backup will be stored in “sd/clockworkmod” directory with the Timestamp as filename. You can leave it on the sd card or move it your computer.

How to restore Nandroid backup.

There’s two restore option, normal restore and advanced restore. Normal restore option restore boot, system, data, cache, SD-ext, files. The advanced option lets you select which item should restore. You can select either option according to your need.

If you moved your previous backup files to any other storage devices, such as a computer, copy them into your phone’s SD card “clockworkmod” folder.

  • Reboot into the recovery.
  • Navigate to “backup and restore”
  • Select “Restore”.
  • Now select “Restore or Advanced” depending upon your needs.
  • If you have several backed up files, now select which file should use.
  • Normal restore select “Yes – Restore”
  • Advanced restore select which item should restore. Next select “Yes – Restore XXXX”.
  • Wait while the process completes. You can track the progress at the bottom of the screen.

And you’re done!

FAQ:
Q. What things are left out in a nandroid backup? Are kernels included?
A. Yes.

Q. Can I restore a nandroid backup of Froyo while on Gingerbread?
A. NO. You will have to flash a froyo build first.

Q. Can I restore a nandroid backup of CyanogenMod 7 while on CyanogenMod 9 (Android 4.0) ?
A. Yes. This is beacuse CM9 for the Ace still uses the old 2.6 linux kernel (same as the GB kernel) because linux kernel 3.x of ICS is difficult to port to our device! Same goes for CyanogenMod 10.

Q. Can I restore a Nandroid backup of GB 2.3.3 (say) while on GB 2.3.7 or any other 2.3.x? If yes, what if I am on different kernel than the backup kernel, can i still do it?
A. Yes. Since kernels are included, yes.

Q. Suppose I am on 2.3.x based custom rom (say MIUI) and I restore a 2.3.x based CyanogenMod Nandroid backup, will I get my whole CM back or all my apps/settings of CM on MIUI?
A. You will get the whole of CyanogenMod back.

 

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How to install ClockworkMod Recovery 5 (CWM) on Micromax A70

ClockworkMod Recovery is great functionality to be added to an android phone. It can make your phone virtually brick-proof. Installing custom Roms & taking backups becomes a matter of clicks. But that’s not all. There is vista of different things you can do with it like partitioning your sd card, flashing a zip file etc. Previously we showed you how to install version 4, now its time for version 5.0.2.3. So without further ado, here we go.

Requirements:

Changelog:

How to get ADB working with Micromax A70 [Linux]

There were some problems in getting ADB to work with Micromax A70. Not any more..

JDK- How To Install Oracle Java 7 (JDK) In Ubuntu ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog
SDK- Google it.

Instructions:

  1. Install JDK and SDK. (Link to JDK 7 is given above)
  2. Download tar.gz package & extract it.
  3. In terminal
    cd /home/user/extracted_folder/android-sdk-linux_x86/tools
    ./android
  4. Download all necessary packages by clicking on “Available packages” and checking “Android Repository”. Then click on “install selected” button and another window will pop up. Check “accept all” and click on “install” button. Wait and you will have all SDK packages installed,adb too.
    sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/99-android.rules
  5. Then paste following in it.
    #Micromax
    SUBSYSTEM==”usb”, SYSFS{idVendor}==”1d91″, MODE=”0666″Save & Exit.For ubuntu 11.04,paste this.(i m not sure of this but found in more then 2 guides)
    SUBSYSTEMS==”usb”, ATTRS{idVendor}==”1d91″ TEST==”/var/run/ConsoleKit/database”, RUN+=”udev-acl –action=$env{action} –device=$env{DEVNAME}”
  6. Save & exit.
    sudo chmod a+rx /etc/udev/rules.d/99-android.rules
    sudo service udev restart
    sudo gedit .bashrc
  7. At the end paste this-
    export PATH=${PATH}:/home/YOUR-USERNAME/android-sdk-linux_x86/platform-tools
    (this may change according to your android-sdk directory)(Upto this point credit goes to xda developer ciaox,here is link to his tutorial,
    [LINUX][HOW-TO]ADB not working? Check this out! – xda-developers
    )
  8. source ~/.bashrc
    reboot pc. (Optional)
  9. In terminal
    mkdir -p ~/.android && echo 0x1d91 > ~/.android/adb_usb.ini && adb kill-server && adb devices

And you’re done.

Credits go to- mastermind1024

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Buy Aakash/Pre-Order Ubislate 7 Now!

From website:

The much awaited India’s ultra low cost Aakash tablet is finally here and is creating ripples all around. Datawind launched Ubislate7 in India, and the student version is named as the Aakash tablet. It offers a web delivery platform that enables quality and interactive knowledge over the internet.

We covered the announcement of Aakash/Ubislate7  tablet before. As you might know,the Lower version aka ‘Aakash’ Tablet includes an Arm11 – 366Mhz Processor, 2100 mAh battery, Android 2.2 and Wifi connectivity at a price of just INR 2500/- . This has gone on sale now with orders being delivered within 7 days. Please note that the Cash On delivery option is also available.

However, the higher version aka Ubislate 7, the higher end brother with a Cortex A8 – 700 Mhz processor, 3200 mAh battery, Android 2.3 along with WiFI and GPRS + with a SIM slot will go on sale for just Rs. 499 more at INR 2999/-. It comes with a headphone/mic plus integrated speaker.

We will recommend you to wait for the higher end one since 366 MHz is really a deal-breaking feature. Plus, the Sim slot is a must seeing the excellent(!) wifi conditions in India.

To Pre-Order Ubislate, follow this link: Pre-Order Ubislate 7
To Order Aakash, follow this link: Order Aakash

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Aakash Tablet: Hands On, Review, Pics, Insights
Is Aakash really the world’s cheapest tablet?

Install DSP Manager App From CyanogenMod on Any Phone [Download]

One of the greatest feature of the CyanogenMod is the app DSP Manager contained within. You can install this app on any ROM on any phone.

In words of the creators themselves:
Gives enhanced sound processing capabilities. A simple application called DSPManager is provided to adjust the new audio parameters such as bass boost, 5 band equalizer, virtual room effect for all system audio.

Download File

Instructions:

  • Install as APK.

OR Else

  • Copy the file  to ‘System/App
  • Set Permission as : rwx rxx rxx

Done!

How to Get Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) Lockscreen Now on Your Phone

The latest edition of Android, version 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich has quite some stuff that will blow you away. The first & foremost feature one will notice in an Android 4 device is its Lockscreen. Its has a clean minimal look and even takes you to swipe less area (almost half) to unlock than previous iterations of Android. The little animation that invites & hints to unlock is novel & looks beautiful.

With our favorite lockscreen app, WidgetLocker, you can now get the Ice Cream Sandwich’s lockscreen now on your phone regardless of which phone you are on & which firmware you have installed. Continue reading

How to make Video calls on Micromax A70 [Fring]

The Android platform doesn’t support Video calling over 3G network natively on Froyo. So what to do with the secondary camera of A70. The Micromax A70 can make Video calls using an app called ‘Fring’.

Fring is a very popular app available for many platforms.

  • Group Video Chat, Voice Calls & Text Chat
  • Group Video Chat with 4 friends video chat at the same time!
  • Video chat with DVQ™ technology (more below) on 3G,4G & WiFi
  • Free calls to other fring users worldwide
  • Free live text chat (no more expensive SMS) Continue reading

Install V6 SuperCharger Script on Micromax A70

The V6 Supercharger Script is an excellent tool to fix memory management on Android 2.3, just because the Android OS is very aggressive in memory management.

Some Advantages of using this script:

  • Because we have only 180 MB of RAM and Android 2.3 is very aggressive on memory management, closing any application that is in the background, such as music player, streaming music, to let free RAM. But in practice this does not happen very well.
  • With this script, you will be able to browse the Internet using any browser with multiple tabs opened and listening to music or play games listening to your favorite music, without closing the applications and Widgets in the background.
  • This is also good for those with Widgets that need to be running in the background to be refreshed, such as Gmail Notifier, Digital Clock Widget and Extended Controls.
  • No more Home Launcher Redraws

So without further ado, here we go.

Requirements:

  • Busybox
    Install Busybox 1.18.2 or Lower (Known problems with 1.18.3 & above)
  • Script manager (Make sure you install this in internal memory)
  • V6 Supercharger update8 script  LINK
  • Root Explorer (You must be rooted) Continue reading

Install V6 SuperCharger Script on Samsung Galaxy Ace

The V6 Supercharger Script is an excellent tool to fix memory management on Android 2.3, just because the Gingerbread is very aggressive in memory management.

Some Advantages of using this script:

  • Because we have only 180 MB of RAM and Android 2.3 is very aggressive on memory management, closing any application that is in the background, such as music player, streaming music, to let free RAM. But in practice this does not happen very well.
  • With this script, you will be able to browse the Internet using any browser with multiple tabs opened and listening to music or play games listening to your favorite music, without closing the applications and Widgets in the background.
  • This is also good for those with Widgets that need to be running in the background to be refreshed, such as Gmail Notifier, Digital Clock Widget and Extended Controls.
  • No more Home Launcher Redraws

Note: you can use this script on Froyo or Gingerbread (Stock or Custom)

So without further ado, here we go.

Requirements:

  • Busybox
    Note: If you already have CF-root Kernel or a Custom Rom containing CF-root kernel, do not touch your busybox.
    If you are on stock kernel, install Busybox 1.18.2 or Lower (Known problems with 1.18.3 & above)
  • Script manager (Make sure you install this in internal memory)
  • V6 Supercharger update8 script  LINK
  • Root Explorer (You must be rooted) Continue reading

How to Apply Custom Theme to Samsung Galaxy Ace (Without Root & Deodex)

Yes, you heard us right. You can apply a custom theme to android phone without even rooting & deodexing your firmware. This method is a dream for those who are on stock Android and want to customize the look of their phones.

Important: We are going to be honest with you. This method requires experimentation. So you mightn’t get it working on the first try. It might even result in a bootloop. Don’t worry just flash your firmware again via CWM or ODIN. So it will be a good idea to keep a copy of your installed firmware ready & the method to flash it. This method, in any way possible, can not brick your phone.

This method applies to both Froyo and Gingerbread. On Froyo, you might have to rename ‘UOT .zip’ file to ‘update.zip’.

This tutorial is for Samsung Galaxy Ace. If you are using any other phone, go here. Continue reading