How to Backup and actually Restore Again

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    How to Backup and actually Restore Again

    Running 4.5.621 and 2.3.4. The only ROMs I've played with are cyanogenmod and liberty that I got from the gingerbread ROMs section on this board. I've been trying to do backups on and off since December using clockworkmod recovery but not one has ever actually restored successfully. They all fail the md5 sum check, which I can get past by blanking out the nandroid.md5 file and the recovery seems to work but on reboot I lock at the boot logo. I can usually access stock recovery but the stock zip "621_Stock_Rooted_kY-Signed" from "http://rootzwiki.com/topic/25017-roms-droid-x-45621-stock-rooted-stock-deodexed-modded-16-clockworkmod-flashable-updates-by-ky/" won't install due to signature failure.

    I'm using the "droid x" version of CWMR because that's what my phone says is it's model when I go into the settings, however I've tried the shadow "2nd init" option too with no luck. Also tried both options for CWMR version.

    Is there something simple I'm doing wrong? I've lost count of how many times I've SBF'd this thing trying to make recovery work so I can switch between ROMs already configured. That is kind of the point of the thing right, so we can get all our apps and settings set up and then save them and restore it all in a snap? Maybe I'm just missing the purpose of recovery.

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    you don't need to start multiple threads, that's not helpful.

    don't use droid x bootstrap, it only was reliable on 2.2 froyo
    use modified droid x, or droid 3
    Install/Use Droid modified X or 3 Bootstrap


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    are you talking about the wifi thread? didn't seem to have anything to do with this issue.

    I only have the Droid 2 Bootstrapper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CosmicSunset View Post
    are you talking about the wifi thread? didn't seem to have anything to do with this issue.
    that's fine, but with separate threads lot of the same info will be repeated
    I only have the Droid 2 Bootstrapper.
    to restore a custom rom nandroid, ClockWork Mod needs to be updated from 2.0 to 5.0, easiest way to do that is install the modified Droid X or Droid 3 bootstrap
    you can update the droid 2 bootstrap with rom manager, but the update fails half the time, even though rom manager will say it worked, if you have verified you have 5.0 CWM, and restore is still failing, did you rename or move backup?

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    That seemed like it was going to work but I got an error in the end.

    here's the process I'm currently using.

    -SBF with slitaz CD
    -root with framaroot (gimli)
    -install ROM manager
    -install DroidXBootstrapperMod621
    -flash CWMR for droidx (gets me CWMR 5)
    -bootstrap and reboot to recovery
    -wipe data/cache, flash CM 7 and google apps
    -reboot and install some apps
    -flash recovery from ROM Manager (NO bootstrap!), boot into recovery and make a backup
    -reboot, install another app
    -use a text editor to clear the contents of nandroid.md5 for my backup (md5 sum check still fails on recovery without this)
    -boot into recovery and restore backup

    after all that I get the message "error restoring /system!" when I try to restore my most recent backup. Restoring a prior backup (from CWMR 2) succeeds but locks me at the boot logo.

    Now I need to SBF so I can actually use this thing for a minute. I'll try again later I guess. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

    thanks a bunch for your advice btw.

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    SBF with slitaz CD
    ok
    -root with framaroot (gimli)
    ok
    -install ROM manager
    recommend installing bootstrap first
    -install DroidXBootstrapperMod621
    ok
    -flash CWMR for droidx (gets me CWMR 5)
    not needed, that's why I suggested using the modified bootstrap, it's already 5.0
    -bootstrap and reboot to recovery
    ok
    -wipe data/cache, flash CM 7 and google apps
    -reboot and install some apps
    ok
    -flash recovery from ROM Manager (NO bootstrap!), boot into recovery and make a backup
    don't recommend using Rom Manager, don't flash cwm on custom roms they come with a hijack
    long press power>select reboot>recovery
    -reboot, install another app
    ok
    -use a text editor to clear the contents of nandroid.md5 for my backup (md5 sum check still fails on recovery without this)
    not sure how that will help
    -boot into recovery and restore backup
    restore md5 and try again

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    ok Pooka's cm7 comes (Pooka-CM4DX-GB-20120519.zip)
    comes with 2.5 cwm , i guess

    so probably should just use that, to create and restore nandroid backup
    if nandroid is made in 5.0 cwm use 5.0 to restore

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    another issue could be your sd card, may need to format it
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    those tips really helped streamline the process but I still can't make a backup and then restore it due to the md5 checksum error. Your post seemed to indicate that I shouldn't be "working around" those errors by clearing the md5 file but I'm not aware of any other solutions and haven't been able to find a good explanation of what causes that mismatch. I'm not renaming my backups or even touching them between the backup and restore attempts.

    I tried restoring the backup I made yesterday which has it's .md5 cleared and it gave the same "Error while restoring /system!" message. I'm pretty sure restoring an older backup would lock me at boot logo again.

    just reloaded the thread and saw your last two posts. I'm using the exact ROM you referred to but have CWMR 5, maybe because I installed the modified X bootstrapper to get from stock ROM to CM 7. Not sure if it matters.

    My SD card is backed up so the only issue with formatting is copying everything back on (9 or 10 GB). What disk format does the Droid use anyway? I'm just wondering if it's possible and if there would be a speed advantage to formatting and reloading the SD card in a card reader directly on my computer rather than using the phone. It seems like reading/writing to the phone via USB is slow for some reason, at least when writing the SBF.

    thanks man

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    answered one of my own questions... right now the card is FAT32. guessing I should stick with that.

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