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I recently purchased a Nexus 7 tablet from Google and I also have a Samsung Skyrocket from AT&T. Neither of the devices is rooted. I'm not too enthusiastic yet about rooting either of them, especially since it voids warranties and severely limits support options. Is there a way to obtain a complete image backup of either (or both) of these devices via the USB port on my Windows computer? If so, how? Thank you!

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If you're on ICS or JB, adb backup might be the way to do this! – t0mm13b Oct 4 '12 at 20:36
@t0mm13b that will not be an issue, cuz Nexus 7 is JellyBean originally. – dumbfingers Oct 8 '12 at 8:59

This might help: [GUIDE] Full Phone Backup without Unlock or Root

Although it is talking about Galaxy Nexus, but this method is completely compatible with your Nexus 7.

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Thank you, I'll check it out. – Ben E. Brady Oct 9 '12 at 16:57

Most articles I have encountered where people wish to undertake a complete image backup of their device requires root. However I have come across an article written in How-To Geek entitled "How To Create a Full Android Phone or Tablet Backup Without Rooting or Unlocking Your Device".

The Article will take you throught the steps of :

  • Installing the Android SDK
  • Device Setup
  • Testing ADB
  • Backing up your device
  • Restoring a Backup

The article concludes by saying the complexity of using the Android SDK to create and restore backups is a bit much for the average user.

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