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I've backed up the /data/ partition of my smartphone using TWRP recovery. It created 4 files on a SD card: data.ext4.win , data.ext4.win.md5 , recovery.log and data.info . I know what's inside of the first three files, but I don't really know what's inside of the data.info file. It looks like the file is a binary one, at least I can't simply view it in any file editor. Does anyone know what's the purpose of that file?

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As you thought, data.info (and any file created by TWRP and with said extension) is a binary file. Given it, I've inspected it with the Linux tool hd, which lets me see an hexadecimal dump along with the decoded output.


Dump of the file

00000000  0c 00 62 61 63 6b 75 70  5f 73 69 7a 65 00 0b 00  |..backup_size...|
00000010  31 33 31 34 36 37 34 36  38 38 00 0c 00 62 61 63  |1314674688...bac|
00000020  6b 75 70 5f 74 79 70 65  00 02 00 30 00 0b 00 66  |kup_type...0...f|
00000030  69 6c 65 5f 63 6f 75 6e  74 00 05 00 37 31 30 37  |ile_count...7107|
00000040  00                                                |.|
00000041

As you may have guessed by looking at the rightmost column, those kind of files contain information such as backup size and type, as well as the file count.

Before you ask, do not delete those files. Should you do so, TWRP won't probably be able to restore your backup. Delete them only if you're brave and have a backup.

  • I'm not going to delete them. I was just curious what's in there. Thanks for the info. – Mikhail Morfikov Jan 15 '17 at 16:55
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    @MikhailMorfikov You know, those answers are meant to be for future use, so I saw wise to mention that side note. Happy that my inspection was useful. – Death Mask Salesman Jan 15 '17 at 16:58

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