UPDATE: 2018/06/27, bootloader implies wipe and it is a dead end for Data Recovery, mount as USB Mass Storage implies root to change settings, and for Mi5 or MIUI 8 this implies flashing ROM (dead end too as implies Data overwritten) so the only method I found is this (if the device is functional) then with the RAW partition dump recover files is easy
I have a problem (objective: Data Recovery)
To install TWRP (it seems, I need, explicitly unlocked-bootloader) To unlock bootloader I researched and saw some methods:
- Official method (tedious and If I understand it correctly, implies flashing some Developer-ROM, and "shit") (I want avoid that)
- non-Official methods (a group of queries, I don't find too much clear methods) (BTW quality-posts on XDA-Developers have seen better days :'(
The thing is, I don't want to re-flash some ROM (as I want minimize writings for Data Recovery)
How to check if bootloader is effective-locked ?
Question: I need ways to unlock-Bootloader in this Xiaomi Mi5 device with MIUi 8 global stock (methods, more than one or two, and then I will research about it)
(This is not a trivial-question as in this particular-case:
Logic => unlocking-Bootloader <=> install TWRP to backup partitions (do Data Recovery with them, mounted on PC)
I don't know, I don't have (the Knowledge) to do some hack, but I think this has to have proper-solution.
The objective is here: How to recover Data from Android .. sdCard / .. Downloads on Xiaomi Mi5 MIUI 8
Therefore both questions are related to each other...
Any help will be very appreciated (final objective is Data Recovery, but I want to try software, before "JTAG dump" etc (and implications of that process)