Motorola G4 Play, formerly with LineageOS/14.1 + TWRP 3.2

Made the mistake of trying /e/OS but before I did, I copied 2-TWRP full backups and a lot of other pics and data to my Mint 20 laptop. I have formatted an SD card to ext4 and created the .TWRP/BACKUP as suggested on another thread here from 6-years back and also tried the suggestion from another one here today. Cannot restore TWRP Backup because it cannot mount internal storage after reboot and the sdcard is mounted as suggested there.

Running TWRP I can see the sdcard and the TWRP folder (no preceeding dot shown), but nothing beyond that and I am unable to navigate.

How can I get to the backup to restore my phone to LineageOS. Should never have left, ahh, hindsight.

  • MicroSD Card (ext4) probably will not mounted by vold, format MicroSD Card (vfat) or mount yourself via terminal. btw it's /external_sd (/sdcard is /data/media)
    – alecxs
    Commented Sep 5, 2020 at 22:35
  • Could be DM-Verity blocking the install. The [1]: twrp.me/FAQ states probably caused by dm-verity one of the possible causes of that. > Android 6.0 or higher, the. > device maker has enabled dm-> > verity as a security measure. > > The device will signature > > check. blocks of data on the. > system partition during boot. > at.the block level. The usage. > of dm-verity prevents TWRP. > from.being able to. > successfully. restore a normal. > system backup
    – Bo Lawson
    Commented Sep 6, 2020 at 17:14

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Thanks to you both, but it is fixed. I removed the SD card and copied the 2-backup files to the Root of it and put it back in. I was connected via USB to the phone so I copied the 2-backup files to a bunch of different Folders within the Internal Memory to try and see where TWRP was looking by defualt.

Slapping my forehead moment now!

Straight off, Internal memory, Recovery Folder and TWRP found them there without any Navigation. Did not think of that earlier but patently obvious now. Dang hindsight -- again.

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