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The question arises because the best-rated backup application (Titanium Backup) requires root. So what would one use instead when getting a really complete backup is essential? Is there a file manager-type application available that enables copying the whole file system on the phone somewhere (to SD-card, online or wirelessly - doesn't matter which?)
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Feb 4, 2011 at 22:08
Joerg W. Joerg W.
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As far as I know, you can only make a full/complete backup of the phone with root. Because you need root in order to run Titanium Backup (which only backs up apps and their data) or you need root in order to flash ClockWork Recovery which lets you perform a Nandroid backup (full image backup of the entire device).
Feb 4, 2011 at 22:20
Bryan Denny ♦ Bryan Denny
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You need root for a
full backup because the system partition (among other areas) cannot be accessed with user permissions.
adb shell will allow you to browse
/system/ though not
/system/app/ and other areas.
adb pull will let you pull
/system/app/ though other files will fail with permissions errors.
Backing that up is essentially useless without root, however, because you can't restore the files!
/system/ is read-only and cannot be remounted as RW without root.
Feb 4, 2011 at 22:25
Matthew Read Matthew Read
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If you're running 4.0 or above you can use
adb backup. Follow the instructions
After you're rooted, Titanium Backup Pro can restore the data that you need from that file.
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