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How to open ClockworkMod's .tar.a archives?

It does this in order to break up large .tar files into chunks of 1000000000 bytes (or 1 GB): -rwxrwx--- root sdcard_r 0 2014-03-19 14:31 data.ext4.tar -rwxrwx--- root sdcard_r ...
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Heimdall error libusb error: -12

Inside Heimdall zip there is a driver folder. Run the zadig.exe click options - List All Devices Choose your phone from the drop down list (on my pc it was "MSM8960" I could not get it to work ...
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How to check if your bootloader is unlocked

Assuming your device adheres to some Android standards, you'd want to run fastboot oem device-info. Often you can also run fastboot reboot-bootloader to get into the bootloader which often says right ...
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Flashing CM 11, I get `set_metadata_recursive: some changes failed`:

A zip package that contains a firmware update always includes two files in META-INF/com/google/android: updater-script and update-binary. updater-script is a text file containing commands required to ...
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What does CWM back up?

According to: https://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/ClockWorkMod_Instructions#Making_a_backup ClockworkMod's backup/restore feature will generally only back up the /system, /data, /cache, /sd-ext, and /...
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How to check if your bootloader is unlocked

i'm no expert, but if you go to the bootloader, by (on my nexus 4) holding volume down then power up, then it says
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corrupted /data partition?

Try doing what it suggests... run e2fsck -b 8193 /dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/userdata. If that doesn't work, try running mke2fs /dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/userdata. You can ...
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Installed CWM/TWRP but it isn't installed when booting to recovery mode

Some stock ROM's may replace the custom recovery with the stock recovery. To solve it you should install the custom recovery with fastboot and reboot to recovery and don't reboot to system. That will ...
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What does CWM back up?

To add to other answer, your back up has ALL the information in your back up image as the phone has when you took back up /system refers to your ROM /data refers to your data created by apps both ...
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Are there any downsides to using a nandroid recovery?

A nandroid backup is a full device backup – so you could ask the same question about a full backup of your PC: After restoring the backup, you'd be at exactly the state the device was in when you ...
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How to check if your bootloader is unlocked

After scouring the net, I've learned this can be determined by entering your device's fastboot mode (from your device's boot menu selection, select AP Fastboot) and about four or five lines down from ...
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Fastboot is getting stuck while trying to flash CWM onto Nexus 4

I had the same problem and I could fix it changing the usb port, it works!
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CWM or TWRP not supported?

The "device not supported" message means that you probably downloaded the recovery image for a different device (AT&T's LG G2 "d802", or International LG G2 "d800".) You can override this check, ...
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Unable to flash a recovery using Clockworkmod

It looks like the CyanogenMod installation instructions for M7 are missing a section for flashing ClockworkMod recovery onto the phone. Right after you unlock the bootloader, you need to do the ...
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How come I get "This is a 'espresso10wifi'" when I try to flash recovery?

The Samsung N5110 is the Galaxy Note 8. The "espresso10wifi" is a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (your device). It's not flashing because you're flashing the wrong file for your device.
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How to flash TWRP over CWM recovery in Nexus 5?

You didn't specify which device you own, but by the tag I assume it is a Nexus 5. Flashing TWRP is pretty easy, especially on Nexus devices. Download the newest .img file here: http://techerrata.com/...
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How to enter recovery/download mode with broken home button and broken bootloader

Samsung devices can usually be forced into download mode using a JIG. They are pretty simple and cheap to make. If your device has been soft-bricked this will almost always work. http://www.xda-...
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How to backup data on a non-booting, unrooted phone?

Personally, I am a Nexus user. But having repaired a friend's international variant S3 before, I do know some things about Samsung. And since you don't have custom recovery, you cannot access /data (...
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Cannot locate recovery image

Until Android version 4.4.2 the CWM backups are stored in /data/media/clockworkmod/backup Reason for this as per the Reddit Post (see source below) In Android 4.2, backups are placed in a secure ...
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What are the differences between ClockworkMod and Team Win Recovery for the Nexus 7?

TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) - This is a very widely used custom recovery. It is fully touch-driven, has one of the most complete feature sets available, and uses a themable UI. TWRP is maintained ...
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can't boot into recovery anymore

I've found that if I run into problems with the custom recovery, I can get rid of it altogether by re-flashing the stock firmware, and then I can install the custom recovery again. You have a ...
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Cyanogenmod custom recovery can't backup, restore or apply an update!

From xda thread: CyanogenMod recovery is basic, so you have to flash another one. The easiest way is to use rashr app and it worked for me perfectly
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Installed CWM/TWRP but it isn't installed when booting to recovery mode

Its because stock roms come with their own recovery. That will always replace custom recovery. To prevent this, whenever you download a rom, open its tar or zip or whatever format is there with winrar ...
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Installed CWM on note 2, but the phone is not rooted

You are rooted. AFAIK Samsung bootloaders are already unlocked, you only need to flash the recovery to get the "root" Now for the problem. Go to settings->about phone and tap the build number 7 ...
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ClockWorkMod Recovery supports three backup formats. What's the difference between them? Which should I choose?

The formats tar This is essentially snapshots of all partitions each in single file with extension tar. If you make two backups of the same rom with little difference in user apps, two snapshots of ...
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Where does Clockworkmod create a Backup?

It is stored in /sdcard/clockworkmod/backups/<software version with time stamp>/, which on merged storage becomes: /storage/emulated/0/clockworkmod/backups/<software version with time stamp&...
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Where does Clockworkmod create a Backup?

Contrary to expected location of the back up being stored in sdcard/clockworkmod/backup,it ends being stored in /data/media/clockworkmod/backup, upto KitKat and I guess it to be same in later versions ...
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Can't download the ZIP file of CWM Recovery from its official site, why?

Discontinued since 6.0.5.1. There should still be (many) copies scattered around the web, including PhilZ ones, but it's still suggested to switch to TWRP as it's actively maintained, especially if ...
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How large can a "recovery" like TWRP be?

False. Many newer devices utilizing the A/B partition layout don't have a dedicated recovery partition. See landing page for Google Pixel for a full explanation. True. Certain devices have exploits ...
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How do I install Google Apps 20130812 into CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2.2)?

I had this problem. Apparently when you boot into recovery with the 3-button-method, you can't install zips. No idea why. Solutions to try: Enable Reboot into Recovery in Power Menu. First, enable ...
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