Originally Posted by d0g
I'm about to flash stock 4.4.2 prior to flashing 4.4.4 soak ... and I can't figure out how to do a complete backup of phone, in case things get screwy.
I can't do nandroid; not enough space.
I tried rsync, but couldn't get rsync running on phone as server.
I'm trying to just copy everything over with SFTP, but there are so many duplicate folders...
and they don't appear as symlinks.
I tried 'adb backup ' etc ... but I don't want an ".ab" file that I cannot look into.
Is there an easier way?
Copy enough stuff off the internal memory to do your backup. Then copy the backup to your PC....then put everything back.
A full backup should only take a couple gigabytes. Moving your pictures, or music or whatever is taking up all that space should suffice.
If you are returning to stock, everything will be erased anyways....unless you modify the XML or manually flash and skip the erase userdata command.
Regardless, your backup won't be fully usable once you are on 4.4.4. If you restore it, your partition table and/or bootloader will be mismatched and you will likely get FCs if you restore back to it.
Are you on a custom ROM or something?
Additionally, if you PROPERLY flash back to stock 4.4.2 (erasing userdata - which is advisable), there's nothing that will go 'screwy'...
What variant are you on? If you are using an XT1060, there is a better way.