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By Br4nd3n, Senior Member on 12th May 2014, 03:59 AM
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13th May 2014, 02:19 AM |#11  
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It did indeed blow out my internal storage when I first tried it. When I went to flash, there was nothing in internal storage. None of the usually folders, most certainly not the .zip I was looking for, nothing. Enter tension.

Perhaps the next time I'll try again. It'll save a few steps. I'll have Wug's Toolbox open just in case.

TWRP wipe blew out your internal storage, or was it some other process? Your link pointed to a T-mo "master reset", which I'm sure isn't referring to a custom recovery. Unlocking the bootloader on my G2 completely trashed my internal storage, but I was expecting this. IIRC, Nexus devices have been more unlock-friendly, but loading a factory image will wipe everything, including internal sd.

Helpful hint for everyone (esp. the paranoid): get a cheap USB OTG to USB-A (female) adapter, and have a flash drive handy. Newer versions of TWRP can mount USB OTG, so it's a nice plan B if you can't get past recovery. They're cheap (<$5), small, and come in handy pretty often.
 
 
17th May 2014, 06:04 PM |#12  
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Yeah the N7 official TWRP definitely does not wipe internal storage. It says right in TWRP "wiping data without wiping /media" which means without wiping internal storage.

If your TWRP is wiping the internal you should make sure it isn't a modified version and TeamWin official.

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18th May 2014, 12:37 AM |#13  
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To clarify, wipe data/factory reset wipes your internal storage (/data) but misses /data/media which is your 'sdcard', call it what you like

Assuming a custom recovery, I cannot speak for stock

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To clarify, wipe data/factory reset wipes your internal storage (/data) but misses /data/media which is your 'sdcard', call it what you like

Assuming a custom recovery, I cannot speak for stock

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Yes but your sdcard is to most and many your internal storage... What is factory reset wiping if it avoids everything you have on your sdcard, including files copied to the root of your internal storage?

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