Originally Posted by nihil sleighride
Could someone confirm if my assumptions are correct?
Mine is stuck in APX mode therefore if I send it to ASUS to repair my data will lost? If the motherboard is replaced my data is lost? In its current state my data on it is unrecoverable?
Just wondering if it's safe to sell for spares, seeing that I've got no way to wipe it.
Oh and yes all data will be lost if they replace the motherboard as they will throw away the old one or re-use it and re-solder etc. However if you're lucky they will use special tools to flash the software back into the main board although this is almost guaranteed to format everything on the internal SD unless you can detach it somehow beforehand (still waiting on an answer for that one) or ask the data recovery people to rescue the data when you get it back (that's only if they did not throw it away) or even tell the asus repair service not to delete the data if possible. The main issue is when you flash a tablet or phone you will be re-installing the operating system and the internal SD is part of that operating system so there is almost no way to save the data on it in just a soft-bricked state never mind a hard-bricked one.
And yes most of your assumptions would match that of my own right now. having said the above there is probably no way an end user could get data off it if you sold it as a spare because there would be no way to access it unless they managed to escape the apx mode and used some kind of file recovery program via the adb which is why I do then again say don't give up hope just yet (I am not an expert)
BTW how did you get into APX mode because if you did what I did (erased the bootloader via fastboot) then you are as of now SOL (awaiting further confirmation of that) whilst on the other hand if it was a charging issue or anything else then I would not recommend any of the above suggestions. There are numerous stories of people being stuck in apx mode and got out again after some time and if you did not modify your tablet before this happened then all your data will still be their
there seems to be too many APX 'ed devices right now and I just wonder what Google must be thinking about this and if they will do something or not