Re: [REF][GUIDE] The Noob Helper - basic info about your sgs3 and flashing
Originally Posted by DWiggs
Thank you! I had thought as much with the gapps.
Just to continue the learning on my part: I don't think I'm backing up or wiping correctly. It seems that I'm getting nested files in /data (some of them start with 0) The same file structure is nested a few times. Does this mean I did a dirty flash or is this normal? (I did clean it up and copy back onto SD from computer, probably the stupidest way to do it...)
As for a backup, from what I've read it seems that CWM does (or can do) the ROM backup while TB handles the apps right? TB can also do the ROM?
I'm guessing that wiping (when flashing a new ROM) doesn't erase any backups stored on the SD (or can that accidentally be erased too?)
I think that once I fully understand the backing up process, I'll be much better off. (I've been reinstalling apps myself after flashing through the play store...eh, I know its stupid)
The "nesting" is in fact normal. Apparently just the way 4.2.1 does things.
CWM does indeed backup the ROM. Make sure it's the latest version though. The earlier ones had problems restoring files over 2GB. TB does backup apps, but many recommend you do not use it (it can break some things for whatever reason). The carbon app in the play store is supposedly a good alternative. I don't think TB can backup a ROM, but it can backup things like apn settings and some other things. Read tb's faq if they have one. I just let things reinstall from the play store as well. Time consuming, but altogether better (you'll never have leftover data messing with a fresh install and will be up to date every time).
Wipe data/factory reset doesn't wipe anything from your sd card besides apps, personal information and some settings (if not all of them, not really clear on that anymore).
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