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A warning for all rooters

21st February 2013, 01:16 PM |#1  
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At the risk of showcasing myself as a total moron, I thought I'd share with you my experience of sheer, unadulterated stupidity before anyone else makes the same mistake.

I've been rooting my Android devices for a long, long time without any problem, until now.

I installed a ROM that didn't agree with my N7100 and needed to get my phone back into a working state. Having only Macs at work meant I had to use Heimdall rather than the Windows-friendly Odin. Heimdall isn't quite as easy to get to grips with and couldn't handle the factory images I was throwing at it, so in a desperate attempt to fix this, I inadvertently deleted all of my EFS data...

...and I hadn't taken a backup.

A local 'backstreet' phone shop couldn't fix it, and Vodafone charged me 100 (as I'd invalided the warranty) to replace the motherboard.

So it's not only a silly mistake to make, it's an expensive one, as this 'experienced' rooter discovered

Whatever you do, never, ever delete, re-partition or reformat the EFS partition on your Galaxy Note II!

You have been warned!
 
 
21st February 2013, 01:26 PM |#2  
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At the risk of showcasing myself as a total moron, I thought I'd share with you my experience of sheer, unadulterated stupidity before anyone else makes the same mistake.

I've been rooting my Android devices for a long, long time without any problem, until now.

I installed a ROM that didn't agree with my N7100 and needed to get my phone back into a working state. Having only Macs at work meant I had to use Heimdall rather than the Windows-friendly Odin. Heimdall isn't quite as easy to get to grips with and couldn't handle the factory images I was throwing at it, so in a desperate attempt to fix this, I inadvertently deleted all of my EFS data...

...and I hadn't taken a backup.

A local 'backstreet' phone shop couldn't fix it, and Vodafone charged me 100 (as I'd invalided the warranty) to replace the motherboard.

So it's not only a silly mistake to make, it's an expensive one, as this 'experienced' rooter discovered

Whatever you do, never, ever delete, re-partition or reformat the EFS partition on your Galaxy Note II!

You have been warned!

Even though i wouldn't do this, i am sure that if NASA was able to send monkeys into space there ought to a couple left here who would do this

But Thank You.
21st February 2013, 01:30 PM |#3  
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Even though i wouldn't do this, i am sure that if NASA was able to send monkeys into space there ought to a couple left here who would do this

But Thank You.

If you had insurance you could have claimed on that instead?
21st February 2013, 01:36 PM |#4  
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If you had insurance you could have claimed on that instead?

Mmm, not having insurance makes me even dumber!
21st February 2013, 02:57 PM |#5  
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Re: A warning for all rooters
you should understand the word "use at your own risk", "always made a backup", "this is for advanced-user", and many things before doing something, just a warning wont help I think..
21st February 2013, 03:00 PM |#6  
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you should understand the word "use at your own risk", "always made a backup", "this is for advanced-user", and many things before doing something, just a warning wont help I think..

Yes, I'm just trying to be helpful by posting this.

I consider myself an advanced user, but even advanced users can make mistakes.
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21st February 2013, 03:38 PM |#7  
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you could have fixed it with this software http://www.softworld.com/windows/com...-samsung-home/
21st February 2013, 04:59 PM |#8  
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you could have fixed it with this software http://www.softworld.com/windows/com...-samsung-home/

I have tested this sw after reading this from your other post
though i have no IMEI issue but tried unlock screen as it is free feature, but it didn't work for me.
apart from this it has caused issue on my device and pc, my play store was unable to download any application untill i factory reset device.
on PC side even after uninstall sw it was giving me some dll error. and had to reset my PC too.
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21st February 2013, 07:10 PM |#9  
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I've seen a lot of efs repair apps, and I don't really see how any of them can possibly work at all. If the efs is deleted, you can't magically return it. That would be the same as having an app recalling a forgotten password without having anything to do with it beforehand.

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21st February 2013, 08:56 PM |#10  
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I've seen a lot of efs repair apps, and I don't really see how any of them can possibly work at all. If the efs is deleted, you can't magically return it. That would be the same as having an app recalling a forgotten password without having anything to do with it beforehand.

Yes, it does seem as though screwing up your EFS is a bigger deal than I thought, on account of the fact that the only way they could repair my handset was by replacing the mobo. I tried so many supposed 'fixes' before dropping my handset into the Vodafone store and sadly none of them worked. On the plus side, even though I 'fessed up, the helpful people at Vodafone logged my fault as "device will not reboot" in the hope they didn't spot it was an invalidated warranty job... but they still found out

Anyway, hands up... I'm an idiot!
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