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Question [Q] Flash ROM using Odin vs. Recovery (convert zip to rar?)

I'm flashing my first ROM today, and have settled on Wicked.

I found that flashing TWRP using Odin was super painless and smooth, and I've seen other ROMs that can be installed using Odin (and I don't have much storage space left)

The download for Wicked is a zip file, though (am I correct that Odin requires tar files only?)

Can I unzip the Wicked download, then put it into a tar file using Windows (WinRAR) (or I can also use Linux) for installation via Odin?

If it's possible to do this, is there any special way that these archives are built? Anything to pay attention to?
 
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Just download the zip, flash in recovery. Can't get any easier than that. Plus Wicked has an aroma installer so you need to go recovery route. If you're worry about space, delete zip after you're done.

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I agree use recovery. If you don't have space in your phone's sdcard just transfer your files to your PC then flash the ROM in recovery and then transfer your files back to your phone.

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Thanks for the replies. That seems sensible, use the format that's given, especially for my first time.

That said, I *am* interested about the possibilities of converting from zip to tar and installing with Odin for future reference. I am comfortable with developer tools, just new to the Android environment. Should I ask this question in the developer sub-forum instead?
 
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Thanks for the replies. That seems sensible, use the format that's given, especially for my first time.

That said, I *am* interested about the possibilities of converting from zip to tar and installing with Odin for future reference. I am comfortable with developer tools, just new to the Android environment. Should I ask this question in the developer sub-forum instead?
Actually it wouldn't be just converting from zip to tar. Tar files include the bootloader, modem and radio. Zip Roms do not include any of these items, just the kernel. It's by far much easier to flash via recovery. TWRP is a great recovery I've tried them all and it's compatible with most roms out there.

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Here you go http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=633246 this will probably be the way for you to learn all about tar files.

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