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By syntropic, Senior Member on 28th September 2014, 08:16 AM
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The Free Google Drive space promotion was recently increased from 65GB to 100GB. So, there is more reason than ever to get this great offer.

If however, like me, you rooted your phone and found out you couldn't redeem it... and also read some people claiming that HTC wouldn't provide a code to redeem the offer because you had unlocked the bootloader... Follow the steps below to get this offer without dealing at all with HTC.

There are two primary obstacles to redeeming this offer. Since you rooted your phone, you have unlocked the bootloader. Even if you have relocked it using fastboot oem lock, this will still prevent the Drive App from displaying the offer screeen. The problem is that when you use fastboot oem lock, you are changing the status of the bootloader to ***RELOCKED*** . What you need is a factory default bootloader lock, which displays as ***LOCKED*** on the hBoot screen.

Plus, if you attain S-Off after unlocking your bootloader following HTCDev, it is very possible you will have a
*** TAMPERED ***
banner on your hboot screen. This must be removed as well.

HUGE thanks to Scotty1223 who first shared the methods for removing the TAMPERED banner and locking the bootloader to factory default several months ago. I am just consolidating those steps plus some other minor info into a sequential series of steps in one place for convenience.

These steps presume you have ADB installed, and have not changed your CID.

STEPS to GET TO STOCK FOR PURPOSES OF THE GOOGLE DRIVE PROMO.

1. Make a Nandroid backup using TWRP or CWM.

2. Get S-Off.

Use Sunshine or some other method to get S-Off. Link to Sunshine S-Off apk

3. Remove ***TAMPERED*** Banner.

If you have a ***TAMPERED*** banner on your hboot screen, follow the steps below (thanks to Scotty1223 for sharing this method). ADB must be installed!!! You can go to the first step of this thread to install a compact version

Connect your phone to your PC. Open up a terminal (as administrator in Windows...or as root in Linux) and cd to the adb directory (which contains fastboot, etc.).

Enter the following:

adb devices
You should see your device's serial number appear on the screen... If so, you are all good. If not, please check your ADB install..... there are many many guides to getting this set up.

Now we are going into the ADB Shell, which is like a terminal emulator from the OS on your phone. Enter the following:

adb shell
to enter the shell. You will be presented with a prompt... most likely it will be

[email protected]_m8: / $

Enter the following command to get root in ADB

su

[Very important note: You need this for superuser privileges on your phone... Make sure to wait for a prompt that looks like the following:
[email protected]_m8:/ #.

(if you are getting something different, don't worry... Just make sure there is a '#' at the end of the prompt)
If it hangs and only shows the first prompt like this:
[email protected]_m8: / $ <== note the '$' at the end
Then hit return in your terminal window on your PC (whether in windows or linux). It may exit automatically from the shell.
If this happens, it is because you have not used adb shell yet and have SuperSU (or Superuser) on default settings, which is to prompt the first time an app asks for root privileges. You should see a toast/dialog box on your phone that requests superuser permissions for "ADB Shell". Grant them, and then enter adb shell again from the terminal window on your PC. Now the root prompt (in red above) should show up in the terminal window.]


Now copy the line below and paste it into the terminal window on your PC at the root prompt:
echo -ne '\x00' | dd of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p6 bs=1 seek=5314564

You should get something like this in response:

ock/mmcblk0p6 bs=1 seek=5314564 <
1+0 records in
1+0 records out
1 bytes transferred in 0.007 secs (142 bytes/sec)


If not, double check that you copied the above line correctly, that there are no spaces before the 'echo', and enter it again.

Then enter:

adb reboot bootloader

This will boot into hboot. Confirm that the ***TAMPERED*** is in fact not showing on the hboot screen.

Back in your terminal on your PC, enter:

fastboot reboot
to reboot the phone.

4. Lock the bootloader.

To lock the bootloader the correct way, you must follow the steps below. As far as I have determined, it is the same for all carriers of the HTC One M8. Again, a big thanks to Scotty1223 for this very cool route to locking the bootloader.

Like step 3, above, we are going into the ADB Shell, which is like a terminal emulator from the OS on your phone. If you do not have ADB installed on your PC, there are ample resources all over the internet for getting this installed...

Enter the following:

adb shell

to enter the shell. You will be presented with a prompt... most likely it will be

[email protected]_m8: / $

Enter the following command to get root in ADB

su
[IMPORTANT NOTE: See warning under Step 3 about getting a root prompt]

Then copy and paste this into your terminal on your PC:

echo -ne '\x00\x00\x00\x00' | dd of=/dev/block/mmcblk0p2 bs=1 seek=33796

And lastly:

exit
(exit a second time if you need to to get back to a normal > prompt)

adb reboot bootloader
Confirm that your bootloader shows a ***LOCKED*** banner (and not ***RELOCKED***).

Back in your terminal on your PC, enter:

fastboot reboot
to reboot the phone


5. Getting to Stock.

****If you have NOT touched the stock Rom at all, nor deleted any system apps (essentially you have merely rooted and flashed a stock recovery) you can skip this step (no need to perform either step 5a or 5b). Just Reboot and finish with step 7.

To get the Google Drive storage you need to be running near to stock.. This means you need the stock firmware, and the stock Sense Rom (including all system applications). Many people will not have to worry about firmware or system applications. However, if you switched to an AOSP/AOKP Rom or a different kernel, then you do. Depending on your situation, follow step 5a OR step 5b.
5a. If you have switched to an AOSP/AOKP Rom, and are unsure about your firmware being correct and/or stock, an easy way to get all of the components which make up full stock (stock rom, stock firmware, stock hboot) is to flash an RUU from your carrier (see M8 forum for your carrier...there should be a roll-up thread with links and instructions to flash an RUU. NOTE: For anyone reading this thread that somehow managed to lock the bootloader without S-off, It is highly recommended NOT TO FLASH AN RUU WITH BOOTLOADER LOCKED AND S-ON. You must have S-OFF to flash an RUU with a locked bootloader).
5b. If you don't have to worry about firmware, but have deleted several system apps or otherwise altered the stock Rom, then you should restore a stock nandroid or find and flash a stock Rom. You should again go to the HTC One M8 forum for your carrier to get these items. If restoring a stock nandroid backup, make sure you have made a backup (as instructed in Step 1) so you have the right folder structure (whether you are using TWRP stock nandroid or a CWM stock nandroid) on the SD in which to place the stock nandroid.
6. Reboot.

7. REDEEM OFFER!

Go to the Play Store and uninstall any and all Google Drive updates (I did not have any, but in some cases Drive may have updated while you were rooted). After uninstalling any Drive updates, you should be able to go into the Drive app, and see the promo screen immediately and redeem the promo. If you do not see any screen with the offer, select "Product Tour" from the dropdown menu and go through the various "tour" screens. At the end it will show you the offer—it will probably be for 65GB. After you accept the offer however, it will say "an extra 50GB has been added to your Google Drive storage (so 65GB + 50GB = 115GB)

Again a big thank you to Scott1223 for the methods which allow us to go back and get this offer!!!
....and also thank you to jshamlet, kabuts, rcharliesam, phil.culler for helping me in some other threads!!!!
And exocetdj for his awesome help!!!!!!!


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29th September 2014, 09:14 PM |#2  
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extremely well put out guide mate

Maybe worth merging this with other thread so people have it all in one place?

One post for original method and then the next for this one? both brilliantly relevant
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extremely well put out guide mate

Maybe worth merging this with other thread so people have it all in one place?

One post for original method and then the next for this one? both brilliantly relevant

Is there a guide to get the Google Drive offer? I only saw various threads discussing it and threads explaining how to get back to stock...or Scotty1223's method to lock the bootloader.

I wouldn't have compiled a complete guide if there was one already. I hope I didn't miss it.

I started one in the other thread...but it was just a post in the third page of a thread discussing the Drive offer and discussing ways to get it (like contacting HTC, etc. (But thank you for reminding me-- I really should link that post to this thread since the guide in that post is old).

Let me know where the other guide is and I will try to get them merged or linked or something.
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Is there a guide to get the Google Drive offer? I only saw various threads discussing it and threads explaining how to get back to stock...or Scotty1223's method to lock the bootloader.

I wouldn't have compiled a complete guide if there was one already. I hope I didn't miss it.

I started one in the other thread...but it was just a post in the third page of a thread discussing the Drive offer and discussing ways to get it (like contacting HTC, etc. (But thank you for reminding me-- I really should link that post to this thread since the guide in that post is old).

Let me know where the other guide is and I will try to get them merged or linked or something.

HERE is is

They are about the same thing, may be better if everything is in the same place. have a word with the OP and see what he thinks then ask a mod, they should be able to help out
30th September 2014, 09:20 AM |#5  
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I got the 'not applicable due to tampering' error, but not going to bother with the hassle of relocking the bootloader. I probably would be interested in this offer if my BT Broadband wasn't so utterly dreadful that uploading anything takes a lifetime.

The offer's two years would be up by the time I'd finished uploading this year's holiday snaps :P
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HERE is is

They are about the same thing, may be better if everything is in the same place. have a word with the OP and see what he thinks then ask a mod, they should be able to help out

That's just a thread debating ways some people were able to get it... Posts point to threads to lock the bootloader, and other posts state the tampered banner needs to be removed but no links.... It's a mess for anyone that doesn't understand what all needs to be done, nor how to do it.

That's why I compiled the thread here...it takes all the endless discussions, and just condenses it into a straightforward sequence of steps to get it.
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That's just a thread debating ways some people were able to get it... Posts point to threads to lock the bootloader, and other posts state the tampered banner needs to be removed but no links.... It's a mess for anyone that doesn't understand what all needs to be done, nor how to do it.

That's why I compiled the thread here...it takes all the endless discussions, and just condenses it into a straightforward sequence of steps to get it.

Fair point, as u were soldier!!!!
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Save yourself all this time/effort. Just chat with HTC support on their website. Takes less than 5 minutes and they email you a link to activate the extra space. I did this for both my phone and my wife's phone, when they had been unlocked for months already.
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I was able to redeem the offer rather quickly, followed your directions, installed a stock rom, redeemed the promotion and nandroid back to Venom within 30 minutes. Mostly because I was reading like an idiot (totally exhausted from work.)

Thanks.
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Save yourself all this time/effort. Just chat with HTC support on their website. Takes less than 5 minutes and they email you a link to activate the extra space. I did this for both my phone and my wife's phone, when they had been unlocked for months already.

I think its luck of the draw... when this happened to me... I read everywhere, and out of everyone I spoke to who had to go to HTC because they couldn't redeem it through the Drive app, about 15% of them chatted with an HTC rep who either: (a) never asked them a single question and just sent them an email with a promo code link; (b) asked them to confirm that the caller "has not unlocked the bootloader or rooted their phone" (in which case the caller would need to lie and say "no sir! I would never do something foolish like that" and then get the email with the promo code), or (c) the rep asked them their IMEI, then said in a wry voice "I see you requested a bootloader unlock token...." (almost as if the rep was leading the caller to admit he unlocked the bootloader—and if he did...no promo).

The other 85% (who for the most part unlocked their bootloader using HTCDev) could not get the Drive deal because HTC had it on file they requested an unlock token... and in most of these cases, HTC was resolute on the offer being ineligible for those who unlocked their BL.

Given those odds—and the fear of choking if I called/chatted with HTC and had to lie—I opted to take the above steps and create a guide for anyone who needed it. Trust me... I would not have bothered to make it if it sounded like it was simple matter of contacting HTC.
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I was debating going through all of this to get the offer since I'm cheap and don't want to pay for dropbox right now.
I did the online chat, and they didn't ask me any questions. I just said I tried to do it over crappy wifi connection early and it failed and now it won't redeem.
I have a Verizon edition however, so I can't unlock with HTC dev which is likely why I didn't get asked questions. My backup was to say something stupid like "unlock....? Like with my SIM code? Or the lockscreen code? Yea, I did that."

Fortunately they didn't ask and were really nice. But thanks for this guide; i was about to switch ROMs so I had just made a nandroid and was about to try and get it to redeem the hard way.

If you have Verizon or used Sunshine (or similar) I would try their support first.
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