Originally Posted by burghfan3
I'm gonna flash Wicked 6.5. I have a special situation where I'm not supposed to do a full wipe, or factory reset. I am stock rooted with philz. Any harm flashing straight over top of that, or should I Odin a deodexed stock first? If I Odin, will I lose my data(info)?
I have dirty flashed many times, but not from odexed to deodexed, or vice versa. Thanks in advance
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Doing a quick Google search, flashing via ODIN wipes /system. Your media, apps, and titanium and nandroid backups should remain in tact.
The only time dirty flashes are advisable is if it's the same ROM and a small incremental (e.g. nightly/same Android version) build. That said, I also read that Deodexed over Odexed will be fine as long as you're doing stock Touchwiz overr stock Touchwiz (again same build number 4.3 --> 4.3 / 4.4.x --> 4.4.x). You'll just want to wipe /system, cache, and dalvik cache before ODINing the Deodexed to clear out all the odexed info from the system.
On a side note, always, always, always make a backup of your last working environment in the event that something fails.
If you start getting bootloops or unexpected behavior, you may want to restore your backup and consider doing a full wipe and flash to the ROM of your choosing.
Hope this helps.