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There are a lot of people joining XDA on a daily basis, and there are a lot of repetitive questions being asked
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This file might be in the fastboot ROM (not in the recovery ROM).


You can flash almost any partition through fastboot without need of the others to be flashed.

Some recoveries include the option to back up this partition, also persist, vendor and mdtp can be helpful for these cases.
So, to be really sure not to mess this up.
1) I've downloaded the Redmi note 7 (lavender) Global MIUI 12.5 V12.5.1.0.QFGMIXM Fastboot ROM from this link.
2) I plug my phone to the pc while in fastboot mode (power + vol down).
3) (where I am now) Back to the pc, I unzip the file, i find the misc.img, i shift right click on the file where is misc.img and i run "fastboot flash misc misc.img" in powershell

Do you agree with what i'm about to do?
 

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So, to be really sure not to mess this up.
1) I've downloaded the Redmi note 7 (lavender) Global MIUI 12.5 V12.5.1.0.QFGMIXM Fastboot ROM from this link.
2) I plug my phone to the pc while in fastboot mode (power + vol down).
3) (where I am now) Back to the pc, I unzip the file, i find the misc.img, i shift right click on the file where is misc.img and i run "fastboot flash misc misc.img" in powershell

Do you agree with what i'm about to do?
Yes, that's it.
 

BlueZep

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New problem, it directly boots to OrangeFox Recovery Project. I've tried to launch a new data backup, it doesn't even show progress now.
The phone says "backing up"

an error for making a sdcard/fox directory
Updating partition details....
...doen.
*Total number of partitions to back up : 1

etc.
[BACKUP STARTED]
*backup folder: sdcard etc...
Backing up data . . .
Backups of data do not include any files in internal storage such as pictures or downloads."

There is no progress shown.
And i'm a little worried about my images and documents not being saved since it's the very goal of the operation.

What can I do ?

EDIT : there's a twist
I relaunched the backup and now i have the same error as before, files in the misc folder not being added
 

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New problem, it directly boots to OrangeFox Recovery Project. I've tried to launch a new data backup, it doesn't even show progress now.
The phone says "backing up"

an error for making a sdcard/fox directory
Updating partition details....
...doen.
*Total number of partitions to back up : 1

etc.
[BACKUP STARTED]
*backup folder: sdcard etc...
Backing up data . . .
Backups of data do not include any files in internal storage such as pictures or downloads."

There is no progress shown.
And i'm a little worried about my images and documents not being saved since it's the very goal of the operation.

What can I do ?

EDIT : there's a twist
I relaunched the backup and now i have the same error as before, files in the misc folder not being added
If previously your misc partition got missed some files might be gone.

Save some files from your internal memory directly through PC and check that data partition can be mounted.
 
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BlueZep

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If previously your misc partition got missed some files might be gone.

Save some files from your internal memory directly through PC and check that data partition can be mounted.
The folders on internal storage that i can access from my pc have strange names like "C3uFRzde3EkaHJeb3v+1MQzB,YDwnnqM" and are all either empty or with strange folders and files. When i try to copy them on my PC i get a "non-specified error".
 

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The folders on internal storage that i can access from my pc have strange names like "C3uFRzde3EkaHJeb3v+1MQzB,YDwnnqM" and are all either empty or with strange folders and files. When i try to copy them on my PC i get a "non-specified error".
This is due to the encryption, Flash and try with: one by one rebooting to recovery,
- Flashing DM-verity .
- Flashing Magisk.
- Flashing a different recovery that can disable force encryption.
 

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This is due to the encryption, Flash and try with: one by one rebooting to recovery,
- Flashing DM-verity .
- Flashing Magisk.
- Flashing a different recovery that can disable force encryption.
Excuse me, it's getting late and frustrating, I'll try tomorrow.
Just to be sure. I flash them using fastboot right?
I flash one, I reboot to recovery, then to fastboot, then I flash another, then to recovery etc. ?
And if my system doesn't boot after DM-verity and Magisk, I flash TWRP and disable force encryption? So I can have access to my pictures and documents or to reboot on my os "as usual"?

Thank you so much for your help and your time. What you're doing here is great and very appreciated.
 

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Excuse me, it's getting late and frustrating, I'll try tomorrow.
Just to be sure. I flash them using fastboot right?
I flash one, I reboot to recovery, then to fastboot, then I flash another, then to recovery etc. ?
And if my system doesn't boot after DM-verity and Magisk, I flash TWRP and disable force encryption? So I can have access to my pictures and documents or to reboot on my os "as usual"?

Thank you so much for your help and your time. What you're doing here is great and very appreciated.
The idea is trying on multiple ways to can have access to your data, some Orange Fox have in-built this feature, search for it in your own recovery.

By flashing DM-verity (through recovery) you also can do that device can boot up and from there pull out the data through ADB or some of them manually.

And achieving root with Magisk also you could do it through ADB commands on your recovery, you need root for that, also Magisk can by-pass force encryption in some devices.
 

Sourpunch41

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I have a question, I've tried following this (https://jimcofer.com/2016/03/10/marshmallow-lg-and-adoptable-storage/) to get micro sd card (128gb) to become internal storage on my A02s and it's not working. When I do "adb shell sm partition disk:179,64 private" (179,64 is my sd card id thingy), my phone will act like the sd card isnt inserted. However if I do "adb shell sm partition disk:179,64 public" or "adb shell sm partition disk:179,64 mixed 90" it shows up but seems to still be portable storage.

Non-rooted btw.
 

DiamondJohn

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I have a question, I've tried following this (https://jimcofer.com/2016/03/10/marshmallow-lg-and-adoptable-storage/) to get micro sd card (128gb) to become internal storage on my A02s and it's not working. When I do "adb shell sm partition disk:179,64 private" (179,64 is my sd card id thingy), my phone will act like the sd card isnt inserted. However if I do "adb shell sm partition disk:179,64 public" or "adb shell sm partition disk:179,64 mixed 90" it shows up but seems to still be portable storage.

Non-rooted btw.
This feature of anndroid requires a min level of android. Do you meet that requirement. Also, I used to see the option to convert my external sdcard to internal memory when I initialised my phone. I *think* it was an option in the settings after that. ie I did not need to do any adb commands, but I also explicitly chose not to do it when it was prompted as an option.
 
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This feature of anndroid requires a min level of android. Do you meet that requirement. Also, I used to see the option to convert my external sdcard to internal memory hn I initialised my phone. I *think* it was an option in the settings after that. ie I did not need to do any adb commands, but I also explicitly chose not to do it when it was prompted as an option.
Im not sure but I think I do. My phone is Android 11.

I looked and factory reset my phone earlier and haven't seen an option to format/convert to internal memory
 

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Root explorer can't delete empty folder in system private app in rooted j700h , twrp doesn't show empty folder com... but only shows folder where application is installed in mounted system part, when deleting by es file explorer it says in use or busy, turning off magisk module can't solve it, help
 

Sourpunch41

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thats more than new enough.

Have you tried the following

And I am assuming you are talking about an external SD Card which is visible to android.
I don't get an option to format as internal memory. and yeah I believe im talking about that. I bought a Samsung 128gb evo select micro sd card and since my phone is a samsung phone id imagine itd be compatible and that it's a external micro sd card.
 

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If your SD Card is compatible with this device, and it is detected, In Samsung you will see the option mentioned by DiamondJohn under /Settings/Device Care/Storage/Advanced
thats more than new enough.

Have you tried the following

And I am assuming you are talking about an external SD Card which is visible to android.
I have a Samsung with android 10 and a Samsung external sdcard, I'm also not finding the adoptable storage option. Maybe it isn't included in some models. Not that I need it, just thought I'd look and make a comparison. I have a J7 variant that I'm going check also and post results here.

It's the same way on my J7 variant, doesn't show on settings. As we know, some devices don't have the setting in the OS but can be enabled via ADB.
 
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In the process of checking the J7 to see if it had the adoptable storage option in default settings, I rediscovered a sdcard that I used to root a nook tablet years and years ago. The process involved burning the files onto the sdcard as bootable RAW. I've tried over the years to convert the sdcard back into a usable storage medium, I've tried various formatting software, I've used windows powershell commands, I've used CMD commands, you name it, yet I still can't get it repaired. I'm wondering if I'd have better luck using gparted in Linux, if so, I'll give it a try, I don't have a Linux system or a live USB on hand so I'd have to take time to get it together to use it.

Does anyone have any ideas that might be more forceful or useful to fix this sdcard? It isn't important, just a problem that I never found a solution for and I'd like to find a trick that works for future reference.
 

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    ....snip...

    In the practice it's impossible to have a Samsung Q ROM for a Samsung device that official support stopped at Nougat, or at least I have never seen that. The most I could see is one and only one major update, of course may I totally wrong but never saw more than one update not supported officially.
    Funny you should chose Samsung for you example, my previous / spare device device is a Samsung S4 from 2013, which had official support stop at Lollipop (ie android 5, 2 before Nougat). There is an unofficial ROM using the blobs from the last official release for a current LineageOS 18.1 (ie R, ie Android 11), so that is the next version of android past Q. There is also talk of people starting builds of android 12 for this device. So it is very possible, but it also goes beyond the issue of manufacturers releasing the full source.

    I used to build ROMs from source for this device and a few other even older devices (and released here on XDA), which were well beyond the last official versions released by the manufacturer (from jelly bean to lollipop I think on another). That is one of the reasons for using/building custom ROMs on older devices. ie to upgrade your android version beyond official manufacturer support. To enable building these ROMs, more than just the Kernel needs to be attained. The example I gave a link for is simply just one case I found in a single web search. If you read the article, it actually talks of samsung releasing their source quickly, which I would assume is the full source of the ROM, but not the source for proprietary hardware drivers.
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    sure, but what do i do if i don't get an best answer, this is why i post everywhere.
    First, be patient. Second, respect the rules of this private platform. I assume you've meanwhile read them and also realised that we expect you to wait for at least 24 hours before you bump an unanswered question. I'm convinced you agree that a forum like XDA with 11+ million members, 3.5+ million threads and 78+ million posts can only be positively maintained to the benefit of its members if there're rules that are enforced.

    Thanks for your understanding.
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    Got a Droid Turbo with LineageOS recovery, only seen as offline, even with a 'factory' cord. Data and system were wiped to try to start anew, but the unexpected offline condition prevents any side loading. Any tips on how to remove the offline condition? My apologies if this is the wrong forum.
    It seemed better to answer you in this thread.
    Hi. :)

    I do not have the device and do not know your setup, so generic answer. ;)
    • Some devices have issues with USB ports, best to use a USB 2.0 port.
      Also try a different USB port and/or USB cable.
      If it is a USB-C to USB-C cable, try switching it (End B to computer, End A to device.)​
    • Windows - Make sure you have the correct (additional) drivers installed for the device when is in fastboot mode.
    • linux - Make sure you have access to USB.
      Depending on the linux distro you are running..
      Make sure the device is set in your udev-dev-rules and you (user) are part of the plugdev group.
      adb might be able to connect, that is a different connection than fastboot.​
    • macOS - Normally works out of the box once platform-tools are installed.

    Hope something above helps. 🙃

    Maybe another member (who knows more about the issue you are running into) is willing to help. :D


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    Can you please add more info on what you are saying? Those words mean nothing to me. " erasing caches through recovery" "logs are good"
    I guess "mean nothing to me" it really means that you are unfamiliar with.

    You may need to read something like these:
    - https://android.gadgethacks.com/how-to/boot-your-oneplus-5-5t-into-recovery-fastboot-mode-0182576/
    - https://krispitech.com/oneplus-5-wipe-cache-partition/
    - https://nerdschalk.com/how-to-keep-track-of-battery-drain-information-on-android/
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    Greetings!

    I have a Samsung Galaxy A22 5G and did the awful mistake to play with the kernel without doing a backup first. I know...
    So I'm in a bootloop now, factory reset did nothing. Since I don't have any ROM or backup on the phone, what would be the easiest way to push a rom onto the phone without beeing able to mount it (since I can't boot.

    Is there a good way via adb cmd or some GUI 1 click rootkit/flashing tool?

    Any pointing or linking in the right direction is highly appreciated <3
    Download the official firmware for your device and flash it through Odin.
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    There are a lot of people joining XDA on a daily basis, and there are a lot of repetitive questions being asked
    which clutter up the Development and 'Q & A' threads. Point them here. Feel free to ask or answer questions.

    The idea of this thread is to get users to help other users with their problems/questions. People are usually
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    leads to new users being afraid to ask questions!

    Only provide well mannered help towards users in this thread. Please do not spoon feed, but rather point in
    the direction where that user can find an answer
    and educate himself. If you don't want to answer, at least
    point out where to find the answer.



    Before posting anything, I strongly advise you to read THIS thread.

    Then, have a quick look at the names of threads in Post No. 2, you might find what you need right away.

    Third. Even if you do get your question answered, please do come back and read threads in Post No. 2
    (coming later as soon as we start getting the guides) to educate yourself. You'll be surprised how much time
    and frustration it will save you in the future!



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    ZTE V970 Brick?

    Hi,

    I've been trying to install Bruno's ROM for this phone (cam with all chinese apps). http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1856578

    but have a big problem. I tried my best to follow the instructions but, really couldn't work out if I was doing things in the right order.. is there an actual step- by step for this procedure? I know I'm a noob and read this read that I am an idiot etc. etc. but I thought if I used to ROM on that page and the software recommended it would be easy.

    Here's what I did:

    Downloaded all the files as told.

    Tried to 'flash a custom recovery' as here http://bm-smartphone-reviews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/mt6575-flashing-tutorial.html

    but it did not mention how to use the ZTE custom recovery file http://d-h.st/Vgt

    I'm also not sure at all that the 'MediaTek drivers' were installed properly. The phone never appeared in the Device manager.

    I opened SP flash tool and followed this: http://bm-smartphone-reviews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/mt6575-flashing-tutorial.html

    and selected the 'scatter file' from the unzipped Bruno ROM (took a while to realise had to unzip it to get the file!!!)

    I noticed most of the boxes on the scatter file were unchecked but carried on and ignored a warning message about the phone may not be able to boot (the tutorial said to ignore it).

    I had to click 'download' then plug the phone in and eventually I got the red loading bar. This finished... then nothing else.. no purple bar.. nothing.

    So after waiting a few minutes I unplugged the phone.

    It now appears to be a total brick. What did I do wrong? Why no purple bar? Were the scatter items supposed to be unchecked? What was the 'custom recovery' file for? Because the SP flash prog never asked for it.

    Is there any point in trying it again or is the phone dead?

    Thanks for any help..

    Theo