[HOW-TO] Repartitioning the NC back to 1GB/data, 5GB/media

DeanGibson

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Please do not quote this message. When information in this message changes, I can change this message, but not the quoted copies.

As many of you know, the newer Nook Colors come with a partitioning that allows 5GB of space (/data -- ext3 partition) for apps and B&N books/etc, and 1GB of space (/media -- FAT32 patition) for user side-loaded content. The older Nooks had the reverse: 1GB for /data, and 5GB for /media.

I first documented a manual process for reverting the newer B&N partitioning back to the old partitioning, here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=13971291&postcount=110 Upon several requests, I have automated it here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=14047474&postcount=129

Someone in that thread requested that I repost the information here, so that it could be "pinned". Therefore, I have reproduced and expanded that information here (I now regard the above thread as dead for this purpose).

Caveats:
  • You must have ClockworkRecovery installed on the Nook Color, or on a bootable SD card which accesses the Nook.
  • You must backup everything you wish to save, or archive it on the B&N site, because this will clear all your data on the device:
    • /data partition (0p6)
    • /cache partition (0p7)
    • /media partition (0p8)
  • The following partitions will not be touched:
    • /boot partition (0p1)
    • /rom (configuration) partition (0p2)
    • (hidden) recovery partition (0p3)
    • /system (whichever operating system you have) partition (0p5)
  • If you have added additional partitions (eg, via "internal dual boot": http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=959461 -- unlikely, given an existing 5GB/data partition), you must uninstall/remove them first.
  • The usual non-warranties apply.
The following are installed in the usual manner using ClockworkRecovery installs.
  1. Download and copy to an SDcard, ONE of the following repartitioning install packages:
  2. Also download and copy to an SDcard, the following install package: http://www.mailpen.com/download/nook/reformatData-v1.zip
  3. Boot into ClockworkRecovery with the above SDcard inserted in the Nook Color.
  4. Install the repartition package from the SDcard, to repartition /data (0p6), /cache (0p7), and /media (0p8).
  5. Mandatory REBOOT into ClockworkRecovery.
  6. Install the reformat package from the SDcard, to reformat (and clear) /data (0p6), /cache (0p7), and /media (0p8).
  7. If you backed up the B&N "/data" partition, then you should be able to restore and continue without reregistering, but don't count on it (you may have to reregister).
 
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limaunion

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Hi DeanGibson, so you're basically indicating that by following this guide I won't have any problem rooting the new NC currently being sold?

I ask this because by reading different threads previously I had the impression that it's wasn't very clear if there would be issues or not with the new models.

I'm planning to buy a new one and this can make a big difference (going to another tablet brand or buying a new NC) if I'm confident that I'd be able to root it.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Imho this should be made sticky in order to avoid confusion of new NC owners. Also it has been reported to work great. I will rely on this as soon as my NC finally gets delivered. Cheers!

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Read carefully ...

Hi DeanGibson, so you're basically indicating that by following this guide I won't have any problem rooting the new NC currently being sold?
The above repartitioning does not root the NC. In fact, you must have either:
  • rooted the NC first, and then installed "RomManager" (which requires root privileges and includes ClockworkRecovery) before doing the repartitioning; or
  • have an external SDcard which accomplishes the same thing.
This thread does not document that process; there are many other threads that do so.

The process I document is designed for the new models.
 
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Well, having dealt with customer service (or tech support, actually), I suppose I would take the store employee's word over the alleged phone conversation :/ Pretty sure I saw someone on XDA saying they'd heard the same thing from a store employee, but again it's all what-ifs and hearsay--I haven't seen anyone say, "I went to B&N and they repartitioned my device," or "I went to B&N and they would not repartition my device."
 

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I can confirm this method has worked for me on my NC. I also did a restore of my ManualNooter'd backup after running the second formatter zip. B&N settings menus shows that the available sideload storage is at 5.23GB.

I'm going to see if I can now properly load a Cyanogen build onto my NC's eMMC that will actually fully boot now.

Thanks a ton!

Edit: It took! I just got Cyanogen to flash to the eMMC for the first time successfully since I first got my Nook. Clockwork is also no longer complaining about dealing with /data any longer either. Kudos!
 
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I have an unopened 2011 series, blue-dotted nook. Several hours ago, after reading the post about repartitioning at the store, I went to the Barnes and Noble where it was purchased and was assured, emphatically, that the Nook CANNOT be repartitioned at the store to the older partition scheme.

Off I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a 2010 series Nook (no blue dot). Wal-Mart had some of both series in stock.

One of the Nooks must be returned. I'm actually buying the Nook to play around with rooting, but have never rooted a Nook. So I guess starting with the old partitioning would be wiser for a beginner? I can't actually open it to verify what's on the 2010 series Nook for another week (gift).
 
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I have an unopened 2011 series, blue-dotted nook. Several hours ago, after reading the post about repartitioning at the store, I went to the Barnes and Noble where it was purchased and was assured, emphatically, that the Nook CANNOT be repartitioned at the store to the older partition scheme.

Off I went to Wal-Mart and purchased a 2010 series Nook (no blue dot). Wal-Mart had some of both series in stock.

One of the Nooks must be returned. I'm actually buying the Nook to play around with rooting, but have never rooted a Nook. So I guess starting with the old partitioning would be wiser for a beginner? I can't actually open it to verify what's on the 2010 series Nook for another week (gift).
rooting (emmc) the original partition NookColor is very simple to do . BTW both versions can run on SD roms.
 

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dear all.. for this step..
"You must have ClockworkRecovery installed on the Nook, or on an SD card which accesses the Nook."

just follow this thread?
h t t p://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=896682

anyway, thanks dean for the effort!
 

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dear all.. for this step..
"You must have ClockworkRecovery installed on the Nook, or on an SD card which accesses the Nook."

just follow this thread?
h t t p://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=896682

anyway, thanks dean for the effort!
Copied this from "eyeballer"

1. Download a CWM 3.0.2.8 sdcard image from this thread (credit: to cmstlist and DizzyDen). You really only need the 1gb image for this guide, no matter what the size of your card is. A smaller image will burn faster, and when you're done with the guide you can reformat the card anyway.

2. Extract the clockworkmod .img (if you can't open the file use 7zip)and burn to sdcard in Windows PC using win32diskimager (free) or winimage (shareware).
 
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Copied this from "eyeballer"

1. Download a CWM 3.0.2.8 sdcard image from this thread (credit: to cmstlist and DizzyDen). You really only need the 1gb image for this guide, no matter what the size of your card is. A smaller image will burn faster, and when you're done with the guide you can reformat the card anyway.

2. Extract the clockworkmod .img (if you can't open the file use 7zip)and burn to sdcard in Windows PC using win32diskimager (free) or winimage (shareware).
thanks for the info man!:D

So I presume that i will use 1gb_clockwork-3.0.2.8.rar since I am using a 1gb card?
 
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