Android system image question...?

Discussion in 'Mobile and Portable' started by smallhagrid, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. smallhagrid

    smallhagrid MDL Member

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    I have 2 older Android phones of the same model/version. (LG L38C, Android 2.3.6, rooted.)
    Been using the one that's all set up via wifi-only - no carrier activation.
    With free wifi all over the places this works really well for me.

    Now I want to set up the 2nd phone the same ways.

    With PCs one can simply clone an entire system pretty easily.
    Not so simple with Android I guess.

    Seems to me there should be an easy way to just back up everything - system, settings, apps, data from phone 1 and then just dump it into phone 2 - but searching seems to show this is not such a simple thing to do.
    (I have Titanium but do not see how to make a 100% full & transferable backup 'clone' with it...?)

    I will greatly appreciate any pointers to instructions of a way to do this, please.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Ppero

    Ppero MDL Novice

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    With Titanium Backup Pro You can do it!

    First phone:
    - Backup everything (including Dalvik cache)
    Second phone:
    - factory reset
    - Update (if necessary) and Root
    - install Titanium Backup Pro
    - restore backup of first phone

    In this way you should have two phone with the same configurations
     
  3. Ppero

    Ppero MDL Novice

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    Wait a minute:

    do you have a custom recovery installed in both phone?

    You could make a nandroid backup in first phone and restore it in second phone.
     
  4. stayboogy

    stayboogy MDL Addicted

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    #4 stayboogy, Mar 31, 2015
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    either use clockworkmod recovery for your device and make a nandroid of the one phone and then use the same recovery on the second phone to restore the nandroid you just made

    or

    you can use dd to make an .img of any partition that is mounted on the device and then flash it from fastboot if you device has a bootloader and it is unlocked (you can also flash images from a rooted shell terminal in recovery too)

    if you run "mount" command from adb terminal you will have the mount points for you system and data partitions (which is all you need).

    the dd command will be something like this:

    dd if=/dev/block/mtdblock6 of=/sdcard/system.img

    or

    dd if=/dev/block/mmcblk1p6 of=/sdcard/system.img


    again you will need to find the correct device points using the "mount" command from a rooted terminal.

    other common commands to gather info are

    cat proc/partitions
    cat proc/mtd
    cat proc/emmc

    depending on the device not all these will work--but at least one should.

    there's not many android savy users here on the boards that i've seen. if you need anything else let me know.
     
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  5. smallhagrid

    smallhagrid MDL Member

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    Thanks for the great replies folks !!:
    I will have to take a good look into my phone and remind myself of exactly what the hangup was because there was a problem there and I cannot quite remember it to tell about it...sorry about that.

    Everything beyond the below - is very much beyond my skill level, I think:
    And once again, I will have to see what is not working with CWM on my phone to be able to reply accurately.

    I'll try and do that soon and post again if I can get a handle on it.

    Thanks.
     
  6. smallhagrid

    smallhagrid MDL Member

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    It is very odd...
    I got an email saying there had been a new reply to this thread - and here I see none ?!?
    Very strange indeed.