Former Writer · Oct 22, 2012 at 09:00 pm

Backup and Restore System Software Without Custom Recovery on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Late last month, we brought you news that the unhackable Amazon Kindle Fire HD got rooted. It was a pretty exciting achievement because that’s the first step in any device’s development process. However, users who go for root have had to be careful because there isn’t a custom recovery yet for the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire 2. There is still a way to backup your system, though.

XDA Forum Moderator kinfauns has written up a method that’ll backup system software so that users can restore it in case things go wrong. As kinfauns explains:

I’ve been a little concerned about everybody jumping in without a safety net in place. There are numerous ways that this device can get bricked. Not to put all of you into a panic, but just getting an eventual OTA update from Amazon might put some of these rooted KFHDs in jeopardy. With no custom recovery on the horizon, I think it’s important to have some backup/restore plan to get these devices booting again.

The process isn’t ClockworkMod-Recovery-backup simple, but it is pretty close. Essentially, kinfauns wrote a shell script that creates a backup directory on your SD card, backs up partitions 1-11 (everything except /cache and /data) and makes the files user-readable and -writable. All users need to do is download the script and follow kinfauns’ instructions to get it to work. A word of warning, the process can be dangerous if it isn’t used properly, so be sure you’re following instructions to the letter.

For more information, check out the original thread.


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