egzthunder1 · Sep 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Get S-OFF And More Storage On Your Nexus One

If you thought that the aging Nexus One was already all out of development tricks, there are a few surprises in stock for you in the following article. First of all, XDA member dla5244 brings us a custom HBOOT for the Nexus One called BLACKROSE, which basically will grant S-OFF on the device. This will allow you to mess with pretty much everything (except for Radios). This is, when not put in context, a good development. However, what makes this a GREAT development is the fact that the custom HBOOT has a few added quirks on it. For instance, this will enable access to certain parts of the device like the MTD partitions, which basically are the divisions in which memory is allocated across the device. XDA Recognized Developer intersectRaven decided to give a method used by XDA member lbcoder a shot in order to try and modify the allocation of memory. The end result pretty much speaks for itself as he was able to get about 50 MB from from the /cache partition over to the main storage of the N1.

Are you interested in giving this a shot? If you are, you first need to make sure that you are flashing the correct HBOOT for your device. Flashing the wrong one may lead you to end up with a brick. Once you are done with that, you will need to go into insectRaven’s thread and read ALL of the steps. This is more involved than simply flashing a script like it is done on other devices like the G1 or even the EVO. Modifying the memory mapping on this will involve commands, hex editing, and a few other things that can potentially ruin your N1.

If you do try this, please leave some feedback and your end results.

You must execute this on HBOOT 0.35.0017

You can find more information in the custom MTD partition’s thread and in the BLACKROSE thread.

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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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