Former Writer · Dec 23, 2012 at 08:00 am

Nandroid Manager Makes Backups Even More Useful

Nandroids backups are invaluable for any rooted Android user. Perhaps the most common use is to keep a fully working install on the device at all times, so that troubleshooting common issues is just a little easier. There are other uses for Nandroid backups as well, but most require a little more creativity. There is now an app to make things a little easier.

XDA Forum Member H3R3T1C released an application called Nandroid Manager. It does exactly what it says it does. This gives whole new versatility to Nandroid backups. Granted, many of these are things most users already know how to do, but with this app, it’s now available to more people. The feature list includes:

* Support for TWRP and Clockworkmod (v5) backups. (Clockworkmod v6 will be supported in the future.)
* Delete and rename backups.
* Verify MD5 of backups.
* Compress backups to zip.
* Extract files from backup files.
* Restore apps+data from nandroid backup. (** Experimental)
* Explore contents of backup files with support for the following backup file types:
– yaffs2.img
– tar
– ext4.win
– ext3.win
– ext2.win

In addition, there are some planned features including conversion from ClockworkMod to TWRP backups, along with restoring data from Nandroid backups. However, there is some danger to be aware of. If users keep their Nandroids on their SD cards, as is required for the app, then any app with SD card permission can access your Nandroid backups. There is a lot of sensitive data stored in any full system and, thus, it can pose a security risk. This app isn’t one of those risks, but if you decide to leave Nandroids on your SD card, be weary of other applications and perhaps only backup partitions other than /data.

For more details, check out the original thread.


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