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Nandroid Manager Receives Major Update
Do you find yourself obsessively jumping from ROM to ROM? And do you hate having to restore a full Nandroid backup each time you want to revert? Or perhaps you just want some tools to be able to easily manage your Nandroid collection. Well first things first:
First, check out the support group for ORD (Obsessive-ROM updating disorder). Afterwards, go ahead and check out XDA Forum Member H3R3T1C’s updated Nandroid Manager app. We covered a previous revision late last year, but it now supports an array of additional features. It includes support for both TWRP and Clockworkmod (v5 & v6) backups, these being the most commonly used recoveries. It’s now compatible for pretty much everybody, and better yet, you don’t have to flash a whole new recovery to be able to use it.
In addition, Nandroid Manager supports the ability to delete, rename, and perform MD5 checksums on backups. These tasks are beneficial to anybody who likes to keep their backup collection tidy and wants to make sure that they aren’t damaged along the way.
The app also gives the ability to restore specific data only, including: SMS data, WiFi & Bluetooth details, user dictionary, apps and data, and even call logs. Trust me, your thumbs will thank you later, when they don’t have type those WiFi passwords again!
Finally, this app allows you to explore contents of backup files with support for a variety of different formats, currently including:
As stated previously, Nandroid backups are basically the Android flasher’s third best friend (the first two are root and custom ROMs). They allow for a nice, relatively simple, yet effective way to backup your current ROM (among other things), and this tool makes it increasingly easier to manage those backups.
Go ahead and check the original thread to get started.
It’s important to bear in mind that if users store their Nandroid backups on their SD card (Or Virtual SD) this could pose a security risk. Nandroids can (if selected) hold sensitive personal data and any app that is granted permission to the SD card also has access to your Nandroid backups. Although this application doesn’t specifically expose any user to any security risk, caution is advised when storing Nandroids on your SD card, especially if the /data partition is included.[Previous article on the portal here]
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