I haven’t posted about it yet, but I’ve got an Android phone last week (HTC Magic, from Rogers), courtesy of my work (F yeah for salary full-time!). Being the geek I am, within a week I want to root it. But if I brick the phone, I don’t think they’ll look to kindly on me. So I’ve got to make sure I backup my image and it will work. I’ve followed the instructions here, got to the recovery system (though I couldn’t backup recovery.img…) “E:Can’t mount /dev/block/mmcblk0 [...] Can’t mount sdcard”.

Some people were saying it’s because the stock microSD card doesn’t work, so I tried another I had lying around. It didn’t work either. So I formatted it (through Settings), and then it STILL didn’t work. Back to google.

Then I find this post (#8) that says to just select backup again … and it worked. I’ve not seen any other posts that mention this, and no actual articles or blog posts (save one) have even brought up the issue, it’s only been comments and replies where I’ve found any information. So here’s an official post addressing the issue. Anyone who has problems feel free to post here or contact me (http://aaziz.org/index.php?page=contact) and I’ll do my best to help.

Update: I found that I also had to “fix filesystem” once or twice after/before each step, and sometimes do the wipe step more than once in order to get it to work. But, it did. Unfortunately the CyanogenMod images bricked my phone so I’m now using the rooted Hero firmware, though it’s a bit slow so I think I’ll try for rooted stock firmware (though some of the features like the new keyboard and slide to unlock are nice).

Update 2: I used a up to date version of CyanogenMod modded for 32A devices (which is what the Rogers Magic is) and now all works well.

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I’ve reinstalled Wordpress from scratch, and restored backup data/uploaded files. Everything should work the same as before, except better and less broken.

The next step is to change the theme. I have something in mind. It will either be based on K2 again, or Sandbox if I’m feeling adventurous.