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[Tools, Tips & Tutorials] [MIUI Tips Contest] CWM for MI3W

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This post was edited by sta-s2z at 15:40, May-13-2014

CWM basics:

Installing CWM:Download CWM installer here: http://en.miui.com/thread-19405-1-1.html
Use updater app -> select update package -> choose recovery installer zip and press update.


Booting Into ClockworkMod:

Once you have ClockworkMod recovery installed on your device, booting into it is quite simple. All you have to do is launch Updater app, press options softkey and tap ‘Reboot into Recovery’.

Another way is to switch phone off, press and hold volume up button and press power button for several seconds. After screen will switch on u can release power, but keep holding volume up until recovery will start.

Third way is to use "reboot recovery" command via ADB.



Navigation:

[Volume UP] of swipe up for UP, [Volume DOWN] or swipe down for DOWN and [POWER] or swipe right for SELECT. Also u can use swipe left for BACK.



Rebooting:

First option in the CWM menu is REBOOT SYSTEM NOW. Select it to boot yr system.

Sometimes before reboot CWM may ask you about root rights fix or stock recovery flashing disable procedure.

Fixing root rights dialog can be caused by incorrect rom flashing or flashing stable release.

Stock roms contain scripts reverting stock recovery every time u boot yr system. Disabling recovery flashing procedure needed to keep CWM installed at yr phone.




Basic operations:


System switching:
As mi3 have two different partitions for system you can use CWM to select partition for boot. As example if something goes wrong after updated u can easily switch to previous system to get yr phone alive.
advanced->active system: X->Select current system


Wiping:
Wiping is used when something goes wrong, as example to clean rom install after fault or to switch to different rom.
wipe data/factory reset will do a "factory reset", it will keep your system and internal storage, but all third-party apps installed and data will be erased.
advanced -> wipe dalvik/cache - non destructive for user data erasing cached stuff and odexed app cache, your system setup will be kept, but reoptimizing will take some time before first boot.
wipe cache partition is the same as previous but without wiping of dalvik data


Backup:
backup and restore -> backup -> Select system to backup (or both systems)
Backup will save yr system, apps and data to an archive (stored to /data/media/clockworkmod) and can be restored later.



Restore:
backup and restore -> restore -> select a backup to restore
Restore previous made backups.
also u can restore only part of yr backup using advanced restore option
backup and restore -> advanced restore -> select a backup to restore -> select a part


Delete backups:
Lets you delete a previously taken backup to free up space on your SD card.
backup and restore -> delete


Rom installation:
To install rom use install zip file -> choose zip from sdcard , select rom file and choose a target system to install.


Advanced operations:

True dual boot:
True dual boot is a technology to have two DIFFERENT firmwares for the one phone. Without TDB your two system partition shares the same data partition which can cause serious errors, instability or bootloops if firmwares installed are different.
Initially u can use two different versions of stable rom without TDB, but u can't use stable and dev rom installed same time.
TDB technology allows you as example to run 4.3 stable on the first partition and 4.4 dev on the second without and problems. Or MIUI and AOSP etc.


To enable TDB: advanced -> enable TrueDualBoot -> choose move or wipe data
moving will copy existing data partition contents to new data partition, wipe will erase both partitions


then go to advanced -> reboot recovery
after reboot you will be able to wipe data and install rom separately for each partition.


Copying internal storage contents to OTG drive:

There is not automatic option for OTG mount, so i will explain how to do it manually. Please use only FAT32 or EXT formatted drives.
1. go to Advanced -> Aroma file manager
2. Press options and select console.
3. In console enter the command (while otg drive is insterted)
mount /dev/block/sda1 /external_sd
4. close the console and check /external_sd folder, u'd see the OTG drive contents
5. use file manager to transfer files to OTG drive



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Can I still install ROMs through updater app or do I have to stick with installations from recovery only?

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Vitkacy replied at 2014-5-16 02:12
Can I still install ROMs through updater app or do I have to stick with installations from recovery  ...

When TDB disabled - yes, no problems. Updater app don't use recovery for installing.
When TDB enabled - no, u will broke inactive partition rom installed. Only via CWM.

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