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    Default The 'True Restore' thread

    I thought I would start this.....

    There seems to be a lot of confusion about restoring the iPhone to a clean state. The main issue that I came across through a dozen threads or so is the iPhone becoming 'buggy' or 'unstable' after installing and uninstalling applications and doing this over and over again.

    This brings me to the following point. On the iPhone, like on a computer, when you start installing tons of applications then deleting them and repeating the process over and over again....it can lead to problems. In many cases the unistall process only removes some of the files leaving behind config files and other stuff that can be somewhat dissruptive when you end up with a lot of it!

    The answer is to completely reinitialize the device and start fresh again. And by this I'm not reffering to revirginizing as this only deals with the Baseband and seczone.

    What is needed is an actual true restore that completely flashes the iPhone and erases all of its content and reinstalls a fresh unaltered operating system without any traces of previous installs.

    I've read many different opinions on this and have yet to get a solid answer on whether this can or can't be done?

    It would help a lot of folks out there to "start fresh" and not continue to try fixing a "messy" iPhone that has become unstable!

    I hope this thread makes sense and doesn't come across as a repeat of the others on the subject...I know how some of the guys here have low tolerance to questionable topics!!!



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    I totally agree with you. I just want to clear my iPhone out, and start over with a nice fresh iPhone restore.

    An app for this would be fantastic. I wish the Dev Team would take donations aimed at specific projects. I guess they are pretty busy with 1.1.2. They are brilliant.

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    I am about to do a restore on my 1.1.1 iphone, it's not unlocked, i am using it with a cingular sim, but it wasnt activated through itunes and i dont have a data plan. Can i simply hit restore in itunes and have it go back to its 'store bought' stage? Would it then need to be activated again or does it just activate for its whole life the first time you do it? also it wont brick my iphone if i restore it through itunes correct? thanks.

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    I restored mine last night and everything was erased. When I first upgraded from 1.0.2 to 1.1.1, a lot of various files were left on the phone. With this last restore, I chose to set it up as a new iPhone when I first connected to iTunes rather than restore a backup. I lost my previous texts and my call log, but it really did seem to clear everything out. I'm not sure if setting it up as a new phone had anything to do with that, though.

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    I am about to do a restore on my 1.1.1 iphone, it's not unlocked, i am using it with a cingular sim, but it wasnt activated through itunes and i dont have a data plan. Can i simply hit restore in itunes and have it go back to its 'store bought' stage? Would it then need to be activated again or does it just activate for its whole life the first time you do it? also it wont brick my iphone if i restore it through itunes correct? thanks.
    Now that 1.1.2 is recognized by iTunes as the most current, you'll have to manually select the 1.1.1 restore file. In Windows, you hold down the shift key while clicking restore to get that option. You'll have to jailbreak/activate the phone again after the restore completes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capntang View Post

    Now that 1.1.2 is recognized by iTunes as the most current, you'll have to manually select the 1.1.1 restore file. In Windows, you hold down the shift key while clicking restore to get that option. You'll have to jailbreak/activate the phone again after the restore completes.
    Thanks, so then it wont brick my iphone correct? Also if i wanted to just activate through itunes and sign up for the att iphone plan i can do that after the restore? i want to add it onto my parents family line, will i be able to do that through itunes or will i have to go into att or call them?


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    As far as I know, bricking the phone while restoring is only a possibility when it's unlocked and new baseband firmware is involved. Since yours isn't unlocked (right?), it shouldn't be a problem. Even if it was unlocked, a 1.1.1 to 1.1.1 restore shouldn't be any problem. I've got an unlocked and jailbroken/activated 1.1.1 phone and restored it last night with no issues.

    After you restore, connecting the phone to iTunes will display the original activation screen.

    As for the AT&T activation questions, I have no idea. I don't use AT&T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capntang View Post
    I restored mine last night and everything was erased. When I first upgraded from 1.0.2 to 1.1.1, a lot of various files were left on the phone. With this last restore, I chose to set it up as a new iPhone when I first connected to iTunes rather than restore a backup. I lost my previous texts and my call log, but it really did seem to clear everything out. I'm not sure if setting it up as a new phone had anything to do with that, though.



    Now that 1.1.2 is recognized by iTunes as the most current, you'll have to manually select the 1.1.1 restore file. In Windows, you hold down the shift key while clicking restore to get that option. You'll have to jailbreak/activate the phone again after the restore completes.
    This is a very important issue. From what I've read even restoring and setting up a "new iPhone" in iTunes does not fully erase everything, nor does it re-write all the firmware files.
    What we need is a way to make iTunes rewrite all the firmware files.

    capntang, are you sure all the old 'junk" files were removed when you restored and set up a new iPhone?

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    I'm sure that all the junk files were removed. There were some old application directories and whatnot that were definitely gone after setting it up as a new phone.

    I'm not sure whether it was a "true" 1:1 factory restore, but it was definitely a clean install of the software on the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capntang View Post
    I'm sure that all the junk files were removed. There were some old application directories and whatnot that were definitely gone after setting it up as a new phone.

    I'm not sure whether it was a "true" 1:1 factory restore, but it was definitely a clean install of the software on the phone.
    What method did you use? You restored the phone with 1.1.1 and what were your next steps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by capntang View Post
    I'm sure that all the junk files were removed. There were some old application directories and whatnot that were definitely gone after setting it up as a new phone.

    I'm not sure whether it was a "true" 1:1 factory restore, but it was definitely a clean install of the software on the phone.
    That's good to know. Tho, on another thread I read that that all the firmware files are not overwritten by a restore.. I believe there's something about this on the Dev Team site.. But at least its reassuring to know that all the junk files are removed.


 

 

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