Gearloose Odin Backup Manager 2.0 — November 24, 2011

Gearloose Odin Backup Manager 2.0

First the German GB 2.3.6 has been released .

The information courtesy lachon69

Download link

Password :


Those who are familiar .

Gearloose is a backup manager which backs up data and system and creates odin images .

The new version of Gearloose has

  • Backup organised by date instead of custom names
  • Cygwin used to make process faster
  • Support for amss (radio ) and Bootloader (the four files )

This version was created since some people dont have stock roms to have a backup . (North America especially)

Requirements :

  • Rooted Shell in Airplane Mode when Android is on.(Arkas 0.564,Arkas 0.6,Perseus 2  ,CyanogenMod,Stock ROM+ WIllingMagic’s kernel)
  • OR Rooted Recovery .Recovery4/RecoveryGinger4 OR ClockworkMod recovery
  • 500 MB free space in SD card .

Instructions :

  • unzip the contents to a folder
  • connect phone to USB with USB debugging ON
  • either go to rooted recovery or switch off to airplane mode
  • Run backup.bat
  • Ignore the mkdir or mount errors .(safeguard if /sdcard is not mounted)
  • Press enter as and when required
  • A folder will be created with the current date and time stamp containing the backup depending on option .(I suggest number 4 )
  1. BOOT.tar.md5 -Bootloader (4-5 MB)
  2. PDA.tar.md5 – PDA file (370-375 M B)
  3. PHONE.tar.md5 -PHONE_amss file for radio (25MB)

Remember the file size should be almost as above 

I have tested this on recovery4 and recoveryginger4 .

Not tested on Arkas 0.564,arkas 0.6 and Persues 2 and ClockworkMod recovery .It may work or it wont .

ROMs Backed up and restored :

  • Stock GB
  • ganymede 4
  • Stock Froyo
  • Arkas leviathan

Remember you need a rooted shell 🙂 

If you are performing the backup on live android system like Arkas or CyanogenMod then remember to switch to airplane mode since amss may not be backed up correctly with this mod .

The backup manager


In case you want links to the rooted recoveries .

Recovery4 For Froyo.


Recovery4ginger For gingerbread 



Perseus X and Gearloose File System Manager — October 20, 2011

Perseus X and Gearloose File System Manager

100th POST .Bells and whistles

I was gonna release the Arkas 1.6 but stalled it for a reason.

Arkas 1.6 was going to be Perseus X  on JFS .

There is a reason behind it .

Recently Odin Bricks and Failures are on a rise .

I did isolate the stock ROM without the bootloader last week to minimise the Bootloader related errors .

Now Enigma takes a step further to more freedom from Odin .

Ordinarily A regular Odin flash takes 3 minutes ,thats 180 seconds of nervous 216 Heartbeats .

The major chunk of Odin Flash is the system.rfs flash .

Now we have eliminated the requirement for system.rfs Flash

That leaves us with 10-12 second Odin Flash which is much much more safer

Perseus X doesnt use the Normal Flash Method .




Installing Perseus X is way different .

I am counting on guys like Aelton Lagao(Brazil-orkut ) and didy (Indonesia ) to help your fellow users translate this method .


The contents of the file

1.)PerseusX1.tar : (Kernel and Recovery )To be installed with Odin

2.)GearlooseFL.7z : Gearloose File system manager

3.) : System to be installed with recovery

Step A .Kernel and the Recovery

Flash PerseusX.tar with One Package Odin Flash.It has the kernel


It’s the work of kraka23 and pinkflozd .It’s a full rooted bash recovery with busybox 19.2 with multi FS support .It’s kickass if you know how to use it .

Very powerful .

Kernel is a unique kind .

Very Unique

Theoretically It supports 8 types of File systems ,6 types of /system ,6 types of /data ,6 types of /cache ,8 types of second SD card partition







XFS and BTRFS are not supported for anything below 256 MB so it only works on Second SD card partition .

Usually any kernel can support at most 2 FS .

Pinkflozd’s State of art optimization makes the kernel support almost every FS.rfs may or may not work

More about File system and their effects later .

Step B : Recovery and Gearloose File System manager .

You will need to change the File system partition

Go to recovery .

Connect the phone with USB cable .

Unzip GearlooseFL.7z and run backup.bat.

Yes it is modified Gearloose Backup manager

Press Option 3 which is the Backup Manager

And the required number ahead to change the File system

Format /system to JFS ,ext2 or ReiserFS to be safe

Format /data to ext2 to be on safer side .

Format /cache to ext2 to be on a safer side

Step C : SD card Copy

Copy to SD card .

Use the update from SD card option and select


And reboot system .

There PerseusX installed .

The method looks simple but is supremely confusing

The File Systems 

Bloat File Systems 

Vfat :- It’s slow dated and I never checked it’s working

rfs :- same with this one

ext4 :It’s a jounalled FS and has marginal improvement over rfs .Battery Thirsty

ext3 :Pretty much dated and useless

Fast Action File Systems

ext2 :Non journalled ,Very Fast and responsive .Perseus X works like a charm on ext2

reiserfs : Journalled FS ,this FS is faster than ext2 and the fastest system OS . It’s very fast ,very responsive and smooth.

JFS : It is a bit faster than ext2 . But It has the least cpu foot print in all FS evah. JFS system is 25 p.c more battery efficient than ext4

Power FS 

btrfs :It’s fast Second SD card partition FS .Very fast ,a tad battery hog

XFS :It is almost equivalent or faster to btrfs .It consumes a little less CPU than btrfs .

The kernel

Perseus X is powered by the Vigor Kernel 2.0(1.0 was in Perseus 7).It is stable at 806  Mhz . Upto 844 Mhz is unlocked but 806 is max stable for folks .

Below the 600 Mhz the Ram is underclocked for battery safe purposes .

Over 600 Mhz Ram speed is overclocked to give a significant Boost .

It has hundred of patches  .BFQ works like a charm for higher CPU range while sio works cool for the lower end of spectrum.

The system :

It’s a regular system with init.d scripts making your life easier and some very cool stuff under the hood with SU 3.0 and busybox 1.19.2 .

It is a Zip file so you can manipulate which system app can be installed .

Currently 10MB is remaining in /system minimum

File System Mismash 

It was practically impossible to test every combination o even rationalize every File system combination .The two beta tester did give some results but still it was not enough .

Of all the working combinations in system/data/cache/Sd

ext2/ext2/ext2/ext2 is the most stable one

reiserfs/reiserfs/reiserfs/xfs is the most speedy ROM

JFS/JFS/JFS/XFS is speed + a whooping 25 p.c increase in battery (lagfree-bfq-691)

Reiser/ext2/ext2/ext2 is a relatively safe combnation plus a hevay bump in speed

Problematic FS :ext3 and ext4 act up and 90 p.c of times wont work

JFS is moody FS .6 out of 10 times it will install perfectly .Sometime /data will give you a nightmare ,sometimes the /system wont persist .

Prerequisites : adb logcat knowledge to know .You are screwed .

The Enigma File Systems 

Mine is Dual JFS with ext2 cache on XFS SD card second partition

Flozd has Tri JFS on btrfs SD card second partition

Also he has Tri Reiser fs and Tri NonJournalled ext4 btrfs for performance

Tiago has all quad ext2

kraka 23 has tri reisrfs with ext3 and tri rfs ext3 sometimes

File system commands in case of utmost emergency in recovery shell .

/dev/stl12 :- for system

/dev/stl13:for data

/dev/stl14:for cache

System commands have been listed the data and cache are similar

mkfs.jfs /dev/stl12 :for JFS

mkfs.ext2 -b 4096 /dev/stl12 : for ext2

mkfs.ext3 /dev/stl12: for ext3

mkfs.ext4 /dev/stl12: for ext4

mkfs.reiserfs /dev/stl12:for reiserfs

mkfs.xfs /dev/block/mmcblk0p2 :for XFS (sd card second partition only)

mkfs.btrfs /dev/block/mmcblk0p2:for btrfs (SD card second partition only)

Yep ,it’s confusing to install and a bit complicated .You will soft brick it many time and will require assistance from adb logcat .

Arkas 1.6 

So it is upto you to decide whether you want a simple Odin ROM for the newer Arkas or should we move forward with the system zip installation .,

Your choice .

Download PerseusX Here

Troubleshooting Guide :

  • If phone doesnt go beyond the log
  • reboot to recovery and format /data
  • If phone doesnt boot even after 5 minutes
  • reboot to recovery and format /data
  • APPs crashing .Reinstall app .If that doesnt help
  • reboot to recovery and format /data with another FS
  • Multiple APK crash
  • reboot to recovery and format /data and /system to another FS
  • blocked /data
  • reboot to recovery and format /data with other FS
  • I am scared to hell ,WTF is this all mumbo jumbo .
  • Install Stock ROM .
  • By Format I mean use mkfs notWipe Data and Cache” Partition

I am pickled at the moment .So Long folks .This is a very short tutorial actually.Ask Didy about the problems encountered with Perseus 7 🙂 .

Nandroid Style Odin/Gearloose Backup — August 13, 2011

Nandroid Style Odin/Gearloose Backup


Beefed up


Bankai !!!

Enigma Strikes Again .!!!

With some research,common sense and help from Kraka23 ,I figured a backup method which works like a nandroid .

Instead of using a recovery ,I made clever use of scripts ,odin and SOC !!

The new Gearloose Backup manager backs up the data and system partitions and at the end you receive a Odin flashable tar

Which entirely backs up and restores the system state !!!!

Yes everything.Saved games ,app changes, settings, saved apps ,wallpapers, saved state ,rabid turtles ,naked bunnies ,pingus ,user accounts.


It’s a bit slow and time consuming .(5-7 minutes for dump/pull and 5 minutes for flash) BUT WAY FASTER THAN TITANIUM BACKUP 

The file will be saved on PC .

Before I begin Let me tell you the requirements :

  • Odin 4.34
  • SuperOneClick Root (Yes even if you have rooted phone)
  • Android SDK installed
  • SD card with 1GB free space
  • Supreme guts
  • Gearloose  Backup manager
  • 1 GB free space on the hard disk partition
  • Galaxy 551 and USB cable
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Keep the processor on performance governor and Max clock .pref 780 Mhz for 0.5 and 806 for 0.533

Method :-

Connect the phone with USB cable to Computer

Run SuperOneClick

Now click on Shell Root 

Finish the works


ensure that backup.bat and backup folder are present

run backup.bat

There are two options

  1. backup DATA : which backs up your data partition
  2. backup DATA and SYSTEM :backs up both system and data partitions

After choosing the desired option .


Enter your desired tar name like PDA,ABC,TRY,NOOB,

And just keep on clicking Enter when asked

Lines You will see

  • Dumping & Dumping Finished (4-5 minutes)
  • Taring & Taring Finished (3-4 minutes)
  • Adding Checksum and Checksum finished (1 minute max)
  • Pulling (3-4 minutes)
  • The Odin file is ready in backup folder
  • Cleaning the SD card

at end of 5-7 minutes depending on SD card speed ,you will get a odin flashable tar image in backup folder.

When you want to restore your data .

Flash with the odin file.



the backup data image is 170 MB

and with data+ system is 350 MB

If you dont believe this i have enclosed a blank PDA file which wipes the data .You can restore your data backup after that to check it.

Thanks to kraka23 of Argentina for the SOC shell root suggestion which removed a bug.

Thanks to Xtra Power Friend of Brazil for testing it for and helping me identifying three bugs

Dont forget to clear cache after flashing just to be safe !!!

Download the manager

EDIT 1 : I messed up the code for data back up .System+data worked fine 

Here is the manager again .

All the 13 downloaders please download again

Download link 2

A GUI will be made if I get enough reviews and requests .

Gearloose in GUI — July 21, 2011

Gearloose in GUI

The makeshift GUI for Gearloose

It is a simple GUI based on The Wizard’s Apprentice 1.5 by Dion Nicoolas

The gearloose manager with options

Enjoy fellas

Antivirus software raise flags while executing GearlooseGUI.bat .
But you guys can check the script and I assure it just a false positive


Extract the zip contents and execute(double click) the GearlooseGUI.bat

Yes it looks like an installer since the original prog was supposed to be for installers 😀

Download Link

Gearloose ADB Manager — July 20, 2011

Gearloose ADB Manager

This a batch script  for people having trouble with adb commands or people who are too lazy to type

Gearloose 0.22 ADB Manger to the rescue


Currently it is for windows only


Knowledge of english

Android SDK installed

Rooted Phone

Common Sense

USB Debugging should be on .


Execute option 2 First time after installing and it will create a bunch of folders and sub folders

Folders Explained :

gearloose is the main folder

app,backupframework and sd are three subfolders

app sub folder :–

data : /data/phone apps will be saved here (single)

databatch :all the /data/apps will be saved here

note to backup data apps ,you will need to set the permissions from shell manually

installsingle :place apk for single install

installbatch : install apks in a batch (Limited to 10 currently)

system : /system/apps will be saved here

systembatch :all the /system/apps for total backup will be saved here


backupframework :Currently only tested on single samsung phone .Backs up framework-res.apk and twframework-res.apk



backup : transfers a single file from sd card to this folder

fullbackup : transfers the entire sdcard contents here

camera :camera pics are located here

push : Can transfer a file from PC to sdcard


The functions

0 :-Mindless Drabble

1:- help ,useless though

2:-Important function,creates folders for the manager.It should be executed FIRST before doing anything

3:- Lists apps in /system/app folder

4.:-Transfer a particular app from /system/app folder to \gearloose\app\system

5.:-Backsup all apps from /system/app folder

6.:-Backup a particular installed app from /data/app folder

7.Backup all apps from /data/app folder

8.: Batch Install apk from computer to phone .

It is currently limited to 10 apps

Place the apks in installbatch folder and rename them from 0.apk to 9.apk

It will directly install to your phone.

9.Install a single apk from installsingle folder.Follow the instructions

10.:-Backup frameworks from samsung phones.From other phones it will only back up framework-res.apk to \gearloose\backupframework

11:-List SD card contents

12 :-Push a file in SD card.File should be in gearloose\sd\push folder.It will be pushed to /sdcard/gearloose folder

13.Backup a file from sd card .It will be saved in \gearloose\sd\backup folder

14.Backup camera pics :- All camera present in DCIM folder will be saved to \gearloose\sd\camera

15.:-Backup entire SD card :-ALL THE SD CARD CONTENTS ARE TRANSFERRED TO computer .It will take disk space and time


I have tested all functions .

It wont work if you dont have Android sdk

It wont work is you dont have windows

It wont work if you dont have Android phone connected

Download Link