Last week, my android tablet went from working to being a flat glass brick in a few hours.
When I realized something weird was up, I quickly began evacuating all the files on it, that I knew wasn’t on my nas. (everything except music files)
I got the download, document, camera & screenshot folder copied out, and 60% through the picture folder, it froze. And never turned on again.
The picture folder contained roughly 14000 files - pics, funny gifs, dank memes - a little over 8000 was copied, and so I lost ~ 6000 files in that folder.
Two years of hoarding and curating from 9gag and so on. Nothing critical (like family pictures etc), but very very annoying. And my first ever data loss. Hard lesson learned from this.
Google photos hadn’t picked up the folder, so the files aren’t there.
I acknowledge that I carry a good portion (or most of it…) of the blame for my situation.
However, the device backup has barely restored anything!
I didn’t expect the device backup to bring back my files (though I had a very tiny minuscule hope), but apps, settings, etc - I had to do set the tablet up again from the scratch!
Half the apps I had to download again, I had to redo all settings, placement on the home screen, etc.
This is the worst device restore I have ever had to deal with.
Calling it a device backup is even misleading, imo…
I remember from back when I used iPhone, when I upgraded from a 4 to a 6, I did a system backup on the 4, logged into my apple account on the 6, and hit restore. EVERY file, system setting, app etc was transferred.
I realize this has been a rant. I’m pissed at myself for not exercising proper backup on my tablet, but damn it Google, your device backup is worthless…
The authorized repair shop (still under warranty), said the main board had managed to short circuit itself. Somehow…
No wonder it wouldn’t turn on…
I’ve decided to not keep any files what soever on the tablet (and my phone) going forward. I’ve paid for fx files, so I can connect to my freenas box over smb, and move every files that enters my devices, to it. But this is manual. I’d like to get something automated, in case it slips my mind some day.
And I’d like to be able to do a proper system backup of my tablet ((and phone) both android devices).
Does anyone know of a backup program or method?