Instructions for making a backup on the Nook Tablet.
The process uses the functions of the ClockWorkMod (CWM) Recovery program to make the backup. If you do not have CWM installed internally, you must use a Bootable SDCard version of CWM. You can find our instructions for creating the bootable CWM card here (includes video)
There are three possible scenarios for getting CWM to run on the Nook:
- Executed via external (bootable) SDCard
- Executed via internally installed version
- Executed via Cyanoboot (2nd boot) program
If you do not have CWM installed on the Nook’s internal memory (or, if you do not know), then you should use the External (bootable) SDCard version. (Instructions for creating it are here.) In this case, you should just insert the bootable card into the Nook’s SDCard slot and power the Nook on (press the power button briefly). When it boots into the Blue menu, skip to “Using CWM”.
If you have installed CWM to the internal memory of your Nook, execute the program by pressing the Nook (or home) button and the power button at the same time. Continue to hold both until the screen begins to display. At this point, skip to “Using CWM.”
If you have Cyanoboot installed (with CWM as the internal recovery), then execute the program by pressing the power button, then when prompted, hold the HOME button. When the Cyanoboot menu comes up, use the Home key to move down the list and find “Internal eMMC Recovery” then press the power button to select it.
Use the Volume + or – keys to move up and down the CWM menu, Use the power button to go back to a previous menu. Use the Nook (or home) button to execute a selection.
- Let CWM boot completely (displays blue menu)
- Insert (or switch) SDCard in slot on Nook (must have at least 2gb of available space to store backup)
- On the CWM menu, select “backup and restore“
- Select “backup“
- Wait until CWM returns to the blue menu (takes about 5 minutes. Just watch the updates and the yellow progress bar for activity.)
- Select “reboot system now“
- Power off the Nook
- Remove the SDCard from the Nook
- Mount the SDCard on your computer
- Rename the Backup file on the SDCard (located at /sdcard/clockworkmod/backups/) – I change the “time” portion (at the end of the filename) to describe the ROM.
- Copy the backup file/folder to a secure location (on your computer, etc.)
That’s it! If there was no error reported, then you just backed up your Nook’s internal memory. All the system info (Rom, settings, etc), applications, and internal user data were backed up and can be used to restore the Nook at some later point. When the restore is executed, the Nook will be returned to exactly the same setup as when you made the backup.
NOTE: The external SDCard is NOT backed up, since that is the target drive where the backup is saved. You may want to remove the card and store it in a safe location.
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