Late last month, we brought you news that the unhackable Amazon Kindle Fire HD got rooted. It was a pretty exciting achievement because that’s the first step in any device’s development process. However, users who go for root have had to be careful because there isn’t a custom recovery yet for the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire 2. There is still a way to backup your system, though.
XDA Forum Moderator kinfauns has written up a method that’ll backup system software so that users can restore it in case things go wrong. As kinfauns explains:
I’ve been a little concerned about everybody jumping in without a safety net in place. There are numerous ways that this device can get bricked. Not to put all of you into a panic, but just getting an eventual OTA update from Amazon might put some of these rooted KFHDs in jeopardy. With no custom recovery on the horizon, I think it’s important to have some backup/restore plan to get these devices booting again.
The process isn’t ClockworkMod-Recovery-backup simple, but it is pretty close. Essentially, kinfauns wrote a shell script that creates a backup directory on your SD card, backs up partitions 1-11 (everything except /cache and /data) and makes the files user-readable and -writable. All users need to do is download the script and follow kinfauns’ instructions to get it to work. A word of warning, the process can be dangerous if it isn’t used properly, so be sure you’re following instructions to the letter.