General Upcoming Semi-Restore Tool

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  1. BumpyFlatline macrumors 68030

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    So CoolStar is developing a Semi-Restore tool that'll restore your device to a stock and jailbroken device. It works on 5.x and up. It'll keep you on the same firmware. It can not downgrade. It doesn't require blobs either. Right now it can't fix system files so if something is broke and you run this tool you'll be forced to upgrade. On twitter he said he might be able to implement a way to fix broken system files too but that is to be determined. In the FAQ he says to stay away from all Siri ports (because they break system files). It looks interesting.

    What do you guys think? Personally my device runs perfectly fine and I would be extremely hesitant to run such a tool until I get confirmation it is safe. Even still, I would only use it if absolutely necessary since my device is running great. Just thought I should share this with you all.

    Here's the link.

    http://semirestore.tk/
     
  2. darricksailo macrumors 601

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    Looks like it's a sign for awesome things to come :D. I went to the link but no where mentions what it actually restores, just says it's a user land based semi restore
     
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    It is VERY interresting, I would not hesitate to try it at some point.
     
  4. Missjenna macrumors 6502a

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    I wonder if this will remove left over folders and files from uninstalled cydia tweaks.
     
  5. BumpyFlatline thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yea I got that impression too. It doesn't reinstall the firmware. I believe it essentially takes your current device system and cleans it all up and puts it back to the same state it would be after a fresh jailbreak. Of course this is all assumption on my behalf. I just saw this on CoolStar's twitter (I'm VERY eagerly awaiting Procyon 3!) and had never heard of this upcoming Semi-Restore. I figured I should share it here to see what you guys think, especially dhlizard since he's a mod at iPhone dev team blog. :D
     
  6. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    wow! nice. I'm hesitant to try it on my purposely non updated iOS 5.1.1 iPad 3 no jailbreak. maybe i should jusilbreak just for this....
     
  7. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Sounds like what ILEX rat does
    Works for some
    Forces a restore for others
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I would see this as an option of last resort before a forced restore to the current firmware. If it can prevent that when there's nothing else left to try then this would be a very good tool to have.
     
  9. BumpyFlatline thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Just came across the first write up on this new tool. It's getting closer to a release. It looks to be different than the ILEX rat tool. That simply removes all Cydia packages. This tool removes everything from the device and leaves only the stock iOS and the jailbreak. Not sure what exactly it does but it's interesting to follow to say the least.

    Anyways, if anyone wants to read this short little piece, here's the link.

    http://www.jailbreaknation.com/semi...-version-of-ios-without-losing-your-jailbreak
     
  10. Missjenna macrumors 6502a

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    That's awesome to hear! I was hoping this tool would do that. It bugs me having all those left over folders after removing a tweak.
     
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Interesting.
    I'm going to be waiting for many reviews before I even think about going near that.:)
     
  12. lukejc1 macrumors 6502

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    Very cool. I would only use it if I absolutely had to though. It's worth a try before restoring.
     
  13. BumpyFlatline thread starter macrumors 68030

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    CoolStar is making solid progress on the semi-restore tool. Jeff at Idownloadblog has written another review on the tool. Looks extremely promising. Im really excited to see this get released. I don't need to restore right now but its always great to have that security blanket available.

    The cool thing about this method over ilex rat is that this tool will repair broken system files. It can help devices stuck in boot loops. Anyways, just thought it would be good to post this link.

    http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/06/04/semirestore-one-click-restor/
     
  15. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Good stuff, hope everything goes smooth and gets released.
     
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    It does NOT repair broken system files.

     
  19. BumpyFlatline thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Good catch. The dev must have gone back on his original reports. At first he said it would fix broken system files. Thanks for posting that. I haven't checked out the site since I originally posted it.
     
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  21. BumpyFlatline thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Sweet! Looks very promising. I'll feel much safer once this is out even though I have no issues now. You just never know! I'm really interested to see how this works in public release. Betas are one thing but once thousands of people start using it it'll be interesting to see if its up to par or if the vast majority have horrific experiences.
     
  22. nanolife macrumors 6502

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    I'm also not having any issues but that's definitely a good thing to keep close just in case.
     
  23. HankHowdy macrumors 68040

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    I have used the rat and it does the same thing. It made my phone go completely stock and look like it was restored.
     
  24. BumpyFlatline thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yea I'm aware. When I posted that quote the dev was reporting he could fix broken system files whereas ILEX RAT could not. However, during development he said this was no longer possible. I have been super busy lately so I stopped following the dev's tweets. As far as I'm aware, and your post seems to confirm this, there is no discernible difference between this semi-restore tool and ILEX RAT. It's unfortunate because a tool that could fix system files would be incredibly useful.

    Regardless, this is a better tool because you run it from your computer whereas ILEX RAT you need to install via Cydia correct? Either way, the more options we have the better!

    During the betas though, I remember reading various testers whose devices were stuck in boot/respring loops and the semi-restore tool was able to recognize the connected device, wipe the device clean, fix the loops, and keep the jailbreak. Does ILEX RAT still work if you're device is not bootable? I've never used it.
     
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    Upcoming Semi-Restore Tool

    I have had my device in a unbootable state a couple of times and I just ran evasion again, then run ILEX RAT.
     

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