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General Upcoming Semi-Restore Tool

BumpyFlatline

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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/
 

darricksailo

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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/

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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BumpyFlatline

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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

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
 
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BumpyFlatline

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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
 
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Missjenna

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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

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.
 
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BumpyFlatline

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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/
 
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nanolife

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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/

It does NOT repair broken system files.

This process can not and does not repair broken system files! Avoid all Siri Ports, as they are not only illegal (except for Spire on 5.0.1) but they also create problems and may potentially break system files (even Spire can cause this).

http://semi-restore.com
 
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BumpyFlatline

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It does NOT repair broken system files.

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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nanolife

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10 hours to go!

 
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BumpyFlatline

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10 hours to go!

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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.
 
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HankHowdy

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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

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

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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.

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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HankHowdy

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Upcoming Semi-Restore Tool

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.

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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