Wiping Data with "Erase All Content and Settings"

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by stormcsut, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. stormcsut macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2010
    I have a 3GS that I no longer use and a friend would like to buy it. I do not know a whole lot about unlocking iPhones, but he would like to unlock it and explained to me that he can do it with the current baseband version. He also said that if I update the phone in iTunes it will upgrade the baseband.

    Of course, I'd like to delete all my personal data from the phone. The quickest method I have found is the "Erase All Content and Settings" options under Reset in Settings. So my question is: if I do this, will it delete all my data from the phone and keep it at the current software version which is 3.1.2? Or will it completely wipe the phone to exactly as it was out of the box and the phone will have to be updated to 4.1.2?
  2. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    If you use erase all content, it's like reformatting your hard drive. Everything is erased. Unless you have your SHSH blobs, you will be forced to upgrade to 4.1.2.
    To determine if you have these blobs, go to the main Cydia screen or d/l Tiny Umbrella. On Cydia's main screen, look for SHSH or look at the log window in TU. If you don't see anything, you won't be able to erase your data, except via manual means. Your friend is correct that updating to iOS 4.2.1 will update your baseband. It is possible to unlock, but it is a very complicated process.
    FYI: if you don't already have blobs, you should start saving them. Use Tiny Umbrella.
  3. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    In 4.x, erase all content takes a long time. IIRC, its because it zeroes every piece of the flash storage out.

    With a jailbroken phone, an erase all content will leave you with a dead phone, until you DFU restore, so think twice about the erase all unless you want 4.2.1 on your device.

    If upgrading to 4.2.1 doesn't matter, I personally would do a DFU restore to 4.2.1, an erase all settings, then restore again. since the 4.x erase is a lot more thorough, you are essentially assured that none of your old data will be present on the phone.
  4. PsstGreek macrumors 68040


    Oct 21, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    If your friend needs the unlock don't restore it. Take all your data off manually. Then let your friend do what ever they want with the iPhone. The new 4.2.1 unlock/jailbreak is a little more complicated.

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