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I know a ton of people have requested to make a video/tutorial about the EMMC Brick, so here it is as a person who has never bricked his Galaxy Note GT-N7000 and have flashed hundreds of Gingerbread and ICS ROMs.
*Note – AT&T/Rogers Galaxy Note SGH-i717 does not have this bricking problem because it has a different CPU/system.
So, the main problem with EMMC brick that causes hard brick (your phone will not turn on at all and you will need a $50 JTAG service from MobileTechVideos) is mainly with “leaked” ICS ROMs. If you have flashed one of those “leaked” ICS ROMs, there’s a chance you can brick.
But to clear things up, your phone doesn’t get bricked unless you try to “wipe data/factory reset” in ClockworkMod Recovery while trying to install a new ROM.
The problem lies in some of the system partitions and whatnot. I am not going to get into details of this as it’s boring but I will show you how to avoid it altogether.
Whenever you are installing or restore ROM using ClockworkMod Recovery, flash Abyss Gingerbread kernel beforehand and reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery. This will also make sure you have a good ClockworkMod Recovery that can install ICS ROMs.
I always have a copy of Abyss kernel zip file in my phone’s SD card so before I flash any new ROMs, I just flash that beforehand just to be safe. And if you do this too, you cannot brick your Galaxy Note GT-N7000. You can use other kernels too but I am sticking with Abyss since it’s been proven over time and I don’t like taking any chances with my phone.
Although I have posted the ICS install method before, here it is again so you know. I am assuming you already have a custom ROM installed, most custom ROMs come with ClockworkMod Recovery. If you rooted using the ICS root method, you can get into ClockworkMod Recovery by flashing CWM.zip from stock recovery, just like you did when you rooted your phone, then follow the rest of instructions here.
Step 1. Download and copy over the Abyss kernel zip file to your SD card or internal storage. Again, I always have a copy of Abyss kernel zip file on my SD card I suggest you do too.
Download Abyss kernel
Then hold down Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons together until your phone resets and you get ClockworkMod Recovery.
Step 2. Choose “install zip from sdcard”.
Step 3. Choose “choose zip from sdcard” or “choose zip from internal sdcard” depending on where you copied over the Abyss kernel zip file to.
Step 4. Choose the Abyss kernel zip file and install it.
Step 5. Once installed, you still have to reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery so go back to main menu and choose “advanced”.
Step 6. Choose “Reboot Recovery” and this should reboot back you into ClockworkMod Recovery but the one off Abyss kernel.
From here on, you can install new Gingerbread or ICS ROMs without worrying about bricking and also you can restore ROMs.
For backing up ROMs, you can use any ClockworkMod Recovery, there’s no bricking issues there as you are reading the system, not writing to it.
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