I’m getting ready to install /e/ on my Galaxy S5 (klte) device.
The device’s /data partition is not encrypted.
Is it actually necessary to reformat /data before flashing the /e/ ROM?
The reason I’m asking is because I have a lot of data on my /sdcard partition, and that lives under /data/media, and I don’t want to lose my /sdcard contents.
I know I can back up the /sdcard partition on my micro sdcard or to my desktop computer, but I’d like to avoid taking that step, unless it’s absolutely necessary.
So, can I ignore the install step which involves the formatting of /data?
Yes, I take backups, and I am covered for factory reset, etc. It’s just that I want to save the time and effort needed for restoring the items in my /sdcard partition after flashing /e/, if possible.
Given that I now know that it’s theoretically not necessary to format /data in this case, I’ll take a chance and try installing /e/ without doing so. If it fails, then I’ll just go back into recovery and repeat the procedure with a format of /data.