Format Data Vs Wipe Data


Psicopato

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Hi guys

Noob question...

im running the last Miui 11 weekly EU build (23.03.20) but my phone (Dipper) is consuming way to much battery and after 2 years dirty flashing on a weekly basis I think its time to perform a clean flash but im not entirely sure if I fully understand the TWRP options to do so, namely the "Format data" and the "Wipe Data" options

Whats the difference between Format and Wipe Data and which one should I pick for a clean install purpose?
I read somewhere that I should absolutely NOT "wipe" the data but I dont know why.
By the way, is it mandatory for a clean install to Wipe the internal storage too?

Please help me before I brick my phone by doing something stupid.

Thanks in advance and stay safe guys!!
 

YeepYeep

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Both methods are deleting your data partition.
But only format will also delete the encryption of the data partition.
A clean installation always deletes your internal storage.
And for a clean install formating data is always nessesary!
 

raku-cat

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Hi guys

Noob question...

im running the last Miui 11 weekly EU build (23.03.20) but my phone (Dipper) is consuming way to much battery and after 2 years dirty flashing on a weekly basis I think its time to perform a clean flash but im not entirely sure if I fully understand the TWRP options to do so, namely the "Format data" and the "Wipe Data" options

Whats the difference between Format and Wipe Data and which one should I pick for a clean install purpose?
I read somewhere that I should absolutely NOT "wipe" the data but I dont know why.
By the way, is it mandatory for a clean install to Wipe the internal storage too?

Please help me before I brick my phone by doing something stupid.

Thanks in advance and stay safe guys!!

A wipe just deletes everything in the partition, so if it's encrypted and it opens it up without decrypting, all it does is delete the encrypted contents, a format deletes the partition and makes a new one, which is what is necessary.
 

Psicopato

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Thanks for your replies guys.

So just to be sure that i doing it correctly:

TWRP menu:

Wipe - Format Data (ignore factory reset?)

Then:

Advance Wipe - select Davik, cache, System and Data

After that just need to flash the new rom is that it?
 

Psicopato

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No.
Never wipe system!
No need to wipe anything after format data.
Everything is already deleted.
Format, reboot into TWRP, copy and install the ROM.
That's it!
Thanks YeepYeep ;)

How about Factory Reset? Whats this option for?
 

macmelilla

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Aug 18, 2017
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No.
Never wipe system!
No need to wipe anything after format data.
Everything is already deleted.
Format, reboot into TWRP, copy and install the ROM.
That's it!
Mmm, I think I wiped system . Is it a problem?. I installed xiaomi.eu.for the first time and all is working ok .
Thanks

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