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    What's the difference - Hard Reset vs. Wipe Data

    Hi All,

    Dumb question - What is the difference between "Hard Reset" vs. "Wipe All Data"?

    Please explain and provide the steps for each process. I did also read a lot about Cold Boot in the forum. Is that also another option when your TF is acting up?

    Thanks in advance.



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    There are two options for TF Resets. . .Hard-Reset (Cold Boot) and Data Wipe

    For both options, you want to Press an hold the Power and Volume Down Buttons.
    The TF will reboot and bring up the ASUS Boot Screen, with the addition of some micro type in the top left corner. (Release the buttons at this time)
    IF YOU HAVE THE MOST CURRENT FIRMWARE you will then see a scree with two Icons: On the left is a Box with an Arrow coming out the top, on the Right is the Android Robot.
    By default, the Android Robot is selected and the device will automatically "Cold-Boot" within 10 seconds if no other buttons are pressed.
    At this screen there are Three Options: 1. Wait for the system to reboot, 2. to confirm the Reboot option without having to wait 10 seconds, 3. to begin DATA WIPE.

    The DATA WIPE will clear all data from the Built-in Storage and restore the TF to Factory Default settings.
    As far as I have seen (having wiped my device 4 times) it DOES NOT affect the SD Media.

    The COLD BOOT is the equivalent of doing a full Power-Down on your Desktop or Laptop Computer.

    One final note, be careful which button you press at the selection screen, you don't get much warning if you accidentally choose WIPE DATA. (learned that the hard way :-( )

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by darkgarage; 09-17-2011 at 08:40 PM. Reason: I mixed up the buttons. Sorry for all the confusion.
    --DG

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    Pressing volume DOWN is the Hard Reset. Pressing the volume UP is the Factory reset.


    Hard Reset (This will NOT erase data)

    Unplug the power cord and shut the unit off and Press and Hold the power button and the Down volume button together for 6-10 seconds and let them both go. You should see a little shape in the middle of the screen so just press and release the Down volume button again and let it reboot. If you own the dock be sure and do this with the dock connected.



    Factory Reset: (This WILL ERASE data!)

    If it is erasing data it is called a factory reset and not a hard reset and a factory reset can be done by pressing the down volume button and the power button for 6-10 seconds and then after the square appears on the screen just press the UP volume button to erase it all.

    Also a Factory Reset can be done by:
    -Go into settings menu
    -Privacy from the left menu
    -Factory Data Reset

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    Thank you all for the clarifications. I saw the tiny prints on the upper left corner. Wow!

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    Interesting.

    The two methods listed here by darkgarage and mrmm49 are the exact opposite. i understand I need to press and hold both power and volume buttons to get into the hard/factory reset option. Now which option is done when you press the volume up and down buttons?

    Darkgarage lists volume up - reboot/cold boot/hard reset: volume down - data wipe/factory reset.

    Mrmm49 lists volume up - factory reset/data wipe: volume down - hard reset/cold boot/reboot.

    So I am confused.

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    I believe darkgarage is wrong. A moderator really needs to edit this thread before someone wipes out their tf!!

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    Sorry for the confusion.

    Sorry for the confusion everybody, i got the buttons mixed up.

    I have edited my earlier post, to reflect the correct method.

    Again, sorry for the confusion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkgarage View Post
    Sorry for the confusion everybody, i got the buttons mixed up.

    I have edited my earlier post, to reflect the correct method.

    Again, sorry for the confusion.
    That's okay! But now we know why you wiped your data a couple times!! LOL

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    Yet Another Change (sorry)

    I just hard booted my device to re-examine the proceedure.

    On my TF VOLUME UP confirms COLD BOOT. Ithas been that way since the firmware upgrade.

    Here is a screenshot of my firmware version.

    I have removed references to the actual volume buttons until we can get this all straigtened out.
    P20110917213757.jpg
    --DG

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    Funny! I just learned by playing with it dangerously. Once you get into the reset mode, the up and down volume button selects or highlight the two icons. Whichever is highlighted will be the action taken within the time given. I had to read the fine print quickly. Whew........

 

 
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