IPhone Hard Drive / OS image

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Is it posible to create IPhone Hard Drive / OS image and restore, how?

For example if its brand new make image then jailbreake / unlock then restore to original image?  
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Commented:
I'm not sure what you're asking here...

You can easily just restore an iPhone back to totally default settings right through iTunes. If you jailbreak it, then it will either be jailbroken or legit, not both. So you wouldn't be able to jailbreak, then apply a default image and have it still be jailbroken. Doesn't work like that.
Before jailbreaking the phone, you can back up the phone (by right clicking on it in iTunes and choosing "backup").

Then, if you are unhappy with how the phone works after jailbreaking, and want to go back to how it was before, you can just use the Restore button in iTunes to set it back to how it was before.  The restore process will give you the option of restoring your settings and other information from the backup you made as described above.

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Possible only via iTunes. No other tool will take good image of your iPhone memory.
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Im looking for an exact image of the hard drive, not like backing up and restoring files.
Thanks.
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

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But how do you plan to get to hard drive of the iPhone? Keep in mind that it will have the file system not supported by most of imaging tools.

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Thats what i was thinking, and probably there is one somewhere.. Or someone knows how..
noxchoIT Product Manager
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I have iPhone and never was able to see its inner structure as HDD with any tool I ever used.
the iPhone doesn't even have a hard drive.  It stores all information in NAND memory and RAM.

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And do you know if NAND memory can be imaged?, i works just like a hard drive right?
Maybe you could explain the purpose of the image you want to create; that might help people figure out what might help.

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Its much faster instead of restoring and reconfiguring and installing everything manually, and just for general knowledge.
When you use the "Backup" feature in iTunes, it saves an image of your iPhone's memory to a file on your hard drive, which you can then restore.  When you restore, you don't have to reconfigure or install anything.

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This should work the same for ipod touch right?, i have fixed a couple of them and some times it forces you to restore with the firmware instead of the restore with itunes, its not the same as only restore as an image what im looking for.
If i make a backup with itunes a new brand new iphone then jailbrake and unlock it, then restore with itunes shouldnt leave any traces of any file on the iphone when i restore it with itunes. Im not sure but i think it doesnt work as an exact image, and when itunes with the restore option takes it back but not just exactly to when you first connect it, without a firmware restore.

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Thanks for the info guys.

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