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My phone came back from the warranty repairer rooted, which as I understand it, voids the warranty. (Or certainly, everything to do with rooting an Android phone warns that it's a warranty voiding action.)

I mean, I guess I can flash the stock image again at some point, but sending it off for a warranty repair that voids my warranty is an interesting problem.
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Except not really rooted? Some interesting version of rooted where the UI thinks it is rooted, and ROM Manager doesn't.

I guess I will learn all about flashing it now too, since I don't even trust these repairers to not have installed malware.
OK, well, rooted to my satisfaction for the moment, with Clockwork installed.

Clockwork might have saved my videos, if I'd had it on the phone at the time of the failure. (The first failure, before the point where it wouldn't even boot into recovery properly.)
And, as best I can tell, there is absolutely NO way to get mass-storage access to the GNexus's filesystem even when Android itself isn't booted, since everything on the phone has indeed been deleted, and there's at least some chance that it's the same storage as before the repair. If I had mass-storage, I could image the storage and run photorec on it.
HTC expressly say that if you use their (officially released) firmware unlock tool then the warranty is void. I'd be very surprised if Samsung was any different. For a warranty repairer to do something like that does sound vaguely criminal.

EDIT: Oh, and did you pursue Tasker + rsync any further? You prodded me in to finally getting that up and running on my phone. Haven't used it to restore lost files yet, but it's proved handy transferring music to my media centre. :-)
We got it up and running on Andrew's phone, yes. If he's on the home network and plugs into power, his phone backs itself up.

Unless we get too tired, we'll set it up on mine tonight.
+Stephen Jerub Thorne as best I can tell, that's not the correct explanation.

Well, it's correct that it no longer uses FAT, but it's more the fact that it doesn't offer a separate media partition at all. Hence that the Android OS is able to unmount it, hence, allowing mass storage would be a bad idea because it would involve two operating systems having block level access to the same filesystem.
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