What is a Galaxy PIT file and how to make a copy of it by extracting it from your phone

The PIT (Partition Information Table) is a particular area of ​​internal memory that is used by Samsung for define the structure of all partitions present in its mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and even smartwatches (in the past the OPS format, i.e. Odin Partition Script was used).

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The information contained within it vary from model to model and in some cases also under the Destination Country.

Normally the user it has no need to change the PIT of your telephone, but in some cases such as that of the debrandization of some recent Galaxy series devices is the only possible solution to be able to change the firmware (read more).

Unfortunately it is not possible to find archives on the web that collect all of them the original PIT files used by Samsung, for this reason the only way to obtain it is to pull it out directly from your device.

The possible procedures are different, below we will show you the simplest ones, including one that does not need root permissions.

While the process of extracting a PIT isn’t dangerous at all, it is highly discouraged use it if you do not know what you are doing and if you are not sure where the PIT comes from.

PROCEDURE 1 – NO ROOT

The only possible procedure that allows you to extract the PIT file from your phone without requiring root permissions is the one made available by the Heimdall tool.

Unfortunately the latest version of the tool available, the 1.4.0is not yet compatible with the Galaxy S5 and therefore whoever owns this device will not be able to use it.

  1. Download the latest version of Heimdall available on the official site page.
  2. To install the package downloaded to your computer (on Windows simply extract the .zip archive)
  3. Start the heimdall-frontend.exe file inside the Heimdall folder and click on the last tab Utilities.
  4. Now put your phone in Download mode and connect it to your computer.
  5. Click on the button Detect and make sure the device has been recognized.
    The message must appear in the Output field Device detected.
  6. Click on the button Save As … and choose path where the PIT file is to be saved.
  7. To boot the extraction procedure by clicking on the button DOWNLOAD and wait a few seconds.
  8. If all goes well, the message should appear at the end PIT file download successful and in the path chosen in point 6 you should find your PIT file.
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PROCEDURE 2 – MANDATORY ROOT

A viable alternative, but that unfortunately requires root permissionsis to use the tool EFS Professional by lyriquidperfection.
In order to use it in addition to root you need to have on your phone also Busybox and the mode USB DEBUG active.

  1. Download the EFS Professional tool (available only for Windows) from the attachment at the bottom of the project page on XDA.
  2. Extract the .zip archive on your PC and start the file EFS Professional.exe contained inside.
  3. In the first screen click on EFS Professional button and click OK on the warning message.
  4. Connect your phone to your PC making sure it is switched on.
  5. The tool should start there recognition phase and if everything goes well at the end you will be returned the message EFS Professional is ready for use (if requested, remember to confirm the root permissions and the usb debug mode on the phone).
  6. Enter the tab Samsung Tools and from the drop-down menu Other Tools to choose Extract Device’s PIT File.
  7. For to boot the extraction procedure click on the button Execute.
    The procedure will only take a few seconds.
  8. Your PIT file will be automatically saved in the PIT subfolder of the EFS Professional folder.

Those who wanted collaborate in the creation of an archive they can send us the PIT file of their device (specifying the product code and firmware), in order to also facilitate the debranding and rebranding of the Galaxy (in particular the Galaxy S5, the Note 4 and the Tab 4).