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Old February 21st, 2010, 07:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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*I just want everyone to know that I didn't write this guide, just the first paragraph. You can thank ikithme for the guide and the links to all the files.*

Now that a .sbf file has been released for our Droid's we can always recover them using RSD Lite. AllDroid - View topic - Droid 2.0.1 sbf file released! it is pretty easy to use this. Of course if you physically break your phone it won't help, but if you screw anything up software wise you are covered.

If you unplug your phone while doing this it will break it beyond repair, Verizon will not be able to fix it. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS UNLESS YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO USE IT!

EDIT: Here is a guide.
EDIT:New RSD Lite link (4.6)
Requirements
A. VZW_A855_ESD56_QSC6085BP_C_01.3E.01P_SW_UPDATE_03. sbf (.sbf file)
B. http://androidoverdrive.com/downloads/RSDLite4.6.7z (RSDLite 4.6)
C.
http://direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/Co ... _4.2.0.zip (32-bit Motorola USB Drivers)
or
http://direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/Co ... _4.2.0.zip (64-bit Motorola USB Drivers)

Instructions:
1. Download all of the files above including the 32-bit OR 64-bit Motorola USB Drivers.
2. Install RSDLite AND the 32-bit or 64-bit Motorola USB Drivers (Depends on your system most will need 32-bit some will need 64-bit)
3. Connect your phone to USB and turn it off then turn it back on, while your phone is booting hold up on the DPAD. (Some users have said it is easier to hold the volume down button and camera button instead.)
4. Run RSD Lite 4.6 as Administrator (For all you Vista and 7 folks out there. If you are using XP you may not need to run as Administrator)
5. Click the ... next to the filename box and browse to where you saved the .sbf file and double click the .sbf file.
6. Hit start and below it should give you completion progress and all of that.
7. Once your phone is done being flashed (It may take a while so don't unplug it) it will reboot and you will be back at stock 2.0.1 no root.
8. Done

Credits:
dordodim for the sbf file. ikithme for guide.
Motorola for the awesome phone, usb drivers and RSDLite.

VtotheZ's Video Guide

YouTube - Motorola Droid - How to ROOT 2.1 firmware!

I have a tutorial on how to do this. Its pretty easy, just read the video description for a good detailed walk through.

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This is indeed good news. My first Droid got stuck in a bootloader loop, and it wasn't even rooted. This file was all I needed to fix it. Unfortunately there was nowhere to get it back then.

I grabbed it up in case I ever need it
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Yes, it is good to have just in case. Hopefully you never need it.
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I think this should be stickied as the ultimate fail-safe. Anyone that comes across this thread should realize that they really have nothing to lose by attempting to gain root now. Thanks for the file!
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I'll sticky it for now, if any mods/admins disagree then remove the stickyness.
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edit: nevermind, info added to first post already.
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I take no credit for the release of the .sbf file nor any of Motorola's software or drivers

IF THIS IS DONE WRONG IT CAN AND WILL BRICK YOUR PHONE BEYOND REPAIR OF EVEN VERIZON SINCE THIS IS THE TOOL THEY USE! DO NOT UNPLUG YOUR PHONE DURING THE PROCESS! I WILL NOT OFFER SUPPORT AND NOR SHOULD ANYONE ELSE! IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING PLEASE LEAVE RIGHT NOW.

THIS COMPLETELY WIPES YOUR PHONE AND REFLASHES IT! YOU WILL NEED TO REACTIVATE YOUR PHONE WHEN THIS FINISHES!

Requirements
A.
2.00 http://www.mediafire.com/?o2jetlnyn34 (.sbf file)
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2.01 http://www.mediafire.com/?2nojyrkfznj (.sbf file)
B. http://www.mediafire.com/?jzzjmngizmj (RSDLite 4.6)
C.
http://direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/Common/Drivers%20and%20Plug%20ins/USB_Drivers_32_bit_4.2.0.zip (32-bit Motorola USB Drivers)
or
http://direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/Common/Drivers%20and%20Plug%20ins/USB_Drivers_64_bit_4.2.0.zip (64-bit Motorola USB Drivers)

Instructions:
1. Download all of the files above including the 32-bit OR 64-bit Motorola USB Drivers.
2. Install RSDLite 4.6 AND the 32-bit or 64-bit Motorola USB Drivers (Depends on your system most will need 32-bit some will need 64-bit)
3. Connect your phone to USB and turn it off then while your phone is booting hold up on the DPAD.
4. Run RSD Lite 4.6 as Administrator (For all you Vista and 7 folks out there. If you are using XP you may not need to run as Administrator)
5. Click the ... next to the filename box and browse to where you saved the .sbf file and double click the .sbf file.
6. Hit start and below it should give you completion progress and all of that.
7. Once your phone is done being flashed (It may take a while so don't unplug it) it will reboot and you will be back at stock 2.0.1 no root.
8. Done

Credits:
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Motorola for the awesome phone, usb drivers and RSDLite (Thanks Ron for pointing out where I could find the USB Drivers and RSDLite)

End notes:
Have fun.

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CRPercodani posted this as a sticky in the All Things Root forum....

But thanks to you, ikithme, for putting this together in the first place!
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HAH I just started making my rounds and posting it on the forums that I frequent and here it is. Do you mind moving my thread stickying it instead and merging this thread with it? If its not a big deal. Thanks.
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Sweetness. Snagged everything and saved in an "in case of utter FUBAR" folder.
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So does this now mean even if we update to the official 2.1 when released, if it is locked down and unrootable, that we will be able to restore to a previous version?
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I will grab this tonight. I have thought I have bricked my phone many times (I love living on the edge) but after a little CPR always managed to bring it back. I know my poor Droid is running out of lives. This will definitely be a lifesaver when I do go too far...
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So does this now mean even if we update to the official 2.1 when released, if it is locked down and unrootable, that we will be able to restore to a previous version?
Yep, now we can always have root no matter what they do, no matter how locked down a new build is. You will always be able to use this to revert back to 2.0.1 and gain root then safely update to the new build.
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How exactly does this work?
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You install RSD Lite onto your pc, and you reboot your Droid holding down the buttons mentioned above, then you load the .sbf file into RSD Lite and hit start. It completely re-flashes everything on your Droid back to 2.0.1 without root, making it like a brand new phone. You will need to reactivate it when you first power it back on.
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Well I'm doing this when I get home loll
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This is great news being that I tried to update to DroidMod 1.0 today and my phone got stuck at the Nandroid backup state and won't let me get out of it. Quick question though. My battery is dead and when I reboot ith the bootloader screen it tells me that it cannot program because battery is low. I've had my phone on the charger for a while but it doesn't seem to be charging. The screen stays on with the atempting to backup log scrolling. I let the phone completely die and now it is plugged into me comp's USB with the screen off and the LED light by the USB port on. Is it actually charging or it that just showing power to the phone?
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Will we be able to use this method to "flash back" to 2.0.1 from the 2.1 OTA if we haven't rooted before the update? My Droid is in the mail and I thought I'd run it stock for a few weeks before attempting to root.
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This is great news being that I tried to update to DroidMod 1.0 today and my phone got stuck at the Nandroid backup state and won't let me get out of it. Quick question though. My battery is dead and when I reboot ith the bootloader screen it tells me that it cannot program because battery is low. I've had my phone on the charger for a while but it doesn't seem to be charging. The screen stays on with the atempting to backup log scrolling. I let the phone completely die and now it is plugged into me comp's USB with the screen off and the LED light by the USB port on. Is it actually charging or it that just showing power to the phone?
Well just try and boot it into bootloader and see what happens, if it turns on then you should be all set, it has to stay plugged in anyway so you should be powered on either way.

And to the other guy, yes you will be able to use this to revert back to 2.0.1 from 2.1, no need for root.
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Well just try and boot it into bootloader and see what happens, if it turns on then you should be all set, it has to stay plugged in anyway so you should be powered on either way.

And to the other guy, yes you will be able to use this to revert back to 2.0.1 from 2.1, no need for root.
There is an odd glitch where if your phone is completely dead plugging it into a computer will NOT charge it. So use the wall outlet.
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There is an odd glitch where if your phone is completely dead plugging it into a computer will NOT charge it. So use the wall outlet.
Agreed. I had the same thing happen to me the other day. I wasn't paying attention and the phone died during a rom upgrade. No screen, no nothing. As a last ditch effort I removed it from USB and connected it to the wall outlet. Came back an hour later and all was well.
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Good point, I didn't think of that at all.
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We need to create an "If all else fails" thread. One other trick when stuck in an endless recovery loop is to remove the SD card and power up. You will get an error but when you power down and restart the phone with the card reinserted all is usually well, booting back into the operating system.
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THIS COMPLETELY WIPES YOUR PHONE AND REFLASHES IT! YOU WILL NEED TO REACTIVATE YOUR PHONE WHEN THIS FINISHES!
Regarding the 'you will need to reactivate your phone' part...

Is this the thing where you log onto your verizon account, and click the activate phone button, and choose used phone, and enter in the phone number, and id's from beneath the battery?

I haven't had to ever reactivate before, so just wondering what that meant.

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Regarding the 'you will need to reactivate your phone' part...

Is this the thing where you log onto your verizon account, and click the activate phone button, and choose used phone, and enter in the phone number, and id's from beneath the battery?

I haven't had to ever reactivate before, so just wondering what that meant.

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Remember how when you first turned on the Droid for the first time you got that "Click the Android icon to start" screen and you got put through a call to Verizon that activated your phone? You'll have to do that again.
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Remember how when you first turned on the Droid for the first time you got that "Click the Android icon to start" screen and you got put through a call to Verizon that activated your phone? You'll have to do that again.
Ahhh, that is why I'm confused. The verizon guy must have done that for me when I bought the phone. Cuz he just handed me the phone and I was ready to go. Didn't have to do anything.

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To reactivate dial / call *228 and listen... when the nice verizon lady says your activated.... you may begin the rooting process all over again...
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Ook so this only needs to be done when we have irreversibly done something to the phone and need to bring it back to stock? Its not some sort of recovery image that we just restore to correct?
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Ook so this only needs to be done when we have irreversibly done something to the phone and need to bring it back to stock? Its not some sort of recovery image that we just restore to correct?
Yes, once you use it, your phone will be like it was when it first came out of the box.
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Ook so this only needs to be done when we have irreversibly done something to the phone and need to bring it back to stock? Its not some sort of recovery image that we just restore to correct?
It is really designed for times when you cannot get into your phone to do a traditional restore.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 07:06 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Yes, you should only use this when you have really screwed your phone up OR you need to get back to stock unrooted for whatever reason.
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I'm trying to flash back but nothing happens when I hold up on the dpad or when i hold down and camera. I can't acutally turn my droid on either, when i hold the power button nothing happens. This is after I tried to used nandroid to restore a ROM. Can anyone help me out here?

Edit: I think I figured it out.
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Just to add, when 2.1 comes stock and you're no longer able to root(until a new possible exploit is found) this will take you back to 2.0.1, allowing new droid owners to root
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So.. what do you do when the phone wont even turn on?... heh
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So.. what do you do when the phone wont even turn on?... heh
Hope that you have insurance.
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Try taking out the battery and putting it back in. Worked for me to get to the recovery screen.
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Or charge it using the wall charger for a little bit. That's seemed to work for a lot of people on this forum. Cause the phone does some funky stuff if you try to charge it while it's totally dead over USB.
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Well I just restored with this method the other day cause I mysteriously lost root and couldn't get it back after a few things I tried, so I figured since it takes like, all of 20 minutes to get from stock to a custom ROM, I'd just do this. And it worked perfectly.
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Added the 2.00 .sbf file link.
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When I plug in the phone then turn off then back on, the bootloader screen comes on. The driver won't load and seems I can't start the RSD Lite. Just doesn't do anything. Any ideas?

EDIT: Nevermind, got it going...works like a champ. TYVM!
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Just for clarification, as I'm assuming it does happen. But does using this method wipe all the data from the SD card as well?

Big thanks to all the guys who worked together to get these files out to the public.. I'm sure they'll come in handy for a lot of people who have friends that aren't too tech-savvy that mess stuff up while trying to root or something.
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Just for clarification, as I'm assuming it does happen. But does using this method wipe all the data from the SD card as well?
No, it does not. All it does is flash the phone's firmware with the sbf file.
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Just curious...any reason why someone would use the 2.00 file rather than the newer 2.01?
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the RDSLite link is dead, anyone have another source?
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New RSD Lite link added.
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different version?
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Hello to you all

I'm new here and I have a Motorola Milestone from the UK. For those that are not aware this is the Eurpean version of the Motorola Droid.

I'm looking to root my Milestone but not sure if the same procedure that you guys follow for the Droid will work and was wondering if you guys would be kind enough to help me out here.

I was able to upgrade to 2.0.1 using ROMS and RSDLite from these links
motorola_milestone:tools:rsd_lite [And Developers]
motorola_milestone:sbf [And Developers]

Also is there any point in rooting? Are there many custom ROMS out there that are worth having? I know one of the benefits is that we can install newer updates without having to wait for them to be pushed OTA.

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No it's a slightly older version because that is the one I have, it works the same though. The other link was dead.
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My post has RSDLite4.6 hosted on mediafire. Just added that link.
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