Hi, About my phone: Droid X, gingerbread 2.3.3, version 4.5.602.MB810.Verizon.en.US I've finally decided to take the plunge and root my DX, install custom ROM, the whole shebang. Please bear with me as this as I'm new to the process, but I'm fairly tech savvy once I gain the necessary information. I did peruse through the 4 stickied threads, which I will undoubtedly re-read in detail once I get going, but i need to know some best practices BEFORE I root. In a nut shell, I want to back up as many things as I can before, and make the process of getting everything back after I install a new rom as painless as possible. This thread seems like a great start: http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-all-things-root/129648-quick-intro-rooting-those-new-rooting.html In particular, it advises this: MyBackup Pro: Allows you to backup apps and data (SMS, MMS, call log, system settings, android home, dictionary, etc) to your sdcard or their online server. 1st question: This sounds great, but this is a paid app. If I understand correctly, just rooting phone doesn't wipe any data, and after I root, I can use the free Titanium Backup app instead, right? Then I can backup everything before install a custom rom (which does wipe everything), right? 2nd question: About Contacts. I recall when I first received the DX in the mail, when I booted the phone, it went through process of automatically retrieving all my contacts that are backed up in Verizon's server (I use Verizon's free Backup Assistant, which automatically backs up my Contacts every night) So my question is, after I install a new ROM , will it automatically grab my contacts off the Verizon server? Or will I need to do something else to save my contacts? I'm little confused on the concept of my contacts being linked to my gmail account. 3nd question: After I restore my paid apps on the new rom, they will still update to any new versions correctly and I'm still recognized as having legitimately paid for the ap, right? I'm a little fuzzy in general about what happens to paid afters any kind of system reset. If the worse happens (ie backup fails) and I have to download the app again, how will it remember that I've already bought it before? Appreciate any answers I can get, and any other tips I should be aware before I do this.