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[ROOT] Ultimate DROID3 Root/ROM Thread

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by imnotmikal, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Links in this thread may be BROKEN or OUTDATED.
    I apologize if this causes and inconvenience.

    Before I start: I am not responsible for anything you do to your phone, this your own doing.

    Need Help?
    Come hang out in the IRC channel.
    Server: irc.freenode.net:6667
    Channel: #motodroid3

    Or, you can click here to access via Freenode's webchat.

    Rooting Your DROID3
    Download the One Click Root by psouza4.
    With this, you can root/unroot your DROID3.

    Then follow these simple instructions.
    Note 1) Your phone must be connected via USB data cable to your computer and recognized.
    Note 2) If your phone is connected, but not recognized, you may need to install one of these software drivers:
    LINK to x64 drivers(64-bit) LINK to x86 drivers(32-bit)

    Step 1) Download the one-click root package (link above)
    Step 2) Extract the contents of the one-click root package to a new folder on your computer.
    Step 3) Make sure USB Debugging is enabled on your device. This should be under Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB Debugging.
    Step 4) From the new folder on your computer, double-click on Pete's Motorola Root Tools to begin the root process.
    Step 5) Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the root process.

    Unrooting Your DROID3
    If you do not have them, re-download the files from above, unfreeze/restore any system apps you froze/deleted, and follow all of the steps until step 6, then continue here:
    Step 6) Click "Unroot Phone"
    Step 7) Wait for your phone to finish the unroot process.

    Installing Safestrap/Recovery
    Now that you are rooted, you should install Safestrap.
    In short, the Safestrap will essentially preserve your stock system files in a partition where they will not altered by flashing ROMs. ROMs will then be flashed into a “second system” which cannot touch your true system files. To install it, follow these steps:
    Step 1) Download the Safestrap.apk and install it.
    Step 2) Open the Safestrap and click “Install Recovery.”
    Step 3) Reboot your phone. You will see a new splash screen after the Motorola splash screen.
    Step 4) Hit the Menu button while this screen is open, and you will boot into the Recovery.
    NOTE: You MUST enable Safe System via the Safestrap Recovery BEFORE flashing ROMs, or you will alter system files.

    For more information about the Safestrap, click here.

    Wireless Tethering With Your DROID3
    As per the Android Forum admins and mods, I cannot post information about this anymore.
    Feel free to contact me with specific questions.

    Unbricking/SBFing the DROID3 (Or returning to stock without a Nandroid)
    So, you did something you weren't supposed to do, and now you're left with a brick (or you forgot to make a Nandroid, and want to go back to stock).
    Download this One Click SBF rar file by psouza4 from XDA, and this SBF file.
    This SBF will completely wipe your device and install software version 5.6.890 on your phone.
    To use:
    Step 1) Make sure you have the most recent Moto drivers installed.
    Step 2) Extract the zip to a folder on your computer.
    Step 3) Extract all of the SBF contents into the "files" folder in the folder you unzipped.
    Step 4) Power down your phone.
    Step 5) While holding the Vol + and Vol - buttons, power on your phone.
    Step 6) Select "AP Fastboot"
    Step 7) Once your phone says it is connect, double click "CLICK HERE - Flash Verizon DROID 3 OTA 5.6.890 to phone.bat"
    Step 6) Wait for your phone to reboot, then are back on the Stock OTA 5.6.890 update.

    Click here for the current ROM list.

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  2. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    Nice job, imnotmikal. Stickied.
    imnotmikal likes this.
  3. Knitewulf

    Knitewulf Android Enthusiast

    I'm liking the info all bundled into one post, very helpful.
  4. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Added information on SBF/unbricking.
  5. Skullsrcool

    Skullsrcool Lurker

    Links to drivers aren't there? I can't click them.
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  6. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Oops, sorry about that, I'll get those in there in a second.
    Good catch.

    Links added
  7. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Added CWM recovery and bootstrap information.
    nickdroid3 likes this.
  8. HadouGhost

    HadouGhost Android Expert

    is this perm root?
  9. Sneeky

    Sneeky Newbie

    Thanks guys, managed to install bootstrap, back up data, root droid3!! and so much more...keep up the great work
  10. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Added custom ROM info.
    Eddifire and DeadChex like this.
  11. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Updated with MUCH simpler SBF/Unbrick one-click instructions.

    Also updated with the most recent root/unroot program.
    glennj likes this.
  12. Schreiber

    Schreiber Member

    Is there a working root for Mac yet?
  13. RentzM63B

    RentzM63B Newbie

    The link for the SBF file won't work. Any help greatly appreciated as my phone won't accept the OTA...


    *EDIT* disregard. Found a different one...
  14. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Added Monster ROM, Deodexed DROID3 ROM, and CyanogenMod information.
  15. trini.s2k

    trini.s2k Well-Known Member

    cant wait till you finish , im new to this and i heard CyanogenMod rom is tough and one of the best
  16. still, SBF file link is not working. While there may be another link, it would be good to have it posted here alongside the rest of the package.
  17. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I will take care of this later this afternoon.
    If anyone has a working link to the sbf, post it here and I will put a link in the main post.
    Otherwise, I will either find a working one, or upload my copy.
  18. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Fixed the missing SBF link. It is now a Dropbox file that I will never delete from my Dropbox, thus being available forever.

    Also added Steel Droid v2.0 link.
    trini.s2k likes this.
  19. DeadChex

    DeadChex Member

  20. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Oops good call, I deleted the file by accident when I was cleaning my Dropbox.
    Link has been fixed.
    DeadChex likes this.
  21. bryan847

    bryan847 Well-Known Member

    Just a heads up! Dark Droid is now available so you may want to change the status of that.
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  22. gkjiii

    gkjiii Lurker

    can't get the link to down load the CWM recovery mod to download to work. any help please?
  23. trini.s2k

    trini.s2k Well-Known Member

    def not diggin the dark droid , everytime i try to do it , my phone reboots but stays on the dual core screen forever have to go back sbf it smh
  24. Knitewulf

    Knitewulf Android Enthusiast

    3.0 is out for SteelDroid! I think I am gonna flash directly on top of 1.0 without clearing cache or memory, because that's a bitch pain in the ass. I let you know what happens.
  25. imnotmikal

    imnotmikal Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Dark Droid, Steel Droid3 v3.0, and naracotICS info added to OP.

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