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Oct 24, 2009
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This thread is currently being overhauled to add some new and more updated information. If there is something you wish to see in this thread please PM OMJ and I will consider adding information on it. Thanks to CRPercodani and UBRocked for originally putting this thread together. And thanks to even though the site is gone it provided a wealth of information.

What you need to know first:

Benefits of Rooting

Okay, so you know
*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)
A. VZW_A855_ESD56_QSC6085BP_C_01.3E.01P_SW_UPDATE_03.sbf (.sbf file)
B. (RSDLite 4.6)
C. ... (32-bit Motorola USB Drivers)
or ... (64-bit Motorola USB Drivers)

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

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.
This is nothing new, I just took the liberty of consolidating several threads to keep from having to thread-hop to find different files and instructions for different parts of the process.

As a warning before you start this process, THIS WILL ERASE ALL OF YOUR INSTALLED APPS. Don't worry, they can be re-installed from the market and I'm fairly certain there is a backup procedure that helps in the restore process. I will do some research and try to add that in the coming days. I'm still fairly new at this and don't know all of the tools and processes very well yet, but this was just one of the things I have done that was confusing to me that I thought I could clear up for some folks.

Windows Instructions:
1.) Download 2.1 SP Recovery sbf to your C: root directory (C:\)
2.) Download md5sum
3.) Place md5sum in c:\windows\system32
5.) Download in install RSDLite 4.6 for this file you may need an un-zip tool like WIN RAR
6.) Download and install the correct motorola drivers for your windows machine (32 for XP, 32 or 64 for Vista depending on Vista version)
32-bit drivers
64-bit drivers
4.) Run command prompt (Start->Run then type "cmd" and hit enter)
5.) Change directories to your C:\ root directory (cd c:\)
6.) Type in "md5sum SPRecovery_ESE81.sbf"
7.) Make sure the sum of the image is EXACTLY 9b6a336cd8f067d4487935468c758d89
7.) Connect phone via USB and reboot, while rebooting hold UP on the dpad
8.) Run RSD Lite 4.6 as administrator
9.) Select the SPRecovery 2.1 SBF file
10.) Click Start and wait for RSD Lite to flash the SPRecovery image onto phone and then wait on phone to reboot.

Linux Instructions (Click me)

Once this is done you have SPRecovery on the phone. You can close out RSD Lite.

Now if you just want root access without a custom ROM follow these instructions by OMJ (big thanks!):

In order to avoid having to use abd to push the su and superuser.apk I editted the of the 2.1 version of superuser to work with spr. I unrooted and gave it a shot just to be sure and it worked fine.

So after you finish the sbf flash of SPRecovery then just put this in the root of your sd card then reboot into recovery. Go to install then press allow installation then install depreciated.

After that you will have root access without using adb and without losing any data.

If you want to flash a ROM to gain root, perform the following.
1.) Download the ROM of your choice (I'm running BB v1.0)
2.) Rename this ROM download to ""
3.) Mount your phone's sd card if you haven't already and move into the root directory of the sd card.
4.) Turn your phone off and then turn it back on while holding the 'X' key on the physical keyboard, this boots you into SPRecovery.
5.) Use the volume rocker down to move the cursor to "Wipe data/factory reset" then press the gold camera shutter button to select this
6.) After that has been completed perform "Wipe cache partition" in the same manner.
7.) After this is complete select install from the menu, then select "Allow installation"
8.) Then select "Install /sdcard/"

When this is done the progress bar will be full and it will say Installation complete or something to that effect. Press the power button to go back in the menus until you get to the main menu and select reboot and reboot your phone. When your phone has rebooted you will have the new rom installed and will have root access. To confirm this, go to your app drawer and confirm that a little black ninja looking character is on there labeled "Superuser Permission" After this, you are done.

To install new kernels for overclocking (install SET CPU first for control), download the kernel, rename to, place on the root directory of the sd card, then follow the same process of installing a ROM EXCEPT, DO NOT PERFORM ANY WIPES!! When you boot into the SPRecovery menu, just select the allow install and then simply install and then reboot. Do the same to install some themes if not using metamorph.

If there is anything I have left out, someone please let me know. I just thought this would be helpful for new users who want to root but may not be as tech savvy as some others. Every download should be linked on this page that you need in the instructions. This is nothing new and I do not take credit for anything I have listed here, I just consolidated several posts, threads, and links into my own compact set of instructions. Hope this is helpful to someone.

Thought I'd share the updated How To's we have up on the site. All complete with easy to follow videos for newbies.

How To Setup ADB -

How To Load a Theme -

How To Flash a New Recovery Image -

How To Switch to a Different SD Card (for use with Swap, Hero ROMs, etc.) -

How To Backup/Restore Your Android Phone -

Motorola Droid How Tos -

How To: Root the Verizon Droid -

How To: Load a Custom ROM on the Verizon Droid -

How To: Unroot the Verizon Droid -

How To: Get Android 2.2 (Froyo) on the Verizon Droid Right Now -

Hope these help people! Enjoy!
For a list of all our How To's (w Videos) sorted by Phone go here -
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