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    Need to understand recovery and ROM installation

    Hi, everyone. I'm new to Android (just picked up my Droid 3 about a week ago). With the one-click rooting tools available now, getting my phone rooted was ridiculously simple, and I'm happily using a couple of root-required apps. I would like to understand recovery mode and ROM installation better before I take the full plunge, though. Any good reading material out there that would help?
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    Hash of Codes: Stock CM Bootstrap for Droid 3 - Download Bootstrap Recovery for Droid 3 Here. You will use this to mainly backup the state of your phone should anything happened to it after installing a ROM, Mod, etc. You can restore your phone, should you not like a ROM or a Mod, to a previous state. Install Zips, ROMS, etc. All of the options will be there once you install and check it out.
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    Koush has a ClockWork Mod Bootstrap in the market now. Search it (and as always, it costs your $3 unless you build it from source). You must already have Root to use it (and ffs, read his warnings)
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    here's the free bootstrapper from koush: http://t.co/IM110WZ3
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    Installed clockwork mod recovery and backed up with no problems. The only droid 3 ROM out there right now seems to be Steel Droid; any others?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbaker View Post
    Installed clockwork mod recovery and backed up with no problems. The only droid 3 ROM out there right now seems to be Steel Droid; any others?

    Thanks!

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    Naaah Son! Steel Droid is the only one right now. CM7 will be here soon though! No problem
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    I have several important apps, which I assume would be toast and require reinstallation after installing a new ROM, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbaker View Post
    I have several important apps, which I assume would be toast and require reinstallation after installing a new ROM, yes?

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    That is correct. Data (if stored on your SD card) will be untouched, and any apps that you've purchased via the market, can be freely re-downloaded and installed (as the purchase is attached to your google account).
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    Thanks for the advice, everyone. I installed Clockwork Mod recovery and backed up with it - works great. It seems that it doesn't replace the stock recovery, though; if I boot to the menu and select recovery, I seem to get the stock recovery. And, BTW, it locks up my phone at the exclamation mark, so that I have to pull the battery. Anyway, is that how CM recovery is supposed to work? That would mean, I think, that if my phone won't boot I couldn't get back to CM recovery to deal with it...

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbaker View Post
    That would mean, I think, that if my phone won't boot I couldn't get back to CM recovery to deal with it...
    Essentially we are dealing with a half-assed ClockworkMod due to the difficulties Motorola provided developers by locking a bootloader. If you get to the point were you are unable to boot because a ROM failed to flash, you will have to use RSBlite and flash manually to stock and reroot.
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