I don't think I've seen one here, so here one is to help everyone out.
Credit - I got a lot of this from DroidXcon and everyone else@ Android Central.
No one is responsible if you mess up your phone!!
How to use CWM
How to wipe data
How to wipe cache
How to wipe dalvik cache
How to install a zip file (ROMs/Themes/Kernels)
How to Nandroid back up and restore
How to fix permissions
How to wipe battery stats
How to voodoo
Q: What is ClockworkMod Recovery(aka CWM or clockwork)?
A: ClockworkMod Recovery is a custom recovery that allows you to install custom ROMs, themes, patches,applications and more.It can also be used to do many other fuctions which the most commonly used will be outlined in this tutorial. It was developed by Koushik Dutta. The mose recent versions have been modified by jt1134 over at the XDA forums to work with all versions of fascinate builds.
Q:I just downloaded Rom Manager from the market but clockworkmod recovery is not working?
A:At the moment the latest versions of clockworkmod recovery are orange with build numbers 3.x.x. Unfortunatley this can not be used because in order to install any flashable .zip file a script of code is required to direct the installation. At the moment almost everything written for fascinate has been written in a language called Amend. The most recent version 3.x.x only accepts a language called Edify, in previous versions of clockwork (anything under 3.x.x) were compatible with both Amend and Edify. There are also other limitations why Rom Manager can not be used but i dont understand them nor will i pretend i do, but honestly does it really matter? Lets just focus on what works. While the devs take care of finding a way to make it work.
Q: What is the best most recent version of clockworkmod?
A: Currently the latest and greatest version of clockworkmod is Red CWM ALL. There are instructions and downloads in post #2 of this thread.
Q: My clockwork is Red does this mean i have the latest, CWM ALL?
A: No, there is also CWM froyo which was the version just before all, you can not distinguish the 2 because both share the same version number. But the ways you can distingush them is this.
Red CWM ALL:when booting into recovery you directly enter red clockwork screen.
Red CWM froyo:when booting into recovery you first enter Stock blue recovery and need to apply sdcard:update.zip to enter into clockwork
Since Red cwm froyo doesnt have voodoo lagfix support you will see various errors when entering,these wont be see in Red CWM ALL version
Q: I have flashed a custom rom via Odin, Do i really need Clockwork?
A: Yes and no. When using Odin you are limited to what the designer of the package gives you, this is great for people who are beginning trying out different roms but in advanced situations you will want to try different themes, kernels, patches or roms, and unless someone makes a odin package for every combination you need Clockwork. Also clockwork can be used independently of a computer. Simply download what you want from your browser directly to your SD card , boot into clockwork and flash. No computer needed.
Q: Will i lose anything by installing Clockwork?
A: No, when flashing the kernel required to make clockwork possible it flashes to its own partition on the phone and does not touch anything that has to do with data or the OS.
Q: Do i need to root to install clockwork?
A: No, clockwork can be installed via odin and root is not required. If flashing it from Rom Manager yes root is required but as discussed earlier at the moment flashing from rom manager is not effective or recommended.
Q: Does having clockwork void my warranty?
A: As always , Yes and no. if you are caught then most likely but if you are at the point of flashing clockwork then you are savvy enough to use Odin to flash a stock rom and problem is solved.