Hello. I am new to this forum and am seeking some advice. I recently upgraded to a motorola droid on verizon network. I have had the phone since Feb. 28th. I was happy with the stock phone but I like to hack all my devices. I have been looking around for means to accomplish this. I am going to follow some guides I found posted on YouTube for rooting along with his other guides: Seems simple enough. I'm not new to hacking devices, I have jtaged a few xbox 360's in the last month, done countless amounts of video game system hacks, jailbroken a few iphones, recently flashed a linksys wrt-54GS with dd-wrt firmware. So I am not new to doing these kind of things. But am a total newbie when it comes to the motorola droid. From what I understand, the root hack really does nothing to your phone except allow "administration" access. Not so much worried about that part. It's the flashing of of a custom rom that is of concern to myself. I have read that when you flash a custom rom all your contacts and apps are gone. So I have to back up my contacts somehow (will be looking into this after this post). Then I will attempt root access. One of my more concerning issues about this procedure is the possibility of "bricking" my droid. I of course would rather not have that happen. So I have been researching steps to take, that in case of a brick, I could recover from it. From what i understand all safety backup precautions require root access, although I could be mistaken. I will be following this guide to make a backup of my stock rom. After all the safety recover from brick options are in place then I will move on to flashing a custom rom. From the looks of things it seems that a lot of people claim that cyanogen is a really good one. Cyanogen is what I am currently planning on putting on my phone, unless someone has a better option. I really like this custom rom because it includes the "wifi tether hack" which is the main reason I am doing this. Overclocked kernel roms do not really matter to me as I plan on purchasing SetCPU for root user from the android market. Most important to me, is I have no idea what this procedure does to my carrier settings. I have verizon wireless, after I flash a custom rom, can I still use my phone as normal, or do I have to go through some set up procedure for the phone, like they did in store when I purchased it. So that's is about it for now, I am beginning this project as of now, starting with contact backup. Please if anyone has some advice/pointers/help for me I would greatly appreciate them. Thank you for spending your time reading my thread. Edit: Just looked about backing up my contacts, that was pretty easy, made a vcard to keep on my PC, and also they were all already backed up in my gmail account. Cool, hope everything goes this smoothly.