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How to: Create a Full Nandroid Backup on a DROID X

We’re starting to see quite a few themes, skins and ROMs for the Droid X and wanted to make sure you were covered in case you get the itch to test one out.  One of the most important steps before attempting anything major like this on your device, is to make sure you have a full nandroid backup to save you if something were to go wrong.  A nandroid backup is essentially a giant snapshot of your phone, stored on your SD Card that should be created each time you switch ROMs, themes or try anything which could potentially change a system file.  Plus, they are good to have especially when you flash a new theme and realize how damn ugly it is.  You can easily restore your backup and enjoy your previous settings.

So let’s do this! Full instructions after the jump.  

*Warning* – Rooting your phone voids the warranty meaning you can not take it back should something happen.  Rooting, flashing custom ROMs and creating backups is also risky and can do permanent damage to your phone, so you might need that warranty.  Basically, don’t do this unless you understand the risk.  Droid Life will not be held responsible for your mistakes.

1.  Your DX needs to be rooted.  (2.1 instructions here, 2.2 instructions here.)
2.  You need to download and run Koush’s Droid X Bootstrap and open it.
3.  Tap “Bootstrap Recovery.”
4.  If you get “Success!” tap OK and hit “Reboot Recovery.”

5.  Your phone will boot into Clockwork Recovery allowing you to create a backup.

6.  Using your volume up/down keys, scroll down to “backup and restore” and press the camera button.

7.  With “backup” highlighted, simply press your camera button and the backup will begin.

8.  Once it finishes, highlight “reboot system now” and press the camera button to reboot.
9.  You have just created your first nandroid backup!

*Tip* – Should you ever need to restore to this backup, simply boot into recovery like you just did, scroll down to “backup and restore” and this time highlight “restore” instead of “backup.”

You are now ready and should feel safe enough to flash Birdman’s FLyX or some of the various themes floating around in our forums.

Any questions?

  • Cawmotokid

    so i did that after rooting mine and when i came back to it it was off. and now it wont turn on. i figured it was dead so i charged it..the green light comes and on so i wait a few seconds then try to turn  it on but no response…can somebody help me??

  • Tbt

    every time i do it, it restarts and after the motorola screen it justs gives me a blue saccreen ….. i pull the battery out put it back in restart it and it loads perfectly……PLEASE HELP

  • A nandroid backup is essentially a giant snapshot of your phone, stored
    on your SD Card that should be created each time you switch ROM.

  • Thanks to share with me a useful information,its valuable for me because I have planning to move towards droid very soon.I bookmark your site for further use…

  • Phil McGroin

    Soooo…is it just me or do these instructions start off badly??

    “One of the most important steps before attempting anything major like this on your device, is to make sure you have a full nandroid backup to save you if something were to go wrong.”

    Agreed. So on to Step 1: “Your DX needs to be rooted.”

    Wait, wasn’t I supposed to make a full backup first?? C’mon people, be clear for the n00bs. smh

  • Mo128

    seems like normal phones never need to do this. PalmDesktop…

  • This helps. Thanks alot!

  • Turbo7214

    it wont boot to recovery, it just does a normal boot. rooted DX with z4, froyo 2.2

  • Saburuko

    waste fo space, didnt work worth a shit

  • A nandroid backup is essentially a giant snapshot of phone, stored on your SD Card that should be crcreated each time you switch ROMs.So the backups are required to enjoy the previous settings.

  • Fantastic, thank you very much!

  • Psmith_67

    Bootstrap force closes everytime on my Droid X.

  • Psmith_67

    This app is complete junk. It doesn’t work on Droid X at all. Force closes everytime and it won’t go into reboot recovery. What a waste!!!

    • Blackboiswagg

      Worked on mine with gingerbread rooted with z4root….. Droid x

  • I have an issue of backup but it resolve now,I am so thanks to you to help me or save my data…

  • It was worth visiting your blog, Well the community has delivered!!! This phone is now up to my standards of a fully functioning android device..thanks!!

  • I have realized that i have no buisness being rooted yet and I was going to uninstall everyhing. I took everything off but now, when i restart my phone it automatically goes to recovery mode and i have to” reboot” from that screen to start the phone.

  • I could find some good *documentation* on this app?? been looking around but can't find anything…wondering about incremental backups.

  • I could find some good *documentation* on this app?? been looking around but can’t find anything…wondering about incremental backups.

  • I thought it would be nice to run a full nandroid backup before upgrading to the Verizon OTA 2.2, so I followed these instructions.

  • Koush’s Bootstrap is Junk

    Koush’s Droid X Bootstrap is a guaranteed way to brick your phone

  • It was worth visiting your blog, Well the community has delivered!!! This phone is now up to my standards of a fully functioning android device.

  • This phone is now really up to my standards of a fully functioning android device.

  • I mean come on this is plain and pretty straight forward make people do their research so they flooding forums with stupid questions.

  • Thanks to share this great information with me I have an article to write on cell phones now your blogs help me to write on android…thanks

  • It was worth visiting your blog, Well the community has delivered!!! This phone is now up to my standards of a fully functioning android device.

  • any idea where I could find some good *documentation* on this app?? been looking around but can't find anything…wondering about incremental backups.

  • The post you shared is really informative,one can easily create a full android backup on a droidX.

  • This phone is now up to my standards of a fully functioning android device. It was worth visiting your blog, Well the community has delivered!!!

  • It seems like if I need a backup to restore then it will be because my phone is bricked, and if that's the case I won't be able to turn it on first…

  • I thought it would be nice to run a full nandroid backup before upgrading to the Verizon OTA 2.2, so I followed these instructions.

  • Thats an interesting post. It was worth visiting your blog, Well the community has delivered!!! This phone is now up to my standards of a fully functioning android device..thanks

  • bobthebob

    can you make multiple backup?
    different 'snapshots' if you will…
    also – any idea where I could find some good *documentation* on this app?? been looking around but can't find anything.
    wondering about incremental backups, and what the 'advanced' options do etc etc.
    thanks!

  • Adrian1

    Can you Tell Me?

  • not only that i press every button it dont work nothing load or anything it just sits there,Great! If it is possible, then it will be done

    • Adrian1

      Idk. But DROID!

  • Patriotvirus

    Can this process work with the Droid1 minus the Bootstrap? I want a nandroid backup before I add a custom rom like Sapphire 1.0

    • Adrian1

      Well The DROID 1 Out Of Stock In Verizon And The DROID 2 Is New.

  • cmh

    Worth mentioning – I thought it would be nice to run a full nandroid backup before upgrading to the Verizon OTA 2.2, so I followed these instructions. Seems like a good idea, except the Bootstrap recovery prevents the OTA update from working.

  • Craze Squirrel

    I have to say, your forum is the best, clearest, concise-est (?) easiest to read, it's just like my Dummies book ! That is a compliment because I am not a dummy, I am a 4.0 honors student in college.. I didn't have this, didn't know how to do it until, your google hit .. hit it home for me.. thank you, thank you, wow, the damage I could have done .. learning all of this on the fly ! Now, can I put that aforementioned link on my phone,, I am not yet updated, officially or unofficially,( i missed the boat on that one) I am still waiting. 2.1 update 1… or only themes ?

  • Craze Squirrel

    I have to say, your forum is the best, clearest, concise-est (?) easiest to read, it's just like my Dummies book ! That is a compliment because I am not a dummy, I am a 4.0 honors student in college.. I didn't have this, didn't know how to do it until, your google hit .. hit it home for me.. thank you, thank you, wow, the damage I could have done .. learning all of this on the fly ! Now, can I put that aforementioned link on my phone,, I am not yet updated, officially or unofficially,( i missed the boat on that one) I am still waiting. 2.1 update 1… or only themes ?

  • Towelie420

    Help Please fellow droid-lifers. When Fly X first came out, Kellex said you have to be running leaked 2.2 Update and then from there root it. Then use Rom Manager.

    Am I to understand that all I have to do now is Root 2.1 and then install/use this bootstrap recovery, and then flash the Fly X rom?

    Also, why aren't there more roms already if this is a sure-fire method. Is this the same as the Original Droid custom rom methods, or does this still not utilize some of the phone? I guess what I don't understand is how this works to overcome that locked down bootloader?
    Any help would be awesome!

  • Ufg8tor1

    Ok. I did everything as directed and it worked perfectly. Now, I have realized that i have no buisness being rooted yet and I was going to uninstall everyhing. I took everything off but now, when i restart my phone it automatically goes to recovery mode and i have to” reboot” from that screen to start the phone. Anyone have any suggestions? If I have to, I will do a factory reset, but i really don't want to. I appreciate any help I can get.

  • Football4lifeson

    OK I'm running a rooted 2.2 DX and I have the Bootstrap downloaded. I go and tab Bootstrap recovery and it says success, and then I press OK, but when I press Reboot recovery nothing at all happens. And no, I'm not a noob, I ran custom roms on my D1 for months before I got my DX.

    • Retrokid223

      do you have the newest bootstrap?

  • Zeh Kaiser

    I'm getting a 404 error. :-

  • Andrew Hewitt

    is there a way to boot into recovery without turning it on first? It seems like if I need a backup to restore then it will be because my phone is bricked, and if that's the case I won't be able to turn it on first…

  • Okay…NOW I'm back to considering buying a DX. {{-_-}}

    • lakerzz

      Haha…same here…ordered it tonight. *can't wait*

  • timarnette

    All I want is 2.2 for my Droid X!!!

  • Guest

    Process works also on the D2

  • jiggaman508

    A lil off here but Is there any chance that the d2 and dx will achieve an easier way to root in the near future, I'm just wondering because if not I'm rooting my d2 the hard way I guess..

    • Darius clark

      Easy root works wonders! One click root and unroot if you need

      • jiggaman508

        I have easy root installed I used it on my d1 but it doesnt support the d2

  • theman

    I downloaded it did the nandroid backup and then uninstalled the app so i didn't have to pay anything for the service is that bad?

    • NKTizzle

      What service would you be paying for?

      Rooting, installing/running the bootstrap, and running a nandroid backup are all free.

  • scottholstein

    Still no overclocking kernels for DX out there though, right? Anyone know that answer? I would like to have one…but not doing it unless it can overclock.

    • Retrokid223

      phone works just fine without over clocking

      • scottholstein

        I am confident you are right about the speed. The only reason I want to

        overclock would be for the future when quicker phones are released. My D1 is

        clocked to 1.3 ghz…even though the stock processor is a 550 MHz. Being

        able to overclock has kept my device up to date longer than it would have

        without overclocking. So I am thinking the DX could “live longer” too if it

        can be overclocked. But I am wondering if the locked bootloader is what

        keeps the custom kernels from being loaded or if there is now a way to load

        custom kernels too…do you know for sure?

        • Retrokid223

          on kush website he stated custom kernals is possible when where in clockwork in /system but i guess no one took the step to do them =/

          • scottholstein

            Great! If it is possible, then it will be done. Do you have a link to that

            site you could send me?

  • droiddev

    One question though…i can't make a 2.1 backup, instal the 2.2 leak and then restore to the original 2.1 backup, right? Can only do the backup and restore thing with the same version?

  • Does anyone have the sbf for 2.1? I want to be ready for when the official 2.2 comes out. I just want to have it for when reports come out that 2.2 is ready.

    • Timoh

      You can find it if you search google. I know it sounds like an a**hole response but Moto doesn't like anyone hosting it so if it were posted here the link would be taken down pretty quick.

  • Do I need to Root my phone to put new Roms?

    • RacecarBMW

      Not trying to be rude but I do not think you should bother with custom roms

      but if you need an answer YES

      if you do your research it would say YOU NEED ROOT

      before you carry on only custom roms that are designed for droid x can be used. and original droid roms wont work either good luck

  • OR… you can just do the same thing with one tap with ROM Manager, I create and restore Backups with it all day long with 0 issues

    • Mrpicolas

      Totally liking black glass runnin it now as a matter of fact with only one minor issue with media share

      • Retrokid223

        im running galaxy s on my dx

  • themiracle2012

    fifth

  • and so the community has delivered!!! This phone is now up to my standards of a fully functioning android device

  • Tjmur33

    Just my thoughts, but if you realy need to have a tutorial on how to do this you really shouldn't be messing with root access to begin with. I mean come on this is plain and pretty straight forward make people do their research so they flooding forums with stupid questions.

    • burpootus

      There are probably 5% of people who actually mod their X (messing with root access) and there are probably 1/10th of 1% who can do anything at all on their own with the X besides some simple Linux commands. These forums and comments are the way 99.9 % of us (and only you know whether you fall in this category as well) find out our info.

    • lakerzz

      Fyi, this is how droid life became what it is today. There are a lot of people that are very good at following directions, but not as good at researching. Anyways, if somebody researches, and finds it on another site…what's the difference?? *besides this site being ten times better, of course*

    • People have to start somewhere.

    • Desmo916

      Stupid question why don't you proof read your posts.

    • Timoh

      That's pretty elitest. So you think people should just experiment with their phones, creating countless bricks until the figure it out? Nobody should be allowed to load a custom ROM unless they are smart enough to figure it out on their own?

      I am a HUGE proponent of people learning how to do things on their own but this is a tutorial on how to do that. Following it will help people learn. If you don't want to answer “stupid” questions on the forum, don't. Nobody is going to rape your mom if you pass up a newbies question.

    • Hopefully by now you get the point. {{-_-}}

  • Chris Nimon

    What roms are available for DX? do these show up in rom mgr?

    • Mrpicolas

      Koush is working on it as we speak give it a day or so

      • Retrokid223

        are you serious?? so that means sweet cyanogen for my DX 😀

        • Mrpicolas

          No what this means is more options for your dx

          • Retrokid223

            =/

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