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Fastboot Recovery Files Released for the DROID Bionic, These Could Save You in a Pinch

Before we start on this, we’ll just remind you that this stuff is something that should not be taken lightly and we recommend that you do your best to fully understand every step of it before proceeding.  This file should really only be used as a last resort if for some reason you think you have bricked your DROID Bionic.  It flashes in a similar fashion using RSD Lite to what you may remember from all of those SBF files in our early OG and DROIDX days.  It could be a life saver and it could also kill your phone.

Again, proceed with caution.  I would definitely tuck these files away though if you plan on doing anything out of the ordinary with your new device.  

Download:  5.5.1_84_DBN-55 (tar.gz)


  1. Install the Motorola Mobile Drivers [32-bit] [64-bit]
  2. Install RSD Lite 5.5. [Download]
  3. Make sure your Motorola Droid Bionic is powered on and backed up.
  4. Plug your Motorola Droid Bionic into a back USB port on your computer.
  5. Run “RSD Lite” on your computer
  6. Press the “. . .” button next to the box labeled “Filename”
  7. Browse and open the FXZ file
  8. Wait for the program to read the file, then choose “Uncompress And Start Flashing”
  9. Now, the device will slowly flash the FXZ file.
  10. When flashing completes, the device will reboot into recovery and install the two radio images.
  11. Congratulations! You’ve restored your Motorola Droid Bionic.

Via:  BriefMobile

Cheers Nick and Graham!

  • Anonymous

    my phone thinks my battery is broken when its not i need to charge to sbf on the droid 3 please help!

  • Crawldad12

    i cant find the FXZ file when im about to use it in RSD lite….help plz

  • JackWagon

    If you are rooted, removed some bloat (deleted) and do not have backups (oops) would this restore the bloat?

  • Rawheat200

    Anyone have to use this yet?

  • Anonymous

    I will probably give myself about 2 or 3 weeks with stock before I root and start modding.  I want my Bionic to know its roots and remember where it came from 😉  And I want to fully appreciate the switch from stock to root when I do so.

    Thanks for these files!

  • PowerTools

    Nearly useless trivia for the day:

    The “…” referred to in Step 6 is technically referred to as an Ellipsis button.  I’ve heard that the Brits call these “pips.”

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  • Andrew Akker


    Here’s a smaller file that only flashes system, boot, and recovery, and erases cache and data. It takes you back equally as stock as the huge FXZ, but it’s 1/3 the size and goes a lot quicker.

    • Anonymous

      awesome.. Heyy Guys, I just got a $829.99 iPåd2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
      I use BÏDFiRsT. COM

  • Rangertrav

    So what can we do now? Is there a clockwork mod working for Bionic yet?

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  • Awesome find.

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  • niiiiice

    woot woot. hopefullt i won’t ever have to use it.

  • Yay, now I can tear my Bionic to shreds! 😛

  • Bwalshusaf

    Define device on….what about a bootloop?

    • Anonymous

      If you can’t get into the recovery or the OS then this is your option.

      • Bwalshusaf

        ok, just used to sbf. So I don’t need to be in bootloader mode then like the d1 or the dx prior to using RSD lite?

        • Anonymous

          This is only a last resort option if all else fails, like if it’s bootlooping and you can’t get into the recovery.  Hopefully rsdlite will find the phone and reflash it to the stock firmware.

          • Chrisbricher

            hey J McClane i have the bionic but its bricked while trying to flash. I downloaded the files but on rsd lite they dont seem to register. can I change the file ext to gz or sbf because tar doesnt register. I tried several times but the phone fails to flash either at step 4 of 15 or 9 of 15. Does the battery have to be full or can it only be 50 percent. I have a baterry dock and two droid bionic batterys,,so im cool.

      • Pazmor28

        Say I could get into recovery with up+down vol and power button, I could still use it to restore it all the same right?

        • Anonymous

          Correct.  If you can boot into the recovery then you can just reflash a backup or another rom.