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"Bricking" Your Droid Using Root Access


Dec 17, 2009
I've been thinking about rooting my Droid for a little while, but I would like some clarification on the risks before I begin. I know almost nothing about Linux (but I am a tinkerer), but there seem to be very straightforward instructions on how to do everything I'm interested in.

When people say that you could "brick" your phone by deleting/moving/renaming the wrong file, I want to make sure I understand the usage of "brick". My definition of bricking a device was that it was literally only good as a brick. It is BROKEN. For good. Kaput. Like a brick. However, Blackberry users (when I was tinkering with my Blackberry Storm) use the word "brick" to describe a phone that just needs its operating system reloaded. I have no problem reloading the Android ROM if I had to (provided a dump of the Droid ROM exists...) but will I have the option?

Does "brick" around here mean the phone is 100% broken, or that it needs the Android ROM reloaded?
Does "brick" around here mean the phone is 100% broken, or that it needs the Android ROM reloaded?

Back in the good old days of flashing linux on the compaq ipaq, bricking meant you have a really pretty paperweight. That's the correct definition. Most people call borking your os on the phone "bricked". If you, or the guys at the Verizon store can flash the device, it's not bricked, just screwed up.
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Indeed, if you have the custom recovery installed and make a nandroid backup then you can't brick it. However if we get into flashing new SPL's then you have the potential to truly brick it.
Just to be quite clear. With the new 2.0.1, if I accidentally screw something up, or want to go back to a non-rooted version of the OS, I could do the following and start my OS from scratch, but with my verizon plan still in tact:
-shut down
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