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[Guide] root and unbrick [UPDATED 6/14/2013]

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This is an updated (and short) version of my guide for rooting and/or unbricking your DROID 3. This method works on Motorola phones running Android OS 2.3.4 or earlier. If you have a version of MotoBlur/Android on your DROID 3 that isn't compatible with this version, you can use the unbrick method to return your DROID 3 to MotoBlur 5.6.890 Verizon OTA first.

All instructions and downloads are linked from my website at:
www.psouza4.com/DROID3

UPDATE 9/1/2011 1.03: completely re-written, includes one-click root and unroot for practically all Motorola Gingerbread devices, /system/app fix & restore, and ADB temp root. DROID 3 fixes work for build 5.5.959 (stock) and 5.6.890 (late August OTA update).

UPDATE 9/8/2011 1.05: lots of logic testing for fixing bad root attempts/root carry-over's for DROID X, DROID 2 Global, and other devices. Some messages were made clearer, and unrooting is now open to other devices (/system/app restore optional).

UPDATE 7/8/2012 1.08: new links for the system restore features

UPDATE 6/14/2013 1.09: guide re-written, files re-uploaded, everything should be working again (I removed /system/app restore feature since it wasn't reliable and now unnecessary with unbrick/restore methods)
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29th August 2011, 08:51 PM |#2  
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Thanks! That was dead easy and i'm happy that i still have root after rebooting a couple of times.
I assume that if i do a factory wipe, I will have to use this root method again, right?
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Thanks! That was dead easy and i'm happy that i still have root after rebooting a couple of times.
I assume that if i do a factory wipe, I will have to use this root method again, right?

No, you will lose superuser.apk which can be re-installed from the market as it is wiped when the /data partition is formatted, but su and busybox are installed in /system/xbin and will not be removed during a factory reset, so it will survive a factory reset (but you will just need to reinstall superuser).
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oki doki.... i saw another thread on unrooting the phone and if i have to exchange it, i'll experiment there
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oki doki.... i saw another thread on unrooting the phone and if i have to exchange it, i'll experiment there

I'm in the process of writing a one-click unroot for Droid 3.
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I'm in the process of writing a one-click unroot for Droid 3.

nvm didnt read
30th August 2011, 12:03 AM |#7  
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I'm in the process of writing a one-click unroot for Droid 3.

Awesome!!!
30th August 2011, 03:36 AM |#8  
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Woot for root!
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Thank you

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So freaking stoked to try this tomorrow.

My Droid 3 is in Tennessee and i'm too damn hyped...i've contemplated driving to go get it, DAMN!

@psouza4, is this a script made by you? I make websites and fancy stuff like that and i'm steadily compiling all my information on the Evo into web format and would be interested in including this method with my Droid 3 page in the works at your request.
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