Droid 2 Global root CD for .629 (not necessary to brick phone)

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By bhigham, Senior Member on 24th July 2012, 06:32 AM
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I have assembled a rooting CD for Droid 2 Global phones that have taken the .629 update.
I got the info on how to do this from phifc's post at
so all credit for this method go to phifc, djrbliss, and the others who developed the method.
I have simply taken the method, and assembled the tools for the Droid 2 Global.
Credit for the idea behind the CD method should go to 1KDS, as I have mostly patterned this CD after his method.
Credit should also go to Skrilax_CZ, as without his Motorola Android Firmware (De)packer, we wouldn't be able to have a CD under 50 meg.
I have tested this CD on my phone, and found it to work properly, but I can't guarantee that it will work for others. Others have also found it to work, but I can't guarantee you will have the same results.

You are welcome to try it, and I hope it is helpful to someone, but as with all modifications, you do so at your own risk.

Instructions for using this CD.
Download and burn this image file to CD. (or create bootable USB)
It might be a good idea to do a factory reset before starting this process, but you might be ok without it. My phone had already been rooted, so I had to sbf it back to stock, in order to test the CD, so I have only tried it after a factory reset.

1 Enable USB debugging on the phone,
2 Boot computer off of this CD
3 Hook up phone to computer (phone needs to be on at this point)
4 Start the root process by selecting option 1
5 When it says on the screen that phone needs placed in bootloader, (almost right away, as it only needs to send 1 command before placing in bootloader) power off the phone, and put it in bootloader by holding the up arrow on the keyboard of the phone while powering on.
6 when in bootloader and hooked up to the phone, press enter on the computer to proceed, a preinstall image will be flashed to the phone, providing the exploit that will root the phone.
7 When it has flashed, the phone should reboot. If it hangs when booting, unplug phone, remove battery, replace battery and power back on. When powered on, hook up cable again, and the process will continue (it will immediately reboot again)
8 When the phone reboots, ADB should be root, so it will push the necessary files to the phone, and reboot the phone again. Per Morlok8k, cache should be wiped to avoid bootloop problems, so the phone will be rebooted into Recovery.
9 You will have to press both volume buttons to enter recovery, where you should wipe cache partition and reboot.
If all went well, your phone should be rooted.
If you try it, please verify if it works for you, or gives you trouble.
Hope this helps someone.

I updated the CD (mainly just made it a bit smaller) and uploaded it to Mediafire

I also uploaded it to rapidshare,
the md5 for the updated CD is


I also previously forgot to mention that this method works fine off a bootable usb drive, a CD is not necessary. I use Unetbootin to create the bootable usb, and it works well for me.

Since there is now a direct rooting method of .629 available, I also put it together with an EzSbf style CD of the full .629 SBF.

One item of note with this CD, it does require at least 1GB of RAM in order to work properly. Also, if you only have 1GB of memory, and you need to both SBF and root your phone, it will be necessary to reboot the computer after flashing the .629 SBF. If you are unsure of the amount of RAM that you have, go ahead and reboot to be on the safe side.

The CD is available at
and the MD5 is

So there are two CD's available, both of which work to root .629. The second CD should also work as a recovery CD, as it contains the full .629 SBF

There is also a mirror of these files provided by sd_shadow at
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25th August 2012, 11:23 PM |#2  
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Wink Cant wait to try this out.
I got a Gnex so since I had to replace my D2G due to a messed up keyboard and got a post 629 back I havn't really messed with it. Mainly just becuase I havn't had time. But I am definently going to have to try this. BTW, I have two D2Gs that I am looking to sell. Thinking I will put them on Swappa. Both are Verizon insurance replacements but becuase of that they are in perfect shape. One is white and one is blue. I hate to just have them sitting here when someone could enjoy them, so hit me up if you want to make a offer. Im pretty open price wise. Not looking to make a killing since they are older devices. I will also throw in a extra battery, two car docks, screen protectors, a couple chargers and....I think thats it.
30th August 2012, 12:38 AM |#3  
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Worked perfect but I can't figure out how to make a nandroid. Wanna make one so I have a reference point so I can take out bloat. Any help would be great.

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30th August 2012, 12:53 AM |#4  
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to make a nandroid backup, you need to install Droid 2 bootstrap recovery
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12th December 2012, 07:40 AM |#5  
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It looks like the download isn't available anymore, could anyone please re-upload it? Thanks.
12th December 2012, 02:52 PM |#6  
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Which file? I think ad_shadow has mirrored the files in another thread.

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13th December 2012, 03:34 AM |#7  
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Originally Posted by bhigham

Which file? I think ad_shadow has mirrored the files in another thread.

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The one at the end of the post, but I think I found the other thread, thanks for the quick reply though!
6th January 2013, 05:49 AM |#9  
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Thanks for the ISO bhigham, worked like a charm.

What I am having trouble figuring out is how to install cyanogenmod post root. I am following the instructions in the wiki, can't link due to new account but it is the Install_CM_for_droid2we guide.

And when I get down to the line,
adb push su /system/xbin/
I get a permission denied error.

See while my phone is rooted, the default shell is the non-root shell ('$' vs '#'). Apparently the old root method would give you a default root shell.

Anyone have any ideas how to precede here?
6th January 2013, 03:35 PM |#10  
i think root failed, because adb shell should be root
is phone rebooting to android os, twice after flashing in bootloader, or rebooting to bootloader?
if it's rebooting to bootloader, pull usb cable during reboot, reconnect after phone has completed reboot

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See while my phone is rooted

not sure how you could know that, without superuser
6th January 2013, 10:03 PM |#11  
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Sorry, the vital information I left out is that when I type 'su' I can elevate to the root prompt. I assumed this means my phone was correctly rooted.

The phone did the double reboot into the Android OS and everything looked like it was working correctly.
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