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Install ClockworkMod Recovery 5.0.2 On Droid X [How To]

Droid X-ClockworkMod Recovery 5A rooted Android device without a custom recovery, is like a battle tank with no turret. Motorola’s Droid devices have always been a tad bit hard to tackle when it comes to root and recoveries, or if not hard, they come with their own set of requirements. The Droid X for instance, once rooted, can be flashed with the latest ClockworkMod recovery, but you need the bootstrap app installed form the market, which essentially becomes a system app from that point onwards. So if you have a rooted Droid X and want to flash custom ROMs to it but do not have a custom recovery installed, no worries, we’ll show you how you can install the ClockworkMod recovery on the device in no time.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.



  1. To begin, download the Recovery Bootstrap from the link above and copy it to the  /platform-tools folder within the Android SDK folder.
  2. Make sure USB debugging is enabled on the device in Settings > Applications > Development.
  3. Connect the device to the PC and open command prompt to enter the following command:
    adb push bootstrap- /system/app/
  4. Once the file is pushed, install ROM Manager from the market and flash the latest ClockworkMod recovery to the device.
  5. Once the recovery is flashed, try rebooting into recovery to see whether recovery was properly updates or not.

1 Comment

  1. Great write-up but I am having a problem with this.  I am not able to perform Step 3 because I get an error:  Read-only file system.

    Everything I try to give /system/app read/write permissions on my DX does not hold.  I have tried using an app called File Expert which allows me to change permissions but they don’t take.  Maybe my issue is a bad SD card?  Not certain, but every once in a while CWM says it can’t see the card, but I can always see it on my Win7 machine through the phone itself.

    Any ideas?



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