How to Backup/Restore ROM on Droid Bionic!

For those of you who have rooted your Droid Bionic and want to install new ROMs, you will want to backup your rooted stock ROM just in case something goes wrong so you can always restore back.

To do this, you will need a rooted Droid Bionic (see How to Root Droid Bionic), and install ClockworkMod Recovery/Bootstrap (see How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery/Bootstrap).

Also, you will need an external microSD card inserted in your Droid Bionic as that’s where your backups will be saved.

How to backup ROM on Droid Bionic!

Step 1. Reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery by starting up the Bionic Bootstrap app.

Step 2. Press on “Reboot Recovery” to reboot into ClockworkMod recovery.

Step 3. Choose “backup and restore” using Volume buttons and hit the Power button.

Step 4. Choose “Backup” and hit the Power button. ┬áThis will start backing up your whole ROM, personal data/settings/apps, and kernel.

Step 5. This should take about 10 minutes so go have a coffee or smoke while it finishes backing up.

Step 6. When the backup is complete, you can reboot or install new ROM.

How to Restore ROM on Droid Bionic!

Here’s also how to restore ROM on your Droid Bionic.

Step 1. Reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery first like when backing up ROM and select “backup and restore” and hit the Power button.

Step 2. Select “Restore” and hit the Power button.

Step 3. You should see different folders with timestamp, choose the desired restoration point.

Step 4. Choose “Yes” and hit the Power button to start the restoring process.

Step 5. The restoration process should take around 5-10 minutes so go have a coffee or smoke break while it does its thing.

Step 6. Once restore is complete, simply choose “reboot system now” and hit the Power button.

Step 7. You should now have a fully restored ROM.

How to Rename Backup Folder Names!

If you want to make your backup folders more memorable (e.g. have multiple ROMs so you can switch between them easily), here’s how to rename your backup folder names.

Step 1. Open up a file manager app such as ES File Manager (which you can get free at the Market).

Step 2. Browse to the sdcard-ext folder, which is the external microSD card.

Step 3. In sdcard-ext folder, there should be a folder called clockworkmod, press on that folder.

Step 4. In clockworkmod folder, there should be a folder called backup, press on that.

Step 5. In this folder, you will see all of your backups named with timestamp.

Step 6. Do a long-press on any of the folder and choose “Rename”.

Step 7. You can rename the folder to whatever you like it to be, I simply added the word “stock” after the timestamp to note this is a stock ROM backup.

Step 8. Next time you reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery and try to restore, you should see your renamed folders.  This is a great way to install multiple ROMs and switch between them on the go.


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13 Responses to How to Backup/Restore ROM on Droid Bionic!

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  2. Ruben says:

    Hi, when i try to backup my original rooted rom it says that no sdcard.android_secure was found so it skips backup of applications and that no sd-ext found …is this a problem

    • Levi says:

      I am having the same “no sd-ext” problem when backing up stock ROM… I just want to make sure its backed up before getting a new one. Thanks for the great site!

  3. candice says:

    Hey, I just rooted my bionic watching your video [THANK YOU!!] and I was just trying to back up my phone and was trying to follow what you were doing in this video. But I cant figure out why, when ever I open the bionic bootstrap and click reboot recovery, I do not get the blue screen. The only reason why i booted my phone was to delete the factory apps. Do you have any idea why i am not getting the bluescreen? and also, once i to backup my stock rom and than delete the factory apps, will it cause mayhem on my phone later or even when i want to unroot it?? Thank you so much for your help!!


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  5. Stephen says:

    When i try to restorr to original rom it wont let me! Please help!

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  10. Johnathan says:

    I have a Bionic that is rooted with Eclipse v3. I rooted my phone just a week before ISC was released. When I installed the ROM for my phone, I don’t remember actually backing up the current Stock ROM. But now I want to upgrade to ISC or a ROM or something that will upgrade the android version to 4.0 (ICS). I cannot really figure out of I do a complete factory reset, it will revert correctly without bricking the phone. I was thinking of just upgrading my rom to Eclipse ICS, but I am not sure if I have to have ICS to begin with. If anyone has answers or advice to what I should do with my phone, please, I need the info. Thanks.

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