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FAQ onClockworkMod recovery (CWM)
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Not all models of Clockworkmod recovery are flashed using the Rom Manager. Often, CWM is flashed using fastboot, there are many other ways. If there are difficulties, then a reference to the instruction will be attached to the model. *

Official site:

* - if your model supports CWM recovery, but is installed in a special way, click the "HERE"And write the model of the device and provide a link to the instructions.

More list of models supported by CWM Recovery is not maintained! The reason it is on every second Android device.

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Что такое Clockworkmod recovery (CWM)? download

ClockworkMod recovery (CWM) is a modified unofficial recovery that is released for most Android devices. It has much more features than native recovery. On some devices it is installed instead of native recovery, on other devices it is installed in parallel. Allows:
  • Install unofficial firmware
  • Install add-ons and fixes
  • Connect to PC via USB in removable storage mode
  • Connect to PC via USB in ADB mode
  • Create a backup of both the entire firmware and its individual parts (system, settings, installed programs)
  • Recover data from previously created backup
  • Reset the data to factory settings (Wipe - data / factory reset), clear the cache partition (wipe cache), clear the dalwick cache (wipe Dalvik-cache), clear the battery statistics (wipe battery stats)
  • Format and create partitions on a memory card

If you cannot turn on the phone and download android, you can always restore a previously created backup with all applications and settings via CWM.

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CWM Recovery menu structure
The example is CWM version Menu items on different devices may vary
  • Reboot system- device reboot
  • apply from sdcard- installation of the file located in the root of the sdcard \ memory card
  • wipe data / factory reset- full reset of settings and data, while clearing the / data and / cache sections in the internal memory of the device and clearing the system folder ".android_secure" on the memory card
  • wipe cache partition- clearing the / cache partition in the internal memory of the device
  • install zip from sdcard- install zip file from memory card
    • chooze zip from sdcard - select a zip file on the memory card to install
    • toggle signature veritification - on / off file signature verification
    • toggle script assert - on / off assertion script

  • backup and restore- creating and restoring a backup
    • Backup - create a backup of all partitions in the device’s memory
    • Advanced Backup - create a backup of a specific partition in the device’s memory
    • Restore - restore all partitions from the selected backup
    • Advanced Restore - restore a specific partition from the selected backup

  • mounts and storage- mount and drive
    • mount / system - mount system folder
    • unmount / data - unmounting the folder with user data
    • unmount / cache unmounting cache folder
    • mount / sdcard - mount memory card
    • mount / sd-ext - mount Linux partition from a memory card (if any)
    • format boot - clear boot partition
    • format system - cleaning the system partition
    • format data - clearing the section with user data and settings
    • format cache - clearing the cache partition
    • format sdcard - formatting a memory card
    • format sd-ext - formatting Linux partition on a memory card
    • mount USB storage - connect to a computer in removable storage mode

  • advanced- additional
    • Reboot Recovery - restart recovery
    • Wipe Dalvik Cache - cleaning Dalvik cache
    • Wipe Battery Stat - reset battery statistics
    • Report Error - report an error
    • Key Test - key test, when a button is pressed, it gives its code
    • Restart adbd - reboot the ADB server
    • Process dump - Dump

  • +++++ Go Back +++++- back, returns to the previous menu

The structure of the menu CWM recovery Touch
The example is CWM version Menu items on different devices may vary
  • reboot system now- device reboot
  • install zip
    • choose zip from sdcard- select firmware from memory card
    • install zip from sideload- installing firmware using adb sideload
    • apply /sdcard/ firmware file in the root of the memory card
    • toogle signature verification- on off. verification of firmware signature
    • choose zip from external sdcard- select the firmware from the secondary memory (if available in the device)
    • +++++ Go Back +++++- back

  • wipe data / factory reset- formatting system / data partitions
  • wipe cache partition- formatting cache section
  • backup and restore
    • backup- backup copy (system cast)
    • restore- recovery from backup (system snapshot)
    • delete- removal of backup copies (casts)
    • advanced restore- Recovering specific sections from a backup (cast)
    • free unused backup data- release of unused space
    • choose default backup format- select backup format
    • backup to external sdcard- creating a backup (system snapshot) on the secondary memory (if available in the device)
    • restore from external sdcard- recovery from backup (system snapshot) from secondary memory (if available in the device)
    • advanced restore from external sdcard- restoration of some partitions from a backup copy (snapshot) from secondary memory (if available in the device)
    • delete from external sdcard- deleting backups (snapshots) from secondary memory (if available on the device)
    • create image zip- create copy (cast)
    • +++++ Go Back +++++- back

  • mounts and storage
    • mount / efs- mount partition / efs (found on Samsung devices)
    • mount / cache- mount partition / cache
    • mount / system- mount partition / system
    • mount / data- mount partition / data
    • mount / preload- mount partition / preload (found on Samsung devices)
    • mount / external_sd- mount secondary memory (if available in the device)
    • format / cache- clearing the partition / cache
    • format / system- cleaning partition / system
    • format / data- clearing the section / data
    • format / preload- cleaning the partition / preload (found on Samsung devices)
    • format / sdcard- cleaning partition / sdcard
    • format / external_sd- clearing the secondary memory partition (if available in the device)
    • format / data and / data / media (/ sdcard)- clearing the / data and / data / media section (on the memory card)
    • +++++ Go Back +++++

  • advanced
    • reboot recovery- restart recovery
    • reboot booloader- reboot into bootloader
    • power off- turn off the device
    • wipe dalvik cache- formatting dalvik cache (with the advent of ART in Android 4.4, this item can be waived)
    • report error- report an error
    • key test- checking the keys, when you press a button, gives its code
    • show log- show the log of work in the recovery (you can view the logs why not install the firmware)
    • +++++ Go Back +++++

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Menu navigation

On all devices, the CWM is managed differently.But most devices use the following scheme:
  • volume up button - up,
  • Volume down button - down
  • on / off button - select item.
Some devices additionally use other buttons, for example, to return to the previous menu. The latest versions of CWM support clicking on the screen.

In CWM touch, control is performed by clicking on the desired functions.

Additional function:
If you make 5 svaypov menu up and down, then the mode "Rainbow mode" (multi-colored menu items).

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Firmware Clockworkmod recovery

Installing CWM through RomManager is not suitable for all devices. Specify the method for installing CWM on your device in the firmware topic of your device in the section Android - Firmware.

1) Install recovery via fastboot.
The native way to install any recovery for Android devices is firmware recovery via fastboot in the phone recovery section. This method is preferable. How to enter fastboot mode and where to get files for its operation, read the topic of your device's firmware, methods and files are different everywhere. This method is suitable only for devices on which the bootloader is unlocked and on which there is a recovery partition. Recovery is stitched with the command:
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
fastboot - the name of the fastboot launch file
recovery.img - image name from recovery

Outdated way. ROM Manager is no longer supported.
2) Installing recovery via RomManager.
The method is extremely undesirable, if there are other ways of firmware recovery on your device, use them. Before using this application, check the compatibility of your device with the application and installation details, otherwise you can getbrick. RomManager is not CWM, it is just a program that installs Clockworkmod recovery. After installation, the RomManager application can be removed from the system.

List of models that Rom Manager supports
  • Get root rights
  • Install "RomManager" through the Market or in other ways
  • Run and give root rights
  • Click on the first item "install clockworkmod recovery" and wait for the download and the message about the successful installation
  • To enter recovery, click the item "reboot in recovery"

3) Installation recovery in other ways.
On some devices, with a locked bootloader, or protection from writing certain partitions, or to save a guarantee, or in the absence of a recovery partition, or for other reasons, recovery can be flashed, either to the boot partition or to the system partition. This happens accordingly, either with the kernel firmware or the installation application.

4) Install the recovery through the flash driver from the computer.
In this case, the program for the firmware on the computer and its files go to it. For example, for Samsung, this is Odin. For Motorola RSD Lite and so on.

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Firmware CWM Recovery on complex devices.

  • HTC x515e Rider

  • Samsung Galaxy S Captivate

CWM Recovery firmware onx515e rider.
Drivers and Utilities
2.ClockWorkMod recovery image for HTC Rider:recovery.img
3.HTC drivers: I downloaded HTC Sync, installed everything (put together with the drivers), then through the "Start>Control Panel>Uninstalling programs "was removed by HTC Sync itself, so there were only drivers left. If you download and installdriver separatelyInstall HTC SyncDO NOT!
4.Root:su_2.3.6.3_efgh_fixed_unsigned.zipYou can try a newer version, but this one works exactly, I haven't tried the others.

Unlocking HTC downloaders through the official website of the company

After the bootloader is unlocked, you need to flash CWM Recovery:
CWM Recovery firmware to phone recovery section
We connect the phone via USB in the "charge only" mode, turn on the debugging mode (if not included).
Unzip (attached in "Drivers and Utilities") "C: \ adb" We also putrecovery.img
For Windows 7: Start>string "find programs and files">cmd>Run as administrator. Then we execute everything on the command line:
Go to the adb folder:cd C: \ adb
Reboot the phone in the bootloader:adb reboot bootloader. When the phone reboots into the bootloader ...
Flash CWM:fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
If everything went smoothly, CWM should flash.
After pressing Power, restart the phone

Using CWM Recovery, we get Root:
Getting Superuser Rights
Put the file (or another version) in the root of the SD card
Reboot to bootloader,
Go to the Recovery,
Choose - install zip from sdcard,
Choose - choose zip from sdcard,
Select the .ZIP file (in this case, it is
Confirm the installation of the .ZIP file. (The confirmation item is usually not the first in the list. This is normal.)
We are waiting for the end of the installation.
Choose - +++++ Go Back +++++.
Select - reboot system now. (The phone restarts.)

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CWM Recovery Firmware on Galaxy S Captivate Glide
  • Run Odin (1.83 version and above)
  • Start your phone in Download Mode
  • Select the PDA in Odin and select the file "CWMR_recovery.tar.md5"
  • Tick ​​the box only on the "auto reboot".

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List of models supported by ROM Manager

Information out of date ROM Manager is no longer supported.
This list does not contain complete information about all devices supported by Rom Manager. If the device supports Rom Manager, click the complaint button and write: "Rom Manager - model and device firm."
Even if the device is written in this list, before you set yourself a Rom manager, make sure that your device’s firmware theme is suitable for your model and firmware, and that it will perform the function you need. Most often, Rom manager is supported only by certain firmware (Cyanogenmod, MIUI, etc.) and performs only a specific function (updating a specific firmware, installing CWM on a specific firmware)

Nexus one
Nexus s
Nexus S 4G

Desire hd
Desire s
Droid eris
Evo 4G
Evo 4G Shift
HD2 (Leo) - only when using the CLK bootloader
Hero sprint
Incredible 2
Incredible S
MyTouch 3G
MyTouch 4G
MyTouch Slide
One s
Wildfire s

Optimus 2X
Optimus black
Optimus hub
Optimus l3
Optimus sol
Optimus me
Optimus one

Atrix 4G
Cliq XT
Droid 2
Droid 2 Global
Droid pro
Droid x
Photon 4G

Galaxy Ace (GT-S5830, GT-S5830i)
Galaxy Note 2 (N7100)
Galaxy S2
Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300)
Galaxy captivate
Galaxy S Epic 4G
Galaxy s fascinate
Galaxy S i9000
Galaxy S Note
Galaxy S Mesmerize
Galaxy S ShowCase
Galaxy s vibrant
Galaxy Tab ATT
Galaxy tab gsm
Galaxy tab sprint
Galaxy Tab T-Mobile
Galaxy Tab Verizon
Galaxy Y
Galaxy wonder

Acer liquid
Advent vega
Commtiva Z71
Dell Streak 7
DNS s4502 / Innos D9
eLocity A7
Geeksphone ONE
Huawei ascend
Huawei Ideos
Huawei pulse
Huawei Pulse Mini
Nook color
Pipo u1
Sony Xperia P
Spice mi700
Superpad SAWEE10
Viewsonic gtab
Viewsonic ViewPad 7
ZTE Blade
ZTE Racer

The list is no longer maintained!

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Install zip files

ZIP files for CWM can be:firmware, crack, deodexed, additions, improvements, decorators, kernels, radio.

In general, any changes to the system files are mainly made via ZIP.

  1. The device must have ClockWorkMod recovery installed.
  2. Create a full backup of the firmware (will help restore the system if something goes wrong).
  3. The battery must be 100% charged. Of course, the installation process itself will not spend that much energy, but it’s definitely not worth trying to install a new firmware with 15-20% charge.
  4. Disconnect the device from charging and computer.
  5. The installed archive, for example, copy to the root of the memory card, DO NOT unzip it. The file name must contain only numbers and Latin letters, spaces and special characters are not allowed. CWM allows you to install zip'y that are not only in the root of the memory card, but this method allows you to simplify the process of firmware.
  6. Log in to ClockWorkMod recovery.
  7. Select "install zip from sdcard".
  8. Select "choose zip from sdcard".
  9. In the opened file manager, select "". In the list above there will be folders, below files.
  10. Confirm the installation by selecting "YES". The confirmation item is usually not the first one in the list, this is normal.
  11. After the installation is complete, select "+++++ Go Back +++++".
  12. Select "reboot system now", the phone restarts.
  13. We are waiting for the full download of the phone. Downloading after installation can take a long time, especially if a new firmware has been installed. After installing any zip, it is recommended to reset the cache and dalwick cache. When changing the firmware data reset (wipe data) is required.

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Zip file structure

Very helpful to read:Android update-script

ZIP files are ordinary archives, which differ in that they contain firmware files and installation instructions (folder META-INF). This is an instruction for CWM, which describes which files to copy and where, which ones to delete, which permissions they have to set, and other actions that need to be performed when installing this ZIP, such as wipe, install img etc. The firmware data in the archive are in sections in the same way as they will be located in the device’s memory. Sections in the archive can be represented both in the form of folders with files (the name of the folder exactly matches the name of the corresponding section in the internal memory), and in the form of img images. The boot partition (boot) can only be flashed. Regardless of the purpose of this or that zip'a, zip'y for CWM can be distinguished by opening the archive with the usual archiver, inside there should be a folder "META-INF".
META-INF \ com \ google \ android \ update-script - this file contains installation instructions, it can be opened with a text editor, such as "notepad ++", and rewritten if necessary. The new ZIPs in the META-INF \ com \ google \ android folder contain two files "updater-script" and "update-binary" - by the presence of the second, you can determine the file for the old CWM or for the new. The old CWM is 2. *, the new one is 3. * and higher.

List of some commands that can be used in zip instructions
  • ui_print command writes on the device screen. Example: ui_print ("Copying files to system ..."); will write on the installer screen "Copying files to system ...".
  • The format command formats the folder on the device. Example format ("MTD", "system"); clean / system. It is always written before the mount command.
  • mount command mounts folders. Example: mount ("MTD", "boot", "/ boot"); will mount the / boot folder as rewritable.
  • The package_extract_dir command copies files from the archive to already mounted folders. Example: package_extract_dir ("system", "/ system"); will copy everything from the system folder to / system.
  • The show_progress (fraction, duration) command shows the progress bar. Example: show_progress (0.500000, 40);
  • The set_perm command (uid, gid, mode, path) sets permissions. Example: set_perm (0, 0, 06755, "/ system / xbin / su"); give permissions su this folder.
  • The set_perm_recursive command (uid, gid, mode, path) is the same as set_perm, only for the directory and all its contents. (analogue chmod -R, chown -R, chgrp -R) Example: set_perm_recursive (1002, 1002, 0755, 0440, "/ system / etc / bluetooth");
  • symlink command - creates a symbolic link (similar to ln -s) Example: symlink ("busybox", "/ system / xbin / [", "/ system / xbin / [[");
  • command delete - deletes the file. Example: delete ("/ system / app / Rosie.apk") - deletes Rosie.apk from system / app
  • command delete_recursive - deletes the directory with all files. Example: delete_recursive ("/ system / app /") - deletes the system / app folder

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Creating and restoring firmware backup (nandroid)

CWM recovery allows you to create a backup copy of the device firmware (not all partitions), this backup is called nandroid. CWM reserves the boot, system, data, cache sections in the device’s internal memory and the “.androidsecure” folder on the device’s memory card, if there are other sections, for example, the ext section on the memory card, or the webtop section (only on some motorola devices), and their backup. Sections with the firmware of the radio module, camera (for some samsung devices) and bootloader are not backed up. If there are other sections on your device, it’s better to clarify them in the appropriate firmware topic. Not only the operating system is backed up, but all settings and installed applications. Starting from version 5, CWM creates a backup copy in the tar archive, which is very convenient because it can be opened with a regular archiver, for example WinRar. In older versions of CWM, a backup copy is a copy of all sections in img images. The resulting backup can be restored only from the phone and only through CWM. The device must have ClockWorkMod recovery installed.

Backup system:
- Run CWM recovery
- Choose "Backup & restore"
- Choose "backup"
- Choose "YES"
- Select Reboot system now (reboot)
After that, a full backup will appear on the memory card in the clockworkmod / backup folder. The name of the backup copy includes the time and date of its creation, but the name can be given arbitrary, of course, in Latin letters without spaces.

- We are entering CWM Recovery;
- Choose "backup & restore"
- Choose "restore"
- Select the previously saved backup. It should be on the memory card in the folder clockworkmod / backup.
- Confirm the recovery, select "YES". The confirmation item is usually not the first one on the list, this is normal
- At the end of the process, select "Reboot system now" (reboot).

The program for unpacking nandroid images as imgAttached KB)
To work requiresJdk. Using:
Install JDK, reboot. Create a folder on the disk in Latin letters without spaces, for example,C: \ sssPut in this folder the image that needs to be unpacked, for example, system.img and two files from the attached archive: unyaffs.exe, cygwin1.dll. Now we drag the img file to exe. For some time the console window is lit, after it is closed in the same folder, we have the unpacked image. This is not always the case, so you have to act through the CMD panel:

Start \ Run \ cmd
cd c: \ sss press enter
unyaffs. exe system.img press enter

After in the same folder we have the unpacked image. The program does not know how to pack images back. We may need the program if we need to get some file from the firmware or from our backup copy, so as not to ask the users in the subject line and wait a whole day, it’s easier to install this program once.

Also images of nandroid (system and data (you first need to rename to system) in the img form can be unpacked and packed using the programMultifunctional Androbot

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How to get root rights using recovery?

To get root on any version of the android and on any device, it is enough to install superSU through non-native recovery:

The latest version of the file can be found in the topic:
В® SuperSU
You need exactly zip file.

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