How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on HTC HD2? (Video)

HTC HD2 is getting more like a native Android phone each day. We are able to flash NAND Android through PC. And with ClockworkMod Recovery, we can flash NAND Android on HTC HD2 through SD card without PC. Further more, we can flash ROM in format, backup and restore ROM using Nandroid. Do read this post for its usage and more information about ClockworkMod Recovery.

Note – by installing ClockworkMod Recovery, your existing NAND Android ROM will be deleted. So everything on your phone is gone…


  • HSPL3 ~ SPL-2.08.HSPL
  • Radio that support 576 RAM
  • DFT MAGLDR Bootloader

Please make sure that you have all the prerequisites installed. If you don’t have HSPL3, please install it by follow the guide ~ How to Install HSPL3 on HTC HD2? (Video). And install radio ROM 2.15 with this guide ~ How to Install Custom Radio ROM on HTC HD2? (Video). Finally, install DFT MAGLDR Bootloader with this guide ~ How to Install MAGLDR on HTC HD2? (Video).

Step by Step Guide

  1. Power on your phone and don’t let go power button.
  2. DFT MAGLDR Bootloader will be loaded.
  3. Use volume down button to go down to 3. USB MassStg.
  4. Then press call button to enter USB Mass Storage mode.
  5. Connect USB cable from PC to phone.
  6. At PC, open Removable Disk (SD card storage).
  7. Create a temp folder.
  8. Open with 7-Zip.
  9. Copy everything to temp folder.
  10. Enter temp folder.
  11. Enter copy_to_sd_root folder.
  12. Copy initrd.gz and zImage files to SD card root level.
  13. Then disconnect USB cable from phone.
  14. Press power button to go back.
  15. Use volume up button to go up to 9. Reset.
  16. Then press call button.
  17. Press power button and don’t let go.
  18. DFT MAGLDR Bootloader will be loaded.
  19. Use volume down button to go down to 4. USB Flasher.
  20. Then press call button to load Android Flasher mode.
  21. Connect USB cable from PC to phone.
  22. At PC, right click on DAF and select ‘Run as administrator’.
  23. Click ‘Yes’ if User Access Control prompt up.
  24. Follow onscreen instructions to install.
  25. Phone will be rebooted after installation finished.
  26. DFT MAGLDR Bootloader will be loaded then.
  27. Disconnect USB cable from phone.
  28. Press call button to load 1. Boot AD SD.
  29. ClockworkMod Recovery will be loaded then.
  30. That’s all.

Note – ClockworkMod Recovery v1.0 was used in the video.

Download ClockworkMod Recovery v1.2 here.

Well done… Continue with this post ~ How to Install NAND Android on HTC HD2 with ClockworkMod Recovery? (Video)

  • lunas66

    Jayce.. hv u done this on yr HD2? Any problem so far?.. i’m still very unsure about this tho..

    • Yes, of course. No problem so far. The video above was taken by me with my HTC HD2. 😉

  • lunas66

    thanks… which NAND ROM are u using now? Still solid, is battery life better than any SD ROM?
    What Radio Version needed? Mine is 2.12 with Stock WME 1.66.. shud I reflash new/higher version? Thanks in advance for the help… I initially quite reluctant to go for NAND coz worries to brick my phone if i miss out the steps but since NAND ROM came, I dont see anymore new SD coming or being maintained.. all dev are leaving SD or RAM version now i guess…

    • I am using JDMS Ultimate right now. Battery life is better for sure. I think 2.12 radio should work but I am using 2.15. But you definitely need HSPL3.

      Bricking HD2? How many HD2 users did you see their HD2 brick? Actually, as long as you have HSPL3 install properly, your HD2 is safe from becoming brick. You can flash WinMo, Android and WP7 with it. Just load into its bootloader and start all over again and again…

  • zubair

    i have followed all the steps, but whenever i click on the 1st option on the MAGLDR 1.11, its given error failed and returning back to the options. what should i do.

    • Do you have initrd.gz and zImage files at your SD card root level? Or did you change the default SD Android path previously?

      • ijup

        Jayce I need your help…
        I have same problem because I renamed the SD card path. then what should I do?
        thank in advance…..

        • Change it back to your current Android folder path.

          • ijup

            Unfortunately I forgot the prev. folder path..
            in the moment, I flash my HD2 with Ur ROM (prj_build_v0.2) it’s quite stable and very fast. But I don’t have CwM Rec. on my DFT bootloader so I couldn’t do EXT3 partition.
            any advise to get into ClockworkMod Recovery would be appreciated..

            • Follow above guide to get CWM installed.

              • ijup

                I’m using MAGLDR 1.13, so I can’t use ClockworkMod-Recovery1.2? is that my problem? cause I have done all (MAGLDR and CwM-Rec installation again), but problem still exist… CwM-Rec didn’t loaded..

                Btw U are very responsive, your answer is quick…thank much bro…

                  • ijup

                    many many thank to you Jayce…
                    I solved my prev. problem, now I still used Ur ROM (prj_build_v0.2).
                    all seem OK, OS running well and no lag, also I have EXT3 partition on my SD card. But I still have 1 problem in the G-sensor. it doesn’t work at all, while gaming, browsing, picture etc…any idea?
           U’r my hero….kekeekekke….

                    • This is ROM issue. You can try other latest Android ROM which is better.

  • lio

    ever since i installed on my hd2 it wont recognize my hd2 since im trying to flash other programs into my phone it will charge and all but when i go to the red blue and green screen it stays at serial it wont read my usb also in magldr i cant flash anything anymore and im trying to flash wp7 onto my hd2 please help

    • Anything changes on your PC lately? You already install NAND Android before, right? Then you should not have any issue to install Windows Phone 7.

      • lio

        got a different laptop i have already removed all the safety precautions for my usb ports and all but it still wont work i might have to try something else and yes i already have magldr 1.11 i was just trying to upgrade to 1.13 to get wp7 but when i downloaded the clockwork recovery i accidently installed the newest version before installing magldr i think thats where i went wrong and now it wont even run clockwork at all

      • lio

        ok well i tried a different hd2 phone and the same thing happened is there anything i can do to make it work is there some sort of thing i have to do to my laptop or some steps i have to go through in order for it to work im guessing it has something to do with the firewall but i turned it off and it still had no effect

        • Do you have Windows Mobile Device Center installed on Windows Vista / Windows 7 or ActiveSync installed on Windows XP on that laptop?

  • lio

    yes i do when my phone is on regular without the magldr it charges and all but thats it but when i go into it it wont recognize it i hear the sound for when i plug it in but nothing show on my phone like when i go into the option 4. usb flasher and run the wp7 program or a custom radio to return it to original i get an error that says cant read phone or palm device to make sure my usb is connected im sure it has something to do with acces to my usb through my firewall im just not that oriented on computers dont really know how to acces it can you please post a link if possible

    • Is your laptop using Windows XP?

      • lio

        windows 7. it has something to do with it im sure i went to another laptop that my friend has and everything works i was able to install everything properly i guess i just has to find a way to install the driver to make it work for the next install i want to do cause i dont feel like using somebody elses laptop to do my work so please if you know how to fix this problem a link would be very much appreciated

        • Any different between your friend’s laptop and yours? This will help to narrow down the issue.

          • lio

            Same laptop I noticed that when I first plugged in my phone on his the driver installed properly and on mine it didn’t and btw I have an hp mini 110

            • Try to reformat your laptop if can. Start from fresh always help solve things. 😉

  • aLVIN

    hEY jayce i installed clockmod with MAGLDR 1.13 and i m trying to switch from DFT launcher to clockmod sd .zip file update. Im trying to update Mdjcyanogen mod 7 to Typhoon cm7 v.1.6 and when i do the update from clockwork mod i get load screen with the Android logo and then the device shut down and restart over and over again . Can you please help me with this problem. I can only flash the rom using DTF flasher directly from the computer using usb flasher. thank you

    • Did you continue to install Android in zip format?

      • alvin

        Yea I complete the installation threw zip formant, installation was complete but on booth up it does work at all.rite now only roms with dft installer works on my device

  • alvin

    Any rom that I tried using threw clockworkmod using zip and sd card does the same thing. After installation it boots up and then I c the rom android logo and it restart over and over again

    • Which ROM did you try? And what is the detail error before it restart?

  • mizan

    24. Follow onscreen instructions to install.
    25. Phone will be rebooted after installation finished.

    i try to install DAF but it appear usb int how should i do?
    at this time i cannot open back my wm 6.5.

  • helpme

    I’m stuck on GO GO GO!
    what should I do?! 🙁

    • What is the error details? And which step are you at now?

      • uriel

        i have the same issue. it goes to “GO Go GO” then it reboots and the phone starts to boot and then it goes straight to that “Go Go Go” page again. Just finished all the steps and cant figure why. I see no error details

        • Did you install NAND Android?

          • uriel

            Yes, i installed everything, step by step according to the video. Its already fixed tho, i took it to some guy on CL and he fixed it within a matter of minutes. Now im runnin 2.3 Gingerbread. Too bad i dont have the glory of doing it myself successfully, but hey, im running Gingerbread! B)

          • Ramses

            I have the same issue but I did not installed NAND android, I did the whole procedure having W6.5….

            Should I just go to NAND installation video and do the whole thing to fix this?

            thanks !!!

            • Ramses

              now when I reboot the phone it goes directly to the boot menu

              • Did you able to load ClockworkMod Recovery? If yes, continue to install NAND Android.

  • Clint

    i install initrd and zImage but when i restart my phone it says failure to load initrd and keeps restarting

    • Are you using ClockworkMod Recovery v1.2 or v1.3?

      • Clint

        v1.3 it also says NAND kernel failed

        • Is your MAGLDR v1.13? If yes, you need to select AD Recovery to load into ClockworkMod Recovery.

  • Irene

    I am stuck on running DAF with the following error, my HD2 is now unusable, help!!!

    Error Description: Config load failed.
    Info: .\RSPL\RSPL.cpp (725)

    Error Description: CONFIG: can’t open config file
    Info: .\RSPL\RSPL.cpp (304)

    I am doing the install on Windows 7 with HSPL3_PKG, DFT_LEO_MGLDR113_DAF and Radio_Leo_2.15.50.14.

    • ClockworkMod Recovery v1.2 cannot work on MAGLDR v1.13. Try v1.3 at

      • Irene

        Thank you for your prompt reply, I have downloaded Recovery_v1.3_400M, unfortunately, it is still doing the same. I have tried re-formatting the SD card manually and then copying the initrd and zImage files back. The PC host is not picking up still the SD card. What do I need to do if I need to roll it back to my WM6.5, I really don’t want to but I might have no choice.

        • Huh? Recovery_v1.3_400M does not have initrd and zImage files. How did you get above error? Which file did you execute?

          • Irene

            Must be from my previous install of ClockworkMod-Recovery-v1.2…. ;(

          • Irene

            I ran the DAF file from Recovery_v1.3_400M.

          • Jai

            Yes Recovery_v1.3 does not have initrd and zImage files, what to do, how to install it? plz help!!

            • Jai

              ohh finally i installed it. thanx.
              but i want know, now how to connect my phone to pc so that i can transfer the data.

              • Transfer what data?

  • kalil

    kernel failed?

    • More detail please…

      • kalil

        as soon as magldr loads it gives me “kernel failed” in red letters. i run the android but then it gets stuck idk why

        • Did you continue to install NAND Android?

          • kalil

            yeah i installed but it got stuck so i just left it .. i wanted the hyperdroid

            • kalil

              by the way the exact words in red are “kernel open failed”

  • kalil

    need help asap

    • It failed to open SD kernel or NAND kernel?

      • kalil

        i think NAND

        • Then your NAND Android installation had problem. Try to reinstall it again. Which Android ROM did you install?

          • kalil

            BOYPPC-SHIFTPDA GINGER NAND Android A2SD+ Zip ROM for HTC HD2 and typhoon

            • Hmm… How did you install them? Both of them should be working if install correctly.

  • chris

    Hello I need help I did every step but i am stuck in 29
    ClockworkMod Recovery will be loaded then

    Clock work doesn’t load up for some reason and just satys as

    ANDROID LOAD AT 180000000
    from microSD
    load zImage
    K: \zImage

    GO! GO! GO!

    Can you please help me i am almost done with everything 🙂

    • Which ClockworkMod Recovery version are you using?

  • ryu_zab

    Hello Jayce,

    I am stuck on step 22. All the steps until now were successfull. When I run the DAF.exe file it starts then after sometime it gives error “fail to Initialize USB”.

    Kinldy plzzzz help, I am stuck here!!!

  • banan

    hey. i am stuck on step 29. it says 123456 GO GO GO! And then nothing happens.. please help me!

    • Do you mean that ClockworkMod Recovery cannot be loaded? What is the kernel that MAGLDR trying to load?

      • banan

        Never mind. I got it working. Thanks

        • DARREN

          HOW?? I have the same error

  • Justin

    Wow I think you are amazing for answering all these questions. My problem seems so simple, yet I’m not smart enough to find the answer. I can’t get windows mobile center or window activesync to detect my phone thus causing DAF.exe to not connect. I have tried everything and searched everywhere to no avial. I’ve tried my XP desktop with activesync and mobile center with my windows 7 PC. I initially installed a nand rom on my HD2 when I have vista on my PC. Now that nothing will connect I can’t change anything up on the HD2 especially to put Clockwork on. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • What did you select at your phone when you try to connect to PC?

      • Justin

        Since I have Android already installed I’ve selected both debugging as well as mount usb storage. is there another option I should select?

        • Aren’t above steps working for you?

  • 7enigma7

    yeah this isn’t working for me. I’ve followed every step but when i get to step 28 all it says is ” SD Kernel Open Failed” and takes me back to the main menu. What am I doing wrong jayce

    • Are initrd.gz and zImage files on SD card root level? If yes, what is the default SD Android folder that you set?

  • 7enigma7

    default SD folder???

    • Boot into MAGLDR. Go to Services – BootSettings – AD SD Dir. Select < .> as default SD Android folder.

  • Say

    I wish someone would say how they fixed or got past the Go Go Go issue; can’t seem to find a solution at all??!!

    • What is the kernel that your phone trying to load?

  • Johnny

    Hey you!

    It’s works great for me, thanks for that! =)
    But… i tried another Custom Rom, installed by DAF or as .zip from SD-Card, that doesen’t work for me… dow you have another Rom from me? 😉


  • Alvin

    Hey I tried everything you said then I selected ad recovery and it gets stuck at 123456 GO GO GO!.I’m using BOYPPC-SHIFTPDA GINGER 2.3.4 HoneyComB

    • Which MAGLDR and ClockworkMod Recovery version are you using?

  • jevin

    hi , i tired to do the clockworkmod i follow every steps ended up it keep going to clockworkmod recovery v3.0.0.5 how am i able to re do everything and go back to my normal windows… tks… im using htc hd2

  • jevin

    btw my version is 2.2 only… now i can only access to boot menu… how can i change my version ?

  • Rami

    Does it matter if my micro sd is FAT formatted or FAT32? I have HTC HD2 with utimate droid installed.

    • Hmm… I am not too sure. But I am using FAT32.


    I had tried the whole process H/ever mine was stuck at the HTC logo.. i read the comment and someone said to reformat the SD card and repeat this step. I tried but now it stuck at the “GO GO GO”.. able help ASAP!! TY in advance

    • Copy initrd.gz and zImage files to SD card root level will fix ‘Go Go Go’ issue.

      • DARREN

        ok.. now it can work.. But my phone had no sound… why is this happeneing? how to do it if i wan to restore back to window?

        • Sorry, I have no idea on no sound issue. Did not face it before. To revery back Windows Mobile, just install WinMo ROM will do.

  • alex

    got one problem, the files that need 2 be copied, initrd.gz and zImage, ive got initrd without gz, downloaded from here… and at the end of the instalation an error occured, something about sd-card… what should i do ?

    • May I know the error detail description?

  • alex

    Error Description: USB init failed
    Info: .\RSPL\RSPL.cpp (736)

    • Huh? USB init failed has something to do with SD card?

  • Jeroen

    I deleted all the trash off my SD card but in boot settings I can still see all the folders, when I try to boot of the SD card, i can briefly see the zimage file, but then it pops back to the menu, any ideas, maybe reformat the card? what do you use..

    I am using sMAGLDR V1.11

    • Sorry, I don’t get you. What do you want to do actually?

      • Jeroen

        I want to install the Install ClockworkMod Recovery, I have done exactly as your tutorial but when I try to boot from AD SD nothing happens, copied the correct zimage and initrd but nothing happens

        • Did it show SD kernel open failed before back to main menu? If yes, those 2 files are not in your SD card root level. By the way, did you change the default boot folder for SD Android previously?

          • Jeroen

            Formated the card put everything back in the root and still no luck, the PC can see the card by the way, is there a special way I should format the card?

            • No special way, just FAT32 format will do.

              • Jeroen

                Got the mod installed, but now this error
                NAND yaffs2 boot mount failed

                • Which Android ROM did you install?

  • MaheshPolkam

    I have done till step 21 and for 22 i dont have “administrator” rights on my laptop. Secondly I am getting the 12345 GO GO GO screen on reboot. It is not booting to mgldr screen where i can connect to pc via usb. could yu pls help me.. thx

    • Please get a system that you have administrator right to do this.

      • MaheshPolkam

        Yepp I will get the admin password to login.. that will solve.

        But here is my question that on rebooting the mobile mgldr1.1 is getting stuck at 12345 GOGOGO screen and not connecting USB. Please help to connect USB to PC rest I can countnue from step 22. Many thanks for your time.

          • MaheshPolkam

            I am not able to connect to PC. In your last URL(provided above) the first step is to load Android Flasher mode and Connect USB cable from PC to phone.

            When i reboot my phone mgldr is taking to 12345 GOGOGO and getting stuck there.

            It is not connecting to PC via USB.

            • Ya, that’s correct. You need to load into Android Flasher mode. Step 17 to 19 on this post.

              • MaheshPolkam

                You ROCK,, Seriously…

                It worked.. But I am yet to get the administrator login from my company.

                Many thanks for your time and dedication.

  • Tarek

    whenever I try to continue installation , the following msg keep appear, plz help as my HD2 is dead and I can’t get back to my old OS or even try the Android. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help

    E:Can’t find misc
    E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”
    E:Can’t mount /cache/recovery/command
    E:Can’t find misc
    E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”
    E:Can’t mount /cache/recovery/log
    E:Can’t open /cache/recovery/log
    E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”
    E:Can’t mount /cache/recovery/latest_log
    E:Can’t open /cache/recovery/latest_log
    E:Can’t find misc
    E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”

    • Which step are you at now when this errors come out?

      • Tarek

        I was in step nr 17. after I rebooted the device and hold down power , then went to choice nr 4 then whenever I try to enter the usb flasher, it keep stating wait usb wait usb,. so I rebooted once more. and entered to choice nr 3, and put copy from the JawsNandRec1.1 zip file in a trial to install it, after that I wen to choice nr 1 to boot from AD SD, then install zip from sd card. it then when the msg appeared.

        I was using xp but now im using win7. with admin permision , ad when ever I try to install the DFT .it stops with error nr 723, so I can’t install the DFT nor the Android, plz help

        • Did you manage to install ClockworkMod Recovery v1.2 (all the steps in this post)?

    • Matua

      Hello Tarek,

      I can try to help you get back to your old Windows OS if your using a HTC HD2 T8585 phone.

      ***Before attempting this, format your micro sd card to fat 32. If your sd card is not recognized or cant be formatted go to: and download the SD card formatted suited for your computer (windows/mac). With the use of a sd card adapter the program should help you format your sd card. After thats done, place the formatted SD card in your phone SD slot.

      Now follow this instructions:
      1) Go to this website:
      2) Download any of the ROMS in your country preference.
      3) You should have downloaded something that like “RUU_Leo_S_HTC_……….” into your computer.
      4) Drag the ROM to your desktop
      5) Make sure your HTC phone is unplugged
      6) Hold the volume button down and hold the power button together
      7) This should lead you to a red, green, blue, and white screen with words “serial”
      8) Then plug your usb cord to the phone to your computer. The words should change from “serial” —-> “USB”
      9) Go to your desktop and click on the downloaded ROM and install it.
      10) The ROM should recognize your HTC phone and restore its operating system back to Windows.

      I hope this helps you!

  • Tarek

    No I couldn’t install the DFT. it alwayse give me the error msg 723

  • Tarek

    This is the error msg,
    USB init failed RSPL\RSPL.cpp (723)

    • Does your system has Windows Mobile Device Center installed?

  • Tarek

    yes, I have WMC.

    • Wired… This should not be happening. Just to double confirm. Which software and version did you install on your phone now ~ HSPL, radio and MAGLDR?

      • Tarek

        All the mentioned above are installed in my device

  • bhellim

    i’ve installee magldr and clockwork sucessfully but after installing roms from sd card it just keep on restarting again and again using coredroid any tips why?

    • Which Android ROM are you using? Link to it will be better.

  • bhellim
    • I tried CoreDroid DHD v1 long time ago. Does the version that you tried need EXT3 partition on your SD card?

  • bhellim

    oh do i need to partition sd card? havent done that its my first time doing this nand android thing Start thinking wanna try it for a change. so if ever how can i partition may sd card? tnxs

  • bhellim

    ok tnxs for the reply.

  • M Athar Ishaque

    Hello Jayce,
    during installation of clockwork, after selecting usb flasher mode option, the phone is not being
    detected by the computer when i connect with it? give any solution?

  • M Athar Ishaque

    which magldr to be used, version 1.11 or 1.13?

    • Either one is fine.

  • Steven

    Hey Jayce.
    I have been trying to load android to HD2. however, the phone freezes at the stage when zImage and initrd.gz have been loaded. The screen does not change to the next stage. I have installed all the other requirements.

    what could be the problem?

    • Any error message?

      • Steven

        no message.

        Android load at ……
        from MicroSD
        load Zimage….

        Load Done!
        Go Go GO

        thats all it says and freezes at that

        • Hmm… You should be able to load it. Anything different on your phone and mine in the video?

          • Steven

            So how can u help. From the video, all our phones are the same.

  • Steven

    ooh yaah. There, when the phone is switched on. there is a screen that appears and was able to see…….” NAND Kernel open failed”

  • colt

    Error Description: USB init failed
    Info: .\RSPL\RSPL.cpp (723)

    i got this error during installing T_T

  • Omid

    i have done all the above steps but the problem is that when i’m in the 21st step the ” Android Flasher Mode ..” appears but the computer doesn’t recognize it as a drive. so i can not have DAF synchronization. I have to add that the mobile phone is on the devices list.

    • Do you have Windows Mobile Device Center installed on Windows Vista / Windows 7 or ActiveSync installed on Windows XP??

      • Tanishq

        i hav active sync bt still it dsnt read !! plz help !! 🙂

  • ZAIN

    will the nand android 2.3 installed on sd card?

  • Kyle

    i am using magldr 1.13. i placed the files in the sd card then usb flasher then executed daf. once it completed, it rebooted then when i clicked boot ad sd it says sd kernel open failed. what do i do

    • You need to use ClockworkMod Recovery v1.3 for MAGLDR 1.13 –

      • Kyle

        i already tried 150mb and 250mb version of cwm but it still says ‘sd kernel open failed.’ i already formatted the sd card to fat 32. do you have any other options? thanks.

        • Kyle

          OH! nvm i just needed to click android recovery. many thanks for your help!!! looking forward to see new roms in your website! THANK YOU!!!

  • Munty McCoy

    Hi Jayce!
    I was wondering if i can flash android builds made for the desire HD on my HD2 with Clockwork Recovery. Is it possible?
    Can you recommend some android builds for the HD2 that are as close to the stock desire HD ROM as possible?

  • No, Android ROM for Desire HD cannot be flashed on HD2. More ROMs at

  • Jacky

    Hi, i meet the problem after flash, when i try select boot AD SD then got an error mess, “SD initrd open failed” then i can’t go into clockword mod recovery…
    really thx….

  • raj

    Dear JaYce,
    few info from you. I have installed MAGLDR 1.13 and JDMS on my t-mobile Htc Hd2, I would like ta ask you is that my mobile model number is shown as HTC BRAVO and Android version as 2.2.1. Kindly let me know if everything is ok or somthing wrong, also if can upgrade to something better
    thank you for the services

  • tafa

    Hi Jayce

    I’m following your method, but when I press the #4 USB FLASHER, it take so long for the “wait USB.. USB(the second word USB, I mean) so my question is that, Is there any wrong with my device? many thanks.

    • Is this your first time loading this? Maybe your Windows need time to install USB drivers.

  • tafa

    Hi jayce
    I have installed CWM trough your skipped method, I go directly from MAGDLR bootloader and select #8. Ad recovery. And on my SD card was CWR and NexusHD (I downloaded fromyour link). Overall I did it successfully but thoroughly SD card. But some thing still leave my problem.
    On the CWM loader its mention as below:
    E: failed to find “catche” partition to mount at”…/catche
    E: cant mount /cache /recovery/last_log
    E: can’t open /catche /recovery/last_log
    E: cant find misc
    E: Failed to find cache partition to mount at”…./cache
    No files found
    Installing :/sdcard/nexusHD2 –gingerbread_v3.1
    E: cant find misc
    Finding update package
    Opening update package
    Installing update
    Welcome to nexusHD2-gingerbread v3.1a NAND
    Formatting boot….
    Formatting system…
    Copying files to system
    Copying zimage and intitrd.gz to boot
    All done!
    Install from sdcard complete
    So far, i do reboot system it take to MAGDLR bootloader. Do you have any suggestion on this issue?? Many thanks

    • What is your issue now? Sorry, I don’t get it…

  • Prakrut

    my sd card’s of 4 gb but now its showing just of199 MB.. i installed WPH 7 a day back and then installed android immediately after dat.. help please

  • Tanishq

    first of all, the moment i switch my phone on, it loads boot menu !! (without holding it for long)
    secondly, after d 16th step, it automatically loads ClockworkMod Recovery !! my phones screwed up !! please suggest me how should i start it normally !! please !! thanks !! 😀

  • Kai


    because WP 7 didnt worked out following your tutorial i tried android as well.
    But i dont get a connection to the pc when switching to massstorage mode…
    Any ideas ?

    • Look like your Windows does not have the USB drivers required.

      • Kai

        No i think it is because SD Card is locked after previous WP 7 installation…
        But i cant unlock it, do you have any further ideas ? Because drive wizards doesnt get he sd card shown …

  • tafa

    Hi jayce

    I have tried to install clockworkmod following your guided, all are successfull installation, but I have a question, on the Press call button to load 1. Boot AD SD. then ClockworkMod Recovery should not loaded, what’s wrong???

    • I gave you latest guide. Why you still using the old one?

      • tafa

        Hi jayce

        I just fixed it and all fine, thank a lot for your guided and helps.

  • Eyal

    Hi Jayce 🙂
    Just completed this thing until I reached something annoying:$
    I done everything, until I got to the stage I should pick the first option…
    I have done it all fine (except from one stage in the beginning, I deleted everything from the sd card cause it didn’t let me start the magldr, it started a logo of htc in green and got stuck).
    I click the first option and nothing happens!
    Thank for advance, Eyal.
    Skype – kloxic

  • Eyal

    Rrr I don’t have ad recover, cause up there it shows me by Cotulla *2010* and not 2011.
    What should I do?

    • Install all the latest components from the link that I gave you.

  • Zoltán

    Hi Jayce

    I’m following your method, but when I press the #4 USB FLASHER, and runing DAF

    Error Description: USB init failed
    Info: .\RSPL\RSPL.cpp (736)

    Error Desciption: EnterBootloader missing
    info: .\RSPL\Bootloader.cpp (176)

    Windows 7 (64bit) – HD2

    many thanks.

  • Mohsin

    Jayce, Thank you so much for publishing a step-by-step procedure for installing android on htc-hd2. but ice cream sandwich was a loser release so i had to get back to gingerbread. Thanks for your support.

  • kyle

    I have done everything in the video but when i press boot ad sd i says SD kernel open failed what do i do am using the 1.0 clockwork recovery and aMAGDLR v1.12 Build: Feb 1 2011 03:46:07

  • Sundar

    I tried several time with your tut. I notice I dont get auto reboot ie.step no.25 on your tut. I have to remove the batt. to get to magldr main menu. and still when tried to AD Sd i am getting 1Efatal hit1
    pls help and can you kindly tell me will the battery be charged at magldr menu state.. coz i been playing for couple of days hope my battery dont’ ranout below 50%


  • Faran

    hi.. first i installed windows 7 on my htc hd2..then i wanted to install clockwordmod fone got hanged while installing so i canceled when i switch on my fone the loads into boot loader..there is no windows in my fone what shall i do??
    im stuck.. idont know what to do??
    please hel me

  • Faran

    ive got amagldr v 1.12..

  • Ahmed

    i only find a winrar archive file in the “copy to sd root” folder names initrd no .gz, and then a z image? wat do i do? do i still put in the sd card?

  • mgeed

    i try this but it not work

  • karlos

    me again….Ok as Turn my cell on it goes rite into aMAGLDR V1.11( its says in red NAND YAFFS2 BOOT MOUNT FAILED in red writing) then goes into the magloader screen 1-10. Im following the steps and get to step 6 (@ PC open removable disk-SD card storage) . When I plug Cell to PC it does nothing…How do I get to the removable disk screen? & Step 12 how do I copy initrdiz& zimage file to SD ROOT Level? What is SD Level and how to find it? Is there anyone I can pay to do this because i cant seem to get it rite..BUt im trying

    • Use the latest CWM from the guide that I gave you.

  • karlos

    Thought I was doing that followed the video

  • Ridham

    Hey i am not able to load the DFT MAGLDR. even tough i am holding the power button and not letting it go…. still the phone is getting started and shows windows….. plz help.
    thank you

    • Did you install MAGLDR previously?

      • Ridham

        No i havnt…… But whn i tried it replaced my 3.0 rom with 2.0 and thn my phn got hanged… So i installed 3.0 rom again…. Bt nt able to get thru thenfirt step only…..
        Thank u

  • Hi, i tried to install nano android but something went wrong, i dont know what to do anymore, i made a pic of my problem :S

  • Hi, I’m trying to download your 7-zip app from your website but it’s not working.
    I have a Compaq Presario with Windows 7. Are there any firewall settings I need to disable in order to complete the installation process?

    Any help with this will be most appreciative. Thanks in advance.

    -big boy big

  • Actually, this link appears at random on several of your sites. I’ll email the link to ya when I get a chance. For now, I’m going to bed…later. Zzzzzzz

  • M

    im stuck at step 12, mine shows initrd.gz as winrar file , instead of just a file.

    tried both ways to extract and copy over and tried copy over as winrar. none work, any help?

    • No need to extract it. Just copy will do. If still cannot, use 7-Zip like me.


    hello..i having a bit of a problem here ..i followed all of your instructions but the same thing happen after clicking the “8:AD recovery.then..blahblahblahblah…then after i reboot goes back to this aMAGLRD v1.13


    any comment help as in NOW?:)

  • Estrada

    Hey Jayce, thanks for all your help I’ve followed everything from your forum but on this one I am stuck. I followed all the steps. I connected my phone and the USB…..USB did showed, so thats good. Then I opened DAF file and ran it as administrator, it takes quite a while and this appears…
    Error Description: USB init failed
    Info: .\RSPL\RSPL.cpp (723)
    … What can I do? Thanks for all your help.

  • Lisa

    Hi Jayce,

    This is my very first time to root or is it flash.. anyway, because of your uber helpful video guides, i was able to install HSPL3 ~ SPL-2.08.HSPL, radio ROM 2.15 and DFT MAGLDR Bootloader. Then, I started on your video for ClockworkMod Recovery… However, when I reached these steps:

    15. Use volume up button to go up to 9. Reset.
    16. Then press call button.
    17. Press power button and don’t let go.

    I did 15 & 16 properly, but i wasn’t able to do 17. it just rebooted on it’s own. So, i redid 15 & 16 and this time, i pressed 17. Unfortunately, it must’ve been a mistake because I’m getting the following messages:

    ClockworkMod Recovery v3.0.0.5
    E:Can’t find misc
    E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”
    E:Can’t mount /cache/recovery/command
    E:Can’t find misc
    E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”
    E:Can’t mount /cache/recovery/log
    E:Can’t open /cache/recovery/log
    E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”
    E:Can’t mount /cache/recovery/last_log
    E:Can’t open /cache/recovery/last_log
    E:Can’t find misc
    E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”

    i also get some choices at the very top of the screen:
    – reboot system now
    – apply update from sdcard
    – wipe data/factory reset
    – wipe cache partition
    – install zip from sdcard
    – backup and restore
    – mounts and storage
    – advanced

    I’m afraid to try and select an option for fear of compounding on my mistake.. Can you please tell me how to fix this? Please please?

    Thank you!

      • Lisa

        Hi Jayce.

        Thank you for the quick reply. Thrilled to be able to get an updated link.

        Um, but i think i need to erase the old one first since it’s corrupted. when i tried to install HSPL4, it just displayed the above information:

        ClockworkMod Recovery v3.0.0.5
        E:Can’t find misc
        E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”
        E:Can’t mount /cache/recovery/command
        E:Can’t find misc
        E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”
        E:Can’t mount /cache/recovery/log
        E:Can’t open /cache/recovery/log
        E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”
        E:Can’t mount /cache/recovery/last_log
        E:Can’t open /cache/recovery/last_log
        E:Can’t find misc
        E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”

        i was wondering if wipe cache partition or wipe data/factory reset erase the previous CWM so i can start afresh or something? my apologies if i am bothering you with this but i hope u would be able to shed some light as to how to restore things so i can begin again at installation of HSPL4..

        Thank you!

        • Hi Lisa, you should be able to install HSPL as it has nothing to do with CWM. If really can’t, I have no idea then. Try to consult others at XDA website.

  • Lisa

    i did a wipe data/factory reset and wipe cache partition and the following messages popped up:

    Wiping data…
    Formatting /data…
    E:format_volume: no MTC partition “userdata”
    Formatting /cache…
    E:format_volume: no MTC partition “cache”
    Formatting /sd-ext…
    No app2sd partition found. Skipping format of /sd-ext.
    Formatting /sdcard/.android_secure…
    Data wipe complete.

    Then the whole slew that i posted before reappears.

    Does this give any information that might point as to where the prob is?

    If it doesn’t, then I thank you for your time, and I guess i’ll try my luck at xda ^^;

    • It might caused by corrupted MAGLDR or CWM. So I asked you to reinstall all of them again.

      • foysyl

        Jayce, U r the boos…my hd2 had wp7. Last night i wipe it using task29…thn i install Hspl thn Radio 2.15. thn Magldr… but Magldr not instaling showing some error though phn entering bootloader. After that i copied 4ext(unzip) to Sd & reboot. Mgldr open & went to Service & Add Sd dir to locate 4ext thn reboot it go to ClkRecovery thn i create partition Sd > a. 768M sd-ext b. 512M ext2 c. 256 swap &rest part d. Fat . After doing ths i copied a Muiu custom JB Rom .zip to Sd & install it. After instal it want reboot & reboot my hd2 but the problem is its booting again & again to ClkRecovery insted of OS…wy? Wat can be done? but if i install only PA-leo’s JB in same way it work & go through OS ,but its too much buggy…whn i try to instal other rom(muiu,cm10) Clk showing some error…
        E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache”
        E:Can’t mount /cache/recovery/log
        Need hlp…some1 said it hpn for Sboot partition…but i didnt find any Sboot partition Option in ClockModRec…how to create it? I copied to Sd & tried to install but it aborted & saying…
        E:failed to find “cache” partition to mount at “/cache” …

        • Sorry foysyl, I have no idea on these. Please refer to my guides to install Android ROM.

  • asad

    hi,i m tring 2 rom on hd2by clockworkmod recovery,bt always fails at BOOt AD SD.after this line,after booting from AD SD,
    SD kernel open failed

    i dnt know wht 2 do.the sd card i m using is nt recomended by htc on hd2,bt its working otherwise fine.i am already running nand andriod rom bt nt by cwm recovery.using hspl,radio and magldr n thn installed i want to using cmw roms,for rooting my hd2.plz help me as i am following all steps.

  • Matas

    i have a problem i did everything to instal android to hd2 but when i was whatching last vidie there i have to download the Jaws-MIUI base on MIUI 18-12 [Kernel: prj0.3] NAND ZIP ROM + DATA.IMG, but when i try to do that they say that there no file like this, and now my phone dont have windos, but dont have android too….. Can u help me?

    P.S. Sorry for my english.

  • Laura

    I have installed ClockwordMod Recovery v1.3 250 mb, but i have several errors..
    First: Readme.txt for this release is missing.
    and then i click next and it says this: An error has occurred
    Read below for more information

    Error Description: Config load failed.
    Info: .\RSPL\RSPL.cpp (725)

    Error Description: CONFIG: can’t open config file
    Info: .\RSPL\RSPL.cpp (304)

    I already have the other files i need, its just this one that doesn’t really work. How come? Is it otherwise possible for me to use v1.2?

    • Which version of MAGLDR did you install?

      • Laura

        MAGLDR 1.13

        • You should not have issue to install CWM v1.13 then.

          • Laura

            Yay it finally worked!
            Now I only have to install the right android on my sd card.. I thought i had it, but my htc says it can’t install it.. grr

  • foysyl

    How to create sboot partiton using cwm?

    • What is sboot partiton?

  • foysyl

    Hi Jayce, do u cook any wp7 rom/jb for hd2. If thn pls send me the dwnlnd link.

  • angrybird

    Hi, i had problem during the cwm recovery installation
    When I do the step ” 22. At PC, right click on DAF and select ‘Run as administrator’. ” it wont install, i only get this message : Error happen
    Read below for more information

    Error Description: USB init failed
    Info: .RSPLRSPL.cpp (723)

    what should i do? thanks

    • Hi angrybird, did you see Wait USB…USB?

  • angrybird

    PS where is the root level?

    • The very top level. Like C:\ on PC. / on Android.

  • angrybird

    i’ve done everything corectly but now at the part “AD Recovery” it says “No boot sources”
    Also, i cant use the phone. when i turn it just says
    booting android from nand
    nand kernel open failed.
    Please help me I need phone, i’m confused, why won’t he turn on normally? 🙁
    Thanks so much for replys.

    • Which Android installation guide did you follow?

  • angrybird

    i was following this video to install clockwork mod recovery “How to Install ClockworkMod Recovery on HTC HD2? (Video)”

  • angrybird

    i haven’t installed any android rom, it said somewhere that i need clockwork mod recovery before installing android rom.

  • angrybird

    can you send me link where i can download anroid rom that you used in the video?

  • angrybird

    i did it. thanks a lot 🙂

  • ellis

    I have a problem: when I do boot AD SD it says: Sd initrd open failed.
    And my laptop says I have a initrd file and not initrd.gz? does that matter?
    Help please?

    • Hi ellis, what are you trying to do?

      • ellis

        Well, I bought my phone from a person, who already put the android system on it. But the sd-card didn’t work, and I found somewhere that you needed to make a partition on your sd, but to do that, you had to install the clockworkmod. So after trying by a couple of tutorials, I put the initrd file and the other file in the root of my sd-card (like your instructions says) and did the DFT bootloader, but when I tried to boot it up after the reset, and do everything that’s in the video, it says: sd initrd open failed… and also a couple of numbers, and go go go
        And the other boot (boot wph and boot ad nand)
        ad nand says nand kernel open failed and boot wph says wph not installed.

        solutions? Because now I can’t start my phone. It keeps going to the magldr screen… and I want to use it!
        Thanks for replying 🙂

          • ellis

            will it get that layout too? or is it just some other file?
            But why would this one work?

            • What layout? What file?
              Others are using it fine.

              • ellis

                well, the rom, and in the link you send there’s a photo of some other kind of layout…?

                Download NexusHD2 Android 4.0.3 ICS CM9 ROM for HTC HD2 here.
                and when I click on the “here” I can download the ROM right? I meant the zip.

                • The download link is at XDA Forum.

                  • ellis

                    oh wait, I can’t even install the rom, because you need the clockworkmod for that, and the clockworkmod couldn’t install yet, because the booting proces didn’t work… I first need to fix that!

  • Ashok

    hello sir,

    i have…..CM9ight_leo_v1.1a_div2

    kernel version 2.6.32-ics_tytung_HWA_r3

    baseband version-

    CyanogenMod version 9-20120609-leo(unofficial)

    build no – IMM76L (nexusHD2-ICS-CM9_HWA v 2.3)

    i am running out of internal memory so can u plz help me out with this problem

    Also i am new to this phone and i dont knw much about these concepts so the simple steps are preferable.

    your help will be relief
    thnk u

    • Hi Ashok, you can try Link2SD.

      • Ashok

        can u plz tell me the steps sir ?

        • Create a second partition on SD card. Then use Link2SD. More info at Link2SD app itself.

          • Ashok

            should i use this method to do the second partition ??


            • You can, that’s one of the methods.

              • Ashok

                thnk u sir for helping me !!
                i owe u some claps for ur work 🙂

                • Ashok

                  i did all the procedure but still apps are considering some of the phone memory
                  now m getting low memory notification again 🙁

                  • This is normal because HTC HD2 really has very small internal disk space.

                    • Ashok

                      any other alternatives ??

  • Hi Ashok, use smallest CWM layout as you can. Internal storage is bigger on smaller CWM layout size.

  • sachin

    how can i install jellybean on my htc hd2 ??

    what are the requirements for that ?

  • Gaga empress

    hey, i successfully installed hp3, updated radio as well as magldr however after installation of magldr my phone is unable to reboot… what should I do?????????????? I am trying to install clockmode recovery

    • Hi Gaga, can you still able to load MAGLDR?

      • Gaga empress

        Yes I was able to load Magldr, however after been able to reboot and I tried to redownload the clock mode recovery I have gotten a failed cache and its now stuck on clock mode recovery with a lines underneath saying failed! Have I bricked my phone? what am I to do now?

        • Hi Gaga, try to reinstall CWM again see.

          • Gaga empress

            how am i to redownload CWM when I cannot reboot Magldr? how can I do it?

            • You said you still can load MAGLDR, no?

              • Gaga empress

                No, I cannot load MAGLDR.

                • Hmm… Can you still able to load tri-colour boot loader?

                  • Gaga empress

                    All that I am able to load is CMR, however underneath it says cache failed, cache failed.

  • cuando entro a boot ad sd me sale sd kernel open failed

  • que rom puedo intalar con clockworkmod recovery v