How to use RSD Lite to flash SBF, XML, ZIP files on Motorola Devices

If someday your Motorola cell phone has mess up once you make tweaks to the system files, flash custom ROMs/kernels or even you’ve brick your phone, you can still restore your phone to stock firmware by downloading the leaked/original system or fastboot files, and then flash it by utilizing RSD Lite Windows Apps. RSD Lite is an application developed by Motorola with regards to flash System Boot File (with file extension *.sbf; *.shx), Fasboot file (*.xml), Flex files (*.hs; *.hsx) and compressed files (*.zip; *.gz; *.bz2).


Here we provide the common step by step how to flash your Motorola cell phone with RSD Lite:

  1. You need Motorola Drivers for your PC to recognize your cell phone, download and install it for windows 32bit / 64 bit OS.
  2. Download and install up to date RDSLite software, the latest version is v5.7 catch it here.
  3. Grab and save the sbf/xml/zip file to your PC, make sure the file was made for your device.
  4. Charge your battery and pick USB data cable.
  5. Run RSD Lite on your computer, press the ‘…’ button then find and choose the file you have saved in third step, if you download a compressed file you will notice the ‘Unzipping’ window appears, choose ‘Uncompress Only’ button. You’ll see the file information in the ‘File Properties’, make sure your phone model match with your device, such as Qinara for Atrix HD or Spyder for Droid Razr.
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  7. Take your phone and enter fastboot mode by turn off your device first, then press and hold down three buttons at the same time: volume up + volume down + power button, after which the phone will be turn on to the “Boot Mode Selection Menu’.
  8. Connect the USB cable to the phone and press volume down to scroll down to ‘AP Fastboot’ and press the volume up to select it, and you’ll switch to ‘AP FastBoot Flash Mode (S)’, at the bottom of the screen make sure ‘Transfer Mode:’ is ‘USB Connected’.
  9. Back to RSD Lite, then click the ‘Start’ to start the flashing process, see the flashing process and wait for about 12-20 minutes. After the completion, status on the RSD Lite flash will ‘reboot’ and your phone will reboot automatically and updating the files.
  10. Done. If the whole process goes well, your phone will boot normally.



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11 Responses

  1. Pablo
    September 5, 2012 at 1:49 PMReply

    Thanks a lot man !!! Great guide, its coool !!! Sorry my bad english

  2. Michael
    December 13, 2012 at 4:49 AMReply

    Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!!! and Thank You again!! Soft bricked my motorola MB866 Atrix HD was totally freaking out when I found your page. Everything worked exactly as your instructions said it should. Completed flash and my device booted right up and was just like brand new. Thank you for your hard work ad dedication to helping foolish people like me.

  3. tony
    December 18, 2012 at 6:57 AMReply

    tryed 3 times and it failed every time i hit start any ideas

  4. mario
    December 19, 2012 at 10:32 AMReply

    it keeps telling me failed flashing unknown fastboot please help please please please

    • Author

      December 21, 2012 at 11:07 PMReply

      Hey, before flashing you can try to extract the zip file, and then edit the *.xml file, remove any line with getvar line, save it.
      Now the firmware is ready to flash.

  5. Doggfite
    February 8, 2013 at 9:05 AMReply

    Tried to unroot my phone and it failed at step 18/23 \system.img\ and i did have to remove 2 lines with \getvar\ in them to get it to not fail instantly, any other advice?

  6. Jose GTZ
    November 24, 2013 at 7:51 AMReply

    I can not restore my phone MB886, in step 15 marks an error, can you help me

  7. JenD
    May 29, 2014 at 11:32 AMReply

    get to step 18/23 flash system “system.img” and phone returned fail. HELP!

  8. BobT
    June 13, 2014 at 2:56 PMReply

    I used RSD Lite v 6.1.5 to flash a MilestoneX with


    It seemed to work, came up with PASS. But now the MEID is blank and after it rebooted itself (as expected) it comes back up in Bootloader mode.

    Any ideas?


  9. James Brown
    June 16, 2014 at 7:40 PMReply

    im having the same issues:
    i downloaded all 3 versions from ICS to JB and still no luck.
    i mod the 2 to 3 lines… still no luck
    i try other tools no luck
    i can access fastboot and charge phone.
    keeps telling me diffrent stuff everytime from Boot.img fail to system.img fail to piv image to unknown to everything…. who knew rooting there phone & installing an -app and giving it access and reboot to a black screen?…..

    i just wanna fix my phone

  10. Srinivas
    November 24, 2014 at 10:46 PMReply

    Can anyone please tell me the above flash procedure is applicable for Verizon Droid Turbo ?
    Thanks !

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