How To: Restore the Nook Color to Stock

I. Before You Begin

1. This will erase everything off of the Nook Color and return it completely to stock (the way it was out of the box).

Thanks to Samuelhalff for the stock nook images! Original post can be found here. Please thank him/donate to him if you appreciate his work!

II. Create a Recovery Image SD Card

1. Download the Clockwork Recovery image FOR YOUR MEMORY CARD SIZE and save it to your computer (original post found here).

Clockwork Recovery Bootable SD Card Image

2. Extract the file somewhere on your computer. (You may need to download WinRar to extract it, Google it).

3. Take your MicroSD card and put it into an external sd card reader then plug that into your computer.

4. Open WinImage (the flashing program from our How To Root procedure) and select Disk > Restore Virtual Hard Disk Image on Physical Drive and select the SD Card/SD Card Reader and then select the Cwm .img file that we unzipped earlier and wait for it to finish.

III. Flash the Stock Firmware

1. Download the latest Stock firmware ROM from here and save it to your computer.

2. Copy the stock ROM (and leave it as a .zip file) to the sd card you just flashed using WinImage. Put it on the root of the SD card, NOT inside any folders just on the sd card itself.

3. Once it is done transfering, remove the sd card from the computer.

4. Turn off the Nook.

5. Put the SD card inside the Nook while it is off.

6. Turn on the Nook.

7. You should be greeted by the Clockwork recovery screen, on that screen select mounts and storage and select format system, then select format data.

8. Now make sure system and data are NOT mounted (they will say “mount system” and “mount data” if they are NOT mounted).

9. Push the power button to go back, then select Install zip from sd and then choose zip from sd and then select the stock nook ROM we put on the sd card earlier and wait for it to finish flashing. It will take a while.

10. Once it says install from sd card complete, turn off the Nook.

11. Remove the sd card and then turn the Nook back on.

IV. Reformat the SD Card Back to Normal

1. After the Nook has booted back to the normal homescreen, put the sd card back into it.

2. Then on the NOOKColor, go to Settings then Device Info then SD Card then click Unmount and then Format. Once it is done, it will remount the SD card and you will be good to go!

If this procedure helped you, please consider donating to the original developer or at least sending them a thank you.

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  • Nancy Johnson

    Thanks!

  • Chris W

    Did anyone find a solution to the “error formatting data” problem?  I’ve had no luck.

    • Michael Buhler

      I found out that you need to use clockworkmod 3.2.0.1. Here’s the link. http://www.techerrata.com/file/teamwin/1gb_clockwork-3.2.0.1-eyeballer.zip

    • Ants378

      hey did you get it figured out? i’m having the same problem. actually worse now.  after it wouldn’t format data, i couldn’t get it to go back or turn off so went for factory reset/wipe option on it.  was frozen on the cm recovery menu for like 20 minutes, finally got it to turn off, now, it finally came back on, and stuck at the “n” logo before going to desktop.  looks like i scrambled it good.  wondering what you did after the format data error.  i read it’s really hard to brick a NC, but i’m starting to get a wee bit concerned now..it’s stuck on the “n” logo for about 10 min. now…freakin frustrating.

  • Bholio

    Hey, thanks!  This (mostly) worked.   However, I started with a new nook which had 1.3 originally.  When flashed back to 1.0.1, it didn’t work so well, as the storage was full because 1.3 has different partitioning.  So, if you are trying to restore a nook which came with newer software, you need a newer image than 1.0.1.  I got 1.3 from here: http://www.mediafire.com/?jp2px3y4bp41613

  • WarhawkII

    For those who are having a problem with “error formatting data” you just need to use the updated clockworkmod 3.2.0.1. Here’s the link to find it. http://www.techerrata.com/file/teamwin/1gb_clockwork-3.2.0.1-eyeballer.zip

  • bobby

    PPPLLLLZZZZ HELP ME!!!!!!!!! i tried this and now when i turn on my nook the home screen flashes on and off but all the other screens act normal, also my “n” button doesnt work any more.  does any one have any suggestions?

    • Mbennett

      Did you ever get a solution?

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  • Dezizach

    I have no data storage showing on the nook.  The data formatted correctly, what can I do

    • Dezizach

      Did 8 button reload, updATED TO 1,2 AND IT IS FINE

      • TMAC

        what is 8 button reload?

  • Waroom

    it’s to looonnggg

  • Cmbruno41

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!!  After restoring my nook color to 1.0.1, all went well until I tried to register. It returned with an error messages and referred me to customer support.  I redid the entire restore process again using CM7, and 1.0.1 and the same thing happened.  What did I do wrong? I followed your instructions to the letter.

    cmbruno41@yahoo.com

  • Cmbruno41

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!!  After restoring my nook color to 1.0.1, all went well until I tried to register. It returned with an error messages and referred me to customer support.  I redid the entire restore process again using CM7, and 1.0.1 and the same thing happened.  What did I do wrong? I followed your instructions to the letter.

    cmbruno41@yahoo.com

    • Cmbruno41

      Ok, I found the answer to my own question, but for those of you who have a similar problem here’s the answer.
      If after restoring your nook you’re unable to register it during sign up it’s because it was never deregistered in the first place. You’re gonna have to find the original email & password used when the nook was first purchased or whatever account it was associated with prior to your restore. If you don’t have it the only way I know to fix it is to contact B&N and have a good story ready.

      I hope that helps

  • Cmbruno41

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!!  After restoring my nook color to 1.0.1, all went well until I tried to register. It returned with an error messages and referred me to customer support.  I redid the entire restore process again using CM7, and 1.0.1 and the same thing happened.  What did I do wrong? I followed your instructions to the letter.

    cmbruno41@yahoo.com

  • Cmbruno41

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!!  After restoring my nook color to 1.0.1, all went well until I tried to register. It returned with an error messages and referred me to customer support.  I redid the entire restore process again using CM7, and 1.0.1 and the same thing happened.  What did I do wrong? I followed your instructions to the letter.

    cmbruno41@yahoo.com

  • Kmgrimm1

    for future readers of this thread…

    if you’re getting the error formatting data.. you’ll need to repartition the nook.. (i know this scared me too) I used this link and it worked just fine.. you can even choose from different options for it, I now have 5gb for media instead of 1gb!

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1094371

  • Mark in Alabama

    I am one of the many grateful ones who appreciate the very simple guidelines that helped me return my nook to its original condition.  After several attempts from other websites I’m very glad I came upon this site…you simplified it and made it a breeze.  Everything worked perfectly.

  • Xbottleofmoetx

    my computer says the disk space on my 16GB sd card is only 115MB. so it wont let me paste the ROM zip file…any ideas?

    • Ilightu

      I am having this same problem with only showing 115mb on an 8gb card! Did you find a way to fix this?

  • Lisaymack

    I rooted my Nook color last March and I am now having trouble getting online; I found your video on how to unroot and restore to the original and downloaded the 8gb_clockwork-0.7.tar.gz from the Index of /nookdev/clockwork/0.7/downloads and tried to extract it and save to my pc as well as a Win Zip to extract it but it doesn’t seem to want to open, I also tried a WinRar download but nothing happens when I extract; any suggestions how to proceed? I am also not sure what you mean by “4. Open WinImage (the flashing program from our How To Root procedure) and select Disk > Restore Virtual Hard Disk Image on Physical Drive and select the SD Card/SD Card Reader and then select the Cwm .img file that we unzipped earlier and wait for it to finish.”Where do I get the WimImage flashing program?

  • Tired&Hungry

    Got the Nook back to 1.0.1.  How can I get it to the latest update from B&N (1.4.1)?  It’s not working per the instructions from B&N website.

  • Anonymous

    My attempts to make this work seem to be stopping with WINIMAGE.  When I click on “Restore Virtual Hard Disk Image on Physical Drive,” absolutely no choices are displayed in the box below.  Zero.  Zip.  Nada.  It appears to cost $29 to buy WINIMAGE and perhaps it is because I’m using an evaluation copy that I’m not getting the performance everyone else is getting.  I will grudgingly pay $29 if need be, but I want to be assured that is the reason there’s an issue.  Anybody else have this problem?

  • Rorth9

    when i try to open the file in the winimage it keeps saying error why