My Droid started acting up the other week, and just doing all sorts of weirdness. Contacts not syncing, random apps crashing, etc. Guess I have installed and uninstalled, and resinstalled too many apps and I just needed to start clean.

But how clean a slate do I want to start with? If I’m going to reset it to factory defaults, and have to reload my apps and data, why not root the phone too. Decisions, decisions…

To make a long story short, I wimped out and went with just a reset to factory defaults. Did you know there are two options to do that?

The easy method is to do a software based reset:

1. Open Settings from Home > Menu or tap the application slider and select the Settings icon.

2. Select Privacy.

3. Choose Factory data reset.

4. Select Reset phone.

The other option is to do a hardware reset:

1. Turn the Droid off. If it won’t turn off, take the battery out then place it back in.

2. Open the keyboard and press the X key while pressing and holding Power. The device will power on. Keep holding the buttons down until a yellow triangle appears on the screen.

3. Press the Camera and Volume Up buttons at the same time to get to the menu. (I had to press them several times to get it to work).

4. Use the direction pad to the right of the keyboard to select the Format option.