Moto Z Unbrick Solutions: Step By Step Guides

On this page, we provide solutions for all the Moto Z that are hardbricked. If your Moto Z is currently stuck at HS-USB Bulk , HS-USB QDLo...

Moto Z Unbrick Debrick Solutions

On this page, we provide solutions for all the Moto Z that are hardbricked. If your Moto Z is currently stuck at HS-USB Bulk, HS-USB QDLoader, HS-USB DLoader 9008 and other similar Qualcomm android devices brick mode, you can be sure that you'll recover your Moto Z from either of the HS-USB Bulk, HS-USB QDLoader, HS-USB DLoader 9008 brick mode using all or either of Moto Z unbrick methods discussed here.

Project Info
Targeted Device(s): Moto Z, Moto Z Droid
Initial Sponsor(s) Eric James
Devs/Maintainer(s) U_John (, U_John (
Project Status Ready. Working
Project Progress We have:
  • Received Dead Moto Z from Eric James (Donated)
  • Gathered Resources
  • Contacted James
  • Got Device Info Prior the Brick state
  • Prepared Blankflash
  • Tested Blankflash
  • Confirmed it Working
  • Got Device ROM Dumped
  • Method(s) Deployed:
  • Blankflash Method
  • Loader Method
  • QFIL Method
    • NOTE:

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    Required Files (Downloads / Items)
    File Download Link(s) Description
    Motorola Device Manager SKIP this if installed already. Motorola Device Manager is the official service and support tool for Motorola devices especially designed for the more recent phones.
    Qualcomm HS-USB Driver This driver, when installed, enables your PC communicate with your Moto Z hence helps identify the device correctly.
    Moto Z Latest Stock Firmware These are the stock (official) firmware for Moto Z. The firmware is required to flash and restore your Moto Z to factory defaults.
    Moto Z Blank Flash This file is specifically modded to work with Moto Z. When launched, this tool will detect your Moto Z in Qualcomm HS-USB DLoader 9008 mode (if connected to the PC) install latest bootloader and kick it out of QHS-USB Bulk, HS-USB QDLoader, HS-USB DLoader 9008 or whichever related brick mode it may be.
    DiskImageRev2 DiskImageRev2 is the utility tool that will be used to flash the loader.img file on your SD Card and this in turn, will make it possible to boot your Moto Z from the SD Card.
    Moto Z Loader.img This turns your SD Card to a bootable partition that can be mounted by your device so that RSDLite or similar tool can detect your device and flash official stock firmware on it.
    Your SD Card For Moto Z, either 32 GB or 64 GB SD Card should be fine. - the later is recommended.

    How to Unbrick Hardbricked Moto Z

    From the project info table above, you could see that we have listed three (3) unbrick methods to be deployed. Below here, I will give step by step instructions on how to unbrick your hardbricked Moto Z using each method.

    Blankflash Method for Unbricking Moto Z

    1. Download Motorola Device Manager from the table above and install it on your PC.
    2. Download HS-USB Drivers from the table above and install it on your PC.
    3. Download the appropriate Moto Z firmware from the table above.
    4. Now, extract or unpack the Moto Z stock official firmware you just downloaded from the step 3 just above here.
    5. Connect your Moto Z to the PC and hold on while the drivers are being installed.
    If the drivers installation is successful, proceed.
    If no sign of drivers installation is seen or noticed go to:

      Windows Device Manager >> COM Ports...
    And expand it. If your device is listed as HS-USB QDLoader, HS-USB DLoader 9008 or any other, proceed. But if it is listed as QHS-USB Bulk, do this:
    • Disconnect your device from the PC.
    • Uninstall the drivers.
    • Restart your PC.
    • And re-install the HS-USB DLoad Drivers again.
    • Connect your Moto Z to the PC again.
    Now, check Windows Device Manager, your device should be listed as either HS-USB QDLoader, HS-USB DLoader 9008.
    6. Download, extract / unpack the Moto Z Blank Flash file onto a folder on your PC.
    7. Open the Moto Z Blank Flash folder and Double-click the blank-flash.bat.
    A Command Prompt window will open and that should detect your Moto Z connected.
    8. Wait patiently while the flashing is being done until it completes.
    9. Your device should now reboot to bootloader. If it does not, boot it to bootloader using the key combo.
    10. Now, download Moto Z Ported Bootloader archive file from the table above and extract it onto a folder on your PC.
    11. Open the Moto Z Ported Bootloader folder and then Open Command Prompt in that folder.
      To do this;
    • Press and hold the Shift Key then Right-click on your PC.
    • From the Options, select Open Command Prompt here
    12. In Command Promt window, type;
    [ fastboot devices]
    Your device should be listed. This is to confirm that the PC can now see your Moto Z in fastboot mode / bootloader mode.
    13. Now, flash the Moto Z bootloader.img and gpt.bin files contained in the folder on your Moto Z by typing the lines below one after another in the Command Prompt window;
    [ fastboot flash partition gpt.bin fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img fastboot reboot-bootloader]
    14. Now, go to the Moto Z firmware folder and open Command Prompt in the folder. To do this;
      In that folder press and hold the Shift key then Right-click. From the options, choose Open Command Prompt Here
    15. On Command Prompt, type the following codes / command line one after another until it is complete.
    [ fastboot flash logo logo.bin fastboot flash boot boot.img fastboot flash recovery recovery.img fastboot flash dsp adspso.bin fastboot flash oem oem.img fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.0 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.1 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.2 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.3 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.4 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.6 fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.7 fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin fastboot erase modemst1 fastboot erase modemst2 fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn fastboot erase cache fastboot erase userdata fastboot erase customize fastboot erase clogo fastboot oem lock fastboot reboot]

    16. Congratulations! You just unbrick your Moto Z from HS-USB Bulk, HS-USB QDLoad 9008, QHS-USB DLoad 9008 or whichever Qualcomm brick state it was.

    1. If you are using mfastboot, replace fastboot in the commands above with mfastboot.
    2. Depending on the firmware you downloaded, you may have less or more fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5 commands to execute in the folder. All you have to do is change the figure accordingly.

    Blankflash is a method of injecting dummy bootloader into your Moto Z by means of commands through Windows CMD that communicates with your Moto Z in the download mode thus; HS-USB DLoader 9008 provided that proper Qualcomm HS-USB Drivers are downloaded and installed on your PC.

    This dummy bootloader will help kick your Moto Z out of the HS-USB DLoader mode and into bootloader mode and from which fastboot commands can be sent to the device directly through Windows Command Prompt or Linux/Mac Terminal.

    Once your Moto Z enters bootloader (soft brick), our initial aim is acheived. You may then load any firmware on the device using RSDLite or using the usual commands.

    Loader Method for Unbricking Moto Z

    This second method to unbrick Moto Z employs the use of Moto Z ROM Dump also known as full blk0 backup file.
    This file, saved as Moto Z Loader.img file can be flashed on an SD Card and used to revive your hard bricked Moto Z.

    The Does and Does Not of this Method
    The Does The Does Not
    With the correct Moto Z Loader.img file, you will be able to access your Moto Z recovery partition again. The Moto Z Loader.img file ONLY boots your device to bootloader / recovery mode and not the OS.
    This method aid your Moto Z unbrick solutions. It's not the do-it-all. This Moto Z Loader.img file will not boot your device to OS. You need full firmware to do that.
    This Loader.img file only loads Motorolla Stock Recovery partition on your device. This Loader.img file does not currently load custom recovery such as TWRP on your Moto Z therefore, only Stock Firmware can be restored to using the method described here.
    The SD Card (used) helps boot the device into receovery mode ONLY. You cannot use the same SD Card with the device except you format it. You can use Mini Tool to Partition or format the SD Card for re-use.

    Troubleshoot! Having Issues Using this Method? See Below:
    Issue(s) Solution(s)
    RSDLite, Motorola Device Manager successfully restored my device but my Moto Z still boots to recovery. What can I do? Before you boot up the phone or while the phone boots up, make sure you remove the SD Card from the phone.
    The PC no longer see my Moto Z in Qualcomm HS-USB QDLoader mode. What's wrong? Until the SD Card is in your phone, PC will continue to seeing the phone as functioning properly but only with flat battery.
    My Moto Z is stuck at boot logo instead of booting to recovery. What can I do? Try another SD Card. You must use a first class (Class 10) grade one SD Card that's really fast.
    My Moto Z is in recovery mode but Motorola Device Manager / RSDLite does not detect it. Is something wrong? Yes. Something is wrong. Check your USB Cord, USB Port or make sure that your drivers are properly installed. With each instance, you can try with another device to confirm.
    Have other questions? Good! Drop your comment. I shall attend the question(s) and also include it in the list table.

    How to Create Bootable SD Card with Moto Z Loader.img File On your PC

    1. First, format your SD Card. exFAT is preferred.
    2. Download and extract DiskImageRev2 onto a folder on your PC then, open it. See the first table for the download link.
    3. Slot your SD Card in a card reader and connect it to your PC.
    4. Launch DiskImageRev2 on your PC - as Admin preferrably.
    5. On launch, DiskImageRev2 should detect and display the drive where your SD Card is connected. If otherwise, browse to select the drive.
    6. From DiskImageRev2, browse to the folder where you saved / copied the Moto Z Loader.img file on your PC and select it.
    7. Now, click Write and wait until DiskImageRev2 completes the process.

      Once DiskImageRev2 has successfully written the files on the SD Card, your SD Card is now bootable! You may now insert it on your Moto Z and boot the device using its bootloader key combo.

    The Loader method requires a full ROM Dump also known as a full blk0 backup of a working Moto Z correctly/rightly flashed or written on a pretty good and fast class 10 SD Card.

    The logic behind this method is that, as already demonstrated on Moto Z Play, most Qualcomm devices can boot from SD Card formatted using the right system files written in the right order.

    We will therefore attempt to extract Moto Z loader.bin or loader.img file and flash it on an SD Card so that, when slotted on a Moto Z, the device could identify it as the eMMC and boot from there.

    This method only takes your device to recovery or fastboot mode wherein you can use official software programs to flash the device.

    QFIL Method for Unbricking Moto Z

    QFIL (part of QPST) is already popular enough with Qualcomm Android devices than to be given a lenghty introduction.
    Yo unbrick your Moto Z using the QFIL files, download your Moto Z QFIL Files from the Moto Z Unbrick Project Folder, then use either of this guides: How to Unbrick Moto Z Using QPST QFIL or How to Unbrick Hardbricked Moto Z Using Tool Studio eMMC Download Tool.

    1. Detailed step by step guides with possible illustrations on how to use each method shall be included when each or all of the file(s) are ready for use.
    2. Please check this page often for updates on this unbrick project.


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