# Why is bricking possible?

No matter how messed up a desktop is, you can always format it and reinstall of a live boot. Why can't you do the same thing with a droid?

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You could brick a computer if you wiped out or corrupted the BIOS to the point that you'd most likely have to manually reprogram the chip with a special connector. With direct regards to your question, though, this seems like kind of an apples and oranges comparison. Computers support multiple boot mediums (USB, optical disc, hard drive, etc) whereas a phone/tablet simply isn't designed that way. Some can be reflashed with desktop utilities like Odin, but where are you going to get a live version of Android (for ARM, not x86) and how are you going to boot it on a phone? –  eldarerathis Oct 16 '12 at 15:57
I see, thank you. –  Glycan Oct 16 '12 at 15:59
@eldarerathis That sounds like it should be posted as an answer ;) –  Matthew Read Oct 16 '12 at 21:31

I'd just like to emphasize that the risk of "bricking" is still relatively high, mainly due to the ease of running powerful software such as adb and fastboot. A single mistyped fastboot command may be sufficient to prevent the device from connecting via USB, therefore preventing it from being fixed. –  dhekir Dec 14 '13 at 17:55