No worries, man. We're all newbies at first. Spend a few weeks here and you'll be a hacking pro .
The standard recovery isn't going to cut it - that's the one you get by holding the home and power button when turning on your phone. After you're rooted, you need to download and install Koush's Droid 2 bootstrap recovery. You can find it for free if you google it (the author offers it for free on his site), or you can donate to him by buying it on the Market for $1.99. Once installed, run the app and press the "bootstrap recovery" button. After you allow it and it says 'success,' tap the "reboot recovery" button. This is where you'll be able to install deodexed and custom roms, mount and format folders and partitions, etc.
Since this is sort of a hack, you'll have to use that application each time you want to boot into recovery, or else you'll go back to the stock Motorola recovery which doesn't have the fancy options.
Oh, and the SBF should be stored on your computer, but you should never have to use it. Most of the time, its unnecessary and overkill if you just want to do things like get yourself back to stock, and as we've seen it can actually be dangerous to use if your phone has recently been updated officially by Motorola. Flashing an old SBF on top of a new, officially updated phone can break it until a new SBF gets leaked out, which may or may not ever happen.
Only use the SBF in an emergency when your phone is completely hosed and you're certain that its the right version for your device. If used correctly, its a bulletproof safety net that will reset your entire phone back to factory conditions.
Ok, So I get into the recovery menu and after I mount system, nothing happens. not sure what I should do next. It won't let me install the zip.
Edited by Michael7269, 29 October 2010 - 07:05 PM.