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I just got the OTA update yesterday to 4.4.4 KitKat. I downloaded the "L" developer preview and was going to flash it on my phone. I rebooted into recovery only to find a droid with a red exclamation mark on it's head. I went into Titanium Backup and it said I didn't have root access.

I tried going onto GooManager and installing a recovery, and TWRP, all failed. I guess I'm going to have to use the CF-Auto Root kit again, but I have one question.

Is there any way to tell if my bootloader is still unlocked? Or will doing this wipe my entire phone out? I have a lot of stuff on here I cannot afford to lose, but also don't want to transfer nearly 30 gigs of stuff to a hard drive. D;

If it matters, when I turn my phone on, it shows a "lock key" and it's "unlocked". I cannot remember that ever being there until after I rooted and stuff when I got the phone. Does this mean my bootloader is still unlocked? Or will I need to unlock everything again.

I learned my lesson. Never again doing OTA update.
 
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OTA removes root and flashes stock recovery. It does not relock your bootloader. The padlock signifies unlocked.



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Ugh, thank you rootSU! ^.^ I'll use the Auto-Root tool and re-root the darn thing lol
 
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Ugh, thank you rootSU! ^.^ I'll use the Auto-Root tool and re-root the darn thing lol
No. Fastboot flash recovery then root from recovery.

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i guess you arent one for searching, as this has literally been answered hundreds of thousands of times.

you WILL lose root by updating an official rom, be it via ota or manual. the stock rom is NOT rooted, you can not assume that your root will carry over. it will also replace your custom recovery with the stock recovery. this has been known since the very first android update in 2008. do yourself a favor, search, read, educate yourself.

what you need to do is flash a custom recovery via fastboot, then flash the latest supersu in your newly flashed recovery. then reboot, thats it.
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I just got the OTA update yesterday to 4.4.4 KitKat. I downloaded the "L" developer preview and was going to flash it on my phone.

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I have a lot of stuff on here I cannot afford to lose, but also don't want to transfer nearly 30 gigs of stuff to a hard drive. D;

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I learned my lesson. Never again doing OTA update.

I am just curious why you are flashing a Developer Preview that has not been tested, no threads as of right now from anyone who has flashed it and above all without backing up your stuff? We haven't broken down the preview yet to see what is in there, so if I, and this is just me here, were going to flash something that had high potential for "problems", I would back up or at the very least send all the important things up to the cloud.

OTA was not the problem/lesson to be learned here. I would suggest you read some of the inevitable threads that will pop up with all the answers that you are looking for.
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