It's fine, problem solved, went through the gruelling task of trying to back everything up without root = 40gb of stuff..
Already tried the tamper bit mod...it was stated in the first post (tamper bit mod) and the command screenshot was one of the steps when trying to boot the recovery, it still wouldn't boot because the bootloader wasn't unlocked..so, useless in my case.
Still lost some stuff but I got most of it back. I didn't have this problem on my xperia SP when unlocking the bootloader..if I remember correctly you could root, get recovery and custom rom all without unlocking bootloader. Unlocking the bootloader didn't erase the internal sd either..sure it might have been through an exploit rather than the proper way, but tbh I think I'd rather have that.
I'm not liking this "you've been given the keys" analogy...It's more like you've already settled into your new house and you're given the keys to unlock the front door when you're already inside...it's hassle more than anything.
It might be a hassle that it wipes your user data upon unlocking the bootloader, but this information is readily available both here on XDA and on the OnePlus forums. Just a little research on the device while waiting for an invite (lets face it, we have time to research while waiting) would uncover this information, and the logical conclusion upon finding this out is the decision to unlock the bootloader before starting to use the device. Voila, no more hassle. World's easiest phone to root.
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