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[Q] Does Custom Recovery require a prior bootloader unlock?

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By Poser, Senior Member on 21st February 2013, 03:52 PM
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Is it possible to flash twrp .img using flashboot without first unlocking the bootloader...
move the SuperSU .zip over to internal SD
flash with TWRP
and then install bootunlocker


I ask, because I dont want to lose all data by
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fastboot OEM unlock
command and I am not sure if a custom recovery requires an unlocked bootloader (I assume recover is still strapped to initial handoff of bootloader)

Also, this seems both safer and more convenient than leaving bootloader unlocked after customizations... or locking and restoring backups
 
 
21st February 2013, 04:30 PM |#2  
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I'm quite sure you would have to unlock the boot loader before flashing a custom recovery, although there may be some way around it that I'm not aware of.

If you want to save your data just copy it to a desktop computer before unlocking then copy it back when you're done. Of course, without root you will have to reinstall your apps.
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21st February 2013, 06:17 PM |#3  
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No need to unlock just use the Superboot - Nexus 10 root solution then use something like ROM Manager to install CWM. Worked for me so now I have a locked rooted nexus 10 with CWM.
21st February 2013, 09:12 PM |#4  
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Yeah... I just wanted to do it the old fashioned way and get dirty...

but as suspected, when trying to flash recovery image via fastboot, I get the old locked bootloader routine.
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Re: [Q] Does Custom Recovery require a prior bootloader unlock?
This is why the first thing to do to a Nexus is to unlock its bootloader.

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23rd February 2013, 08:39 AM |#6  
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Re: [Q] Does Custom Recovery require a prior bootloader unlock?
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Originally Posted by bk201doesntexist

This is why the first thing to do to a Nexus is to unlock its bootloader.

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Granted... There is a way to root without unlocking, but it requires dicey operations with partitions that could result in a fancy paperweight.

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