I guess the important question is this: how important is it to have TWRP or CWM? From what I'm reading (again, rooting noob here so please bear with my ignorance as I work through these questions and this process), that is for if you're intending to flash other ROMs, correct? I don't plan to do that, my reasoning for rooting was more to eliminate bloatware from my carrier and freeze things I don't want running.
The root seems to be working fine without any issues, and I've even created a backup using Titanium and froze or eliminated most of the bloatware I wasn't interested in. Since that's the case, does having TWRP or CWM really matter if my intentions is not to flash any new ROMs in the future?
Thanks for your help, Cyber Warrior. Much appreciated.
You can get away with not having it, as you can see things are working fine. But.. I recommend eventually trying to fix the problem and getting it installed, even if you don't plan on flashing custom ROMs. Any time you're modifying the stock android system, including removing bloat, you run the chance of something going wrong so it's good to have a security blanket. One thing you should always have is a Nandroid backup of the stock system before making any changes. Since you already skipped that, it's not the end of the world. Once you get the custom recovery working, you can still make a backup image of your working system.. just in case you ever need it to repair something that may go wrong.. or you may change your mind in the future and may want to install a custom ROM or a leaked update, so it's always good to have that custom recovery available.
However if something does eventually go wrong, the great thing about Samsung devices is we can also boot into download mode and use a program called Odin to return our devices back to stock/factory conditions.
There's info in the Tools for Hacking your Device forum which covers Odin as well as making Nandroid backups.
If you need help or have more questions, feel free to ask.
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