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Default [Q] Flashed Stock ROM using Odin /data won't format at all

I've flashed the Stock ROM for my phone 3 times (I think it's Vodafone for UK - but not 100% sure)..

All completes and Odin says successful. I reboot and my phone doesn't get past the first 'Samsung Galaxy SIII GT-I9300' logo. I've flashed and rooted many phones in the past, including both my sons S3's, my daughters S3 (this one) and my HTC One M7.

I've re-rooted the phone (so recovery.img installs) and I can load Philz Recovery on it no problem - CWM or TWRP better for this situation?

My findings manually in Philz Recovery so far...

Formatting /system - Works OK
Formatting /cache - Works OK
Formatting /preload - Works OK
Formatting /data - Reboots phone almost instantly.
unmount /data -> Formatting /data - reboots phone almost instantly.

When I try to install a custom ROM 'Formatting /data' reboots the phone and I'm stuck at the Sammy logo again.

Is my /data partition screwed? Is there a way to check?
I want to make certain because I do not want to use a PIT file unless it is the last resort. Is there an alternative route.
Re partition just /data perhaps using adb?

After installing the Stock ROM I cannot get into Stock Recovery, but if I root, I can get into custom recovery.
Odin/Download mode working fine still.

Very odd... Any pointers?
Any assistance hugely appreciated.
 
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Code:
<ID:0/005> Added!!
<OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
<OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
<OSM> Please wait..
<OSM> I9300XXUGNA5_I9300VFGGNB1_I9300BUUGNB1_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
<OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
<OSM> Leave CS..
<ID:0/005> Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
<ID:0/005> File analysis..
<ID:0/005> SetupConnection..
<ID:0/005> Initialzation..
<ID:0/005> Get PIT for mapping..
<ID:0/005> Firmware update start..
<ID:0/005> boot.img
<ID:0/005> NAND Write Start!! 
<ID:0/005> cache.img
<ID:0/005> hidden.img
<ID:0/005> modem.bin
<ID:0/005> recovery.img
<ID:0/005> system.img
<ID:0/005> tz.img
<ID:0/005> sboot.bin
<ID:0/005> RQT_CLOSE !!
<ID:0/005> RES OK !!
<ID:0/005> Completed..
<OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)
<ID:0/005> Removed!!
Reboots to set things up, gets halfway then reboots and gets stuck in a reboot loop with this on the screen -


Feels like the /data partition is screwed beyond repair, but I'm hoping not. Can I recreate it somehow?
 
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Thinking this phone needs a new EMMC, but I do not understand why this happens -

(Yes, I added the PIT this time).



Code:
<ID:0/005> Added!!
<OSM> Enter CS for MD5..
<OSM> Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
<OSM> Please wait..
<OSM> I9300XXEMC3_I9300NEEEMC1_I9300XXEMB6_HOME.tar.md5 is valid.
<OSM> Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
<OSM> Leave CS..
<ID:0/005> Odin v.3 engine (ID:5)..
<ID:0/005> File analysis..
<ID:0/005> SetupConnection..
<ID:0/005> Initialzation..
<ID:0/005> Set PIT file..
<ID:0/005> DO NOT TURN OFF TARGET!!
<ID:0/005> Get PIT for mapping..
<ID:0/005> Firmware update start..
<ID:0/005> tz.img
<ID:0/005> NAND Write Start!! 
<ID:0/005> sboot.bin
<ID:0/005> system.img
<ID:0/005> boot.img
<ID:0/005> recovery.img
<ID:0/005> cache.img
<ID:0/005> hidden.img
<ID:0/005> modem.bin
<ID:0/005> RQT_CLOSE !!
<ID:0/005> RES OK !!
<ID:0/005> Completed..
<ID:0/005> Added!!
<OSM> All threads completed. (succeed 1 / failed 0)
<ID:0/005> Removed!!
All goes as it should. No complaining until it reboots.
Still stuck at Android on his back with Red Triangle Warning.
 
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This phone has been a mission.

I've just run it all again, this time, with Erase NAND selected. I figured it was do or die time... Data wouldn't format no matter what I tried so figured wipe out the NAND completely and try to recreate the partitions...

WIN! Phones is back in one piece working a treat. Odd problem, but glad I documented everything I did here. Maybe it'll help others in the future.
Installed Philz Custom Recovery, and ARHDv51. All working perfectly now.
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