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Cool [Q] Internal/ External Storage cannot be read

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14th February 2014, 08:50 PM   |  #1  
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Hi all

For days I've been flashing all different kinds of things in hope to get my phone fixed, but I just can't find the answer.

So for those of you most kind enough to help, here's what's going on with my captivate (at&t)

I took it out of my pocket last week and the phone was frozen. Sometimes it happens... a quick pull out of the battery and re-insert fixes it in most cases... but not this time.

After restarting the phone was hanging on boot screen (CyanFox bootscreen).
I restarted... 15 minutes on that bootscreen still. I had no idea what was going on.

So I decided to reflash. It was a big decision, seeing as this ROM has been working absolutely fine for weeks, but I needed to get it working.

Soon after getting it into recovery, CWM was saying that it couldn't mount /sdcard

I tried even flashing using Odin to go back to stock following the guide here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1300843 still not working.
Most of them ended up showing that little android loading bar for a second or two, but then get stuck in a boot loop.

I tried flashing many different kernels, and different recoveries, but everything all pointed towards: Unable to mount /sdcard

But alas, finally I found something that more or less works. I flashed the Initial Kernal for Cognition: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1127578

And I finally got back into a working device... or so I thought.

The phone is still unable to access the internal SDCARD. Just says 'unavailable'. I tried putting in an external 2GB sdcard, but that reads as Total Space: 00, and Available Space: 00

The external sdcard I know works, because my wife's samsung mini2 reads it just fine.

Multiple formats and it still can't be read.

I tried plugging in the device into my pc and select mass storage, but although the computer detects that the phone is plugged in (in device manager) the 2 drives for internal and external both remain hidden, and cannot be accessed.

I have absolutely no idea what to do next. I've used Odin and Heimdall, Repartitioned, and followed every stickied guide here, but I still can't find what to do.

I really appreciate any help anyone can give me on this.

Just for the record, ADB works just fine from my PC. I can send the commands to the device, but mounting the sdcard still proves impossible at this stage (no file exists).

Thanks again, I look forward to any advice anyone can spare.
15th February 2014, 03:54 AM   |  #2  
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Originally Posted by flapsy

Hi all

For days I've been flashing all different kinds of things in hope to get my phone fixed, but I just can't find the answer.

So for those of you most kind enough to help, here's what's going on with my captivate (at&t)

I took it out of my pocket last week and the phone was frozen. Sometimes it happens... a quick pull out of the battery and re-insert fixes it in most cases... but not this time.

After restarting the phone was hanging on boot screen (CyanFox bootscreen).
I restarted... 15 minutes on that bootscreen still. I had no idea what was going on.

So I decided to reflash. It was a big decision, seeing as this ROM has been working absolutely fine for weeks, but I needed to get it working.

Soon after getting it into recovery, CWM was saying that it couldn't mount /sdcard

I tried even flashing using Odin to go back to stock following the guide here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1300843 still not working.
Most of them ended up showing that little android loading bar for a second or two, but then get stuck in a boot loop.

I tried flashing many different kernels, and different recoveries, but everything all pointed towards: Unable to mount /sdcard

But alas, finally I found something that more or less works. I flashed the Initial Kernal for Cognition: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1127578

And I finally got back into a working device... or so I thought.

The phone is still unable to access the internal SDCARD. Just says 'unavailable'. I tried putting in an external 2GB sdcard, but that reads as Total Space: 00, and Available Space: 00

The external sdcard I know works, because my wife's samsung mini2 reads it just fine.

Multiple formats and it still can't be read.

I tried plugging in the device into my pc and select mass storage, but although the computer detects that the phone is plugged in (in device manager) the 2 drives for internal and external both remain hidden, and cannot be accessed.

I have absolutely no idea what to do next. I've used Odin and Heimdall, Repartitioned, and followed every stickied guide here, but I still can't find what to do.

I really appreciate any help anyone can give me on this.

Just for the record, ADB works just fine from my PC. I can send the commands to the device, but mounting the sdcard still proves impossible at this stage (no file exists).

Thanks again, I look forward to any advice anyone can spare.

i had the same problem a couple of weeks ago...
you internal sd card is dead...
you can do nothing about it for now...
if you want to confirm open your camera app and see if you can take any pictures...
if no, then follow the things as i say..
this requires you to do a partition of your external SD card and to that it should be formatted, so take the neccessary backups..
1) download this http://www.mediafire.com/download/sb...oogsKernel.rar
2) after flashing this stock firmare with cwm, open up the recovery.
3)follow this guide http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1447303
4)i couldn't get ICS to work..
5)so you can now use kitkat roms only on the captivate as we have the kernel for 4.4 only with swap sd
6)so after you follow the guide and boot into ICS, copy the rom.zip which you want to flash and the neat kernel swap sd, which can be found here http://www.mediafire.com/download/s3...-captivate.zip, be sure to thank the developer here http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2548081
7)so flash the kitkat om which you want to use,and then flash the neat kernel after flashing the rom after that you can flash the gapps and reboot..

if you do everything like i said, your cappy will be up and working again..
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15th February 2014, 12:43 PM   |  #3  
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Sir, you are a gentleman and a scholar

Although it didn't go exactly as planned step by step, with your instructions I finally managed to get it working on my 2GB external card.

Here was the process I did

1) Downloaded CM11, Gapps, Stock Kernal and the SwapSD kernal you linked
2) Flashed the stock kernal, the phone just went on a rebooting spree.. but after a few attempts I got it into recovery using the 3 finger combo
2) Followed the instructions on http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1447303 to partition the external SD card. (Since I have only a 2GB card, I partitioned 1GB for data, and 0MB for swap)
3) Done the classic wipe sys/ cache/ data
4) (Here is where things changed a bit for me, as I couldn't boot into ICS either. And no other rom would work at this point) I installed the new SwapSD kernal to get a newer version of CWM by mounting USB storage via CWM and copying the files to there.
5) The device rebooted a couple of times during install, but it automatically went straight back into the newer CWM.
6) Installed CM11, let that finished and installed Gapps straight after.
7) Rebooted and the phone is now reading my external sd card as its internal storage, which is fantastic

Although with it's limited storage and broken internal storage, it still needs replacing, but at least I now have a device from which I can still run a few apps on regardless.

So thank you again dude

*edit* just need to figure out why the adb drivers decided to not work anymore.
Sometimes I hate having windows 8...
Last edited by flapsy; 15th February 2014 at 01:22 PM.
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