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Unable to Mount storage... Cannot flash stock

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By ak.pp, Member on 12th February 2018, 08:30 PM
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Hi all,

Rooted Nexus running stock 6.0.1 M4B30Z. Phone suddenly switched off and went into bootloop and haven't been able to re-flash stock... bootloader unlocked, fastboot working but no flashing possible (constant flash write error).

I managed to temporarily install TWRP using the excellent NRT v.2.1.9, but still unable to install anything. Seems the problem is storage cannot be mounted with the message 'unable to mount storage'. Again, managed to push the stock ZIP onto the sdcard but can't install.

Anyone got an idea of what it could be? is the device a certified brick now?

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8th June 2018, 06:42 PM |#2  
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Bumping this thread to share steps to solve an identical problem I faced. My Xiaomi Mi 3 W suddenly switched off one evening. It was rooted with TWRP. I had LiveBoot installed. On the initial boot, I could see log data with the phone unable to find/load resources and a "fatal error 6".

I booted into TWRP and found that it could not read any of the partitions. I sense the eMMC memory or the partition table somehow got corrupted. Everything was "0 Mb" in TWRP and wiping or formatting via TWRP was useless -- showing the "unable to mount storage" error.

The OS/data was not in any bootable state at this point.

After an hour of scouring many solutions on Google, the one that worked was: using the "fastboot erase userdata" , "fastboot erase system" & "fastboot erase cache" commands via the ADB shell on Windows.

After this, TWRP could detect my data partition. Cache and System were still 0 MB. But you can fix this by separately reformatting these partitions to "EXT4" via Wipe > Advanced Wipe > Repair/format > Format as EXT4. This was not possible earlier. The error message "unable to mount storage" would have vanished at this point. But you will see "failed to mount system" (invalid argument) for some reason. This isn't a problem.

You'll be able to flash/restore your ROM/backups etc again, now that TWRP detects all three partitions. Sadly, the old data is long gone in this situation. Would love to know what caused this whole issue in the first place.
25th November 2018, 05:19 PM |#3  
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Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!
IT works!!!
7th June 2020, 09:14 AM |#4  
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I found your reply by chance after three days of googling around. I was losing hope on my Nexus 5. So far "fastboot erase userdata" , "fastboot erase system" & "fastboot erase cache" worked. Now I'm trying to boot on twrp. If this works you saved me lots of hours.

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Still the same "unable to mount storage". Any other ideas?
12th June 2020, 06:14 PM |#5  
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Originally Posted by ferarbe

I found your reply by chance after three days of googling around. I was losing hope on my Nexus 5. So far "fastboot erase userdata" , "fastboot erase system" & "fastboot erase cache" worked. Now I'm trying to boot on twrp. If this works you saved me lots of hours.

---------- Post added at 08:14 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:07 AM ----------

Still the same "unable to mount storage". Any other ideas?

LOL i was doing the same this days on a Nexus5

The phone was in a reboot loop.
The error i was seeing was "unable to mount \data"

This is how i fixed id:

1. Open the Android Boot select (if this is how is called, the screen where you can select from start, recovery, reboot...)
2. Open the terminal and run "fastboot erase data"
3. After some time reboot the phone
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