I have a SM-N900 (Note 3 Exynos), the password for which is forgotten![1], but there is data that need to be recovered.

I am trying to flash TWRP, or CWM recovery image so that I can at least get to ADB. So far I have tried using Heimdall(built from HEAD with libusb-1.0.0-dev on Ubuntu 14.04), Odin(3.9, 3.10 on Windows 10), and none of them seem to be working.

With Heimdall, I get:

ERROR: Failed to confirm end of file transfer sequence!
RECOVERY upload failed!

(for which there are a lot of hits on google, but no clear solutions)

And, with Odin, I get:

Complete(Write) operation failed.

Which also seems to be a fairly common error!

I have tried both USB2.0 and USB3.0 ports (on Windows Odin seems to only recognize 2.0). I am using the original USB cable which came with the phone. On Windows, I have Samsung USB drivers installed and Kies/Switch is not installed.


  • ADM didn't work, somehow, and there seems to be option to use google login (after the last update that happened [must be Lollipop])
  • Had not registered with Samsung recovery :(
  • USB debugging was not enabled!
  • Had not installed CWM/TWRP :(

After burning midnight oil (5 hours straight!), finally I could get Odin to flash TWRP! I had to do 2 things:

  • Not use the .tar directly, but extract the .img and then use a .bat script (found on XDA forums) to convert it to .tar.md5
  • Get the latest version of the TWRP recovery: twrp-

(But I'm not very sure why the original .tar didnt work, though!)

Odin version used: 3.10.7

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