My phone broke, so I have been messing with it and from the errors I can see, it looks like all the system folders are missing. /system /data etc.

I saw a YT video where the guy used ADB shell to gain access then just ran some cd commands to create the missing directories (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-LZvVLEC5o)

adb shell isn't working for me. Currently, I have 'Philz Touch 5' running and I have a working Odin connection.

How can I restore an empty file system?


  • By flashing a ROM. /system and /data are not just directories you've got to create, but entire mount points. If there's no /system, you can no longer boot the device as it has no operating system (/recovery is a separate system). So use Odin to flash a ROM.
    – Izzy
    Apr 5, 2016 at 11:54

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if you can go in recovery mode, you can also go in download mode. if you use odin, i guess you have a samsung device. Normally push togheter power button, home button, volume - button turn any samsung mobile in donwload mode. downlaod an official ROM from http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/ and flash it with odin.

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