All right, I have fouled up my Galaxy S while trying to install Cyanogenmod after rooting with Odin.

I now have the clockworkMod Recovery and I am trying to select the cyanogen Update .zip from my SD card. Neither option Apply sdcard:update.zip and install zip from sdcard work

Apply sdcard:update.zip simply yield this message:

E: Can't open /mnt/sdcard/update.zip. No such file or directory. Installation aborted. Mind that I have already renamed the Cyanogen file to update.zip

install zip from sdcard does not show the sd directory. The Update.zip is nowhere to be found.

Steps taken so far:

Other possibly relevant information:

  • After the root, there was a boot loop, which I ignored.
  • Shoot me, but there is no backup
  • Edit: My firmware was XWJW5, Version 2.3.6


  • Is there any way I can still access the cyanogenmod file - or any other file - on my SD card?
  • Can my Galaxy S be saved somehow?
  • Among the myriad of options to root your device out there, which one could help me?
  • After doing the Heimdall-Manoever which restored my OS, I transferred cyanogen to the internal memory. However, Cyanogen does not play well with my device and I've abandoned it. Commented Jun 3, 2012 at 19:35
  • Didn't play well with my SGS either, too bad. Hopefully you've picked up some skills from the process though :) Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 15:47
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    @MatthewRead oh yes, I did! Wasted 5-6 hours, though, and shortened my life span by 5-6 years. Can start earning points here, now :) Commented Jun 4, 2012 at 16:25

3 Answers 3


I wanted to copy the zip directly to the internal storage

You can't just want to, you have to. ClockworkMod does not mount the external SD card, you have to put it on the internal SD storage (often called the internal SD card and separate from the main system storage).

If you can't access the internal SD then you'll need to flash an Odin-packed ROM (with Odin of course) to fix your device. Ideally you should flash the same version of stock that originally came with it. See Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device? if needed :)

  • @user99572isfine Good luck! :) Commented Jun 2, 2012 at 20:36
  • @matthew_read Odin does recognize my phone anymore. Trying Heimdall now. other suggestions? Commented Jun 2, 2012 at 21:12
  • @user99572isfine Can you provide more detail? Make sure you're in Download mode before using Odin or Heimdall. Commented Jun 2, 2012 at 21:15
  • I am in download mode and see the yellow triangle. The drivers are installed from before, just it does not turn yellow. Seems like I should rephrase my question. Commented Jun 2, 2012 at 21:22
  • @matthew_read I am stuck waiting for the Heimdall package to download. Bloody filehosters. Will continue tomorrow. Commented Jun 2, 2012 at 21:49

You most probably have an unpartitioned sdcard, clockworkmod however assumes that is partitioned and wants to mount the first partition (/dev/block/mmcblk0p1).

You can fix this by repartitioning your sdcard so that it has a mountable fat-formatted first volume and then retry.

If you don't mind using the commandline, boot to recovery and connect via adb shell to it, then mount your sdcard manually: mount /dev/block/mmcblk0 /sdcard and retry.

Technical explanation:

cat /proc/partitions lists:

/dev/block/mmcblk0 is your FAT formatted volume (no more partitions at all)

should be:
/dev/block/mmcblk0 (whole device)
/dev/block/mmcblk0p1 (1st partition, FAT formatted)
/dev/block/mmcblk0p2 (sd-ext partition, only for those that use SD2ext and such)

  • I think since partitioning will erase all the data in the card, I'll just work from my internal sd. Thanks btw!
    – svarog
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 11:20
  • yes. repartitioning needs a backup first or all data is lost afterwards. I also have this issue and solve it by manually mounting it via adb each time i update out of laziness
    – ce4
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 11:52
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    Just helped me recover 500+ photos and videos from an inaccesible SD card partition. Thanks :) Commented Aug 13, 2012 at 12:38

download this link "PDA_BCK_CF-root_universal_beta14fix" and install using odin selecting pda which will root your device and later you will find what you want i mean the "install zip from sd card" i tried it and it works for me.

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