So I wanted to root my Redmi Note 5 pro and install a custom ROM but sadly I bricked it in the process. It started when TWRP (3.3.1-0-whyred) told me to enter a password that didn’t exist. Googled it, “default_password” didn’t work, my MI ID password didn’t work and other than that there was NO password used on the whole phone (did a factory reset before I started messing with it).
I just pressed cancel because I thought it was a bug, wiped the phone with “format data” in TWRP and installed Resurrection Remix OS V7 + magisk. Wiped the cache, rebooted, performed the first time setup and everything was dandy… Except for the fact that instead of 64gb of storage I only had 16.
So I tried it again. And again. Didn’t work. Then I found multiple people online with the same phone and the same problem who said you should change /data to another file system and then change it back. It was f2s2 so I changed it to ext4, rebooted to recovery, changed it back to f2s2, rebooted to recovery again et voilà, I was back to 64gb of storage. I did the standard TWRP factory reset, installed the ROM again and booted back to the OS. I got to the splash screen but after loading for a few minutes it takes me back to recovery mode. Now I’m stuck.
After installing a FW-less ROM of MIUI 9 (didn’t wanna risk using a rom with FW since triggering anti rollback on Xiaomi phones causes hard brick) it says this when I boot it: “Encryption was interrupted and can’t be completed. As a result, the data on your phone is no longer accessible“. There’s a reset phone button that just takes me back to recovery.
I tried three different recovery tools (TWRP, Red Wolf and Orange Fox), wiped everything multiple times, installed RR OS a few times, tried changing the file format of /data to all the different formats and install it again and finally I downloaded a Xiaomi MIUI ROM with FW but that only takes me to the “encryption failed” screen as well.
Sooooo… Time to buy a new phone or can this one be saved?