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    Hi, I think I'm in trouble. I was trying to flash a custom ROM, but it kept hanging at startup and wouldn't go anywhere and so I decided to flash 4.2.2, but I did something wrong. So I went into TWRP and it asks for my password. My phone was encrypted and so I entered that password and it didn't work. I tried to factory reset it through TWRP, but it failed because it couldn't unencrypt the data. Is there a default password if my encryption password was lost or is there a way to turn off encryption through fastboot. Basically when I try to start my phone, it just shows me a blank screen. Is it possible that I erased the encryption password and I have no way of getting the password to be recognized? Help!
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    You can't do any flashing/hacking/etc after you've encrypted the phone. It's the kiss of death. You'll just need to do a factory image restore following the guide and start from scratch.


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    Thanks 2def. I followed your guide to flash back to factory image (4.2.2) and I had to go the route (through fastboot) of flashing boot.img, system.img, recovery.img, and userdata.img separately. The first ones went fine, but when I got to flashing the userdata.img, it would send, but it would run into an error writing it (something like "Failed: erasedata could not be written"). I tried several times, but no go. Any suggestions?
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    Userdata may not be so important.. If it isn't present on first boot the OS should populate it automatically.. See how it goes

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    I solved one problem, but now I'm hitting another. I must've downloaded the wrong factory image, but anyways, I got the right one (occam-jdq39) and everything was going well until the last step (fastboot-windows -w update image-occam-jdq39.zip). It says error: failed to load 'image-occam-jdq39.zip

    I'm so close.
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    I also noticed on the bootloader screen that it is still encrypted (SECURE BOOT-enabled). After wiping the phone, shouldn't that be disabled?
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    Figured out why the image-occam-jdq39.zip file wasn't loading. It wasn't in my fastboot directory on my computer. It's going now and I'm crossing my fingers...Google startup screen...(after a long wait) Nexus logo...(even longer excruciating wait)...how long should I be waiting? It's been 10 minutes.
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    Just an update...I booted into TWRP and then cleared the cache and the other cache and did a factory reset. The phone started up fine. I was even able to flash ParanoidAndroid's ROM and my phone is up and running.
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