Nexus 5 won't finish booting and cannot recover

Hurricane145

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I have a Nexus 5 that cannot finish booting and boot loops. I can get to recovery but it cannot clear the cache and cannot recover either. It just reports that it fails doing anything. I did clean the on off button and have messed with it endlessly but it makes no difference. It does not seem to me that the on/off button is the problem.
When it boot loops, I can hold down the power button continuously and the phone will shut off after two boot loops. otherwise it will keep trying until the battery goes dead. The phone does still take a charge.
I have hooked it up to my desktop and tried to mount the system in the bootloader but it reports that it fails to do that also.
My main concern at this point is to be able to get my pictures off the phone but perhaps they are gone forever.
Any ideas would be most helpful. I have another phone to use so I am not stranded but would sure like to get my pictures back if possible.
Thanks for any assistance.
 

Hurricane145

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I don't think so. I hadn't been advised of any OS updates to do recently. Maybe some app update that was automatic but I don't know for sure. I had it on the same charger I always use, took it off the charger in the morning and shortly later realized the problem. I just grabbed it and left for work. Didn't look at it until about 15 minutes later when I saw it was trying to reboot.
In looking around the forums it seems some other people with the same symptoms never got theirs working again and couldn't access any files either.
 

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You can try reflashing the ROM. There is a flash all script that has a -w the would wipe the device. If you erase that, it should retain your data. No guarantees though.
 

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I will see what I can do with that. I just downloaded the Android Studio and the most recent image file for the Nexus 5. I will read up on it and give it a go later tonight or sometime tomorrow when I get a chance to.
 

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