Cisco Password reset … Unable to stat flash: error

When recovering a Cisco 3650 a flash error can occur. If you ever have to recover a Cisco 3650 switch password there are some good instructions on the Cisco web site on how to do this. However, part of the process involves accessing file(s) on the flash memory of the switch. Occasionally you might run into a problem when attempting to access the flash memory. The switch may report “unable to stat flash:/: invalid” argument. For example when you type

 

 

you may receive an error which says

 

 

This means the flash has not been initialized correctly. Simply typing in the command “flash” will begin the inisilization and allow you to access the flash memory. See below for a full out put from an effected switch.