Questions asking how to recover lost or inaccessible data.

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Recover deleted content from userdata partition?

So it came to pass, that Amanda did have a blonde moment and deleted all her threads in the SMS app by mistake. Yeah, "Delete all threads" probably shouldn't be quite so easy to invoke. The phone's ...
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How can I recover a deleted file on Android?

I just deleted a file on my Nexus S that I really need back. (It was actually part of an app using a sqlite database that did a drop table when upgrading to a new version.) Presumably I need to root ...
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How do I backup data (SMS/contacts) from a device with a broken screen?

I just broke the screen of my (unrooted) Galaxy S. How do I get back my SMS and contacts? PS: I tried Kies but it won't detect my phone for some reason. (Kies works fine with another Galaxy I ...
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Data Recovery - How to Restore Deleted / Formatted Files on HD Micro SD Card

Background: I put in a friend's SD Card to format it because it was having problems. Then I put mine back in and I think my phone formatted my SD Card. I had a ton of pictures on there that are now ...
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Where is the data for “Contacts Storage” located?

Settings -> Applications -> All tells me that "Contacts Storage" uses 2.5MB which must be my contact data. Since I had to revert to 4.03 after a faulty update to 4.1 my contacts seem inaccessible ...
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My android phone was stolen. How worried should I be with all my google data inside the phone?

Ok, so my samsung galaxy 5 was stolen. I had gmail, calendar, twitter(tweetdeck), facebook, ... all my personal data in it. I didn't have any app installed that could wipe this information from a ...
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Is there a way to recover a deleted SMS?

I deleted an entire SMS thread by mistake from my HTC Wildfire. Is there any way I can retrieve that thread ?
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Formatting Android storage “zero out” technique

I have an Android mobile (Galaxy S3), and am really worried that my corporate information will be retrieved after a reset. I've seen shared video showing it is possible to recover data after hard ...
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How can I reset my phone without losing everything?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S I9000, it keeps lagging; freezing and turning on and off by itself. I want to reset it, if I do will I lose all my photos, contacts etc etc..? I can't figure out how to ...
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Recover Lost Voice Recording on EVO 4G

I was recording an hour-long meeting with the native voice recorder app on my EVO 4G. When I started the recording, I left it running in the background, hit the home screen, then shut the screen off. ...
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Forgot security lock pattern on Jelly Bean device with Wifi and 3G data turned off

I forgot my security lock pattern and my Wifi and 3G connections are switched off. I can hard reset the phone (Galaxy Nexus) from recovery mode, but that would wipe all my data. ADB is also turned off ...
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How do I recover my Angry Birds progress!

I'm using Cyanogen and had some issues so in recovery I had to "wipe data". Before I did that I did a backup. How can I get back my Angry Birds save data? I thought for sure it was stored on Google's ...
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How safe are my passwords at after-sales service?

My phone is currently inoperative. Samsung asked me to drop it at an approved repair center, which will handle shipment and reception to/from Samsung. Being unable to boot my phone, it was impossible ...
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If I uninstall an app do I lose the data?

I want to install Angry Birds from the Amazon App Store but all I get is errors. My guess is it's because I already have it installed. I'm afraid to uninstall just in case I lose the data. Any ideas?
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How to recover data from a damaged SD card?

I have an HTC Inspire. I have had my 8 GB SD Card for three years...needless to say, it has like 5000 pictures and hundreds of videos on it. It has a lot of music on it too, but I'm not worried ...
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How do I undelete or recover deleted files on Android? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I recover a deleted file on Android? Is there a way to recover deleted files on Android phones without using standard USB storage recovery tools?
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How can I decrypt an encrypted SD card (HTC Evo 4G) on a different device?

I encrypted both my phone and SD card upon purchasing my HTC Evo 4g LTE. Recently the phone died (would get to the login screen and then reboot). After a factory reset the SD card shows up as ...
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How can I recover files from a phone that won't boot?

I have a Galaxy SII, and it is stuck on the boot screen. How can I recover the files on the phone?
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Lost pictures on Samsung Galaxy S3 internal memory [duplicate]

I just hooked my Samsung Galaxy S3 up to my PC via USB to transfer some photos from one folder to another on the device itself. Well, the USB cable got accidentally unplugged during the process, and ...
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How do I transfer files in ClockworkMod between my phone and my computer if my phone doesn't have an SD card slot?

So the phone can only boot to "ClockworkMod Recovery" due to unknown reason. Is there a way to transfer files between my phone's internal memory and my computer? There is no SD card slot on the ...
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My HTC Desire HD has been stolen. What data can still be accessed by the thief?

I have contacted the network and had the phone barred, I had applied a screen lock. I am concerned however if the thief can still access all my numbers, texts, saved passwords and most importantly ...
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If I format my SD card or replace with a new SD card, what will I lose?

If I format my SD card or replace with a new SD card, what will I lose? What Personal data What Application data What downloads In short I want to find what, where and how data is stored on SD.
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Corrupted 16GB Samsung micro SD card [closed]

Background I have a 16GB Samsung micro SD card that I use on my Samsung Galaxy tablet. It has 116 videos and tons of pics and songs. One day I recorded a concert and when my tablet's battery became ...
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recover a phone number I didn't save

At the bar last night I got a number I opened a new contact under my Google contacts on my Droid Incredible and typed in the information. But in my sub lucid state I never saved it, I would love to ...
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My Android phone is completely reset, whats the best way to recover the deleted data?

A person at a phone store reset all the contents of my Motorola Moto G Android phone, and I did not give them permission to do so. I had many important pictures and videos, but the even more important ...
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How to restore ColorNote notes after factory reset?

I forgot to backup my notes before factory reset and now apparently I have lost them all. Before doing factory reset though, Back up my data option in Settings >> Backup & Restore was checked but ...
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Merging multiple SMS databases

I have a lot of problems with my phone, and so I have a number of nandroid backups with different sets of overlapping SMS messages saved in them. I've also made a few copies of the data folder when ...
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How to get files off of Nexus 5 Android when LCD Screen + Touchscreen doesnt work?

So I have a Nexus 5 Android 32gb phone that boots up but the LCD screen and touchscreen doesnt work. I know because it gets detected on my computer. Also the bootloader is still locked, which means I ...
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How to backup data on a non-booting, unrooted phone?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 (SGH-I747 for AT&T) that is not rooted. Recently it started shutting down in the middle of use and not start up again. At first, plugging it into the charger would get ...
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Backup using ADB without root or usb debugging

I have a Nexus S (on android 4, not rooted) device who's not able to boot. It opens and get stucks to the X screen. I can only access the recovery mode. I tried to backup data via ADB, but the phone ...
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Recover my SuperVault files

I had several files saved and encrypted on my Android phone using SuperVault. I no longer have an Android phone but I do have my SuperVault folder with all the files. Unfortunately I can't access ...
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Internal storage data disappeared, trying to dump

When I tried to use my SGS, it was unresponsive and didn't wake from sleep, then I rebooted it. After the boot, the desktop was like stock. I started checking my apps, some had its data intact and ...
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Android failure to boot on LG

I need to recover data from my AT&T LG Thrill Android Phone Background: My AT&T LG Thrill phone's battery died a couple of days ago because I forgot to charge it. When I charged the phone ...
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Extract App Data from Nandroid / CWM Backup

I use ClockworkMod Recovery, and Slimbean. Recently, my slimbean started hanging at the loading screen and getting insanely hot. So I took a backup, and cleaned flashed AOKP rom. It's working fine ...
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Lost data upgrading roms, but data is still there when viewed with Clockwork and Clockwork alone. Can I recover it?

I lost my data upgrading to M1 CM10.1 through CMUpdate, but I still see it when I go into clockwork recovery mod. I tried accessing it through adb and adb shell but I cannot find it. Furthermore my ...
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All of my texts disappeared, what can I do?

All of my old text messages disappeared. What might I be able to do to recover them?
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What really happens during a factory reset? Does it securely erase all data?

When you "factory reset" an android phone, are you formatting the phone storage by securely erasing all data and writing over them with zeroes, or are you simply deleting the files by hiding them from ...
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What steps should I take before giving my phone to be fixed in a lab?

This is similar to I have sold my phone on eBay. What should I do before I send it off?, but in my case I'm just handing my phone off to be fixed. I don't want to have to completely wipe or reset my ...
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How do i recover my data on a Galaxy Tab after a factory reset?

I forgot my password to unlock my Samsung Galaxy Tab, so I did a factory reset to get into it. Now I would like to recover as much of my previous data that I can. Is this possible? If so, how do I go ...
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How do you transfer a programs database to another device

I am using the Book Catalog program to scan and enter my collection of books. This program provides an export/backup and import feature, so I can transfer the entered data onto another device. But I ...
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How to recover a System partition that won't mount

A relative of mine brought me his Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190, which is stuck at boot. When I boot into recovery it gives the error Failed to mount /system (invalid argument). How can I dig through the ...
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HTC Desire crashed, deleted all SMS/MMS. Can I recover?

Been a reader of SO/SE for a while as am getting into Android development. Just wanted to ask a quick question. Hope someone can help. :) I have a HTC desire (2.2 with HTC sense, as per stock), never ...
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Is it possible to pull data using Android Debug Bridge on an N7 while soft bricked

I've tried countless fixes for my N7 being softbricked (No idea how it was done). I've resorted to using Android Debug Bridge, however I cannot get access to the device (device not recognized from CMD ...
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Nexus 7 soft bricked, Need to recover data

I don't know if I'm posting this on the right website or not, but I'll try anyway. I recently brought a Google Nexus 7 (non-SIM version). I've used it for around 3 months now and everything was ...
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Recovering deleted files from unrooted Galaxy Nexus

In my infinite buffoonery earlier today I deleted the entire camera pictures folder from my GSM Galaxy Nexus. I had last copied images from my phone in August and have lost all pictures since then :( ...
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How to read out the data in HTC Desire SMS backup file?

Unfortunately my HTC Desire SMS app crashed (HTC official android 2.2), all SMS and MMS were lost. When I tried to recover from a previously backed up SMS file (generated by Desire SMS app), but it ...
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Remove files from phone that won't boot

I have an HTC Vivid that, when turned on, fails to load. The screen is white with the HTC logo, but it never moves any further than that. There are pictures on this phone that I'd like to save, but I ...
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How can I recover deleted calendar events?

I had duplicate events from syncing so I deleted what I thought were the correct set but it turns out I deleted the ones from my Outlook calendar which in turn deleted them from my Outlook calendar ...
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Bootlooped Samsung galaxy s2 t989D

I have the Samsung Galaxy S2 T989d and my phone is stuck in a bootloop with CyanogenMod. I want to get some pictures off of the internal SD before I wipe it and install the stock rom. I tried getting ...
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A data forensic tools for android [closed]

I have recently taken interest in digital forensics. What is the best tool, or set of tools to obtain and analyze images of android phones?