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Manual way Luckily data recovery on Android isn't different from any other PC/Linux with a flash storage device. You first need root and the dd binary on your device to make a full backup of the block storage device your deleted file was on. dd is sometimes already installed in your system. Then it's just 3-steps to find out if the file could be recovered: ...


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The sms database is stored in /data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/mmssms.db which is what you want to do. Best thing to do, is this, do not plug in USB cable yet: Reboot into ClockWorkmod Recovery. Go into Mounts and Storage Select mount /data Plug in the USB From the windows command shell or terminal, adb shell Since you are in ...


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Take a look at PhotoRec. There are also similar question on Super User that may help: Recover data from SD card How do I recover files from an USB flash drive? Here's the full list of Data Recovery Program links: Easeus Pro Data Recovery Tool a nice tool but it's not free PhotoRec and TestDisk from CGSecurity NTFS Undelete (works also with FAT32 ...


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There is an app for this called Secure Deletion for Android, which can be used to overwrite the data. Another way to obfuscate the data would be to encrypt the device before using factory reset. This encrypts all your data, and after the device is reset, it will be very unlikely that the data can be recovered.


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If you use My Backup Pro and have regularly scheduled backups, you can retrieve your SMS messages, provided you've set them to be backed up. Also see SMS Backup - it allows a user to backup the SMS directly into GMail, so you always have a backup away from your device - no harm even if your device is misplaced / stolen / not working and you need to refer to ...


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So I only tried to replicate the issue for a few minutes but even when I got the recorder to stop recording (opening the camera app forced the recorder to stop) it saved the recording. I'm not sure if you already looked on the SD card but if you haven't try using ES File Explorer (or other file explorer) and go to "sdcard/My Documents/My Recordings" ... ...


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Angry Birds save data is stored to /data/data/com.rovio.angrybirds/files. I don't believe it's backed up to Google. Normally all that's backed up is your list of apps, certain settings, contacts, etc. So your wipe data would have erased it. I always use Titanium Backup to save my apps and their data. And when I do something risky like flash a beta ROM ...


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Remote wipe programs like Plan B only work if your phone still has battery and still has a data connection through the internet to download the app, if you'd pre-loaded a program like LookOut then it would work without a data connection but would still need a phone network connection to receive an SMS text message or something like that. If you've blocked ...


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Apps store user data in different ways: Some store the data on the SD car in a public folder and as long as you don't manually delete the folder after you uninstall the app, it will still be there when you reinstall. Other apps store data this way but have their configuration data in the secured portion of the internal memory and that data is lost when ...


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If you do a factory reset, your SD card will not be touched. Your pics, etc will all stay put. If you've selected your Google account as the default way to store your contacts, they will all repopulated from Google after you set up your phone. If you want to be sure you're saving settings, etc. download Titanium Backup from the Google Playstore and do a ...


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This suggestion assumes familiarity with connecting to the phone via ADB I had a similar situation on my previous phone. I was able to pull the important stuff over ADB when the phone was in recovery. In my case I had to mount some of the filesystems to access everything I wanted to retrieve. I'm not sure if it is dependent on the phone whether the ADB ...


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The exact location of the contacts database might depend on your manufacturer's "customization". While "plain Vanilla Android" has them in /data/data/android.providers.contacts/databases, the stock ROM on my Motorola Milestone 2 e.g. uses /data/data/com.motorola.blur.providers.contacts/databases/contacts2.db instead. A raw mask to check for is ...


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Make a full backup, wipe everything, remove memory cards if present, send for repairs, restore backup after you receive. This is neither difficult nor time-consuming if you use something like NANDROID backup. http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/how-to-perform-and-restore-a-nandroid-backup/


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You still got your SDcard contents You still got synced data on Google cloud associated with your Google account and other cloud services. Everything else is wiped out and cannot be restored All you can do is log in with same Google account on your device and it will restore some data from cloud like Google Contacts, Calendar and, maybe, settings for some ...


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For common system apps like the ones you've mentioned, there's no way to uninstall or reinstall them: without root, it at all you can disable them (not all of them even). But they are usually not held in the playstore for re-installation. Even if they receive updates via the playstore (like GMail, Maps, and the Playstore app itself), some of them must reside ...


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Sorry but there is no way to recover the phone number unless that persons number called/text you or you made a call/text to that person. If you did that you could go into your call history and see the made/missed call and then add it to your contacts. A habit to get into is dial the number first and then hang up. That way its in your call history. Then from ...


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SPOILER: The following does only work on rooted devices! If they are already gone, in most cases it's too late. However, some chances are left if your device is rooted -- but they are not that easy to achieve: You would need a complete (physical) file system copy from your internal storage, and pull that to your workstation. Once you've achieved that, you ...


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Unless you have a previous backup, there's no easy way to recover them. Use Handcent or GoSMS - they have in-built scheduling to backup SMS to your SD card or to send the backup to an email mailbox you specify.


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onik's right that ADB is your best bet for retrieving your apps, data, etc. But to get it all, you need to be rooted. XDA has an extremely simple guide for rooting that fortunately doesn't require the use of the screen, it just requires USB Debugging. Once you root and start adb shell, try entering su before anything else. If the prompt changes from $ to ...


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Go to Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> SD Card to see what apps are on the SD card. Other things that might be on it include pictures and videos. There aren't a lot of things that default to the SD card, but it depends on your device and software. The easiest way to find out what's there is just to look!


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This only applies if you have root access, as Bryan already pointed out in the comments. I would suggest using a utility such as TitaniumBackup to completely back-up all your applications and your data. It will be stored on your SD card so that you can transfer its files to another device and restore the backups on there.


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If the data was not encrypted: everything. The data on the removable SD-card can be easily accessed, just like a lost USB-Memory-Stick. The internal flash storage can also be read out via some, admittedly sophisticated but practical possible, approaches. AFAIK no Data that you sync with the Google cloud is encrypted. It's always wise to install some remote ...


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Have you tried Plan B? You can install it from the market after you've lost your phone and use it to find it's current location. For your next phone, I would recommend Cerberus - I reviewed a bunch of security apps, and it's definitely the clear winner.


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I encountered the same problem with my SD card and Samsung Galaxy S a while ago. The solution was to plug the card into a card reader and run chkdsk x: /F /V to repair the file system. If this doesn't work, you'd have to use some file recovery software to fish out the files from a broken file system. There are many different applications for this, you can ...


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Resetting your phone to factory settings will clear all the data on your phone memory, that is your contacts, calendars, applications downloaded from android market. Factory resetting can be done in settings (Navigation: Settings -> Privacy Settings -> Factory data reset) Data backup can be done in settings (Navigation: Settings -> Privacy Settings -> ...


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Does your device has HDMI or TV out facility? If so, you can connect it to another display device (monitor/TV) and install applications to backup your stuffs. Another solution you could try is to install an app called Remote phone access via adb and control your device through PC. But the catch here would be that if have to configure the app for remote ...


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All of the solutions above require USB Debugging to be on. If it is not and you are using Android 4.0 then you can press power and volume down buttons simultaneously to obtain screenshot. If USB is not connected it will be placed somewhere on the SD card (e.g. \Pictures\Screenshots). Then you can connect USB to see the screenshot, then disconnect, navigate ...


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File systems are organized in "blocks" of data, where each block has the same size. Internal storage (as well as some others which use NAND-Flash) on Android uses a block size of 128kB. Especially video files are a bit larger, so they do not fit in a single "block" on the file system. In order to store them, they are split and spread about multiple blocks. ...


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Since the FBI cannot bypass the screen lock, I guess you will not. Check out http://wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/fbi-android-phone-lock



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