A friend borrowed my microSD card to take some pictures and ended up deleting the android directories. I assumed that text messages were stored on this card. No message history appeared after the card was removed. incoming messages from old contacts started new threads. contacts and everything else stayed.
I want to find the year's worth of old text messages.
I've recovered some files using photorec (mostly pictures and audio from my phone). The only non-obvious files are a 10MB .elf file and a 72KB .SQLITE file. the directory structure is not preserved, so all files appear in one directory.
does this approach make sense? what file extension am I looking for? how do I read the database that texts are stored in?