I just deleted a picture file from the internal phone memory. I actually deleted the entire Pictures folder. But the app said that 1 file was deleted. Not more than that? I take it this means that the phone camera is using the SD card to store pictures I take. It was stored in /storage/emulated/0 on Galaxy S4 plus.

I'm not sure what picture that was. Is there a way I can recover it? I noticed there's no USB Mass Storage option in Galaxy S4 Plus. Can I still use a recovery software such as PhotoRec or Recuva to restore it?

Update: I only have a long list of local disk volumes (partitions) when I start Recuva. There's no way to select my phone – which is connected as an MTP device (Microsoft protocol for media players) – or any of its partitiions. I have the same problem in PhotoRec. It is however detected by the computer and I can browse its contents in Windows Explorer.

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    I can see now that I'm not the only one (link 1 link 2) with this type of problem.
    – Samir
    Jan 28, 2014 at 21:38
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    The instructions given by the articles I linked to above are really deep and invasive. Is there really no way to do data recovery directly on the internal memory of MTP (media player) or PTP (photo camera) devices (e.g. so called "smart" phones using MTP/PTP)? Can someone confirm this?
    – Samir
    Jan 28, 2014 at 21:45
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    If this is true then it's really stupid to use these protocols on smartphones in first place. Mounting the smartphone as a USB mass storage device was so much faster, and I'm sure it could provide some level of data recovery. So now, if I want that on my brand new Galaxy S4 I have to root it??? Unbelievable!! Well, I'll just hope that the picture file I deleted was nothing of value to me. Thankfully only one file was deleted. I better get some backup solution, beyond the cloud backups I already have.
    – Samir
    Jan 28, 2014 at 21:46
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    Best backup solution for photos/videos is probably to allow Google+ to automatically back them all up whenever you charge your phone and are connected to a Wifi network.
    – user5506
    Jan 28, 2014 at 22:06
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    Stupid question, maybe – but have you checked the fine tag wiki of the data-recovery tag you used? Points you e.g. to Recover deleted content from userdata partition and How can I recover a deleted file on Android? :)
    – Izzy
    Jan 28, 2014 at 22:13


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