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« on: January 28, 2011, 07:15:47 AM »

Currently running Andriod 2.1 on my SGS. Have previously copied all of my honeymoon photos & video onto the external SDHD micro and then deleted (using Kies) from the internal memory safe in the knowledge it was on the external memory. The external card has since corrupted, so I want to know if there's any reliable data recovery software I can use for the phones internal memory to attempt to recover this data? I've already tried Piriform/Recuva, but the phone doesn't show when I choose either: 'on my media card or ipod', or 'in a specific location'. I don't want to upgrade to andriod 2.2 until I've exhausted all options for data recovery. There must be a way to retrieve the data and someone who knows. thanks
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2011, 07:38:28 AM »

ive used Recuva successfully on mine for the external card and internal memory, did you make sure USB mass storage was activated on the phone before opening the Recuva program?

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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2011, 08:04:24 AM »

I didn't! So I will try now and see how it goes. Many thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2011, 08:31:40 AM »

I made sure the phone had the USB mass storage activated, then ran Recuva. I could see two additional removable drives (D:, F:) but when selected, Recuva reported that 'the parameter is incorrect'... I've switched to advanced mode, then selected the drive from the drop down, and scanned, but still nothing. I'm aware that the data may truly be lost, however, is there anything else I can try?

I can see this becoming a fruitless endeavour!
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2011, 08:42:41 AM »

You need to learn about what forensic people use.

This is a little advanced but the guide is very simple to follow.

Welcome to the Land of the geeks. Linux!

If you get stuck ask me. I lost a complete Hard Drive 150 GB Raptor Drive it was squealing away.

I had very important data worth 12 GB.

DDRescue was able to restore of 119.45 From 120 GB of my Drive.


Amazing stuff.

Edit: I forgot to mention it took a little over a week to recover the data. Also if you are interested in doing it there is an easier method to this without having to mess up with your OS.

Just let me know if you are interested so I may give you more instructions as to going about this.

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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2011, 10:17:19 AM »

Hi IronSingh, thanks for your response. I am willing to give anything a try at this stage. I've backed up everything using Kies; know that there's an OS upgrade available should the Os go corrupt (doubtful) - so what's the breakdown of this 'world of geeks' I need to know? :-)

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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2011, 02:51:09 PM »

First Thing you need to do is Download LinuxMint.

Go for the Live DVD 32-bit (if you know you have a 64-bit then go for that otherwise go for 32-bit to be safe).

Remove the Memory Card and don't use it at all. If you have a Card reader that would be awesome. Eitherway take it out and don't touch it.

Once you have Downloaded the file burn it to a DVD.

You are ready to start but make sure you don't need the computer for the whole day.

Now Insert the DVD into the Computer and Reboot.

Don't worry it will take forever to load. (I mean 10 to 15 mins).

Once loaded it may ask if you wish to install or test. Select test.

Then after a few more minutes it will Load the Linux OS on your Machine (It is not installed it is just a virtual OS running of your RAM, it will feel slow because it is not really installed)


Make sure the computer is connected to the Internet, it will detect all drivers automatically (well usually).

On the bottom Right there will be Connection manager.


From Here goto Menu on the bottom Left and click on Terminal.

It will open a White window with a quote.

Type "Sudo apt-get install gddrescue" without quotes and Press Enter.

It will will install the Rescue program.

Now Hook up your Card either by Card Reader (Recommended) or by the Phone.

Now in terminal type "sudo apt-get install gparted" and Press Enter wait for it get done and goto Menu and in the search bar type gparted and click the resulting Gparted on the Top.


Once it Loads on the top Right it will say /dev/s?? Select the arrow to bring the drop down list.


Note down the Address (/dev/s??) for the Capacity that matches your memory Card
From now on this Address is Reffered to as MCAdd

Write down the Address of your C: Drive as well.

Please note that it is showing your actual Storage bytes unlike Windows, so there may be a few MB/GB missing. This will be Reffred to CAdd

Now go back to your Terminal Window and type:

"sudo ddrescue -r 3 MCAdd CAdd"

It should be looking something like this:

sudo ddrescue -r 3 /dev/sdc /dev/sdb

Press Enter

Now let it do it's magic.

You can use the system while it's doing this but I don't recommend it, I am only mentioning it is if it's an emergency then you can use firefox to surf the net. Once again highy not recommended as it will slow down the process of recovery further.

At the End of the Day watch how much has been recovered and if it matches the amount you need.

Further Instructions once your done.

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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2011, 07:39:18 AM »

Hi IronSingh,

I think you've misunderstood my original query. I am not interested in retrieving the data from the external (micro sdhd) card, I wish to recover data from the phones internal memory storage.

Does your proposal that you've kindly listed also work for the Samsung Galaxy S internal phone memory? If not, do you know a different solution?

Thanks, Bgfbs
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2011, 07:45:18 AM »

It will work, but it will run a lot slower.

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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2011, 04:51:30 AM »

Hey Bgfbs,
You missed out on an important step. After selecting mass storage, pull down the top menu (from where u ON/OFF Wi-Fi). Then click on the 'Turn ON USB Storage'. Then Click on MOUNT. That way the drives will be accesible.

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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2011, 10:37:49 AM »

Hi IronSingh,

i am facing the same issue, can you please provide a complete simple set of instructions for computer "idiot" like me.

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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2011, 06:08:36 PM »

There is a complete set of instructions in IronSingh's post about linuxmint.

Summary:

1 - burn linuxmint on to a DVD
2 - boot up your computer from the DVD thus kind of installing linus
3 - pick the rescue program
4 - hook up the card reader (or phone)

Try just reviewing the steps then following them one at a time. Or maybe you can find a shop that will retrieve your files for you.
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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2011, 03:28:10 AM »

Wow completely forgot I wrote this guide.

guier if you stil havn't recovered your files, what part don't you understand?

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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2012, 06:31:59 AM »

LinuxMint is amazing.... thnks for it.
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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2012, 06:56:47 AM »

Hi Guys, I recently dropped my I9000 and for a couple of days everything was fine, then it started turning itself off and now it wont come on at all. I have swtiched the battery but still no good.

Will the above solution work for me in that by plugging in the phone even though it's not on, that the LinuxMint will still be able to access the internal phone hard drive?

If not, will upgrading the firmware (if possible), wipe all existing contacts, pictures, txt's, etc?

Cheers, Peter
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