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Thread: HOW TO: iPhone Data Recovery
11-30-2009, 01:17 AM #81
Okay thanks for the thread I have successfully created an .img of ipod touch. Now I have a problem with photorec. I scan the file and photorec only finds hundreds of .txt files. Dose this mean my data is lost?
I ran another scan and found tons more files.
What file is the contacts file. *.sqlitedb? or what
Last edited by VampiraQula; 11-30-2009 at 10:35 AM.
12-12-2009, 10:26 PM #82
Try looking for the file type option in the photorec and make sure the .jpg box is selected.
01-03-2010, 12:19 AM #83
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I've posted a detailed Mac-specific guide at:
Guide: Recover Lost or Deleted Photos/Files on iPhone 3G/S (Jailbroken) on a Mac
I was able to recover lost images today from an iPhone 3G and 3GS using PhotoRec. Hope this helps.
01-22-2010, 09:53 AM #84Simple recovery from backup
If you have iTunes backups then it's easy to browse and recover the contents udner all operating systems with the free iPhoneAnalyser tool. Available on https://sourceforge.net/projects/iphoneanalyzer/.
02-10-2010, 11:34 AM #85Succeeded everything but...
Ok hi everyone,
so I successfully did everything, got a 20 GB .img file sitting on my hard drive, scanned it with photorec, recovered a whole bunch of stuff I don't need to recover, including all kinds of website info, pictures and music...
But I still can't find the very files I actually care about: MY NOTES. I got over a 1000 .txt files from the recovery and they don't seem to be there. Has ANYONE recovered deleted notes from an ipod touch that has been restored? If most stuff from the native built-in apps are still present in the img file, logically the notes should also be there.
Can anyone help please? Am I overlooking something? What format do you think notes are in? or would I get different results if I ran the scan using different settings? Do I need special software to read certain format types? help!!!
by the way, here's the link that helped me. I used Ubuntu and everything runs smoothly if you do it right (scroll down to "extract individual files from recovered image" and follow the instructions):
02-10-2010, 08:00 PM #86
On what level the iPhone must run that i can make an image.
Did this work in DFU?
02-10-2010, 09:57 PM #87
In Normal mode, as it usually runs. It just needs to be jailbroken with openssh and MobileTerminal installed
02-14-2010, 07:40 AM #88
Hi guys just wondering if anyone might be able to shed some light.
I have a iPhone 3GS 32gb (new boot ROM), jailbroken with blacksn0w.
I SSH-ed into the iPhone using an Ubuntu live-cd, and managed to dump a 30gig image using the following command:
dd if=/dev/rdisk0s2 bs=4096KB | ssh [email protected] 'dd of=/media/windows/dump.img'
I've run Photorec on the file under Windows, and it has recovered a lot of png and txt files, but no jpg. The jpg option is definitely selected in Photorec.
I did notice however that there was a 29gig .GPG file, which according to google is an encrypted file.
I'm curious - none of my music (which would easily be a few gig) nor photos have been recovered. Could they be inside the GRP file?
02-15-2010, 10:03 AM #89
I got the 8gb phone and image file size is 7.6gb. When tried to mount image in the magicdisc software, error says "Failed to mount image". Any one with same problem have any info to solve? Need help to recover some photos. I also have itune backup but asking for the passcode that never been setup so don't know.
04-20-2010, 10:53 PM #90
Hi, I have a 3GS, I dumped rdisk0s2s1 from cyberduck trough wifi.
When I put it in a windows partition and then start photorec from windows, it dont founds anything of photos taken before restore.....
WTF? why photorec doesnt found anything? it recovers a .swc file of about 10 GB or more but i ran out of space??
Any suggestions of what i can do??
05-03-2010, 04:33 PM #91
Im getting the same error as most of the other people.
0 byte img and dunno wtf to do with it
just installed ubuntu and openssh on it and im still getting the same error
dd: reading '/dev/disk0': Invalid argument
Last edited by nave3d; 05-03-2010 at 04:33 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
05-08-2010, 06:53 PM #92
thanks for your great guide
got my contacts databese from a restored phone, couldn't get them from anywhere else because my hdd broke at the same time
05-09-2010, 02:03 AM #93
05-09-2010, 05:42 AM #94
Do not install any apps except those that I tell you (unless you want to lose more data than you already did):
After installing those apps I connected to my iPhone with
ssh -l root <your-phones-ip>
On your iPhone set your screen to never lock and connect it to a power source. You might also want to put it near the router for faster transfer speeds.
Then in your terminal connected to the iphone issue the command
dd if=/dev/disk0 | ssh <username>@<computer-ip> 'dd of=iphone-dump.img'
Then you have to wait, the terminal gives no output about it's progress but you can monitor the file size in file browser on your computer.
When it's finished (you have acces to the terminal again) install testdisk to your PC.
sudo apt-get install testdisk
sudo photorec iphone-dump.img
Than go back to the menu and than click Search.
Click enter and pick [Other] and than choose where you want to save the recovered files. Make sure you have enough space. You navigate with left and right, when you get to the desired folder click on the line with one dot and click enter. Than the search starts. It might take a while.
Than you can browse the recovered files and find the ones you need.
Worked great for me, got my contacts back but lost the SMS database tough.
If somebody didn't understand something just contact me and I'll try to explain better. And again thanks for the original guide to lmarr28.
05-09-2010, 06:27 AM #95
Looks very promising - Will give it a shot and hope for the best... Thanks so much!
05-10-2010, 10:23 AM #96
Army113's guide is very helpful!
I will post again with any news. Hopefully I'll be able to recover at least 50% of what was lost.
Definitely be mindful of storage space. I am using an old laptop and started the whole process before realizing that the ubuntu partition wouldn't hold the disk image. I hooked up an external hard drive and it appears to be storing it without any problems.
Does anyone know if an interrupted file will still work? Just in case something happens, will I be able to try and use that portion to pull files from it? (if it happens, I'll know for sure I guess).
05-10-2010, 10:34 AM #97
Well the first time I tried this procedure the dump process stalled at 7GB (8GB iPhone 2G) and the recovery program didn't have any problems reading the files. AFAIK in searches directly in the disk sectors so it doesn't really care about fully copied files and stuff like that.
05-10-2010, 01:30 PM #98
It starts writing on my laptop but the phone reboots when ~767mb is written, i got three equal big *.img, same problem each time.
What could be wrong? I have set bs=1M, could that affect it? dont now what to try with...
05-10-2010, 02:09 PM #99
Well i don't know really. I haven't tested it with Cygwin as my HDD is broken. But perhaps you could enable system log on your phone and see if anything useful comes up. And perhaps you could try the command without "bs" option. I didn't really need it.
05-11-2010, 08:29 AM #100
So I got a full disk image 15GB. I ran Photorec and it didn't find anything aside from the OS pictures.
I haven't deleted the img but I am not sure what I should do now. Does anyone have any recommendations? If I would have waited one more day I would have seen that someone figured out how to repair the damage that the Cydia/Rock update did. sigh...