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Hello, I recently upgraded my iphone from iOS 4.2 to 5.0, and in the process of restoring my iphone, my photos and some other settings (some email accounts and phone
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    Question Recovery software - How to recover photos from iPhone 4 iOS 5 without a backup
    Hello,

    I recently upgraded my iphone from iOS 4.2 to 5.0, and in the process of restoring my iphone, my photos and some other settings (some email accounts and phone number "favorites") were not restored. I'm very upset about the pictures....I've lost about 7 months worth.

    Before I performed the upgrade, I backed up my iphone, however it appears that the backup did not backup my pictures, as I used some third party software to see if there were pics in the back-up which there was not.

    I don't sync my pics with iphoto, because I have previously restored my camera roll from a backup several times in the past, with no issues.

    What are my options to find all these lost pics? PS - I use a Mac to sync (but I also have a PC).

    1) Is there a way to go back to older version of my back-up file? Like from a couple days ago? It looks like itunes only stores a couple backup files. Do you think I could find older/deleted/overwritten versions with file recovery software?
    2) Is there any file recovery software that can look on the iphone's hard disk for these "deleted" picture files? In the past, I've used file rescue software on an SD card to retrieve deleted pics, and it works flawlessly.
    3) With regards to #3 above are there any jailbroken apps to help make it easier to explore the iphone from a computer?

    Any help is appreciated!!

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    I had the EXACT same problem today!

    Anyone who can post ideas would be greatly appreciated...

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    there are some suggestions in this thread:

    extract photos from iphone backup files?

    particularly this one:
    iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor

    But all of them require you to have "good" backups with the pictures somewhere on the computer you used to sync the phone with.

    Unfortunately, you can't run the kind of low-level "rescue" software on the iPhone the way you have on SD cards. The filesystem doesn't work that way. There aren't any JB programs that will do it, because they all work *within* the iOS storage API, and not around it.

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    That is the problem....there are no pictures in the backup, I checked using this software.

    I need a method to search the iphone's disk directly.

    Any suggestions? I've read where people have downloaded and "image" of the iphone's disk to their mac/pc and then used recovery software to search it for lost pictures. The process seems very lengthy and complicated....I was wondering if there was a more direct way of getting the disk image to a PC.

    Help!

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    was there a previous backup prior to the last one? if so, just restore to that one. you may not have all 7months of pics back, but hopefully you'll get most of them

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    Sorry to revive a thread but I want to see if there has been any progress on this. Same predicament...deleted a bunch of photos and videos before doing a backup.

    I've tried so many tools, and I can mount the iPhone on my Mac desktop, but I have found NO recovery apps (Tech Tool, SD Recovery, etc.) that will see the disk and let me try to recover. I also can't find any way to create an image.

    The old dd commands to create an input file/output file don't work any more with this OS either.

    So, am I missing any other solutions out there to recover deleted files from an iOS 5.01 device like my iPhone 4? I can't imagine there aren't tools that Private Investigators use for forensic discovery that could do this.

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    I had this same problem when updating my iPhone 4 to iOS 6 today. Found this thread and it was helpful, however, iExplorer requires you to buy a license to recover the photos which costs $34.99. Found another free alternative for Mac or Windows, Dr.Fone for iOS. Worked like a charm and I didn't have to grab my wallet.

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    Upgraded to new IOS6 but gave me an error report of error 6 then went blank so restored from back up but no photos appeared!!Lost them all..not a happy vegemite!!any suggestion appreciated!Got the last 100 pics but missing 900 more!!!
    Had backed up I thought so really not happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chamang View Post
    I had this same problem when updating my iPhone 4 to iOS 6 today. Found this thread and it was helpful, however, iExplorer requires you to buy a license to recover the photos which costs $34.99. Found another free alternative for Mac or Windows, Dr.Fone for iOS. Worked like a charm and I didn't have to grab my wallet.
    iExplorer is $34,99 , but Dr.Fone is $69.95 according to the link you posted? So how did you get it for free?

    There are other - better - alternatives , like: Enigma Recovery | Smartphone Recovery Software

    They're all paid. I don't know of a free method. If you do, please let me know. Dr.Fone is not free.

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    How stupid of me to leave my iPad when a kid's playing around and spilled his milk on my iPad! Frustrating! I downloaded the trial version of Dr.Fone. It looks so easy to use and is such a big help. Thanks! I'm now ready to download full version for full recovery.

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    When you deleted photos from iPhone, you can try two ways to recover deleted photos from iPhone. If you do some backup in iTunes, you can recover from iTunes backup. If not, you can try to recover from iPhone directly.

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    As I know, the deleted data still store in iPhone, if they are not be overwritten, you can restore iPhone data directly, but you need some iPhone Photo Recovery programs for help, this way is for the user have no backup, if you backup your data with iTunes before, then recover deleted photos from iPhone will be simply, follow the step.
    Click the File menu and select Devices > Restore from Back up.
    Or
    Open the iOS device's Summary tab. There are two ways to access this:
    Click the device button in the upper right corner. (If viewing the iTunes Store, click the Library button in the upper right corner. The device button will then be visible.)
    From any view in iTunes, click the View menu and select Show Sidebar. Select your iOS device in iTunes under Devices.
    Click the Restore Backup button.

    Hope this helps!


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