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Old September 12th, 2010, 07:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys! I need to figure out two things on my droid.

A. How to tell what time a certain video was deleted from my phone?

B. How to restore the video?

Since this is of EXTREME importance to me I wanted to make sure I go about this in the right process and only talk to the very best professionals/most knowledgeable on the site.

It involves the Police removing videos from my phone after I was taken into custody. So a lil extra spice for an otherwise boring question. I took out my micro sd card so nothing else writes to it and am waiting to hear back from you guys.

The goal is to prove that I was in custody when the videos were deleted-(Police corruption) and to also restore them to prove my innocence.

Thanks Guys!

Feel free to PM me if you have any other ideas for me in pursuing this case.

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Old September 12th, 2010, 08:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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More details. The police took you into custody. (For no good reason I'm sure.) Then they confiscated your phone. Then they went into your phone, looked through your videos and deleted certain ones. Then they gave you your phone back?

Best I know there are no really good methods to retrieve data from an SD card. There are tools out there that claim they can do it, but they tend to be pretty expensive and I have no idea how well they work. There are data recovery specialists out there who could probably pull it off, but it's going to cost you an arm and a leg. Are you willing to spend $10-15k out of pocket on this?
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I dont think there is a way to tell when a file was deleted, especially on flash media.

There is software that may be able to get it back, since you did the smart thing and took the card out so nothing else writes to it. I personally use GetDataBack. They have one program for NTFS hard drives, and another for Fat flash based drives, which is what you will need. I think they have a demo version, that will let you see the files on the drive before you buy the whole thing,you just cant pull the files off without purchasing the license.
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[QUOTE=sitlet;1568114]I dont think there is a way to tell when a file was deleted, especially on flash media.

If there is a way who would know? The time element is very important because otherwise the prosecutor could just say that I deleted it and I am lying...

Cant wait to see police report
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Try Recuva. Its a free program from Piriform (they also made defraggler and CCleaner so they are legit).

No guarantees though.
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I'm confused about what these files being deleted from your phone has to do with the case against you. The cops are accusing you of something. You're saying you didn't do it. That much I follow. But then you're going to argue that because the cops deleted these videos it proves you didn't do it. That's the part I don't follow.
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I think what he's saying is that the videos feature the incident in question, and he thinks the Police are going to put forward a false account of the incident because they broke procedure or were not squeaky clean in their handling of the event, which I assume is why the OP is claiming they deleted the videos whilst the phone was confiscated.

If that's the case, then the content of the videos would show the incident in it's true light and clear up any "difference of interpretation" between his account and the Police report. He wants the time of deletion in order to demonstrate that the phone was in Police care at the time. The footage exonerates him from any wrongdoing, whilst the time of deletion incriminates the Police as tampering with evidence.

Some operating systems keep records of file processes - created, last accessed, etc, but that's in the realm of getting the phone and SD card forensically examined, which is $megabucks. Even if Android kept records for the internal memory, not sure it would have save/delete records for removable media like an SD card.

As another poster has pointed out, Recuva claims to be able to recover from flash. No guarantees, but it's free so worth a shot - much cheaper than forensic recovery. It won't give time of deletion though, just find the file on the card (if it hasn't been overwritten) and recover it.
If you want more than that, you need to be speaking to professional recovery companies, not asking on web forums.
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Like anything else, it's a matter of how much you want to spend.
Cloning software is fairly inexpensive these days, and I suggest you make images of the disk in it's present state, and try recovering from those first.
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like anything else, it's a matter of how much you want to spend.
Cloning software is fairly inexpensive these days, and i suggest you make images of the disk in it's present state, and try recovering from those first.

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you can try taking a peak in this thread

http://androidforums.com/droid-how-tips/163980-regain-deleted-photos.html
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i know when i delete files they go into the .trashes folder and they are still viewable when i look in astro in that folder, though they are not viewable on the phone itself but can be restored. is there any way that would work?
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You could try rescue pro from Sandisk if you can find it somewhere. I got my copy when I bought a high end compact flash card for my digital slr. You did the right thing by pulling the card, the less that is written to it after the event in question, the better. I am sure the droid does not do a "secure wipe" when it deletes a file, so you might have a decent chance of recovering it. As far as the date and time it was deleted, I am not so sure about that. Here is a copy and past from the help screen of my Rescuepro:

RescuePRO is a data recovery solution - SmartMedia, CompactFlash, MMC, Memory Stick, Microdrive, SD, xD Cards, PCMCIA, VideoCD, DVD, etc...

Recovers images, documents, mail, video, music or just about anything. Featuring innovative recovery algorithms, RescuePRO displays previews of the recoverable data. It also features a world-wide first recovery algorithm for MPEG audio and MPEG video recovery (MPEG-1/2/3). What you see and hear is what you recover!

RescuePRO works in any USB, FireWire or FlashPath Adpator and can recover data from Palm Pilots, Windows CE devices, Digital Cameras and Camcorders, MP3 players, Digital Recorders and other devices. Wheter files were deleted, the media was corrupted or formatted RescuePRO can help. The wizard driven interface makes it easy to recover your files with just three mouse clicks.


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Here is a link to the above program.

RescuePROŽ Software - The Proven Recovery Solution

Hope it helps.
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