Recovering Lost Pictures On Samsung Galaxy S II


Last Updated: 2014-03-18 15:06:00
  1. emster2112

    emster2112 New Member

    I just upgraded to Samsung Galaxy S II and thought I programmed my phone to save pictures to my SD card which I inserted into my new phone from the old phone. All the old phone pics are there on the SD card. The new phone didn't retain the command and was saving pics to the phone and I accidentally deleted a pic that I would insanely love to get back. If I could ABSOLUTELY get the pic back, I would probably pay to do it. I ran my sd card through Card Recovery Pro and I did not see the group of pics that were with the pic I want to get back. Is there a way to recover deleted photos from this new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S II -- not the SD card, but the phone. THanks so much!!!!

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  2. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    Hello and welcome to Android Forums! :)


    Because the Galaxy S2 classification covers different models from different carriers, the forums have been split so not to cause any confusion.

    Samsung Galaxy S2 (AT&T) - Android Forums
    Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket (AT&T) - Android Forums
    Samsung Galaxy S2 (T-Mobile) - Android Forums
    Samsung Galaxy S2 (Sprint) - Android Forums
    Samsung Galaxy S2 (International) - Android Forums

    You will find there are enough differences in the models to warrant the forum split.

    While your issue is not an uncommon one, the solution is tenuous. First, stop using your phone immediately. Any additional data written to the sd partition of your phone can over write the sectors where the image is stored (if it hasn't happened already) and make the image unrecoverable. Then what you want to do is to get a program like ReCuva and install it on your PC. Finally, mount your phone as storage (not mtp mode) by going to Settings -> Wireless&Wifi -> USB Tools -> Connect USB mass storage to PC and then plugging your phone into the PC. Make sure you use the Samsung USB cable as Samsung phones can be fussy with USB cables. Finally, run the recuva program on the internal storage partition to see if you can find the photo. Hopefully you will be able to get it back.
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  3. makiori

    makiori New Member

    thanks for your post. Unfortunately recuva does not read my phone, while stellar phoenix does. Having run the latter I am sure my pics and video are still there.
    Phoenix is a premium product, while recuva is free. Any idea of how I can make recuva reading my phone?
  4. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    sorry, no. I've never had that problem.
  5. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    Remember that you need to look at the phone's built-in storage, not the DS card's. I'm only saying this because you mentioned looking for it on the SD card. We all make mistakes like this, so no insult intended.

    I haven't seen any products that are as truly useful for pulling deleted files off of FAT filesystems since the old DOS version of Norton Utilities. The best ones are Windows PC versions that must be installed prior to the mistake, which limits their usefulness. I mean, if that's how it goes, I'd save the money and remember to not delete the file instead. :rolleyes: The most useful advice I can offer is to try a utility that is simple. The ones that make a big deal about the types of files they can recover (documents, photos etc.) are the ones I'd try last. A file is a file.

    Another thought for people who use Linux or at least aren't afraid of learning UNIX commands is to use a Linux utility boot CD (like SysRescueCD) to make a bit-perfect copy of the phones internal flash drive before doing anything. The average PC has only one HD (/dev/sda in Linux), so it should be able to identify the phone's built-in drive. It's probably /dev/sdb and possibly /dev/sdc and you can use `fdisk -l /dev/sdb' and so on to find the right drive and partition. Let's say it's /dev/sdb1 (1st partition on sdb drive) for example. Just mount your Windows partition (/dev/sda1 or sda2 in Win7) `mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows' and then `dd if=/dev/sdb1 of=/mnt/windows/MyPhoneDump.raw' to copy the partition. You can leave off the "1" to copy the entire drive, BTW. The difference is that you can mount the partition file (read-only) as a virtual drive, but not the whole drive image. It can't hurt to make a copy of `/dev/sdb' as well though.

    There are probably Windows programs that can do the same thing, but I hate installing so many dubious programs, then uninstalling them when they turn out to be useless, which is why I prefer the Linux environment--it leaves no cruft.

    Good luck!
  6. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    Provided the phone is connected in USB Storage mode the internal and external storage volumes will appear as two separate removable drives in Windows Explorer. I've just tested Recuva and either can be selected as the target for recovery. Specifying where to search often yields better results than allowing the application to search by file type ime.
  7. mulhuis

    mulhuis New Member

    Accidentally deleted photo of my daughter and granddaughter. Followed instructions at the beginning of the thread using Recuva. Worked beautifully. Thanks to Lunatic59.
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  8. bjdecoteau

    bjdecoteau New Member

    I read your post with interest as I recently lost all the pictures I took on an extended roadtrip and would very much like to recover them. Your post does give me hope but I my problem is I still am unable to get Recouva, (I installed it) to recognise my Samsung Galaxy. I did manage to get that green android icon on my galaxy display advising "USB connected" by following your steps but it is still not recognising the Samsung as one of the drives? HELP!!
  9. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    The first thing you should try is a different USB port on your PC. If that doesn't recognize your phone, you might try a different USB cable. Samsung phones are very fussy with cable connections.
  10. Tuff Lil Yanke

    Tuff Lil Yanke New Member

    Recuva didn't work for me. I got "partial recovery" on all 508 photo files that I accidentally deleted, but not "full recovery." Is this program just a tease until you pay for the pro version????

    If so, what other (*free and fully functional*) software is there that works?
  11. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    Most likely you have overwritten the sectors where the photos were stored. There's probably not a whole lot left to try. Sorry.
  12. toto2

    toto2 New Member

    the recuva program that is being recommended here is not free, is it? It says
  13. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

  14. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    Nope, the free version is fully functional; it does however lack any support and the auto-update facility found in the paid version.
  15. huvorjimy

    huvorjimy New Member

    You can recover deleted photos from samsung galaxy S II with samsung galaxy recovery tool, see this guide that helped me before: how to recover photos from android phone

    wish you get back all your lost photos.
  16. Kaat72

    Kaat72 Take a deep breath Guide

    Wel thank you for joining AF, Jimy :) Welcome to our online nuthouse :vroam:
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