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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by telstrareg, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. telstrareg

    telstrareg Newbie
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    I'm trying to enable USB debugging mode because I accidentally deleted some photos from the phone's internal memory.

    Ive followed all the instructions I found on the web. Namely, enabling the developer options and then checking "USB debugging".

    I've tried restarting my phone, restarting my laptop , I've plugged and unplugged USB cable a dozen times and its a quality Samsung cable. I've checked the USB driver on my computer and windows tells me that it's the latest one.

    No matter what I do it always comes up on the status bar as "connected as a media device"

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  2. Me_Droid_Freak

    Me_Droid_Freak Daryl Bowman

    What version of Android is it running? Anything above 4.2 (I think) requires that you confirm a computer's access via USB debugging. So you should get a popup on your phone asking permission to connect via USB debugging.
  3. telstrareg

    telstrareg Newbie
    Thread Starter

    N9005, 4.4.2 sorry I should have mentioned that from the start.

    I don't get any pop-up, just a status bar message:"connected as a media device"
  4. xaelith

    xaelith Android Enthusiast

    To my knowledge, all the USB debugging option is good for is to allow ADB (a very useful and powerful program in the Android Development Kit) the access it needs to perform some of the root/superuser-level functions it was built for. Also, since at least Jelly Bean (if not ICS), for security reasons, Android devices will only connect as media devices, instead of as removable drives as they once did. That's not to say that enabling the option won't help you with the problem you're trying to solve, though.

    My first suggestion would be to enable your PC to show hidden files, then connect the phone to said computer, and look for a ".Trash1000" folder on the device. If the pictures haven't been deleted completely, they're likely in that folder.

    If they aren't there, or that folder doesn't exist, the next step would be to get your hands on a data recovery program. Some flash memory manufacturers like SanDisk, PNY or Mushkin (to name a few) will sometimes offer the program for free, or very little ($5 USD or less). Usually, the programs are used to extract data off of a dead or dying flash drive/SD card/etc., but I've heard of them being used in similar situations to your own. Unfortunately, I can't help anymore than I have in that area, because each program is different depending on which manufacturer supplied it, and I have yet to use one, myself.

    If your phone is rooted, you also have the options of using a file explorer app to search on the device itself for the ".Trash1000" I talked about earlier, or booting into a custom recovery (if one is installed) and connecting the phone via USB that way, which will allow the device to be seen as a removable drive. Just to be clear, I'm not saying that rooting the phone is necessary to solve this problem, only that it opens an extra door or two.

    Good luck, and let me know if any of the suggestions help, or if you need me to clarify on anything.

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