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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Lock-N-Load, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Android Expert
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    I lost some images from my Gallery and know they are in my last Nandroid backup.

    So, I need to be able to extract them from the img files (I suspect data.img) within the Nandroid backup folder on the SD card.

    I have Googled much and this is my best shot [GUIDE] Extract files from Nandroid backups - xda-developers but it fails to work for me

    any other ideas?

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  2. istolvampire

    istolvampire Android Enthusiast

    can you not flash the backup and move the files?
  3. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Android Expert
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    tried that BUT the backups do not save what is on the SD card. So, when I flashed back to an older backup, the Gallery showed my missing images... until I went into the SD card to get them only to find the SD card contained the newer images and not the lost ones. Went back to the Gallery and reloaded it and sure enough, it loaded the current images which did not have the missing ones.
  4. istolvampire

    istolvampire Android Enthusiast

    I am guessing you don't have it set to backup with picassa or something?

    You say it loaded the missing images at first. Could you not email those images to yourself at that point?

    Let me try right now to see if I can extract my images from a nandroid.
  5. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Android Expert
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    nah... not a Picassa user

    I rolled back to my last nandroid backup to where I was sure the images would be, but they are not. Just do not think that when a nandroid backup runs, it captures the state of the SD card... just the state of the phone

    if it works for you and you prove me wrong, that means 2 things (1) my last nandroid backup was made after these images were lost and I just did not notice they were gone yet so of course rolling back would not return them to the SD card and (2) I need to roll back to an even older backup BUT the issue there would be it would not have some of the newer photos
  6. istolvampire

    istolvampire Android Enthusiast

    No i couldn't find them.Sorry
  7. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Android Expert
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    yeah, I think that confirms that SD card contents are simply not part of a nandroid backup. I had never considered that before or even thought about it.. until I needed it, and now, it makes some sense.
  8. teddyearp

    teddyearp Android Expert

    That is correct. A nandroid backup has never touched the contents of the sdcard and probably never will. The newest versions of MyBackupPro seem to have a function to save images, though.

    The anomoly you experienced was the restore of the tmp thumbnails in the /cache portion of your nandroid restore.
  9. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Android Expert
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    I use MBP.. and I had Photos set to backup, and it failed.

    The Photo backup in MBP is new of like version 2.6.x and it failed for me. I have had many emails with them about this already :( but what's done is done

    Yeah, the tmp thumbnails got me excited that the roll back older nandroid had worked. Once I saw them, I just went into the SD card and grabbed my image folder and copied it to my desktop and then restored back to my current nandroid and felt great success. UNTIL I went into the image folder and found it was the same images as I had currently. That is when it dawned on my it does not grab SD card contents and I was duped by seeing some old temp images in the Gallery.
  10. teddyearp

    teddyearp Android Expert

    Well, thank you for this tidbit. I hadn't tried this feature yet of MBP and now I guess I won't either. Actually I doubt I'd ever have a use for it, if I need to backup my photos, I'll do it the old fashioned way and xfer them to my pc.
  11. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    yeah well I use the old fashioned method also.. but that will not work if you traveling for a month ;)

    They have release a version or 2 since the photo backup option was added and I did not update the app while traveling, so maybe the newer version - now 2.6.4 I think - has it worked out.

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