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Recover data after wipe?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by androy, May 23, 2010.

  1. androy

    androy Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Im going to send my Inc in for a return.. Just curious if its possible to recover any data after I wipe the phone? Does the phone do a secure wipe or is the data still there just waiting to be overwritten?
     



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  2. GrandMasterB

    GrandMasterB Go Go Gadget Flow!

    You mean as far as somebody else being able to recover your data after you return it?
     
  3. androy

    androy Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Yes
     
  4. GrandMasterB

    GrandMasterB Go Go Gadget Flow!

    I have always just assumed they recondition these upon receipt. Guess I never put much thought into it. I assumed if you did a factory reset that is was a secure wipe....

    On another note, why are you sending it back? For exchange or flat out return and cancel?
     
  5. INTREPID-NY

    INTREPID-NY Android Enthusiast

    Recovering deleted info from flash memory is definitely possible, just like with hard drives. There are recovery programs designed for flash recovery. I don't know where the info is stored (contacts for example) on the Incredible and if that area is even accessible without a rooted phone. But, if that area is accessible, you could plug the phone into your computer and use a data wiping program. Those more familiar with the android operating system and rooting should know.
     
  6. XxICEMAN720xX

    XxICEMAN720xX Well-Known Member

    Unless you use aftermarket software to scramble the data, someone could theoretically get user data after a wipe. The easiest way I have found to hide my data permanently is to- 1. wipe data 2. load useless data until storage device is full 3. wipe data -repeat until you are less paranoid. I have found usually 3 cycles of this is 100% overlap of all existing data;

    the theory is that anyone can retrieve wiped data which has been recently "wiped" because it is essentially just placed into the "to-be-overwritten" partition, which will remain in tact and retrievable until it has been overwritten by something, something big usually is most effective.


    e.g.
    When I broke up with my X I asked for my pc back and my x-girlfriend wiped/formatted my pc's hard drive after we broke up- because it was a recent format, I was able to retrieve EVERYTHING that had been formatted. Everything. (except the files which were overwritten due to reinstalling a fresh windows os- which was only about 1GB).

    Oh yes and I forgot to ADD that Cell Phone Carriers are supposed to "factory reset"/"wipe" all returned phones upon receiving from users- that's policy. So in reality, unless you are a criminal or a secret agent hiding your data from cell phone carrier is ridiculous, they aren't going to investigate your phone data, now, if you are a criminal or secret agent and the FBI gets your phone, then you might be in trouble- but I believe even my method can thwart the FBI.
     
  7. bjanow

    bjanow Android Expert

    If you are a secret agent you'd throw the ****er away or burn it beyond all recognition and not send it back to Verizon. Back to the OP, they probably don't give a rat's ass about your data. Just wipe it and stop worrying.
     
  8. XxICEMAN720xX

    XxICEMAN720xX Well-Known Member

    I couldn't agree more.
     
  9. ORDarksideD

    ORDarksideD Newbie

    The real question is.. what do you have on your phone that you are so worried about being found?
     
  10. androy

    androy Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Lol.... It's more curiosity than anything else.
     

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