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Support Recover data after wipe?

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

  1. androy

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

    androy Well-Known Member
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    Yes
     
  4. GrandMasterB

    GrandMasterB Go Go Gadget Flow!
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I couldn't agree more.
     
  9. ORDarksideD

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

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

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