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Old 07. Jan 2016, 05:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My dear wife has accidentally deleted a photo album from her LG Optimus. Using Google, the recovery tools I see are either scam trials or costing ridiculous amounts with no guarantee of success. Does anyone know of a genuinely free Windows tool that will scan and recover data from an Android phone plugged into it?
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As far as I know MC, if a photo album is stored in an external SD card, you may try recuva, which is a free data recovery tool for Windows.

But if the album is stored in the internal memory of an Android device, free options are very limited. Most recovery software solutions are charging high while possibly allowing very limited files or sizes to be recovered in the free version, sort of getting you to try out.

That's not the end of the road though. There's a "One Way to Use a Linux Computer to Recover Files from an Android Device", a free solution with some prerequisites. The process can be long and probably suitable for some advanced users.
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Many thanks Jojo but as the phone is not rooted I think we're stuffed.
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I don't know and cannot try, but try connecting to a PC and running TESTDISK??
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I don't know and cannot try, but try connecting to a PC and running TESTDISK??
Thanks for the suggestion but as I read it, this is not compatible with Android.
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It doesn't need to be compatible with Android.
Take out the SD card and put it in a card reader connected to a PC or connect the Android to a PC with a USB cable.
The pictures on the card are almost certainly in JPG format.
PHOTOREC was designed from scratch to recover PHOTOS from memory cards.
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It doesn't need to be compatible with Android.
Take out the SD card and put it in a card reader connected to a PC or connect the Android to a PC with a USB cable.
This is the problem because it doesn't have an SD card.
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First question: Is it on storage that you can mount as a USB drive? In other words, can you somehow access other files on that storage partition through your computer? If yes, the first step would be to simply mount that to your computer and scan it with a program like recuva. If that doesn't work, and you can't find any apps to recover the files, you will need to root. It might also be better to use the methods involving root, since with some more gentle root methods, the chance of something being overwritten before being recovered is probably smaller. The method involving rooting is also fairly complicated - but I have used it before and can confirm that it works. I followed this guide on XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/gala...y-yes-t1994705 (somewhere you'll also find my praises for the writer of the guide )
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With regards to acquiring root access, it may be easier than you think if you are willing to try one of the tools discussed here.

It appears that Framaroot may be compatible with your LG Optimus (see associated compatibility list), in which case it will be as simple as installing the app and running it, followed by a quick reboot. I've successfully used it on my smartphone with minimal fuss/effort.
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With regards to acquiring root access, it may be easier than you think if you are willing to try one of the tools discussed here.

It appears that Framaroot may be compatible with your LG Optimus (see associated compatibility list), in which case it will be as simple as installing the app and running it, followed by a quick reboot. I've successfully used it on my smartphone with minimal fuss/effort.
Thanks for this - I'll take a look as soon as I get some time.
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