Accidentally deleted all files

  1. X1577537919491
    Cupcake Feb 22, 2020

    X1577537919491 , Feb 22, 2020 :
    I accidentally deleted all the media files from the device.
    Images, songs are not a problem but I want to retrieve the PDFs and word documents.

    Does anyone know how to do it!!

  2. xMcMx
    Ice Cream Sandwich Feb 22, 2020

  3. G_abinash_rout_qiSV
    Cupcake Feb 22, 2020

    G_abinash_rout_qiSV , Feb 22, 2020 :
    Did you download anything else after you deleted your files?
    If yes then it might be a little difficult to recover those deleted files. But if you haven't downloaded anything then i can help you.

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  4. X1577537919491
    Cupcake Feb 24, 2020

    X1577537919491 , Feb 24, 2020 :
    no i haven't downloaded anything

  5. G_abinash_rout_qiSV
    Cupcake Feb 24, 2020

    G_abinash_rout_qiSV , Feb 24, 2020 :
    See if you can download this from play store. It will let you recover your files

  6. X1577537919491
    Cupcake Feb 24, 2020

    X1577537919491 , Feb 24, 2020 :
    there's a bunch of auto downloaded images from whatsapp after that.
    Is there any other way to get it back ??

  7. X1577537919491
    Cupcake Feb 24, 2020

    X1577537919491 , Feb 24, 2020 :
    yeah I tried most of the apps. I couldn't find anything useful.

  8. G_abinash_rout_qiSV
    Cupcake Feb 24, 2020

    G_abinash_rout_qiSV , Feb 24, 2020 :
    Yes, but it will require a lot of work to get those files back. Its quite difficult to explain you through comments.

  9. X1577537919491
    Cupcake Feb 24, 2020

    X1577537919491 , Feb 24, 2020 :

    I have one more thing that the "storage option" shows the percentage used clearly.

    Is there any possibility!!

  10. G_abinash_rout_qiSV
    Cupcake Feb 25, 2020

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  11. Kirakichi
    Jelly Bean Feb 25, 2020

    Kirakichi , via OnePlus 7 Pro , Feb 25, 2020 :
    its gone.

    the data is in phone but the meta file that tells phone where this data is, which block, which name etc, doesnt have this info.

    it is at this point for you almost impossible to recover.

  12. X1577537919491
    Cupcake Feb 29, 2020

    X1577537919491 , Feb 29, 2020 :
    oh! ok

  13. pgrey
    Ice Cream Sandwich Mar 1, 2020

    pgrey , Mar 1, 2020 :
    I'm not sure I'd go that far.
    Sure, without the metadata, it's tough to auto-match your data to apps and other constructs, but it's far from un-recoverable.

    I think that's what @G_abinash_rout_qiSV was getting at here, that it's tough to explain, how to sort of "manually map" your pics and other data back to apps, which can be VERY time-consuming (it's sort of diminishing-returns kind of deal, after awhile, IME).

    My suggestion:
    - run one of the well-rated recovery apps
    - save all the files off, ideally onto a larger-form-factor, such as a PC, if available
    - flip through them, as you have time, and "re-insert" them into your apps or similar, based on importance/priority.

    It's a pain, but you can likely get the data back that you want.

  14. Kirakichi
    Jelly Bean Mar 1, 2020

    Kirakichi , via OnePlus 7 Pro , Mar 1, 2020 :
    its pointless to try the apps in store as all have limited permission as to where and how deep they can function.

    it will not work, recovery apps only look for potentially cached files lying around that isnt caught to MediaScanner's sight.

    Buddy trust me, dont waste time
    its lost

    partition is encrypted, without root its impossible if even it is possible with root which i doubt is.

    its really lost, i tried alot to recover some of my super important word documents and few pics that is really priceless for me, cant be helped, i should have cloud backed up immediately.

  15. pgrey
    Ice Cream Sandwich Mar 1, 2020

    pgrey , Mar 1, 2020 :
    I disagree.

    Sure, it might be more difficult to recover on the phone these days, depending on how things were deleted. In some cases, it's simply an un-delete operation, and in others, it's trickier.

    Using USB and MTP/Developer-mode though, your chance is VERY high, of recovering the vast majority of files. Sure, they're going to be "randomly named", things like 0001001.jpg, 0001105.jpg, along those lines, but they're all they, the file-pointers have just been re-assigned (to free space).
    Yes, they're encrypted, but once you boot up, and enable USB access, they're un-encrypted, and wide-open to any app that wants to "grovel the free space" on the drive.

    I worked on s/w-h/w boundary engineering for years, including a lot of storage testing, and very few file-systems actually delete files, they simply move file pointers and re-assign them (FS blocks) as free space. Any halfway-decent recovery app, particularly via USB with debugging enabled, can walk the free space, identify the items using long-tested algorithms, and zip-boom, you have most of your files, even if they're not named exactly as they were.
    In order to "actually/safely delete files", it's necessary to run an app that manually over-writes their blocks, ideally several times, which I doubt the user has done here.

    Again, it's not super-easy to just "recover them back into their respective apps", but it is fairly easy to recover them, I stand by that statement. I'm happy to provide pointers to technical references, as to how this recovery can happen, if anyone wishes to read at-depth.

    @X1577537919491 if you have some interest/motivation/hardware here, I'm happy to send some how-to pointers. Again, as pointed out, it's easier to recover them via USB-debug (PC, Mac, Chromebook, ...).
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2020