all device files lost after connecting to pc

  1. Rishabhbh Honeycomb Mar 7, 2015

    Rishabhbh, Mar 7, 2015 :
    Go to about phone. Tap on build number 5 times. Now go to developer options and select connect to computer so USB storage device.

  2. zubair_amgaz Gingerbread Mar 7, 2015

    zubair_amgaz, Mar 7, 2015 :
    nothing like that exist in developer options. only usb debugging do. can u be little more specific sir

  3. guijan12 KitKat Mar 7, 2015

    guijan12, Mar 7, 2015 :
    Okay, it seems you erased it literally, sorry for that.
    You may want to check this site for info and understanding, but it won't bring your data back.

    I hope your loss is not irreplaceable!?
    My suggestion is then to perform a factory reset to bring it back to the original state:


    If you have G+, your address book will be backed up on their servers.

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  4. JosephGLittle Jelly Bean Mar 7, 2015

    JosephGLittle, Mar 7, 2015 :
    I can only suggest Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery - Professional I have used it in work to recover people's list files on their pendrives.. Good luck and always. Remember to have an up to date backup. It is really easy with cloud thesedays i even host my own owncloud server so it stays on my local network

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  5. gianstevens Gingerbread Mar 7, 2015

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  6. Nyan_ Jelly Bean Mar 7, 2015

    Nyan_, Mar 7, 2015 :
    Sdcard wise
    Try those recovery programs.

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  7. rez1_k Ice Cream Sandwich Mar 7, 2015

    rez1_k, Mar 7, 2015 :
    @zubair_amgaz After deleting said folder, is your phone operating normally? Did you lose just your own created and downloaded content or has the phone wound up losing critical system files as well?

    Also, I should have clarified something - malware and viruses (...virii?...) are not the same thing. Most typical antivirus software (such as Kaspersky) will not prevent malware from damaging your system. If you didn't have your stuff backed up, it's not the end of the world - and as for your software not being able to detect the deleted files, you could try a different program. Not all data recovery tools can recover from flash storage. Some are optimized specifically for hard disk drives. Make sure the one you're using is capable of recovering from flash based storage.

    To make sure your phone is connected correctly, go to Settings -> Storage -> (Click the three-dot menu button) USB computer connection -> Connect As... Media device (MTP)... Make sure this box is checked before proceeding.


    If you do see the files available for recovery, make sure you do not recover them back into the phone - recover to PC first, make sure they're not corrupt, then push back into your phone when everything's settled.

    Edit: Remember - flash memory is volatile - I have lost count of how many times I've lost data due to corrupt CF cards and SD cards. Don't run scans repeatedly if you don't find things the first time around - you might damage the flash memory in the phone itself.

    If you aren't too paranoid about where your files are backed up, I suggest using some kind of cloud-based backup (like Google Drive/Dropbox/OneDrive/etc. for your photos and documents to prevent such losses in the future. If you're planning on backing up to your own PC, try using AirDroid (my personal favorite.) or a similar app.

    Also, you might consider using a custom recovery to back up the ROM itself (you'll thank me for this if you ever get a bootloop) and a good backup program for your apps, like Titanium backup or Helium.


    @DaxNagtegaal Any advice for this poor soul?
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  8. zubair_amgaz Gingerbread Mar 9, 2015

    zubair_amgaz, Mar 9, 2015 :
    tried everything.... now hopes lost.... atleast i am alive. i gotta lesson learned :)

  9. chuckufarleys KitKat Mar 9, 2015

    chuckufarleys, Mar 9, 2015 :
    Disconnect, reboot your pc, try again.

  10. chuckufarleys KitKat Mar 9, 2015

    chuckufarleys, Mar 9, 2015 :
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  11. DaxNagtegaal Marshmallow Mar 9, 2015

    DaxNagtegaal, Mar 9, 2015 :
    I just saw this post, and I swear I didn't just ignore it.. Why does this stupid forum not give me notifications half the time?

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  12. LibbyXCX Ice Cream Sandwich Mar 9, 2015

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  13. rez1_k Ice Cream Sandwich Mar 9, 2015

    rez1_k, Mar 9, 2015 :
    Sorry to hear that dude. But yeah, data's just data... We've all had such experiences at some point or other. Sometimes this is the push we need to remember to keep backups of our stuff. ;)

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  14. rez1_k Ice Cream Sandwich Mar 9, 2015

    rez1_k, Mar 9, 2015 :
    :D No worries, man... Looks like the OP tried everything without resolve...

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  15. zubair_amgaz Gingerbread Mar 9, 2015

    zubair_amgaz, Mar 9, 2015 :
    yes. apps like doctor fone. even unlocked my bootloader.. installed twrp. then tried to recover after boot access. even then nothing showed up. a small mistake amd everything lost. :/

  16. wilsmits Jelly Bean Mar 9, 2015

    wilsmits, Mar 9, 2015 :
    Bad news m8 success with recovery.

    Who can advise me I'm looking for the best Free recovery tool that's easy to use. Help!!!

  17. Cobrin Ice Cream Sandwich Mar 9, 2015

    Cobrin, Mar 9, 2015 :
    short answer is:

    If you can't connect the phone to the PC and it be seen by the PC, then you're out of luck.

    If you can indeed connect to the PC and it is mounted and seen, then you have some glimps of hope.

    Freeware Recovery tools:


    There are much better tools out there but they're not free. So these will have to do. Of course there's no guarantee if anything will be recovered let alone be usable without issue, but it's your best bet to try and recover something. I've used the 'better' tools on a old sgs2 to recover pics/videos when the memory card was accidentally formatted instead of internal storage and worked a treat. EDIT: or the other way around?!? can't remember.

    there was also diskdigger (specialised in flash memory) when it was free but is no longer.
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  18. borceg Honeycomb Mar 9, 2015

    borceg, Mar 9, 2015 :
    Probably you deleted folder 0 or legacy. Put a fck on it, don't bother with file recovery programs because you won't recover anything. If you have made full backup in twrp try restoring that otherwise start recreating the files you have deleted (music, video, porn etc).

  19. zubair_amgaz Gingerbread Mar 9, 2015

    zubair_amgaz, Mar 9, 2015 :
    i have a paid recovery tool. very good one. but all the recovery tools m using can read mass storage. since once plus dont have removable storage... its only getting connected in MTP mode. which is not favoured my most recovery tools

  20. zubair_amgaz Gingerbread Mar 9, 2015

    zubair_amgaz, Mar 9, 2015 :
    no worries about music.. videos.. porn... but the pictures i took were really important... :)