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Android phone error! Need to get back my newly taken photos!

by Charely346 / July 31, 2013 3:04 PM PDT

There was an error on my android phone. So, I plunged it to my computer and received a message saying: "This is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" But, my newly made photos are still saved on the memory card. How come I just format it? Do you have any idea to save my photos back before the formatting? Thanks!

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I can help!
by 078Daniel00 / August 4, 2013 1:29 PM PDT

OK! You are right! In this case, you'd better not format it blindly before you figure out the problem.
Do you have data backup?
If you do, you could directly format it for fixing the problems. It always works in many similar cases.
Buy, if you do not have one, you'd better pick out the inner memory card soon in case of data loss.
And then, plunge this card to your computer and download a memory card data recovery application to help your out.
The "not formatted error" problem is not erasing your saved data yet. It only becomes inaccessible. So, a data recovery program could help you make them visible again.
Here are some memory card data recovery freeware that could help you: Tecuva, TestDisk, iCare Data Recovery Free and Power Data Recovery... You could take chances with them.
Note: You should never forget to make data backups in the future.

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Thank you very much!
by Charely346 / August 7, 2013 1:34 PM PDT
In reply to: I can help!

OK! It seems that the other ones are not so interested in my question.
Thank you for your precious and helpful answer!
I have read your answer carefully. Fortunately, I have not formatted it as you wish. And in order to access my data, I directly download your recommended data recovery freeware. Comparing from the recovery results, the third one seems to be much better because it has finally restored all my wanted information back.
Thanks a lot!

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First mistake....
by birdmantd Forum moderator / July 31, 2013 9:19 PM PDT

.....never "plunge" it into your computer.

In all seriousness, if the photos were not backed up on other device, they are probable gone.

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You are right dude
by Grice_Zhai / August 22, 2013 11:17 AM PDT
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You are right dude.

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Why so much to do??
by iminmessaging / August 12, 2013 8:34 PM PDT

Why are you so much worried about saving your photos. The best way is to save all your photos on internet. Just save all your pics in Picasa and then you can download it later.

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by Grice_Zhai / August 22, 2013 11:15 AM PDT

Maybe you should restart the phone. This happened to me before just restart it and my photos were all coming back

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