This one, noted at http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_focus-3453.php sadly listed 8GB internal storage. Why I think that is bad is that the usual lower memory phones have folk pop in a memory card but this one is unlikely you did that or you would not be asking.
Unless you put your photos on the card I'd contact http://www.drivesavers.com and see if they have further ideas.
As to the download, no. Maybe a CelleBrite unit would be useful but the story makes me think it's up to a recovery house.
i have a samsung focus that will not start up. it will just display the battery symbol with the yellow triangle and then turn off again. i have a lot of photos and music that i would like save. is there a way to do so? will download mode help me or hurt me? please any assistance would be greatly appreciated.