(No success for me personally, but I'd still like to explain how I realised there's no hope left - description is at the bottom of this post)
Hi, not a regular poster in the S3 mini section, but a friend of mine has had his entire screen smashed. Somehow though, the phone is still breathing and can be turned on/off.
The problem is: My friend has asked me to extract his photos and similar media from the device's memory.
The device isn't rooted and I'm not sure if there's a default recovery mode or something like that built in the device.
I've tried connecting the device to my PC and it gets recognized and the drivers install themselves, but the device is empty. Moreover, I've downloaded KIES which also recognized the device, but says that there's a lockscreen and he can't go any further.
Any advices? Most of the other xda answers are for rooted phones so they haven't been very helpful, unfortunately.
There's a picture of the device in the attachments below, and KIES interface aswell.
I'm using this http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2339530 Recovery operation but it keeps saying "adb.exe" not found. I've installed ADB via the 15sec install ( http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2588979 ) and entered the path correctly, but it still can't detect it. Any tips? perhaps i'm using the wrong ADB - I don't have c:\android\platform-tools folder - it's simply c:\adb\adb.exe.
After messing with this for 2-3 days, I've decided to go with the simplest method - find a way to list all directories on the device and then see if there's anything in "sdcard" or a similar folder. To do this, after ADB recognizes your device, type : adb shell ls -R
adb shell ls -R will list a zillion directories so you may want to save the data into a .txt file. to do this, type adb shell ls -R > output.txt (or any other name).
After that, open the output.txt file and then use ctrl-f to find the sdcard folders and check if there's any data left in them.
I've read that, without root permission, one cannot access the data or sdcard directories. The device I was working on had USB debugging OFF so there was no way I could root the phone in order to access the data directories.