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8th February 2013, 09:28 AM   |  #1  
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Hi everyone,

I'm one of those "lucky" guys whose Galaxy S3 was affected by a sudden and unexplained death.

Despite having a microSD card i had kept around 700 photos in the internal memory, since I didn't think my phone was gonna commit suicide like it did 4 days ago. Since they told me at Samsung technical service that they're gonna probably have to replace the mainboard, that means everything stored in the internal memory will be lost.

Thing is a had performed a CWM backup days before the "incident" so I'm wondering that if when a get the phone repaired from Samsung and root it again, then perform a CWM restore...that would restore my pics. I've read equivocal things looking up Google, some people say CWM (Nandroid) doesnt backup anything from the internal sdcard, others say it backs ur photos up too....

Can anybody shed some light on this, please?
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Hi everyone,

I'm one of those "lucky" guys whose Galaxy S3 was affected by a sudden and unexplained death.

Despite having a microSD card i had kept around 700 photos in the internal memory, since I didn't think my phone was gonna commit suicide like it did 4 days ago. Since they told me at Samsung technical service that they're gonna probably have to replace the mainboard, which means everything stored in the internal memory will be lost.

Thing is a had performed a CWM backup days before the "incident" so I'm wondering that if when a get the phone repaired from Samsung and root it again, then perform a CWM restore...that would restore my pics. I've read equivocal things looking up Google, some people say CWM (Nandroid) doesnt backup anything from the internal sdcard, others say it backs ur photos up too....

Can anybody shed some light on this, please?

Your basically screwed mate I had sudden death on my s3 and lost everything
Anything you had on internal memory has been lost forever

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Your basically screwed mate I had sudden death on my s3 and lost everything
Anything you had on internal memory has been lost forever

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Thanks for answering chubby. I stored my CWM backups in my external microSD card so I'd able to access that data again once rooted. Definitely no chance at all of the pics being somewhere there in the backup?
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Thanks for answering chubby. I stored my CWM backups in my external microSD card so I'd able to access that data again once rooted. Definitely no chance at all of the pics being somewhere there in the backup?

Lost everything mate i was gutted
Everything that was on external SD was still there including my nandroid backups so once rooted i just restored a nandroid to put phone back to normal
Took a week to come back from (O2) tho
Learnt my lesson the hard way now backup internal memory to pc

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Lost everything mate i was gutted
Everything that was on external SD was still there including my nandroid backups so once rooted i just restored a nandroid to put phone back to normal
Took a week to come back from (O2) tho
Learnt my lesson the hard way now backup internal memory to pc

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And did it restored your pics?
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And did it restored your pics?

Didn't restore anything that was on internal memory mate lost everything

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Didn't restore anything that was on internal memory mate lost everything

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Ok, cheers mate. I'm really gutted too, it's incredible that such an expensive phone comes with faulty hardware like this.

I think I'm gonna contact Samsung again asking for a compensation or something like that, they should pay up for 3 weeks without phone and the loss of data.
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Ok, cheers mate. I'm really gutted too, it's incredible that such an expensive phone comes with faulty hardware like this.

I think I'm gonna contact Samsung again asking for a compensation or something like that, they should pay up for 3 weeks without phone and the loss of data.

When i sent mine off for repair it went as 16GB model and came back as 32gb model so it's worth asking

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My S3 had all the symptoms of the sudden death problem. It died on overnight charge and would not boot pass the Samsung logo.

Installing the same firmware that was on the phone before it failed did not fix the problem. But... Installing the latest firmware did and allowed the phone to boot normally and I was able to retrieve ALL data from the phone memory. I'm posting this because several people have said that it is not possible to retrieve data from the phone once this problem occurs.

I still intend to leave my phone in for repair but I was at least able to get my data.
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I don't think you had actually reached full or half sds. If you had, people were correct that you couldn't flash it.

Before my sds I had several filesystem corruptions which I recovered with backups and rom flashes but these were pre cursars to the actual sds issue.

Everyone should use dropbox auto upload for photos and foldersync for other data as a preventative measure

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