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[Q] Flash memory imaging / file recovery

OP ultim8um72

5th July 2014, 07:35 PM   |  #1  
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My wife has managed to delete her entire camera roll album from the gallery app on her Moto G (unlocked Tesco's version, 16Gb), so I have been looking to see if there is any way to recover the images. So far I have had no luck and a trawl here reveals nobody else that has had success... I take it is impossible due to the device mounting via MTP etc...

Is there any way to look at the flash memory at a low level without rooting? If not is there a non destructive method to root the phone? Is it possible to create an image of the phone memory as a disk?

Thanks Guys!
6th July 2014, 01:20 PM   |  #2  
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Red face Answered my own question!
I used two posts on here to solve this (hopefully! It is still backing up the flash memory to an image file).

http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto...vices-t2771623 (This gives you tethered root to the Moto G).
http://forum.xda-developers.com/gala...y-yes-t1994705 (Tells you how to capture the flash memory as a .raw file and hot to convert this to a vhd).

These two got me to the point of successfully talking to the phone and pulling the data off.

If this works as expected then I will confirm later...

This did indeed work (I recovered 2500+ pictures and 21 videos). The only tripping point was that the main partition that I wanted access to on the VHD I created was readonly so I struggled to quick format it... I found this snippet that helped me...

list volume
select volume X (X = the number of the the volume you want)
Attributes volume clear readonly

So you can (albeit with a lot of fiddling) recover your data from the phones memory (This works on the Moto G running KK 4.4.2).
Last edited by ultim8um72; 6th July 2014 at 06:19 PM. Reason: Confirmed : Solution worked!
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