10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2010 11:12 PM by Kane David
highlanderfil Level 1 (0 points)
I accidentally deleted a number of photos on my iPhone before doing a backup, so iTunes wouldn't have them. Having had that happen to my laptop and camera before, I remembered there was software that would allow me to recover the deleted files, but the problem is, this only works if the iPhone is recognized as a letter drive by my computer, which it isn't. Is there any way to make that happen or am I pretty much hopeless?

iPhone 3G, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 (2,910 points)
    They must be somewhere in your computer unless they were only in the camera roll ?

    Check your pictures folder for the iPhone cache directory.
  • highlanderfil Level 1 (0 points)
    I hadn't transferred them to the computer at all. Took them, didn't do anything for a week, then deleted them...
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 (2,910 points)
    Okay, so they were camera roll.

    You can try "mobilesyncbrowser" on the off chance they are in the backup in a deleted state but I'm not optimistic ....
  • highlanderfil Level 1 (0 points)
    I'll try it when I get home (don't have iTunes at work), but I doubt it'll work...basically, there is no way to make the iPhone be recognized as a hard drive, huh?
  • RobKat Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey there...got similiar problem. Trying to run recovery software to recover a backup that wiped out pics I hadnt synched yet. Thew software cant "see" the iPhone since its not a drive letter. My other MP3 devices show up like a hard drive but Apple locks this.

    Have you found a way around this? I know there is alternative way to get around this issue and begin using your iPhone like a hard drive but its not supported.

    Good luck
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,405 points)
    Are your other MP3 devices also a phone?

    Disk mode is not supported with the iPhone as is supported with most iPods. This is likely for security reasons since the iPhone is a phone and an internet device in addition to being an iPod and this isn't a concern for an iPod or MP3 player alone.
  • RobKat Level 1 (0 points)
    No they werent.

    Just trying to find a solution to attempt to restore pictures on a new iPhone thatI was using had a backup restore run on it that blew away everything on it. Thinking maybe it might be restored like a SD or thumbdrive.

    After some research there are tools available to use the iPhone as storage device or maybe a workaround that isnt invalidating service. Thanks for the feedback.
  • ggApple Level 1 (0 points)
    Did you ever find a solution to this? I just had the same thing happen to me! I accidentally deleted a photo I took while on vacation, so my phone was not backed up!
  • TheScoot Level 1 (0 points)
    happened to me too. Wish you could shake to undo!
  • Kane David Level 1 (0 points)
    Don't suppose anyone else has found any ways to recover lost photos from an iphone?

    I've tried a cool utility that allows your to mount the iphone as a disk on your desktop using the MacFuse system. I then tried using a variety of specific photo recovery applications to see if that would find the device and do some sort of raw scan alas they either do not see the device at all, or the applications quit unexpectedly.

    So I'm no closer to getting any photos off the phone.