Depends. Camera roll photos are included in the iPhone backup. An iPhone backup is the first thing done when you perform a sync. But, from your post: "i dont sync photos", does that mean you don't sync? If you don't sync, that means no backup(unless you manually create one), thus nothing to restore from.
hi, thanks for the post. ref sync - i dont sync the photo file on the iphone. given this im trying to establish if theres a way i can recover the files directly from the phones hard drive with data recovery software. problem is i havent found software (yet) that is iphone compatible. dont know if you/ anyone can still help??
i dont sync the photo file on the iphone.
No one does. Photos in your camera roll are not synced through the iTunes sync process. Photos in your camera roll are only included in the iPhone backup. So, if you don't sync your phone, as already provided, there is no backup with which to use to recover these photos.
if theres a way i can recover the files directly from the phones hard drive with data recovery software.
First, the iPhone does not have a hard drive. It's flash memory. Second, there is forensics software that "may' be able to recover files from the iPhone, but the software & hardware required to do so is expensive. One of the best in the business is this guy:
However, he only provides his services to law enforcement.
Unless you have an iPhone backup to try and restore these photos, I suspect you can consider them gone.
It sounds like you aren't backing up, but now that iOS 5 is available, you should definitely use iCloud backup. It's much more likely that you'll have a working backup, because you don't have to do anything to make it happen.
I wrote some instructions on how to set up iCloud backup and restore.
If you have back up your photos, you can restore from the backup.
To restore information from a backup, use one of the following methods after connecting your phone to the computer with which you normally sync:
1. Right-click (or Control-click) the device and choose Restore from Backup
2. If you have a new phone, you can connect to iTunes and it will prompt to restore from your backup
Solution from Apple.com: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1766
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Well, iPhone use quite different storage media which means once you deleted stuff (such as photos, videos etc) off it, it's just gone and can't be recovered with general free Mac data recovery software like TestDisk or PhotoRec.
Next time, remember to back up everyting regularly in case any similar suffering happen.
Hope this helps.
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