Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TommyLee, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. TommyLee macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2004
    New Orleans
    After accidentally reformatting my iPhone, I did what anyone who values their data should do- SHUT IT OFF.

    And it's been off for two weeks. I don't want to use it and risk losing the data forever. Is there any possible way to get back files after reinstalling?
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
  3. Quincy9219 macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2008
    No, there is no way to recover lost data on the iPhone. If it's gone it's gone.
  4. Frogblast macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008
    Definitely look into this. Unless you've explicitly gone out of your way to disable this feature, iTunes backs up the contents of your iPhone/iPod Touch every time you sync.

    In iTunes, look in Preferences -> Device. That will list all of the available backups of mobile devices, along with the date the backup was made. If one of those matches your device, and is recent enough (but not re-backed-up after you wiped out the phone), then:

    On the system with iTunes, go make copies of YOUR_HOME_FOLDER/Library/Application/Support/MobileSync/Backup right away. That should be the most recent backup of your phone. Make a copy of it right now, so the backup stays safe. That way, you can try to restore multiple times in a row without risking that iTunes is going to re-back-up your newly empty phone, and destroy your only copy.

    When the phone is restored, iTunes will ask: "Set up as a New Device, or Restore From Backup". Your backup will be included in that list.

    See more here: and
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I'm not sure on your logic here...if you already reformatted the device, the data is going to be gone, regardless of if you turn it on again. You don't have a backup from before you accidentally reformated? If you hadn't backed up relatively close to the point where you reformatted (which would be a bit foolish), you're probably screwed.
  6. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Shut it off for 2 weeks is what you do if you drop it in the toilet. How would that help in restoring data that was formatted over?:confused:
  7. philgilder macrumors 68000

    Sep 30, 2007
    if you use it, there is a higher chance of wiping over the data (and no, formatting does not delete the data, it just makes it MUCH harder to recover)

    you can recover data off of a formatted drive, but chances are most of it will be useless, unless you want to pay a professional company to do it
  8. wildcardd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2007
    Denver, CO
    I am still confused at what data he is afraid of losing?

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