iPhone 3g - data recovery from recovery mode

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by alifenorm, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. alifenorm macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2013
    I was trying to recover data (notes, messages, address book and eventually camera roll) from an Iphone 3g (no jail break) stuck in recovery mode (reconnect cable to Itunes screen).
    no sinc or backup since a couple of years (guess who is the slacky owner!)

    before everything I tried to snap it out of recovery state with tiny umbrella or ireb or other tools. no avail.

    then I moved to this procedure
    to access the disk, save things out, and then try to recover fixing the rest.
    It was going fine until after connecting to the phone and launching cyberduck I found the mnt2 empty.
    back tracking I found that probably the problem is this one:

    Checking /dev/disk0s2 ..
    ** /dev/rdisk0s2
    Executing fsck_hfs (version diskdev_cmds-488.1.7~391).
    ** Checking non-journaled HFS Plus Volume.
    ** Detected a case-sensitive volume.
    ** Checking extents overflow file.
    ** Checking catalog file.
    Keys out of order
    (4, 1831)
    ** Rebuilding catalog B-tree.
    ** The volume Data could not be repaired.
    Mounting /dev/disk0s2 on /mnt2 ..
    mount_hfs: Invalid argument

    this is an extract from the terminal log window, and looks like the corrupt catalog prevents me from mounting the relevant (with data) partition of the Iphone memory/support.

    any suggestion? I believe I could try to dump the whole image of the disk, but can I do it without mounting it? checking forums I heard something about DD (unix program).
    Has anyone ever done something similar? any forum explaining how to?

    could this
    be also a possibility? running fsck on the Iphone mnt2 partition? but how do I do that?

    but I am not a real tech guy (took me 2 days to figure out and find the tools to access phone memory!) and not sure where to start.

    thanks a lot in advance
  2. alifenorm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2013
    Thanks, but I was able to access the partition using a read only mount.
    what has been my goal yesterday was to fix the file system. I suppose there is no way to do it so now, having already saved relevanta data, I will try to fix through a restore erase, and then replace content.
    thanks anyway
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    Oct 8, 2013
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    Oct 25, 2013
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  5. mcavoyspecil, Oct 30, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014

    mcavoyspecil macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2013
    If your iPhone stuck in recovery mode, DO THIS: (ON Screen USB pointing to a CD with a Music Note).

    1. Make sure your iTunes is up to data, if not re-download itunes.

    2. after re-installing ITUNES, plug your iphone via USB into your computer. ITUNES will automatically pick it up and a pop up box will probally say that your IPHONE is in recovery mode would you like to restore?

    3. Click the restore tab.
    Note - If ITUNES if out of date, this will not work.
    Note - Do not do this over WIFI
    Note - Do not interrupt the restore
    Note - If you did not make a previous back up, your IPHONE will restore back to the factroy settings.

    All this happened to me, fortunately I made a back up. I hope this iPhone Data Recovery helps.
  6. Sbhinavr, Nov 2, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2013

    Sbhinavr macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2013
    I had the same problem today when I reset my computer system. I found a program called Data Recovery for iPhone for Mac that seemed to have helped. And it was free to try. .
  7. EnideKosa, Apr 5, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2015

    EnideKosa macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2015
    Thanks for your help.
  8. Watneyssnne macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2015
    I had the same problem and the windows solution did not work for me. Note: I did not restore the ipad when the problem initially occured. I used RecBoot (free software for the mac - but I think it works with windows too
    http://www.hackintoshosx.com/files/download/2596-recboot-2-mac/). It detects the device when you connect it to the mac, then gives you the option to remove the device from recovery mode. Once I did this, it opened as usual in iTunes and iPhoto and all data was fine. I guess it must depend on the severity of the issue that has resulted in being put into recovery mode. Mine happened when an error occured during an update to IOS 8. Hope this helps.
  9. Junobiea macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2015
    You can use iTunes to exit recovery mode.

    (1) Connect your iPhone to your computer and run iTunes on your computer.

    (2) Select your iPhone from the list of buttons at the top of iTunes, then click the "Restore" button.

    (3) Wait for the backup and restore process to complete, then "restore from backup" in iTunes after the phone has been restored.

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