Scan iPhone files system for lost application data

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Cadmito, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. Cadmito macrumors newbie


    Jul 29, 2016

    I have been traveling for 6 months and I was using an app called 1Second Everyday.. I was doing 1 second of video every day using this app, and accidentally I removed the videos from the app (so from the APP DATA not from the Camera Roll).

    I think that iOS is using HFSX file system, should it would be easy to scan the iphone over all the sectors for the videos (the videos extension is mov).
    All the application programs that I find to recover information are just looking for deleted files that were in the Camera Roll, what it is not what I need because my videos were just in the APP DATA of the APP...

    So then i decided to try to recover the videos using generic recovery programs, like testdisk or photorec but they don-t detect my iphone. Does it need to be jailbreaked?

    I dont have any cloud backup, everything is in my phone..
    Finally, I would like to know if you know any program to make a full sector backup of my phone, cause I cannot do anything with it (as soon as i start using it my storage will get full and i won-t get the videos aymore)

    Thank you so much...

  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    You need to evaluate if your lost video is important, as iPhone is really difficult to make a backup like what we did for computer, especially "sector backup".
    If video is important, I would guess some companies may disassemble iPhone, pick out NAND flash chips, then recovery from there. Pricy, but more reliable.
  3. Cadmito thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 29, 2016
    It is quite important but....
    Should it had been different if it was jailbreaked?
    It is sad because my videos are there codified...
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    With device being jailbroken, you have the chance to better make a device backup, but I am not familiar with data recovery matter. I can only guess jailbreak can help data recovery.
    I would like to consult data recovery companies to start hardware level recovery, if data is that important.
    BTW, after this incident, learn to make a backup regularly.
  5. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    If you jailbreak you get root folder access which should help.
  6. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    It would help, yes.

    But there's still no inherent ability to treat the iPhone like a hard drive where data can be scanned, analyzed and recovered.

    OP could probably browse through the folders of the application but I doubt he'd find anything.
  7. Cadmito thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 29, 2016
    Oh :( Damm. Although I don't need to access any app data, just to the free space of the device to be scanned sector by sector to recognise video format and get them back.

    Thank you all of you.
  8. KellyPrimo macrumors newbie


    Apr 21, 2016
    As I know, the file system in iOS and the primary format in OS X is HFS Plus. But it doesn't matter on rescuing your lost video, and the iOS uses sandbox to protect app data, it means the regular data recovery software won't help on this case. Give a try with some iPhone data recovery software, here is how does they work:

    A deleted file is typically not immediately overwritten on your iPhone disk, but more often has its entry deleted from the file system index. Simply put, you swipe to delete a message on your iPhone, the data actually is still stored on the device, but you cannot see it through iPhone interface. In such a case, the deletion can be easily reversed.

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