How can I recover files after an accidental format?

Gizmoo October 16, 2011
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I have an Apple iPhone and I lost files after formatting. Is there a way to recover them?

  1. James Bruce
    October 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    iTunes makes backups of your phone by default. Just connect it to the machine, click on the iPhone icon, and hit "restore". Once it's done, it'll ask if you want to restore the phone to new or from an old backup. 

  2. James Bruce
    October 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    iTunes makes backups of your phone by default. Just connect it to the machine, click on the iPhone icon, and hit "restore". Once it's done, it'll ask if you want to restore the phone to new or from an old backup. 

  3. FIDELIS
    October 17, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Hello, You should be able to restore formatted files as long as the original files are not overwritten by other files.  That just means, try not to use your phone with apps that write new files to your phone's drive.  Did you by any chance made any backups recently?  Are you using a Mac or a Windows pc?  If you are using a mac you can try the following tool:

    http://supercrazyawesome.com/

    http://geekyninja.com/archives/how-to-recover-data-contacts-sms-notes-from-the-iphone-backup-files/

    If you are using windows, try testdisk.  Connect your iphone to computer and see if the drive can be recognized:

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec