Retrieving deleted photos on Samsung Galaxy S3

I've just accidentally deleted a whole lot of photos from my phone (thought I was in a different album) and want to retrieve them.

I've googled a fix and there is some software I can download but the comments below say it's a waste of time and doesn't work.

I imagine they must be hiding SOMEWHERE - can anyone tell me how to find and restore them please?

Thanks in advance.

geek_battgirl, Feb 23, 10:43 pm

data recovery software on a PC eg photorec or Recuva 'may' allow scanning the phone storage / SD card.
Naturally the phone should be plugged in via USB and be accessible from the computer before scanning.

If they are on SD card I might anticipate better results, if they were/are on the phone itself, less confident.

geek_king1, Feb 23, 11:52 pm

I doubt they can do a low level scan of the phone storage via usb. Agree about the SD card

geek_loose.unit8, Feb 24, 12:08 am

Fyi for next time, dropbox is a good app for automatically backing up all your photos to 'the cloud' and you can set it to be wifi only etc

geek_loose.unit8, Feb 24, 12:11 am

May pay to remove card from phone and use a micro to SD adapter directly in computer and run Recuva in deep scan mode.

geek_wayne416, Feb 24, 12:19 am

do you use any cloud based backup? google / drop box ?

geek_black-heart, Feb 24, 12:20 am

don't think so - unless it happens automatically. Don't recall setting it up.

geek_battgirl, Feb 24, 3:07 am

Plug it in to your computer and use Recuva

geek_exwesty, Feb 24, 4:08 am

my stupid computer keeps telling me the device is unplugged.

geek_battgirl, Feb 25, 1:37 am

stop using it and take it to a tech.

geek_gibler, Feb 25, 2:12 am

I've taken the whole computer to the tech today - 131 viruses discovered and removed so far. sigh.

geek_battgirl, Feb 25, 3:57 am

on the iphone they stay in the 'recently deleted' folder for 30 days for this very reason. just sayin.

geek_brycer, Feb 25, 4:02 am

Well that's jolly helpful in my current circumstances.

geek_battgirl, Jul 5, 11:11 pm