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How do I recover a deleted file on a Nokia 9500?

Posted on 2010-08-17
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I want to recover a deleted file that is very important to me.

While updating this file and typing in a hurry, I accidentally pressed CTRL-A and as I continued typing everything was wiped.  The editor will only undo one step so no luck there.  I closed the file and told it to discard changes, however when I re-opened the file it was just as when I closed it with only the last few characters I had typed - I can not understand or explain why it did this, normally "dischard changes" leaves the original file alone.

Having lost the file on the device, I checked my *.nbu backups on the PC and inexplicably the only file _not_ in the backups is the big important text file I so want to recover.  An IT device conspiracy?  Could a text file be too big for the Nokia PC Suite to back up?  I guess I should learn to check backup logs for errors.

I have recovered an old copy of the file from a backup from 2009-12-22 which is better than nothing, but given today is 2010-08-17 that's a loss of nearly eight months of data.

In short: is there any way to scan and recover data stored in the 9500's memory?

Thanks!
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by:noxcho
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I think no. You cannot browse nokia device as internal or external HDD and search on its file system for data. That is the main problem. If the file was on memory stick then try to connect it as external via card reader and apply on it any tool such as Recuva or GetDataBack. Otherwise you are at loss.
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by:U_Schwela
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Thanks for the quick answer, it's as I feared from reading about similar issues of recovery.  I don't use a memory card so the file is (was) definitely on the internal memory.  So no solution, that hurts.

It's surprising that no-one has written a program which can examine these devices' internal memory.

Also disappointing that Nokia's PC Suite can not be trusted, i.e. to perform faithful backups or alert you to any problems in creating a backup.
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I lost data this way myself on E71 device. But could not recovery anything.
PCSuite is designed more to save SMS and phone book. All other things are done so so way. IMHO best to keep data on card and backup it using third party software.
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