Did you know that people generate more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day? That is an astronomically high figure. To put it into context, the generation of 90% of all the data that ever existed occurred in the last two years. People generate most of this data through their phones. For example, Instagram users upload more than 46,740 photos every minute. Sadly, losing all the data that is on your mobile phone is also possible. Here are 5 things you should know about mobile phone data recovery.
1. Recovering Deleted Files
Many people erroneously believe that retrieving the data that they deleted from their phone is impossible. This data stays on your cell phone even though you cannot access it through conventional means such as searching in specific folders. More specifically, a mobile device will store deleted files in its internal memory, on its flashcard, or in a memory card. Recovering these files from these areas is possible. You only need an expert who knows how to extract them.
2. Time Is Of the Essence
Retrieving data from electronic devices is a time-sensitive matter. That is especially true if you lost the data because a virus infected your cell phone. The more you wait before you take it to a professional, then the more the virus corrupts your phone. It is worth noting that some people worsen the situation by trying to recover the data themselves. For example, some of them repeatedly hit the device with their palms. They often hope that doing so would jumpstart the phone. Unfortunately, these actions exacerbate the problem instead of solving it.
3. Repairs Work Wonders
Mobile phone data recovery from a malfunctioning device is challenging. For example, powering up might be a problem. Another one could be a frozen interface. Other situations include a smashed screen, liquid damage, and software-related issues. In this case, complicated solutions to data recovery are unnecessary. Instead, repairing the phone works wonders. More specifically, doing so would make your phone usable again making it possible for you to retrieve your data from it. Restoring it is also less costly than using complicated ways of retrieving data.
4. Chip-Off Extraction Works
Sometimes, the damage done to a phone is irreparable. In this case, the chip-off extraction method would be an ideal way of recovering your data. The first step in this method is removing the NAND flash memory chip from the mobile phone. The technician removes this chip thermally. Unsurprisingly, this removal process is highly technical one because mishaps can damage this chip permanently. Only qualified experts should attempt it. The technician accesses the removed chip directly to extract the data that it has.
5. ISP and JTAG Extraction
Recovering the data without removing the NAND flash memory chip is possible. More specifically, technicians can do it through In-System Programming (ISP). In this case, they will develop a connection to the phone’s eMCP or eMMC flash memory chip. Another non-destructive way of recovering data from an irreparable mobile device is JTAG extraction. It works by connecting TAPs on a PCB. Then it uses a supported JTAG Box to instruct the device’s processor. Doing so makes it possible for it to acquire the data that is on the phone’s memory chip.