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Unread 10-20-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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Text messages disappeared!

I was texting my friend last week, and when I went to go read her text message, the iPhone crashed into safe mode!

When I went to look at the text message, they were completely gone. I tried looking for them in iFile. I went to the 'SMS' folder only to see a new 'sms.db' created only 40kb. My old 'sms.db' should have been around 10-12MB.

Of course, I did backup around three days before it happened, but I had some real important texts in those three days.

Anyway I can recover or maybe they're stored somewhere in the phone under a different file name?

What could have caused this to crash? I did have a LOT of text messages; around 60,000 or 70,000.

I'm going to go ahead and recover the text messages in the iTunes backup otherwise, when I sync, I'll lose my text messages PERIOD.

What's weird is that I still have the picture messages sent to me in the 'SMS/Parts' folder...

Anyone help me out?
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Unread 10-21-2010, 05:41 AM   #2
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Try googling "Jonathan Zdziarski forensic tool". If you find one (they are out there), then you can create a disk image of your iphone, and then use a recovery software to try and extract your SMS.db file that was apparently overwritten with a blank file. Good luck.

Here is a link to Jonathan Zdziarski's blog.
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Unread 10-21-2010, 08:33 AM   #3
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here’s a link to retrieve your deleted messages. Recover deleted text message iPhone | Apple iPhone News
Just walk thru the steps. There’s one problem, if you sychned after you deleted the messages it cant retrieve them. Make sure your phone is set-up NOT to synch when you plug it in!
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Unread 10-22-2010, 07:02 PM   #4
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Try googling "Jonathan Zdziarski forensic tool". If you find one (they are out there), then you can create a disk image of your iphone, and then use a recovery software to try and extract your SMS.db file that was apparently overwritten with a blank file. Good luck.

Here is a link to Jonathan Zdziarski's blog.
Thanks! I was hoping it wouldn't resort to this. I've done it before, but I didn't recover what I wanted. It was an important picture, but I guess it got overwritten. I found another iPhone forensic article that may help me gather what I need.

Hopefully I haven't overwritten it, since this happened around last week.

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here’s a link to retrieve your deleted messages. Recover deleted text message iPhone | Apple iPhone News
Just walk thru the steps. There’s one problem, if you sychned after you deleted the messages it cant retrieve them. Make sure your phone is set-up NOT to synch when you plug it in!
Thanks for your help as well. I did do a sync three days BEFORE it happened, and I was able to retrieve the sms.db from that backup. Unfortunately, I think I'm going to have to go with the most tedious route in order to recover these things.

Thanks guys, I really do appreciate it. I've posted in two other iPhone related forums, and you guys are the only ones that responded - and QUICKLY for that matter.

If anyone has anymore suggestions, let me know.
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Is there any more info on this?
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Unread 08-05-2013, 12:49 PM   #6
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hi I don't know if you sorted this but for those of you who are in similar situations, there is a legal safe way to recover deleted or lost messages, call history, notes contacts etc. google enigma recovery a uk firm that specialises in products recovering data. high reputation in this industry so you know its a reliable safe product. or just give them a call and ask for advice
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Unread 08-18-2013, 11:23 AM   #7
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google enigma recovery
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Really y'all are commenting on a thread 2 years old?
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i still have to rate SmartPhone Recovery Pro Smartphone Recovery Software | Enigma Recovery they do free advice and a free trial easy to use pen drive.
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My nephew was trying to jailbreak my wife,s iPhone 4S, no jailbreak in the end but it somehow deleted all the pics and videos stored in iPhone.

Is there a way to get them back? I am not so familiar with iPhone. I own an android.

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Unread 06-24-2014, 08:09 AM   #11
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My nephew was trying to jailbreak my wife,s iPhone 4S, no jailbreak in the end but it somehow deleted all the pics and videos stored in iPhone.

Is there a way to get them back? I am not so familiar with iPhone. I own an android.

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Did you backup before you jailbroke? try restore from the last backup. or any back up get some of the text messages back
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