Data Recovery for Smartphones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Data recovery represents one of the most in-demand services for consumers, which becomes even more apparent as the number of mobile devices and their importance increases.

The demand for recovering data on mobile devices has increased dramatically. Knoll Ontrack reports that this demand rose from 2.7 percent in 2009 to 7.9 percent in 2013. This demand is expected to continue raising as smart phones and tablets become more integral in the lives of people. Adrian Jean at Evolution Business Data Recovery recently told us at a Bath networking event that more than 25% of his business comes from smartphone data recovery which is up from 5% the previous year.

If you are one of the millions of consumers with a mobile device that stores data, then it’s important that you understand the process of mobile data recovery.

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What is Mobile Data Recovery?

Mobile data recovery differs from traditional data recovery in the fact that mobile data is typically stored in a flash memory module. This module is a small chip or series of chips that uses no moving parts to store data.

When data becomes inaccessible, which can happen from complete device failure or deletion due to malicious software, users typically desire to recover it. Success will depend upon the state of the device and the complexity of recovering the data.

How is Mobile Data Recovered?

The most common way to recover mobile data is to connect the mobile device to a computer. Software can access the software at a developer level, which in turn allows for data that has been deleted to be recovered.

In the event that the device does not work, then the recovery specialist will have to take different steps.

One option to recover data is to repair the device. Problems with the screen or touch pad, such as cracks or complete breaks, generally do not affect the success of data recovery. Problems with the system board and other components will, which represent the types of repairs that may be needed.

Another option is to remove the flash memory chip from the system board. Most iOS hardware utilizes similar memory setups, which means that most flash memory can be desoldered and read by a separate device with a high success rate, this is certianly the case with apple data recovery over other hardware and devices.

If the memory chip itself has faults, then complete data recovery may be impossible. Some data may be permanently inaccessible. Given the way flash memory chips work, it is typically possible to recover a large percentage of data that would be lost if all data cannot be recovered.

The Importance of Using a Specialist

The last point to understand about mobile data recovery is that a data recovery specialist will always give the best odds for successfully recovering your data.

While home recovery solutions exist, these are limited in the scope of their versatility. Accessing a compromised device with this software could lead to permanent data loss, and an inability to recover data.

A specialist will be able to recognize the best technique for recovering data in a given situation, which in turn gives the best chance for complete data recovery with mobile devices.