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    Phone works, screen broken, can I access files?

    Hello Droid Community,

    First off let me apologize if this has been answered in another post as I couldn't find the answer (or understand it!). My issue is that after a drop to the ground my Droid phone turns on but the screen doesn't display anything. I can feel the touch screen working (ie. I can slide the phone to unlock it) and the keyboard lights up, but thats about all I can come up with.

    My problem is that I have pictures, etc... I'm trying to get off the phone and when I plug the Droid I into my computer the removable drive appears, but I get the "Please insert disk into Drive E:". From what I recall when the phone worked I first had to unmount or enable usb tether in order to actually access information/files on the phone, but I can't currently do this without the use of the screen. Is there a way around this?

    Thanks for the help/direction!
    Last edited by Biznatty; 11-30-2010 at 09:21 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biznatty View Post
    Hello Droid Community,
    First off let me apologize if this has been answered in another post as I could find the answer (or understand it!). My issue is that after a drop to the ground my Droid phone turns on but the screen doesn't display anything. I can feel the touch screen working (ie. I can slide the phone to unlock it) and the keyboard lights up, but thats about all I can come up with.

    My problem is that I have pictures, etc... I'm trying to get off the phone and when I plug the Droid I into my computer the removable drive appears, but I get the "Please insert disk into Drive E:". From what I recall when the phone worked I first had to unmount or enable usb tether in order to actually access information/files on the phone, but I can't currently do this without the use of the screen. Is there a way around this?

    Thanks for the help/direction!
    You may have to get a sd card reader and pull the sd card from the phone to access the files. It would be impossible to tell if you were mounting the sd card to the computer through the phone.
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    OneTenderRebel, thanks for the quick (super quick!) reply. I already took the SD card out and put it in my new phone, the Droid 2, which isn't even reading the old card (whole nother issue altogether).

    Mainly, I'm trying to get to the internal hardrive of the old Droid at this point without use of the screen. Anyone else out there over come this? Or can post screen shots with some directions on how I can do this blind?

    Looking for any ideas at this point...
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    depending on the setting on the other phone prior to the drop connecting to your pc may automatically allow access to sd
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    My wife's phone did the same thing after dropping it. I wanted to access the data on the phone to back it up.

    I tried several times to get it to work. The soft-keys and keyboard would light up, but not the screen. Have you tried plugging the phone in to the charger, without the SD card or battery inserted? That actually worked for me.

    Now we have a replacement phone on the way and this one is working again.. o.O'
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    Quote Originally Posted by invdrzim View Post
    My wife's phone did the same thing after dropping it. I wanted to access the data on the phone to back it up.

    I tried several times to get it to work. The soft-keys and keyboard would light up, but not the screen. Have you tried plugging the phone in to the charger, without the SD card or battery inserted? That actually worked for me.

    Now we have a replacement phone on the way and this one is working again.. o.O'

    Sir. I owe you $200! You just saved my phone. I've signed up to specifically post this. Is there some way to* upvote* this so that other people aren't scammed into getting replacements for their perfectly good phones ?!



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    hey guys! i dropped my phone and now it is doing the exact same thing..keys light up, phone vibrates but the screen is completely black. i took out the battery and sd card and plugging it into the phone like you said...it just seems to be flashing red. and i dont know if i should keep it plugged in (or for how long) or take it out now and put the battery back in. im a little confused..so if you can write back and tell me exactly what to do id really appreciate it! thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rach24 View Post
    hey guys! I dropped my phone and now it is doing the exact same thing..keys light up, phone vibrates but the screen is completely black. I took out the battery and sd card and plugging it into the phone like you said...it just seems to be flashing red. And i dont know if i should keep it plugged in (or for how long) or take it out now and put the battery back in. Im a little confused..so if you can write back and tell me exactly what to do id really appreciate it! Thank you!
    it worked!!!
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    Mine started doing this today out of the blue. Nothing was dropped or slammed or anything. When I plug it in the M logo pops up and then nothing else. It just stays that way and never boots up. The red light goes on and the phone never boots passed the M. Please someone help. Anyway to get into recovery from this point? Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by rach24 View Post
    it worked!!!

    Hey Rach24. You seemed confused about how long to keep it plugged in, whether to put the battery pack back in after plugging it in, etc. Then you posted that it worked for you. I'm happy to hear it, but can you tell me exactly how you did it? The same thing is happening with my droid 1, the screen doesn't work. The soft keys and the key board light up as well as the backlight on the screen, but no touch screen at all. i tried plugging the phone into the charger without the battery and sd card... nothing. i can hear the sound of the phone booting up. so if you could tell me exactly what you did to get yours working again, i would really appreciate it. thanks!



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