Did I just lose everything?

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  1. SGTCap

    SGTCap New Member

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    I just did a factory reset/wipe data and cache. I forgot to partition the SD card first. Now all my pics and SMS text backup files are gone. The only thing I have is my wallpaper that was made from a photo on my phone. Is all this stuff gone now? Any way to recover it?

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    That's odd. I never partition the SD card when I wipe/factory reset and I don't lose any of my pics that I take. I do lose the texts.

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    Yes you lost everything. A factory reset is different from a data wipe like in clockwork. Factory reset literally sets everything back to new. You must copy everything you want to keep from /sdcard to somewhere like your PC.

    Very sorry if this was unclear but a factory reset always does this to a device... it wipes everything on it leaving a like-new device. Unlike previous Android phones where the sd card is separate from the device the nexus has it internally which is why this happened.

    Now a factory reset is the only time this occurs because wiping data and cache ... etc,. when say flashing a ROM, does not touch /sdcard

    Best of luck and sorry for the loss.

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    A wipe and a factory reset is NOT the same thing :) my guess is you haven't factory reset just wiped system files

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    Yeah maybe I am off on this. But how do you do a data wipe without doing a factory reset? In CWM recovery they are listed together. wipe data/factory reset

    I always use this option when wiping going to new rom and I never lose any pics that I take with the phone. Maybe my stuff is backed up with Google?
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    What he is saying is that if you do the Data Wipe/Factory Reset in CWR it will not erase your sdcard. If you use the setting in Backup & Reset to do a Factory Data Reset or select Factory Data Reset from the stock recovery, it will erase everything on your sdcard. That's just my interpretation of what he posted. YMMV.
     
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    gone like farts in the wind :D
     
  8. dezymond

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    What Bayou said. Doesn't sound like you used CWR, so yes it's gone and gone for good.
     
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    As I tell all of my users that I service, back it up. Still think your safe ....back it up! And most of all... Back it up!!!!

    You can never back up too much!! Some people say it is not cost effective, they are usually the same ones that are complaining, whining and wondering why they lost their data!

    Oh and one more thing .... Back it up!!!
     
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    If you're signed into google+ there's a chance your pics got uploaded to an album on your profile...good luck!

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    Not to hijack but that is why I like removable SD cards. I take it out and copy a snapshot to my HD.

    Your data is everything!

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    You don't need a removable SD card to back up your data, of course... You just have to remember to do it!

    CWR backup to SD card used to be enough, since erasing the SD card wasn't something you could do accidentally. Now that the contents of /sdcard are actually stored in /data, that backup is a lot less permanent!
     
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