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[Q] Lost File Recovery (Undelete) on Nexus 7 2013

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My Nexus 7 2013 tablet got stuck in a bootloop and I had to so a wipe from recovery. I had a lot of videos and photos that I had not backed up. Looking around for software and most of the pc stuff requires you to mount as mass storage. I remember awhile back that you couldn't do this with the Nexus 7 but wanted to see if that has changed now thats its 2020.

Otherwise does anyone know any other software to give a try.


Retired Moderator
Feb 12, 2012
You can mount a Nexus 7 as mass storage (that's the normal way of connecting an android device to a PC - it just means that the tablet shows up as a drive), but the files that you used to have are all unlinked, and storage is wiped, (that's what wiping data from recovery is used for) so there's nothing to recover. Sorry.


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Feb 28, 2014
Thanks guys. @Rukbat So assuming that unlike a pc the wipe function on android makes files unrecoverable. On a pc just the name of the file dissepears but the files for the most part are still there unless you continue installing apps etc and the space/blocks get overwritten.


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Aug 5, 2015
The deleting of files on the phone works similarly. However, the low-level file system access needed to do an undelete on the internal storage is very restricted and not available to most apps without first rooting the phone, which -- when rooting works -- rooting would need to be done before you needed to do the undelete.

For SD cards, you can do the normal undelete stuff by putting the card in a card reader attached to your PC.