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Dr. Fone brings iPhone files back from the dead

Liane Cassavoy | Oct. 22, 2012
As an iPhone or iPad user knows, it's all too easy to accidentally delete information from your device simply by touching the screen the wrong way. And once that data is gone, it's gone for good--unless you have Wondershare's Dr. Fone, a $100 program (free feature-limited demo) that proved capable of recovering lost data from iOS devices ... some of the time.

If you don't have access to your iOS device, if your Dr. Fone scan doesn't find what you're looking for, or if you're using a newer Apple device, you can use the software to recover data from iTunes backup files. Dr. Fone automatically loads a list of available iTunes backup files, and you select which one you'd like to scan. Then, Dr. Fone automatically searches through the file for the same photos, contacts, and more that it attempts to recover from your iPhone or iPad itself. While you could use iTunes to access these backups, doing so limits you to accessing the entire backup file; using Dr. Fone allows you to pick and choose which specific files within the backup you'd like to recover.

Dr. Fone isn't perfect, as it didn't recover all of my deleted files intact, but it came close. It certainly is pricey, but if you've accidentally deleted an important photo or file, you know that some things are priceless.

Note: The "Try it for free" button on the Product Information page takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download the latest version of the software appropriate to your system.

 

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