[iTunes][Solved] Is it possible to restore from an old backup ?
A photo I had taken on the iPhone on the 6th June has recently been deleted (by someone other than myself). I would like to recover this photo by attempting to restore from a backup.
As far as I understand, iTunes periodically takes backups of the iPhone as it is synced with my computer. I know that if I restore the phone it will give me the option to restore from last backup, but I believe I will need to restore from an OLDER backup in order to regain this photo (as it may have been deleted several days ago).
Any suggestions? Is this possible?
Better solution: Erica Sadun's mdhelper
I was trying to help out Kayser Sose and found a solution that is really working. The Python script throws errors. Erica Sadun again has the tool, it's called mdhelper.
What you need is one of the folders with tons of numbers as the name, it's inside
Place mdhelper in it and run e.g. ./mdhelper -C .jpg
The tool will then extract all Jpegs and place it on the Desktop in a folder called "Recovered iPhone Files".
You cant run the tool just on the .mdbackup files cause they are semi-encrypted. The information how to extract and de-crypt is sitting inside the file Manifest.plist thats in the folder aswell. For navigating the presence of Info.plist is necessary aswell.
Wow, again this is a great tool from Erica! I just ran that on my backups, extracted all pics in about a minute.
[Edited June 30] It is even easier: Just download, unpack and place mdhelper on the desktop. Start application Terminal and change directory with
then let mdhelper do its job with
./mdhelper -C .jpg
The programm looks inside ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ for the backup folders and extracts the files [End Edit June 30]
Forgot the download address:
One more: If you use ./mdhelper -C .sqlitedb you will get back all your Addressbook and Calendar data, .plist for bookmarks and map bookmarks, .db for sms and notes... ;-)
Hope that helps,