I am shattered. Seriously upset. On Sunday my phone had a small melt down and has deleted all of my messages. Now for most people this wouldn’t be a problem but I am a message hoarder. In fact back in the good old days when inboxes only held a limited number of messages, I had little books which I would copy the messages into so that I could keep them forever (and yes I still have the books, and probably more embarrassingly I often flick through them just to see what I felt was important enough to record forever). But with my iPhone, I stopped the habit, because the messages are stored conversationally, they weren’t in order for me to write out. I had also been told that it was impossible to ever completely delete things from my phone, so naively I just left them there unprotected and now they are gone. The thing is though I have only had my phone for 18months, so normally not that much stuff would have happened in my life over 18months and I could probably just get over it. But in the last 18 months massive things have happened including getting engaged and getting married and all my favourite texts over this time are now gone and this makes me really sad. I know that is ridiculous, but I am actually really really sad about the thought of them being gone.
Here is the thing though, knowing how hard it is to actually delete data on an iPhone, part of me believes they are still there… so the computer nerd in me is determined not to be defeated by this silly little phone. A about a week ago, while backing up I lost a whole heap of photos, but after a few tears and some investigative research I got my pictures back and I am really hoping that I can do the same with my messages. I am not holding my breath, but just in case I have stopped backing up my computer and my iPhone (only temporarily) in the hope that I can rescue my texts from an old iPhone sync… so tonight (I hope) I am going to start mission ‘sms rescue’ a stealth operation to retrieve lost data…
I will let you know how I go.
Wish me luck.