Does anyone know how to make a WP8 phone that does not have an SD card present itself to recovery software?
The real problem (that MS should fix) is that the phone doesn't appear in the "hard drive" list of devices to be scanned when you use a recovery tool. I too need to recover some photos that I accidentally killed after vacation. I have downloaded 3 pieces of software (plus tried the free "recuva" that worked like a champ on my Android phone) with the same frustrating results. This issue was simple with my android phone.
Being forced to use SkyDrive is not a good solution. Battery life on my HTC8x is not good, and I don't want the phone constantly sending stuff to skydrive. And if it isn't constantly sending, then skydrive is not genuinely protecting against accidental deletions.
If anyone has suggestions, I am all ears.