Hi guys Im posting on behalf of my dad Hes lost a large number of holiday photos and video that he took on his ipad 3rd gen Just before going on holidays it was synced and backed up to itunes. There's no new backups after this. After coming back from holidays he explained that he connected his iPad to his windows xp laptop and it appeared under My computer as [names] iPad. He was then able to see the ~900 photos and video that he took. He then did select all and copy and paste to the laptop. The files began to copy though around 30minites in the laptop went into power saving mode(hard drive and screen went to sleep). Upon trying to wake the laptop it was unresponsive so it was restarted. From here all the photos and video disappeared from the iPad and around the first 300 were successfully copied to the laptop. He also explained that he updated to iOS6 after he lost the photos! Things Ive tried: -reseting the iPad (hold down of home and power button for 10 sec) -Downloaded iexplorer to view the iPad file system none of the 900 'deleted' / 'disappeared' images can be seen. (i took a new photo and deleted it and it was able to be recovered by iexplorer) -checking 'settings' > 'general' > 'about' ---> it displays 'photos 0' -the capacity bar in itunes does not show that any photos or video are taking up any space -called apple care - they advise that the photos may be gone though some third party software might exist but they cannot recommend any further options I understand that with harddrives / flash drives that files aren't actually deleted but hidden from the user and marked to be overridden. I think i read somewhere that with i devices that there are 2 partitions? eg one for the OS and the other for the content. I raise this as the device has been upgraded to iOS6 and im hoping that the cotent partition was not over ridden. can anyone please suggest to me any options... eg is there some forensic software that can integrate the iPad drive and hopefully recover the photos I've come across a few programs that look promising but they are designed for scanning regular hard drives / flash drives. eg being able to select a drive letter from finder / windows explorer. is it possible to even have the ipad appear as a drive letter to allow these kinds of programs to have a chance at analysing the ipad. Any help would be greatly appreciated!