Okay, it would be very, very awesome if someone could help me with this. Like, I would owe it to the community big time. Like most joes, I jot down my new jillion-dollar business ideas and inventions on the built in Notes app. Douchebag that I am, I've been on the road the last few months so I skimped on docking/syncing my iPhone, and, given that frickin unwavering law, it suddenly went into recovery mode on its own while charging. Of course Itunes will only give me the option to restore it (which I presume will wipe it all clean). What are the ways to get to my notes so I dont lose them forever? The phone had never been JBed before it went into Recovery Mode. After googling for a solution I tried FixRecovery, which showed successful at delivering the exploit (GP) but eventually it said 'unable to mount fs' (I know what that means from my novice Linux shell dabbling!) and it went back into RM. I then talked to an iphone repair friend I know for help who said that (a) FixRecovery and these tools only work on RM of JB'd phones not stock ones,and (b) you'd need to know which iOS version I had on the phone (which I don't remember and itunes won't tell me anymore just n/a). It's a 3GS with some iOS 4 update. He says my only option is to restore in iTunes and lose all my data since the last backup (that's if iTunes recognizes it, it doesn't even show me the name or serial or give me the option just restore right now). I know you gurus have a way. Is there any sw tool or hack I can give a shot at? I hope he's wrong and there's a simple method. If not, how straightforward is data recovery and does anyone know who can do such a job? In theory NAND always retains data in memory which I presume should make it easier for forensics than magnetic, but I don't know if the encryption is a beeyatch. I hope we don't have to go down that road but it's on the table for me if the only option. I'm willing to not restore the phone and buy another, keeping this one until the day my notes can be recovered from it if there's that possibility. Really appreciate your advice guys of what you'd do in my shoes.