Recovering data - iPhone disabled

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by L1ham, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. L1ham macrumors newbie

    L1ham

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    Hi all,

    I thought I'd post this on a jailbreak forum as you guys are most likely to know what you're talking about.

    To cut a long story short, someone has tasked me with recovering some photos off an iPhone 5C which has been disabled due to the wrong passcode being entered too many times.

    It belongs to a young lad who is absolutely fanatic about football... it's full of selfies he's taken with famous footballers (apparently he's queued for over 24 hours in some cases just to obtain some of them).

    I've worked in IT for 8 years so I think it's safe to say I'm savvy enough... but I'm not really an "Apple guy" so to speak.

    I'll state now that there is no iCloud or iTunes backup.

    The phone simply has a standard iOs installed (currently not sure which one) and has never been jailbroken. I understand that wiping a phone doesn't 'truly' delete the contents; they are simply 'marked' deleted. However, I haven't gone as far as wiping the phone yet.

    Does anyone know of any third party software I can use to recover the photos which mean so much to this young lad? If I have to jailbreak the phone, that's fine, but if I simply wipe it the way Apple wants me to, I'd like to know there's still some chance of recovering the files.

    He's not bothered about the phone... just the data. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks
     
  2. StarkCity macrumors 6502a

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    Without the passcode there isn't anything you can do to get any form of data from it. We'll see after the Apple vs The FBI case lol..... This is basically what they want to do. Can't be done...... At least not by anyone you or I have access to.
     
  3. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Your only real option is to approach Apple with the owner of the phone, proof of who they are and a receipt.

    It's a bad option, but unless you can get the phone unlocked it's really the only option you have.

    To jailbreak the phone you need access to the springboard. To get access to the springboard you need the passcode and if you had that you wouldn't have this problem.
     
  4. 617aircav Suspended

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    Over the years I've seen many posts with the same problem yet nobody has come back to tell us Apple was able to help.
     
  5. L1ham thread starter macrumors newbie

    L1ham

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    Thanks for your time all. Shame though.

    So... just one last thought... We can wipe this phone and set it up as if it was a brand new phone... right? There's been once or twice over the years I've personally formatted the HDD of a PC and reinstalled operating system etc, etc...

    I've found third party software (I use "Recuva") which can actually scan the drive for files which have been 'marked' as deleted but still exist as the clusters on which they reside have not yet been overwritten.

    If I wipe the phone, could the same concept be applied? Does this make any sense? And I know it's a long shot but can anyone recommend some software which would be up to the task?

    As mentioned above... I work with PCs... I'm not an 'Apple guy'... so forgive me if it's a totally different ballpark.
     
  6. StarkCity, Mar 16, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2016

    StarkCity macrumors 6502a

    StarkCity

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    It's been quite sometime since I've had to do a DFU restore using iTunes, which is what you want to do. Google the procedure for DFU restore. I've also never locked myself out of my phone, but one video I just watched claimed that even in disabled mode, plugging that phone into a Windows PC it may show up as a digital camera that you'll have access to just the pictures. I don't think that works anymore on newer firmware. And in the end, if you do manage to DFU restore it, you will need the users Apple ID and password to complete the restore. Without the Apple ID and password, (the ID password, not the numeric lock screen pw) you'll never get into that device after being restored. If your client will provide you that info, you have a chance. If not, that phone is a paper weight

    Edit: here...... http://ow.ly/ZoOur
     

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