Is it possible to backup an iPad after it is locked.

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Greetings all,

A new wonderful problem that I can find nothing in the Internet about (Why does this always happen to me? - or do I just have a bad search imagination and dont ask for the right stuff????). I'd appreciate any help at all on this ...

I have a friend (funny how many threads start like this ....) who managed to lock his iPad mini. He is sure he had the password stored somewhere at home but is away for about 3 months and he doesnt want to lose his data (or travel 2500 miles to get the password).

The question is ... is it possible to make a backup of his iPad data with the iPad being locked. He wants to attempt loads of things to get it working again, but wants to salvage any data he has first. He has a new laptop that has never been connected to the iPad before and he doesnt have an iCloud backup (or account).

Please note - this is not a question of how to bypass or reset the password - its just about backing up data from a locked iPad - is it possible ... and how?

I look forward to your thoughts.

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locked is locked. There is no semi-secret way to get in.

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Im afraid I dissagree with you - in my quest for an answer I have found that it is possible with forensic tools, but I just dont know how to do it. Fortunately the issue no longer applies - the owner found a backup on his wifes machine (I love her so much - someone who actually backs things up!) so his data is safe at least.

Thanks for trying anyway. I will let him return from his trip and sort himself out. If I ever find how to do this backup I will see if I can post it back on here, but as the issue is not a big one any more, then I will mark this as solved ... for now.
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Hello Brian,
I followed this thread by curiosity because on a pc that has a damaged hard disk, some of the data can be recovered by a technician with forensic tools.

Thanks for letting us know and please, don't mess around with your friend's wife!:-)
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That technician has access to a clean room. Where he sometimes dissembles the drive, transfers the physical drive platters to an identical hard drive that he keeps just in case he needs it. He then makes a copy of the data to another drive. Then he runs his software, sometimes for 10's of hours depending of the type of damage. The BILL will start at $1,000 and can run into the $10,000's. This is not something you do in your back bedroom with freeware downloaded from some hackers site.