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Can you pull a backup off of an iPhone3G in "connect to itunes mode"?

Asked by aaronheaberlin808 (69 points ) January 21st, 2010

Ok here is my situation, recently my harddrive failed on my laptop and it got replaced. I had not yet synced my iPhone with it out of losing all my music. Now today my iphone froze up and i hit the home & wake/sleep button to force restart it. Now it is stuck on the apple logo and sometimes it will come up a loading circle and stop about half way through a rotation. I have force restarted it multiple times. I also have been able to get it into “restore mode” easily. My question is: Is there anyway i could possibly pull a backup off of my iPhone in “restore mode” The worst thing is because my HDD got replaced in my computer i will lose most of my contacts since i’ve gotten to college and thats alot of ppl to try to get numbers back off of, I’m not so worried about the music as i am my Contacts. If there is anything or any ideas you have please put them on here. I’m fairly skilled in these things typically but this one hit me by surprise.

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Well what you’ve gotten yourself into is something called “recovery mode”. It’s really annoying. I ran into it a few times and lost quite a bit. What I’d suggest, although I dont know if this’ll work is something called Blackra1n. It’s software that lets you jailbreak your iPhone. The reason why I’m suggesting it to you is because when it jailbreaks your iPhone it puts it into recovery mode and works it’s magic. I was playing with my iPhone and it got stuck in recovery mode. My friend suggested I reboot it with blackra1n and now its perfectly fixed.

What recovery mode does is locks away all your contact info and everything else incase of a software failure. What you should do is open your task manager and kill any iTunes related things running. Then plug in your iPhone and run blackra1n. Click make it rain and let the program run it’s magic. Once it’s done some guy’s face appears on your iPhone’s screen and it’ll reboot. Now you should be done. Just open iTunes and sync/backup your iPhone. If you dont want to keep the jailbreak just back up everything and restore your device.

Hope this works.

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