How to Use iPad Data Recovery for Mac
iPad Data Recovery for Mac can effectively rescue photos, notes, videos, Safari bookmarks, calendar and other files directly from iPad without backup or from iTunes backup file on Mac OS X.
This guide describes how to recover data directly from iPad 1. If your iPad is not iPad 1, go to guide for iPad Air/iPad mini 2, iPad 4/3/2.
Select "Recover Data from iOS Device" when you don't have iTunes backup file. This recovery mode allows you to directly scan your iPad to find data lost or data on your inaccessible iPad.
Step 2: Preview and Select Lost Files
After scanning, all the files including deleted ones and existed ones are listed by category, such as photos, videos, Safari bookmarks, calendars, and etc. Highlight one file type, and you can preview all the files under this type. Select the files you need to recover on the right, and click "Recover".
Step 3: Recover Lost Data
A window pops up: you need to select a folder on your Mac to save the recovered iPad files. For contacts, text messages, call history and other text file, they are saved in .xls, .xml, .txt file. For media file (photos, videos, audios), they are saved in their original formats.
Select "Recover Data from iTunes Backup File" if you lost your iPad or you failed to directly recover from your iPad. This mode allows you to recover previous data by extracting iTunes backup. Therefore, make sure you have synced your iPad with iTunes before.
Step 1: Select iTunes Backup File to Scan
This software automatically queries the root directory on your computer that contains your unreadable backup (SQlitedb file), displays copies of backup file and allows you to extract iPad data from backup on your Mac. Click your iPad backup and click "Start Scan".
Step 2: Preview and Recover Lost Data
After scanning, all your files backed up by iTunes on this Mac are shown in categories. Hit one category and you can preview them on the right pane. Selective tick or tick "Check all" on the bottom to select all the files. Click "Recover" to start recovering.
Step 3: Recover Lost Files
Specify a location on your Mac to save the recovered files. For text files, they are saved in .xls, .xml, .txt format for better reading. For media file (photos, videos, audios), they are saved in their original formats. Contacts can also be saved in VCF files.
If you have ever backed up your iPad with iCloud before, you can select "Recover Data from iCloud Backup File" by clicking on the iCloud symbol.
Step 1: Login into iCloud Account
When the following interface appeared, type your iCloud account and password (Apple ID) and click on "Sign in". Alternatively, you can click on "Software Access" to allow this sofware to detect the iCloud account and automatically sign in to iCloud -- you don't need to type the account and password again.
Step 2: Download and Scan iCloud Backup
After you log into your iCloud account, the program will list all the backups of devices which have been backed up with this iCloud account. According to backup name, backup date, backup size and iOS version, select you backup file and click "Next" to download this backup file. The downloading time varies based on the size of the backup file. Click "OK" when it completes. Then scanning process starts, and ends after a while.
Step 3: Preview and Recover Lost iPad Data
Select the files you need to recover and click "Recover" to save them on your Mac. Again, text file will be saved in .xls, .txt and .xlm (contacts can be saved as .vcf/vCard as well); media files will be saved in their original formats.
As you've learnt how to use the 3 recovery modes to recovery data from your iPad, you can feel free to choose any of them to perform iPad data recovery by yourself.