TUTORIAL - Failsafe method to restore the current version of IOS
I'm not sure what propmpted you to post this here in this thread, but there are several things which I believe need to be challenged...
Originally Posted by sharkskill
1) You are posting this in a tutorial hosted within the Hacking Section of iPadForums. This section is dedicated to the discussion of Jailbreaking, and therefore it is completely wrong to suggest that jailbreaking is not allowed to be discussed. It is the reason this section exists and we warmly welcome and support jailbreakers here. Please can I ask that you check your facts before making statements about the forum policies like this. Thank-you.
2) I am sorry to hear the you have never sucessfully been able to restore any of your devices on the first try. IMHO, that says more about your knowledge and skills in relation to your own configuration of your PC, iTunes, and devices, than it does about a general issue that everyone experiences. I beleive this was clearly evidenced in a previous post from you, where the solution to your problems was seemingly entirely related to your PC and nothing to do with the device itself. People certainly do experience problems from time to time (as I point out in the first post), and that's the reason this guide was written, but you are doing something wrong if it never succeeds first time. To counter balance your view, I don't believe I have had a failed restoration since IOS 5.0.1 was first released. Whilst neither your nor my experience will be typical, the truth will lie somewhere in between.
3) I cannot agree with the statement that "most Cydia apps are poorly coded", and that this could result in people "never being able to recover any of the data on their device". The only situation I have come across which would result in data loss related to jailbreaking in recent times is where folks have installed ILLEGAL siri hacks onto their devices. In 5 years of jailbreaking I have never once lost data due to a Cydia tweak which was not compatible with my device. Safe Mode exists (and has been enhanced considerably over the years) for precisely this reason, so that you can easily recover from any issue of incompatibility. We even have a guide on its use in this very section. Folks that do genuinely lose data tend to do so because they fail to take any kind of precautions, such as taking periodic backups.
You profess to have "tried and done almost everything" with your device, but the evidence above would suggest to me that you have failed to learn many of the basics along the way which would have prevented you having such a negative experience. I hope that, rather than being so entirely negaive about the subject, you can research it in better detail, both here and elsewhere and gain the knowledge to have a much more positive experience.