DrHouse & addiosamigo - I am not aware that any of these options work on an iPad which is protected by a passcode and has never been linked to the PC which you are attaching to! DrHouse, I have a clean Ubuntu installation. It cannot read either of my iPads which are both passcode protected UNTIL I unlock the device by entering the correct passcode. Obviously, this is of no help to the OP since the passcode is unknown. addiosamigo, same deal with these tools. IF the device has been unlocked on the PC at least ONCE you will be able to access the device because the correct encryption key will be saved with the driver, but since the OP stated the device is not paired with a PC for syncing, then again, there is no way this should work for him. If either of these security flaws existed on all passcode protected iPads it would be a pretty serious and many many folks would be up in arms about it! Sorry iRich, but AFAIK there is no way to bypass the security of an iPad which has an unknown passcode and has not been paired and unlocked at least once on a PC to which you have access. I'd be extremely surprised if you found a way to gain access.