My mom has an iPad 2 which says 'iPad is disabled Connect to iTunes". She uses it daily and knows password by heart, so it's not a bad password lock. Also, it was charged fully day before last good use and same day evening it was found to be disabled. So, it's not a battery drain case either. Either way, I want o restore it without losing her data Current state - battery 90%; no wireless icon though wireless is on (we never turn it off); OS version is not known but I am pretty sure it's 5.x (I changed my last laptop in April 2013, and this laptop has no backup of iPad, so I never connected iPad with my new laptop). The last upgrade I remember making to iPad with my old laptop was iOS 5). Btw, when I replaced my laptop, I took backup of iTunes data under My Music folder, but didn't know that real backup is buried in a system folder (cursing Apple). I copied iTunes data to my new laptop and I can see iPad apps in iTunes. Is it anyway possible to create a backup from the iTunes data, so iPad can recognize it as a friendly computer. There's a very nice post given on modmyi (Fix iPod Disabled for 41 Years WITHOUT RESTORE) but it's pretty old and says the method will work with 4.x.x. Will this method work with my iPad? Any other forums / posts / links please? Appreciate any help. P.S.: There are so many users out there grappling with this issue. I believe Apple must provide a way out other than restore (and losing data) to the genuine owners by verifying their id. Nobody would mind if they charge a nominal fee for it.