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My old iPhone is semi-bricked. It turns off after a few minutes and doesn't get past the load screen.

It has important data on it which wasn't backed up. I'm trying to access the hard-drive's contents without resorting to a hard-drive recovery company.

Someone mentioned to me that you can use a Linux machine and the program Amarok to access the drive's contents. However, my phone wasn't jailbroken nor had the usb tethering option enabled. Plus, it had a passcode on it, so I'm guessing this method wouldn't work.

Are there any other ways you can think of to access the drives contents using a Unix machine? Is there any way to take it apart and connect a cable directly to the hard-drive?

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Take a look at this article* to see if it will give you what you need.

I haven't tried it yet, as I was looking at tethering which involves compiling some kernel drivers, but I don't think you'll need it for just accessing the contents.

Good luck!

* Apparently the original link does not work anymore (five years later). I've changed the link to a copy from archive.org.

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The link does not work. It is redirecting one to a different ad site every time it is clicked. – Karthic Raghupathi Jun 19 '15 at 10:14
The answer was written five years ago. Looks like that site is no longer around. I've changed the link in the answer to a copy from archive.org. – Evan Jun 19 '15 at 10:44
Thanks for updating the link. – Karthic Raghupathi Jun 19 '15 at 10:45

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