1. dmsweibel's Avatar
    I have a question, when restoring an iPad from iTunes, does it,


    A long time back in 2011, I had a jailbroken iPad 2. I had iFile which allows me to access the root filesystem (folder: var). I created a file containing my personal passwords. The file is not a default system file. Since the banning of jailbreaking on tablets in 2012. I restored the iPad to its defaults from iTunes. Now I am wondering, did the iTunes Restore, delete that file left in the var folder? I intend to sell my iPad and would hopefully be assured that the iTunes Restore deleted that file.

    -Regards

    Notes: I do not want to re-jailbreak the iPad and look for it myself because it is no longer allowed.
    09-09-2013 12:55 AM
  2. Eileen89's Avatar
    Thread moved to the Jailbreak section for better exposure.
    09-09-2013 04:52 AM
  3. 098v's Avatar
    Yes it did delete the files but to make sure plug in your iPad into you computer and make sure that your device's pass code lock is disabled, if you have one on it, now open up iTunes and click on your device on the top right and where it says restore shift-click, for Windows, or command-click l, for Mac, this will bring up a pop up screen which will ask you to locate the IPSW to restore to find it and choose the selected IPSW you want to use and follow the steps on screen this will restore the iPad to factory setting completely empty of contacts, apps, whatever, it will be erased from your uPad as if it never existed.


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    09-09-2013 11:03 AM
  4. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    And FYI, it is NOT illegal to jailbreak your ipad/iPhone/iPod.
    09-09-2013 01:10 PM
  5. dmsweibel's Avatar
    Including all the random data in the var filesystem just to confirm? Much appreciated. Thanks
    09-09-2013 10:05 PM
  6. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    Including all the random data in the var filesystem just to confirm? Much appreciated. Thanks
    Yes, Restore as new thru iTunes and it never happened.
    09-09-2013 10:52 PM
  7. dmsweibel's Avatar
    Can you possibly explain what the restore does? Does it format the ipad then reinstall the software? So all filesystem directories are erased cleaned, and third party software or data is wiped? Is that how apple retains a zero virus capability?
    09-11-2013 01:25 AM
  8. 098v's Avatar
    Can you possibly explain what the restore does? Does it format the ipad then reinstall the software? So all filesystem directories are erased cleaned, and third party software or data is wiped? Is that how apple retains a zero virus capability?
    More or less that's what this restore method does, this method wipes the device clean of files and any folders then installs the firmware leaving the device as if it was brand new, if you still don't get it (sorry if it sounded rude), it's like installing/upgrading your PC's OS to a higher version, it formats the drives so it's completely empty then installs the new OS. As for the virus free thing it's not always virus free as those data are coming to an end as before there was a virus released called FlashBack ad FlashFake both of which were later fixed but still it shows that you can get a virus on a Mac. Read more here : m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1625110


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    09-11-2013 08:36 AM
  9. savillev's Avatar
    How do I get to the root directory on an iPad 3rd gen? I lost audiobook/sound and one thread stated to delete a line from the directory.
    12-31-2014 07:03 PM

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