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Mr. Dyer,

I so so hope you can help me, please forgive me if I read and this is not one of your areas of expertise.  I have an iPad, I recently clicked and download a patch or update via  In doing so one of the updates changed the format in which notes are filed/sorted and viewed.  I deleted what I thought was a simple three paragraph note.  What I did in fact was deleted something or something including one specific note that I had been compiling for years.  To say it is just a loss is an enormous understatement.  In my minimal research I learned for $60 I could purchase software that can retrieve deleted notes as long as it has been less that 30 days.  30 days have come and gone and I still daily get frustrated at my ignorance for not backing up and many other steps I should have taken and apple for the ridiculous update.

I would tear this open and trash it if I could retain my note document.  It's that valuable to me.

Can you help?  It's an iPad 3
Thank you. Rey much for your time,


Thanks for writing! I use an iPad daily, and though I've not run into your situation, I understand the intricacies and implications.  I would suggest restoring your iPad from a backup prior to when you deleted the note, whether from iCloud backup or iTunes backup.

Let me know if this works!


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I don't answer Mac OS 9 questions anymore, thank you. Current Tech: Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.8, Some shell scripting, cron, Mac OS X Server 10.2-10.6, AD-OD Integration, Automator, Word Press Blogging, All CURRENT Mac models, iLife '09 and previous, iWork '09 and previous, Apple Remote Desktop, WiFi, iOS jailbreaking/unlocking, some MS SharePoint (design, not development) Devices: iPhone(original-4s) & iPad(through 3rd gen), AppleTV(all models), Airport Express, Time Capsule Old Skool, meaning I have this experience as a base, but don't answer questions on it anymore: Mac OS Environment 7.5.3-OS 9 (please upgrade for pete's sake!), PowerBook G3/G4(all models), Mac/Windows Networking, PowerPC 604-G4 desktop models, Outlook 2001, Photoshop 7 and previous, Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX Mac OS X Public Beta-10.4, all Windows Server operating systems and use. Dabbler: Newton 2100 w/ WiFi and NSync, Yellow Dog Linux, Suse Linux (PPC), Ubuntu Linux, Vista Business


I worked in IT for ten years with a specialty in Macintosh technologies and Project Management.
I've worked with the Macintosh Operating system and various machines since my first PowerMac 8500 running Mac OS 7.5.3 in 1996. I support my friends and family in keeping their Macs healthy and upgraded. Now I use a MacBook Pro for our home media network and we're pretty much down to iPads and iPhones for daily use.
Most important: I've also worked on PCs for a number of years with various flavors of Windows(95,98,NT4,2000,2000Server,2K3Server,SBS 2K3Server,Mil,XPHome,XPPro, Vista Business), but I've always used the Mac as my platform of preference.
Publications : VPNs and Outlook(2001)

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I'm an Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) through 10.4 and have the lower certs as well (ACTC for 10.1 - 10.6), an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist for 10.3 (ACHDS) and a member of the Apple Consultants Network, as well as an Apple Product Professional for 2002-2009.
I have an MCP cert. from MS as well...

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