For some reasons, my wife's iPhone and the Passcode that she uses did not work anymore, leading to a DISABLED iPhone.

With the aid of Google and Youtube, I tried my best techie effort to try to restore her iPhone without losing any data. My feeble attempt worked to no avail and just deprived me of precious sleeping hours.

A trip to the nearest PowerMac by my wife proved to be just time wasted as paperworks were required to prove ownership prior to restoration. PowerMac staff said that data may still be lost upon restoration procedures.

My bestfriend ACE, is a techie guy and well-versed in Apple stuff but needs to attend to his wife who was admitted to hospital. 

His advice is just to try restoration that will lose all data, much like re-formatting a hard drive. Anyway, that will be the procedure that PowerMac will most likely do. And then retrieve whatever data saved on the iCloud.

So, for the better part of this Sunday, I tried to restore wife's iPhone with ACE's technical support over phone calls.

I downloaded iPhone firmware that took about 3 hours. Then tried the restoration. It turned out I need to press the shift key before clicking the RESTORE button in iTunes. Then, find the downloaded iPhone firmware for the restoration to proceed properly.

I thought thats the end of it, but no. 

The iPhone could not be restored because the disk I was attempting to use is full.

Can you believe that? Apple requires larger free storage capacity to be able to restore an iPhone. I needed to clear around 5 Gb out of my laptop's hard disk. Tsk. Tsk.

And there, finally, my wife's iPhone was restored to its factory setting.

Some important lessons to iPhone users:

1. Never ever forget your passcode.
2. Do not put your iPhone beside you when you sleep. You might inadvertently press it repeatedly, leading to it being disabled.
3. Always back-up your iPhone via iTunes. iCloud's storage capacity is limited.


A Very Satisfying Sunday

This day turned out to be one of my most satisfying Sunday in recent memory.

Image from here

From work, to adrenaline rush, date with my love, wedding errands, online access and even watching Ginebra win. It's a day filled with things to be glad about and more.

I went to work site just to give the workers under me some pep talk and monitoring. A power outage on site momentarily threatened a normal day at work. Thankfully, my immediate superior came and saved the day.

Then, I had some fill of adrenaline rush driving in and around the workplace, at the risk of getting caught without a professional driver by my side. Good thing; me, the car and those I share the road with are all safe and sound.

Lunch with my special one proved to be the highlight of my Sunday.


Me and my girlfriend even got to do some wedding preparation errands.

When we came back, I was able to catch a Ginebra game that resulted in a dominating win.

To top it all, I was able to blog today. And that is really, icing on the cake!

Image from here

So, thankful. I am.


Retrieving Hidden Files in a USB via Command Prompt

For the nth time, I've again encountered the virus/malware/whatever that hides all the files inside your flash drive or USB. Unluckily, I forgot the complete syntax to unhide them though I used to do it before. I had to google it to recall. I am blogging it here in case I forgot how to retrieve hidden files in a USB again.

Here's how I retrieved the files hidden in my USB on my PC.

I clicked Start on my windows, then typed in CMD

In the command prompt, you need to go the drive assigned to the USB. In my case, it's drive D. Then just type the whole syntax as shown in the image below.

When the drive re-appears, it means that the files have been recovered or unhidden. When you check your USB, a folder with no folder name will then appear. Inside it are all the files previously stored in your USB.

With this, I shall never forget how to recover/retrieve files hidden in any of my flash drives or USBs.



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