For data recovery software, I like using 3uTools for reinstalling iOS on devices and Wondershare for putting all of the data recovery files into neatly organized folders on a USB drive. 3uTools also works sometimes to fix a failed iOS update. Wondershare is not cheap, but I have yet to find another tools that recovers takes binary files from an iTunes backup and neatly organizes them into folders, like Photos, SMS, Contacts, Videos, etc.
- 3uTools (Windows only)– Free!
- Wondershare Dr. Fone – Backup and Restore – $29.95
- iBackupBot – $34.95
Also, you’ll want to invest in some USB drives: