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Sorry to hear about your issue :(
So does your iPad say it is now disabled?
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On your ipad, let's hold down the power button and the home button together for 30 sec. Let me know if you get a USB cable pointing to an itunes logo.
I understand. You are getting the error because the ipad is not going into recovery mode. The recovery mode screen looks like a USB cable and an itunes logo as described in the website.
Let's try it this way. Press and hold the power button and the home button together until you see an apple logo. The very moment you see the apple, let go off the power button, but keep on holding the home button for another 20 sec. Let's see if it goes into recovery mode.
So it still didn't go into recovery mode, correct?
Unfortunately, without getting the ipad into recovery mode, we won't be able to start the restore process.
I guess you get the apple logo after holding the buttons together for some seconds.
Let's try this without connecting the ipad to the computer.
Hold down the power button and home button together for 40 sec. Let's see if this goes into recovery mode.
Don't let go off the buttons even after seeing the apple logo.
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