doru saidnot a bad idea, I think i’ve got a LiveCD somewhere, will go it a go before spending any money
don’t know if this could help but I used this trick couple of times:
I use a linux live cd/dvd to boot a system (no install it works directly from disk)usually linux is able to read stuff that windows for some reason doesn’t see or doesn’t let you touch. I’m assuming you have windows, I’m not sure if linux can bring to life an apple device, probably yes.
I think its not must that only an author can do any technical work. I joined themeforest for some other work but while browsing threads, i just saw this and thought to help you. Well, that’s your choice. Good luck