A series of unfortunate events:
I had problems with iTunes and had to uninstall.
Was under a time crunch and ended up packing up and moving before installed/backed up.
Kept using iPhone - of course no backup.
Wife dropped phone and a strip of touch screen didn't work - tried to enter passcode could not because of touch screen problem.
Drum roll please.... disabled phone and now in process of trying to recover... iTunes says "unlock phone..." and of course can't because it's disabled.
At this point all we want to do is save the data, we know the passcode, but can't enter it on the phone....

What is the safest way to recover the data since I can't back it up? Tech support of course says "Sorry! Nothing can be done."