Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 1:43 AM (in response to Jimjolli)
the same thing happend to me. Although it happend in the following order:
First when I got my iPhone 5 I selected to transfer settings and data from iCloud. During this process I got the error, that the process was interrupted and I should try restoring with iTunes.
So I tried restoring from iTunes backup and again I got the error the process couldn't be finished because the iPhone was removed, although it wasn't.
Now I just synced with iTunes and it did work. Although my settings didn't get transferred which is really bad because of data in apps that I do need.
So now I tried restoring from backup in iTunes again and this time the same thing that happend to you did happen to me as well. My iPhone did disappear from iTunes and the screen was simply pitch black.
When I tried to start my iPhone the Apple logo did appear and after that it was off again.
The solution for this issue is to get your iPhone to restore mode. To achieve that you gotta press and hold the power and the home button at the same time. By the time the Apple logo appears you release the power button, but keep on holding the home button.
Now you should see the screen with the usb cable and the iTunes logo.
iTunes should now recognize an iPhone in restore mode and you can safely restore to factory settings. I'm doing this right now and afterwards I'll try to restore from my backup again.
I'll post the results as soon as I'm done.
Oh, and btw: It seems that having Xcode open at the same time trying to restore from backup does have a negative effect on the speed and stability of the process.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 1:53 AM (in response to Jimjolli)
I waited 4 hours and still no progress, so I just unplugged my iPhone and it was fine, but hadn't restored from the back up. So I just did a restore from iCloud rather than through iTunes and all was fine.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 2:05 AM (in response to Jimjolli)
This time the restore from backup did work. Third time is a charm, isn't it?
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2012 8:24 AM (in response to Jimjolli)
I am having the same issue trying to put my back up from my iphone 4 I lost to my Iphone 5 and it just stays there for hours and where it says time remaining it goes up instead of down . I have updated everything and even tried with my mc affee firewall off any other tricks I should try? anything would help! thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2012 8:35 AM (in response to Jimjolli)
Restart everything: turn the phone off, then back on and close iTunes then restart. reconnect the phone. If the phone shows up in iTunes you can try again. If that still doesn't work: right click on the device on the left side of iTunes, and try restoring from an older backup. Your data will still be on the computer, so it shouldn't vary too much. If you are successful with an older backup that might suffice - if not, at least you know you can use that backup - try the newest one again (maybe the backup was bad).
Currently Being ModeratedOct 25, 2012 6:51 PM (in response to Congo_1)
I've tried that and its no use. I have tried it twice more from two older backups and its the same story. It stays stuck and the only way to close itunes is to unplug the iphone or restart the computer. After this the computer recognizes my phone as the old one I had and it syncs the apps but no contacts, pictures, app data, notes etc and to make it worse it gets stuck on finalizing sync. Now I'm getting more worried because for every time I have tried this it creates a new restore point and I have like 3 more tries left before my restore from September which is the one I want won't even be on that list anymore. I might just take my computer with me to an apple store and see if they can do something to make it work!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 30, 2012 10:22 AM (in response to Jimjolli)
Have you managed to fix it? Is your iPhone working? Im currently having the same problem,I did a back up on my iPhone 4,plugged in my iPhone 5 pressed restore from back up ( I only have the 1 back up anyway) and poof!!! the iPhone 5 icon dissapeared from iTunes and the phone went blank!!! I pressed the On button at the top still nothing,waited & waited and then when i pressed it again it came on!!! Look through my phone all my contacts are there,notes,emails,messages but Not a single App & no music? So this is my third time trying,did the back up again,iPhone icon dissapears and the screen goes blank AGAIN!!! it´s been like this now for about 2 and half hours!!! I dont know what to do!!! and whats annoying me is,the only thing I´m missing is my apps and music!!! plus the apps i got on my iPhone 4 i dont have on my computer and some apps that I´ve got no longer exist on the app store!!! So they no longer show up on my purchased list!!! because they´ve taken those apps off the app store!!! HELP
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 12:46 PM (in response to Jimjolli)
the same here, just got my new iphone 5, and wanted to restore it with itunes, and it has been with the restore in progress for over 3 hours now, and I am dying to use it !! don't know if I should disconect or what
Currently Being ModeratedNov 27, 2012 10:53 PM (in response to decb94)
I have the same problem as decb94, did you find a solution??
Currently Being ModeratedNov 27, 2012 10:57 PM (in response to hookuprob)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2012 8:42 PM (in response to Jimjolli)
I am also having the same issue. Every time I try to do a restore from iTunes backup, it gets about halfway and then they time goes up and up and the computer starts acting whacked out.
I have so much app data that I have no access to now that I have upgraded to the 5. This has become an incredibly frustrating purchase!!!!!!!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 30, 2012 12:37 PM (in response to Jimjolli)
Apple isn't very user friendly or should I say... It's not very friendly to the user.... Should be simple to turn my new iPhone 5 on and restore from iTunes... 16 hours now. I fancy getting the galaxy s3 and ramming this iPhone 5.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 30, 2012 12:38 PM (in response to Jimjolli)
Any rich guy from apple in Cali want to respond?.... I dare u
Currently Being ModeratedNov 30, 2012 12:50 PM (in response to Jimjolli)
P.s. soon I'll post a link to my YouTube video of me glassing my new iphone 5 out of sheer frustration. I would live to sit on my hole for 6months and come up with a new smart phone that is 0.01mm thinner than before..... Legends! Well worth your millions boys and girls.