Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to marksi)
This support document talks about backups http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4946. Photos and video in the Camera Roll are designed to be imported to the computer on a regular basis to be backed up. While the backup is supposed to save pictures and video, they can be lost. When the phone makes a backup and then another backup is made thereafter, it overwrites the last backup. The only backups that are always saved and not overwritten are the ones made before a restore and/or iOS update. If you go into iTunes, you can see what backups exist for the phone. You can use a different one when restoring from a backup if they are available. As long as you can see the backup in iTunes, you can restore to it.You cannot tell iTunes to use a backup that does not exist in the listing in iTunes.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 9:46 PM (in response to ChrisJ4203)
Thanks for trying Chris, but the horse is out of the barn. I found out all of what you mention above the hard way. The back up folder exists, I recovered it using a disk recovery tool. I'm hoping some apple guru can describe how to "hack" my backup back onto my phone.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 9:54 PM (in response to marksi)
What you get here are users not Apple people. This is a user to user support forum. The only way to get iTunes to even have a chance to recognize a file you have created it for it to be located in the folder backups are located in and to be identified the same as the ones that are already in there. Since the backups are incremental and overwritten during each backup, I don't believe it is going to happen. My best guess is the recovered folder that you have is not saved in the same format as the backup files are saved in iTunes. Good luck, but I believe you are going to be disappointed. If you could extract the photos from the backups, I would just sync them back to the phone via iTunes.