Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 4:18 PM (in response to Clara_718)
not an apple-sanctioned way. there might be some data recovery sites if you google. like ways to just extract some info from a backup
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 4:38 PM (in response to Clara_718)
If I'm not mistaken, you can load your backup from the 16 onto the 8 and iTunes will attempt to load as much as it can. iTunes will warn you that not everything will be loaded, but it should truncate music and video since those are the last things loaded. Your contacts, texts, and then apps get loaded first so those will certainly fit on the 8.
Once the sync completes, change your sync settings to limit the amount of music and/or videos so that you fit the primary stuff on future re-syncs.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 6:53 PM (in response to rockmyplimsoul)
it won't attempt to load as much info as it can, it will simply say that the backup is too large. music and videos and other itunes info isn't stored in the backup anyway
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 10:13 PM (in response to amy_lou)
music and videos and other itunes info isn't stored in the backup anyway
I know that, which is why the backup itself should fit, and the when backup guides iTunes to start loading media from the library it may very well do as best as it can.
Do you have direct experience that says otherwise?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 11:16 PM (in response to rockmyplimsoul)
I do have a lot of direct experience with this problem. It's not going to work because the backup only has photos, videos, contacts, etc. but the iPhone also has to fit the OS, apps, music, etc. which won't show on the backup.
There are some third-party apps out there that will let you extract shtuff out of the backup but I don't have direct experience with those, use at your own risk.
If you had iCloud, you can get back all your contacts, etc. without doing a restore.