9 Replies Latest reply: May 10, 2009 9:45 AM by drumroll99
AEsco48 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I backup/sync my iPhone to my laptop... I will be going on a trip and I am going to be taking my laptop. In the case I lose/get stolen my laptop and iPhone I will have nothing. How do I save my iPhone back up file onto another computer/external HD?

Thanks
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Not much of a need or reason to.

    Your iPhone's backup is not a complete backup of all data on your iPhone. ITunes content and photos transferred to your iPhone from your computer via the iTunes sync process is not included with your iPhone's backup.

    Your iPhone's backup includes data such as most iPhone settings, email account settings, contact info, calendar events, SMS messages, notes, recent calls, call favorites, photos in your iPhone's Camera Roll, and 3rd party app settings and data created and stored by a 3rd party app.

    When syncing iTunes content with iTunes on another computer does not touch or affect the data on your iPhone included with your iPhone's backup. Before syncing your iPhone with iTunes on another computer, with your iPhone connected and without syncing, control-click on your iPhone in the iTunes source list and at the menu window that appears, select Back Up.

    You should focus on your iTunes library being included with your computer's backup along with all photos stored on your computer.
  • AEsco48 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "Your iPhone's backup includes data such as most iPhone settings, email account settings, contact info, calendar events, SMS messages, notes, recent calls, call favorites, photos in your iPhone's Camera Roll, and 3rd party app settings and data created and stored by a 3rd party app."

    This is exactly what i want to back up..... that info is only on my iPhone and laptop, and if i lose both while being in the amazon jungle... you get the point.
    I want to be able to restore a new iphone i would buy after i lose my laptop and current iphone.

    I want to backup my iPhone to an external HD basically...

    My laptop is a PC.

    I have just a few songs and videos in my iTunes library....that i could not care less about.


    Thx

    Message was edited by: AEsco48
  • Craig Baron Level 3 Level 3 (680 points)
    The real issue is that you need to completely backup your computer. All your original data, media, etc. should be on your computer (not just on the iphone), and a stolen computer or a failed hard drive will put all your data at risk. If you can recover your original data, you can always re-sync a replacement iphone. Get an external hard drive and make complete, periodic backups of your computer hard drive. Also consider maintaining an off-site backup for important data (different location or on a remote server).
  • Buegie Level 6 Level 6 (13,330 points)
    The iPhone/iTunes created Backup location on Windows is at:

    C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

    As an FYI (and for others who visit this Thread), here's a list of all the possible items to backup for iTunes/iPhone/iTouch/iPod:
    1) All Music Files in their current folder structure (usually located in and under the ‘iTunes Music’ folder)
    2) All Application Files in their current folder structure (usually located in the ‘Mobile Applications’ folder)
    3) All Album Artwork Files in their current folder structure (usually located in and under the ‘Album Artwork’ folder)
    4) The Library database file: ‘iTunes Library.itl’ located in the ‘iTunes’ folder
    5) The Library XML file: ‘iTunes Music Library.xml’ located in the ‘iTunes’ folder
    6) The iTunes Library Extras.itdb and iTunes Library Genius.itdb files, also in the ‘iTunes’ folder
    7) Any XML playlist files created for Playlist retention
    8) The two iTunes.pref files (optional)
    i) C:\Documents and Settings\<your username>\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iTunes.pref
    ii) C:\Documents and Settings\<your username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer Inc\iTunes.pref
    9) The XML file of Ratings, Play Counts and Last Played attributes saved from the main Library and created by Otto’s SaveRatings script (also optional, but recommended):
    “Download this: http://ottodestruct.com/itunes/SaveRatings.zip . It's a program, just run it like any other program. Run it on the machine where you're copying the info from BEFORE you move the files to the new machine. Click the "Save Ratings" button and it'll create a ratings.xml file. Now when you move the files, move the program and this file as well. Then after you make your new iTunes library, run it again and click the "Restore Ratings" button. Voila, all your information is back in the Library. Well, most of it anyway, it's not perfect. It'll tell you what songs it couldn't figure out though, and there's usually not very many.”
    10) The folder(s) used to store and sync photos to your iPhone (if applicable)

    Best of Luck Buegie
  • AEsco48 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Instead of backing up the whole computer... OS and all, i just back up the folders where I have data specifically created/modified by me....
  • AEsco48 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    well i have vista and found it here: C:\Users\name\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

    the other apple folders in the C drive dont say anything about backup

    it has two folders with names like: f041462150ad1b3520a3bca926637cd46df3a49d in here there are a lot of files named like this: 0a37c355a2256d250f3a3be1192bbfd7e58a6581.mdbackup

    and then three files like this: Info.plist with info, manifest and status as the file names....

    both folders have the same file types. Is this what im looking for?
  • Buegie Level 6 Level 6 (13,330 points)
    "+both folders have the same file types. Is this what im looking for?+"

    Everything in and under your "C:\Users\name\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup" folder.

    Copy and archive it all (i.e. - different periodic iterations if you ever need to restore something from a previous time). Just do not ask me what all those folders/files contain...

    Best of Luck Buegie
  • Buegie Level 6 Level 6 (13,330 points)
    Making a complete HD image (or clone) for restoration purposes is a huge time-saver when rebuilding your PC's HD. Depending on how much software you use, this can be a long task to re-install, update and configure the many programs. Been there - done that. If you run a lean PC w/little software, then this is less daunting.

    Also: many software programs have settings that you most likely want to retain. i.e. - Account Settings, Address Books, Mail Rules for Outlook (or similar); Browser Bookmarks and Security Settings; MS Word/Excel/etc. personalizations; you get the point. Finding them and making sure you back them up can be difficult (but can be done).

    It just depends on what you have and how much time you are willing to spend on "either end" (disaster prevention vs. disaster recovery).

    Best of Luck Buegie
  • drumroll99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes it might be a time saver...but what if I WANT to rebuild my machine. What if I WANT to start from scratch, installing only the programs that I want and restoring ONLY THE DATA. What if I use an online backup service to backup my data every night? Perhaps I don't want to backup my entire machine.

    I appreciate your comments and tips on this post, but keep in mind that power users might want to take more control over their data.

    It would be nice if Apple would come out with a definitive knowledge base article about this subject. (I found one explaining the difference between backups and syncing, but that's all I found.)