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Restore to Old Backup

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Omus Calculating status...
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Apr 23, 2009 8:11 AM
Yesterday I accidentally uninstalled an application which contained some valuable information. After reinstalling the app and noticing the data was gone I searched and found out what I need to do is a restore. Unfortunately trying to restore from a backup only lets me choose the latest iPhone backup which does not contain the information I want.

Is there a way to restore the iPhone to an older backup file? It looks like I have more than just one backup in the backup folder ( "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\#######" I'm running Vista ) but I only have one option in iTunes.
iPhone 3G, Windows Vista
  • clayneal Calculating status...
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    Apr 23, 2009 11:02 AM (in response to Omus)
    When you click restore in iTunes you should be given an option as to which back up to use.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 2.0/4gig/320hdd
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,685 points)
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    Apr 23, 2009 11:33 AM (in response to Omus)
    iTunes normally keeps only one backup (it overwrites the old one every time you sync). The exception is when you perform a Restore from Backup (an extra backup is created, and left alone until manually deleted).
    17" CD MBP, iPhone 3G, iPodTouch, Mac OS X (10.5.6),  since the ][e
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,685 points)
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    Apr 23, 2009 12:07 PM (in response to Omus)
    In the kbase article you linked, look down two bullets from the section you copied:

    +If you choose to restore the software to factory settings, iTunes will ask you if you want to back up the iPhone and iPod touch. _The backup created when you restore a device is separate from the one created when the device is synced._ The backup created prior to a restore is marked in the syncing preferences of iTunes with the date and time when the backup was created.+

    That's why you see two backups.
    17" CD MBP, iPhone 3G, iPodTouch, Mac OS X (10.5.6),  since the ][e
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,685 points)
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    Apr 23, 2009 12:50 PM (in response to Omus)
    Glad to help!

    Note that going forward, you can manually create multiple 'incremental' backups of your iPhone by going to the location of the backups that you list in your first post, and copying the folder with the UID name (long hex string) within the Backup folder to another location on your HDD. If you want to roll back to that particular backup, you simply swap that folder with the one currently in the specified location. (You can associate the UID-named folders with the iTunes-listed backups based on the modified dates.)
    17" CD MBP, iPhone 3G, iPodTouch, Mac OS X (10.5.6),  since the ][e

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