5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 26, 2009 10:09 AM by bensthebest
jrudyjr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I accidently deleted my current iPhone backup and lost several Notes and very important contacts. Does anyone know how to recover these lost backups? I have an iPhone 3G running all the latest updates.

** I had a 8gig iphone and backed everything up.. i then deleted everything on that phone to give to my mom and backed it up again.. I got a new 16gig iphone and went to restore from backup and it restored it to the deleted info... Im on a MacBook btw...*

please someone save my life... im a audio engineer and have lots of dates in my cal..

**note to self... get MobileMe.....

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Why weren't you syncing your iPhone calendar events with iCal on your Mac, and your iPhone contacts with the Address Book on your Mac via the iTunes sync process?

    If you don't store your contact info and calendar events with the Address Book and iCal on your Mac, what do you use on your computer for storing contact info and calendar events?

    What sort of backup do you maintain for your Mac, and what does the backup for your Mac include?
  • jrudyjr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was using just the regular backup on iTunes... Theirs a folder with a lot files in the back folder. How can I use one of those to recover the lost info?? Or is it even possible...
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    I was using just the regular backup on iTunes..


    Big mistake, but lesson learned.

    Were you using anything on your Mac or elsewhere for storing contact info and calendar events before you purchased an iPhone?

    I suggest that you start syncing contact info with the Address Book and calendar events with iCal on your Mac. If the Address Book and iCal on your Mac are not being used and have never been used, enter one unique contact in the Address Book and one unique calendar event in iCal on your Mac before syncing contact info and calendar events. Make these up if needed, which can be deleted later. This will provide a merge prompt for this data, which you want to select.

    Go to iTunes preferences. Under the Devices tab, is there more than one backup for your iPhone available?

    If not, the backup for your iPhone was overwritten, and there is no way to recover the lost info.

    You should have been syncing this data with the Address Book and iCal on your Mac, which doesn't require having a MobileMe account.
  • scooby1690 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    sorry i may be in the wrong area but i have had to buy a new laptop after spilling a bottle of wine over my old one !! I want to load all the data from my iphone to my new computer to save it ..is this possible????
  • bensthebest Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Scooby, it just depends. What type of data? You can sync with iTunes on new laptop and sync your contacts and calendars over. You can also create a backup on the new computer. You can import photos taken from camera roll. For music/video, you would have to find 3rd party software to get that media from your iPhone onto your new computer. You should also transfer any purchases you made over also.