3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 19, 2009 1:02 AM by tal1971
Matt Barnes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am completely reformatting my aging iMac in order to clean the years worth of stale data... However, although the applications can all be re-installed, I need to be sure I save all my iTunes info. I have saved off all of the folders contained within the Music->iTunes folder, but does this contain the backups somewhere for our iPhones and iPod touches?

Also, I am assuming then as long as I save off the apps contained within 'Mobile Applications' and 'iPod games' I can just re-import those when I have the system refreshed and ready to go?

Thanks in advance.
  • Jason L Community Specialists Community Specialists (10,645 points)
    Hi Matt,

    This article: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766 provides the location of the iPhone backups, along with details about the data stored in the backup.

    +iTunes places the backup files in the following places:+
    +On a Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/+
    +On Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\+
    +On Windows Vista: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\+

    Yea, you can just reimport the apps and games or download the iPhone apps again.

    -Jason
  • v35bonanza Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have read that article but the path provided does not exist on my system. I do not have a file "Application Data" under my user name.
  • tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
    v35bonanza wrote:
    I have read that article but the path provided does not exist on my system. I do not have a file "Application Data" under my user name.


    Your computer is probably set to NOT show hidden files, I know on my PC which has Vista, I need to go into Tools menu/folder options/click on the view tab, you need to look down the list that will have appeared in the little window for SHOW HIDDEN FILES & NAMES, see the picture in the below link. You need to change this to show hidden files etc and you then should be able to see this folder.

    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2541/39329849571614421d67o.jpg