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Very Slow iPad Backup/Sync

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  • JVXB Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Aug 17, 2010 3:19 PM (in response to Tim Harbison1)
    More backup hog apps:

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    Zillow
    Cogs HD
    Dominion
    Dell, Windows XP
  • swimmer5150 Calculating status...
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    Aug 17, 2010 3:25 PM (in response to Tim Harbison1)
    My iPad has been doing the backup thing for 3 hours and it is only HALF way through.
  • tobyrayfield Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 18, 2010 7:19 AM (in response to swimmer5150)
    Is there any way to stop the backup applied during updating?
    I just installed the 3.2.2 update and can't stop the backup...
    It's going to take all night at this speed....
    At least give us the option to decide if we want to backup!
    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • socceteer Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Aug 18, 2010 9:34 AM (in response to tobyrayfield)
    There is a program you run on your computer called "BackOff". This program will disable the backup feature on iTunes.

    Try that. Do a search on this thread, someone posted the link to the download.
    IBM Thinkpad T60, Windows XP Pro, I also have a Sony Viao with Win XP and a Book Air
  • Yefchak Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 18, 2010 11:25 AM (in response to socceteer)
    Same problem on my system, or maybe even worse. After canceling the backup a few times, last night I tried to cancel so I could install the new 3.2.2 update. Somehow iTunes crashed, and after I rebooted and tried to sync again, there was no "cancel" (x) button during the backup! It's been syncing for eight hours, still no where near finished. This is insane!
    Windows 7
  • Howie2g Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 18, 2010 12:29 PM (in response to Yefchak)
    My used to take long but what I do now besides using the proper cable is disconnect my network so the Internet is turned off. It flies through it now and takes maybe 5 minutes to backup.
    32 gig wifi-3G
  • socceteer Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Aug 18, 2010 2:18 PM (in response to Howie2g)
    It is insane that people have to go threw all these steps just to install the new firmware, or just to add a movie, or music, anything.

    Apple needs to fix this.

    I have almost the same apps on my iPhone as I do on my iPad, my iPhone takes 5 minutes my iPad hours..!
    IBM Thinkpad T60, Windows XP Pro, I also have a Sony Viao with Win XP and a Book Air
  • mtnmedic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 18, 2010 8:42 PM (in response to Tim Harbison1)
    Count me, too, among the many who are seeing ridiculously long backup times. Nothing I do seems to alleviate the problem. I've only used up about 8GB of my iPad's total available space, the vast majority of that being apps. Some books and photos, no music, no podcasts and no videos. If there's one thing that irritates me about my beautiful iPad, it's the backup. And yes, I have the "backoff" program, which makes for ensuring a speedy sync. However, I just got done setting up a new primary computer and am in need of doing a full initial backup of my iPad once again. NO backup of any modern-day, 21st century device should take hours, unless we're talking terabytes of data over a relatively slower connection. Apple really needs to pay attention to this and provide a fix as soon as they can.
    Dell XPS One, HP Tablet PC and Sony Vaio P530H Ultraportable, Windows 7, iPad 64GB WiFi+3G!!
  • jbandera Calculating status...
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    Aug 18, 2010 9:04 PM (in response to Tim Harbison1)
    Wait...listen! You hear it? It's the sound of crickets chirping. Anybody there, Apple?
    PC, Windows 7
  • Barry O\'Neil Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 19, 2010 3:45 AM (in response to jbandera)
    This will be one of those things Apple fixes without even acknowledging the problem. It will magically "heal" itself. I just have backups turned off now and do it manually leaving it overnight where necessary. £700 for an iPad that I can't even backup, shocking. I've even started a blog about it lol

    http://barrysownblog.wordpress.com/

    Message was edited by: Barry O'Neil
    i920 @ 4GHZ water cooled, Windows 7, iPad 3G 64GB, iPhone 3GS 32GB, iPod 2G 32GB
  • JVXB Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Aug 19, 2010 11:34 AM (in response to Tim Harbison1)
    NICE JOB, Barry! I'll bookmark and spread the word.

    I know iPads are hugely popular in the journalist community. All my Twitter journo chums were amongst the first ones to get an iPad. So why don't we see any articles about this problem? Surely they have the same huge backup delays that we do?

    This backup lag needs press coverage, because apparently, Apple is the new Microsoft: they don't give a hoot about an ongoing problem.
    Dell, Windows XP
  • JVXB Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Aug 19, 2010 11:42 AM (in response to Tim Harbison1)
    Incidentally, ever since I solved my particular backup problem (they come in many flavours), I haven't had one lagged backup.

    It's a shame this isn't a real forum, because the same questions keep getting asked by newcomers, without the possibility of a sticky to help them.

    So, to recap:

    1) USE BACKOFF the free MAC/Windows programme if you want to do without backups

    2) DELETE apps like Zinio, Zillow, Kayak, Cinexplayer, newsreader/rss feed apps that generate data slowups

    3) SCROLL UP to get a link to two user-created Windows programmes to see which apps are the most file-intensive and DELETE them

    4) If you have high-hundreds/thousands of apps, PRUNE and keep only the ones you want. It causes Apple server overload

    I guarantee you that this will help 90% of all iPad owners with their backups.
    Dell, Windows XP
  • mzbik Calculating status...
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    Aug 19, 2010 1:06 PM (in response to JVXB)
    Deleting apps because they have a lot of files? Deleting backups and staring afresh? Disabling backups altogether?

    These are all workarounds, not solutions.

    The iPad should backup smoothly and efficiently in a predictable amount of time based on the app and the amount of data it has stored. From what I see, it is not predictable (people don't understand why it was zippy yesterday and geologically slow today, or that Windows 7 32 bit is at least 10x faster than Windows 7 64 bit).

    You should be able to guess at two numbers MSecPerFile (overhead per file) and MSecPerKB (overhead per kilo) and then divine what your backup time should be.

    Using USB 2.0, the theoretical maximum is 480Mbps ~ 60MB/s. Allowing 100% overhead, you should be able to backup 30MB/s. I get 1/100th of this on Windows 7.
  • mzbik Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 19, 2010 7:25 PM (in response to mzbik)
    And for more information, on a 32 bit machine, the AppleMObileBackup process is actually consuming CPU. On the 64 bit OS, it is totally idle.

    Apple Devs: perhaps your menas of synchronizing data transfer between apps has some hidden dependencies on the 32 bit implementation of the OS...
  • Zinio Support Calculating status...
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    Aug 20, 2010 10:13 AM (in response to JVXB)
    We understand your frustration. And we’ve found a way for you to still read as much as you want, without the hassle of a long backup. The Zinio team immediately put our engineers to fix it. On Aug 16th, we released an update to the iTunes (Version 1.6.1) that fixes the problem entirely. If you haven't updated the app already, please do so. Happy reading! - Zinio Team
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
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