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Full iPhone 4 backup even if just partial Sync?

2403 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 21, 2010 10:26 PM by Allan Sampson RSS
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Aug 21, 2010 7:30 AM
I do a full sync (minus Calendar) on my home computer once a week, so i would imagine thats a full backup. On my work laptop I only sync my Calendar, do this multiple times a day. Is the backup on my work computer a Full back up?

Thx.

AE
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Aug 21, 2010 8:14 AM (in response to AEsco48)
    The iPhone backup that is updated by iTunes as the first step during the iTunes sync process is a full backup for the data on the iPhone that is included with the backup when syncing whatever you are syncing with iTunes on each computer. After the initial full backup has been created, only the data on the iPhone that is included with the backup that has changed since the last sync is updated with the iPhone's backup.
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  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Aug 21, 2010 8:46 AM (in response to AEsco48)
    No.

    Please read my previous post again.

    The iPhone's backup, which is updated by iTunes as the FIRST step during the iTunes sync process is completely separate from your selections under the various tabs for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes. Whatever is synced with the supported applications on your computer such as contacts and calendar events or that is transferred from your computer occurs after your iPhone's backup is updated.
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  • patrickrn Calculating status...
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    Aug 21, 2010 10:12 PM (in response to Allan Sampson)
    I just bought iphone4, so the first time I ever connect my iPhone to iTunes on my iMac I will have to wait for the full backup to finish? And iTunes told me the backup would take about 2 hours. Does that sound right? Thanks.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (122,145 points)
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    Aug 21, 2010 10:26 PM (in response to patrickrn)
    Was your iPhone activated at the store when purchased, or was it shipped to your house?

    If the former and it was purchased today, if your iPhone is backed up with the first sync with iTunes, there should be very little data available on your iPhone to be backed up. The backup for my iPhone 4 after using it since the release date takes less than 15 seconds. The iPhone's backup is not a full backup or mirror image of all data on your iPhone. The backup does not include any iTunes content including 3rd party apps, and it doesn't include any photos transferred from your computer.

    If you activated your iPhone with iTunes the first time it was connected, there will be no backup with the first sync with iTunes, and depending on your selections under the various tabs for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes with the first sync - how much music, videos, 3rd party apps, and photos selected to be transferred to your iPhone, the initial sync will take some time but it shouldn't be two hours.
     MacBook Pro 15" Intel Core 2 Duo/2.53GHz/4GB RAM/500GB HD, Mac OS X (10.6.4),  iPod w/Video 30GB,  iPhone 4 32GB

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