4959 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 21, 2010 3:46 PM by wjosten
iTunes places the backup files in the following places:
* Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
* Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
* Windows Vista and Windows 7: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\
You will most likely have to turn on "show all hidden files & folders" to see them.
Wjosten - thanks for the response, but even with "show hidden files" the updates are not there. "Devices & Preferences" show that I made back-ups for my iP4 and my old 3GS today but they're not where they should be. When I sync new or updated Apps iTunes shows it's doing a back up ("stage 1 of 5") and this takes a couple of minutes but it's not putting them in the usual place. The Backup folder just has updates from when I installed the iP4 in July. Interestingly if I RH click the device and select "backup" the progress bar in iTunes fills in a few seconds and then rverts to the Apple logo so probably nothing happening. Any ideas?
Only ONE normal backup is kept by itunes. Its actually an incremental backup in that only the data that has changed is actually backed up. Any other backup listed would be a time/date stamped backup created from a restore. Restore backups are time/date stamped and not overwritten. In itunes, under preferences, devices, what do you show listed for iphone backups? Unless you've restored your phone, there should only be one listed.
Wjosten - thanks that's really helpful. I've got three back-ups - the first in September 2009 when I got the 3GS, the second when I set up my iP4 and named it "Wills Phone" and the third when I renamed the 3GS "wills 2 Phone".
I've been looking at the properties for each file and been confused by the dates. Sort of assumed there would be a "modified" tab. Now you've explained that the updates are culmulative on top of the first back-up, that explains it. Dohh!
Many thanks for your help.