1 Reply Latest reply: Nov 26, 2010 6:06 AM by lllaass
Steven Shmerler Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
I've read the iPad book and a few Apple tech notes on this but am still not 100% clear on the differences. It seems we can sync, backup and transfer our iPad data to our computers.

Frankly, I don't understand why there isn't just one process that "backs up" your iPad to your computer so there is a mirror copy of data in case you need to restore your iPad, existing or new one if lost.

Can some one summarize the difference between the 3 and a strategy to have ALL your iPad info on your computer? I use MobileMe BTW so my contacts and calendar are always synced using Push.

Thanks. Steven

Mac Pro 3.0 GHz Quad-Core, iPad WiFi + 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 30" HP LP3065 Monitor, 22" Cinema Display
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (154,420 points)
    A backup only backs up up certain items. Other items are synced from your library and other places. See the following for what is in a backup:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4079

    The transfer only transfers/copies iTunes purchases to a computer. It is useful when you buy items directly from the itunes store from your iPad. It is also very useful when your computer crashed and you do not have a backup. Thus, you can transfer music (which you can't redownload for free unlike app where your can).

    Unless you cancel it, a backup is made every time you sync. Doing a backup alone is useful if you computer crashed and you do not have a backup. That way you can, along with doing other things like transferring purchases, get your iPad back to syncing with a "new" computer.