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#1 Technique

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 07:44

I'm undecided between replacing my iPhone 3GS with an iPhone 4S or a Galaxy S3, but that's by-the-by.

I'm looking at either totally formatting my HD and/or replacing it with a new, bigger HD. It's likely though that i'll have replaced the phone before i get a new HD.

What i want is to backup the iPhone backup & put it back in whatever directory it's supposed to be in once Windows has been fresdhly installed again.
This is so that if i get a 4S or even if i get an S3 but replace it with an iPhone in the future, then i can restore from the backup & have all my old settings, text messages, apps etc etc on the new iPhone.

Hopefully what i've said has made sense. If so, how do you do it? Thanks.


#2 Elliot B.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 07:50

I'm undecided between replacing my iPhone 3GS with an iPhone 4S or a Galaxy S3, but that's by-the-by.

I'm looking at either totally formatting my HD and/or replacing it with a new, bigger HD. It's likely though that i'll have replaced the phone before i get a new HD.

What i want is to backup the iPhone backup & put it back in whatever directory it's supposed to be in once Windows has been fresdhly installed again.
This is so that if i get a 4S or even if i get an S3 but replace it with an iPhone in the future, then i can restore from the backup & have all my old settings, text messages, apps etc etc on the new iPhone.

Hopefully what i've said has made sense. If so, how do you do it? Thanks.


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#3 OP Technique

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:31

Would backing up the address path as described in post #6 also save all your SMS text messages too?

The OP in that thread only seems concerned really about their saved games & the progress in the games. I'm concerned about the whole lot - games, progress, text messages, settings etc.

#4 Shadrack

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 20:24

iBackupBot has a feature to do all kinds of stuff with SMS text messages from an iPhone backup.

#5 OP Technique

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 21:59

Just had a look. Seems promising. Shame it's another program you have to pay for in order to do away with the trial :(

#6 Shadrack

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 22:03

If I'm not mistaken, it's just a nag screen if you don't want to register. But I think all the functionality stays the same (I could be wrong).

#7 Ambroos

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 22:16

Just copy over the entire %AppData%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup folder and you'll be fine. (%AppData% automatically points you to the right folder)

#8 Elliot B.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 05:26

Just copy over the entire %AppData%\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup folder and you'll be fine. (%AppData% automatically points you to the right folder)

Doesn't work. When you restore it back, it only places the apps back and not the app data.



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