soooo ****ed off right now, updated to 6.1, and was ready to restore and do the jailbreak only find itunes has deleted all of my backups, every single sodding one. which is made worse by the fact that windows 8 doesnt have shadow copies automatically enabled like win7. Thankfully i havent lost everything, just my messages and app settings. But seriously come May im jumping ship to galaxy s4, had enough of apple now
Android is fine and all, but Backups on Android are a bigger mess than they are on iOS so I don't see how that is going to solve your problem. I'm shocked that you lost all of your backups somehow. Sorry, man
. I have Time Machine snapshotting my drive, and that has come in handy to get older backups restored.
iTunes doesn't delete all your backups unless you explicitly delete them from Prefs. It does delete older backups every n'th backup but never the whole set. Unless you meant to say that iTunes somehow deleted the backup you did just before you hit the restore button, which I find quite implausible unless you didn't let iTunes finish with the backup.
edit: suppose that did happen... you might be lucky if it's lingering around somewhere in Recycle Bin.
Also, have fun doing backups on Android. Out of box there isn't a one-step backup and restore process for phones. You'd need a bunch of third party tools to do that.
Best thing to do is unlock, root your Android phone and install Titanium Backup. (But you will have to RTFM for Titanium Backup before using it...). Alternatively, you can do backups in Recovery (as of ICS) that are "image" type backups (I believe). That's a lot of fun (having to boot up into recovery just to get a proper backup)! Don't know who has time for that....
The stock Google "Backup" is a complete and utter joke. No app data. No call/SMS history. Very few settings are restored. No homescreen backup. All it basically does is re-load your last wall paper and re-download all your apps (yipee!!!).
If you are going to Android for a better backup experience, prepare to be disappointed.
i did a normal itunes backup, backed up fine, even said last back up done at 17.40, updated to 6.1, then gave me the option of setting up a new phone only, which i thought was weird, so browsed to the location of the back up files in AppData/Apple Computer etc and the mobile sync folder was empty, so for some reason itunes spazzed out and deleted every back up, no sign of it in preferences either
Wow, that is bizarre
. Sorry that happened. I'll be sure to double check my backup folder now!