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Kohkane
Aug 8, 2008, 09:22 PM
It takes mine about 2 or 3 mins after the first backup..
I'm just curious because I've seen people complaining that it takes 20 or 30 mins to backup their iPods... :confused:



WillJS
Aug 8, 2008, 09:27 PM
My 16GB iPhone w/ oh say.. 7 apps takes maybe 20 seconds or less. No kidding.. My iPhone was put into this world by Jobs himself. :)

Viremia
Aug 9, 2008, 07:36 AM
My 32GB Touch with 20+ GB of music, a couple movies, and about 12 apps takes less than a minute to backup

MacinJosh
Aug 9, 2008, 07:50 AM
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less THAN

I refuse to vote because of this. THAN!!111!!!one!!eleven :P

Kohkane
Aug 9, 2008, 10:08 AM
It's THAN THAN THAN THAN

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I refuse to vote because of this. THAN!!111!!!one!!eleven :P

I'm sorry? O.o :p

cokids
Aug 9, 2008, 10:16 AM
It takes mine about 2 or 3 mins after the first backup..
I'm just curious because I've seen people complaining that it takes 20 or 30 mins to backup their iPods... :confused:

Yes, it takes under 5 mns for me, but I have only about 15 songs on my touch and a few podcasts and one video. I know people who carry their whole music collection of several thousands songs....I bet it takes them longer! So, is this a question that can be answered meaningfully without further info?

Beth

Kohkane
Aug 9, 2008, 11:18 AM
Well I've posted on two sites. Here and iPod Touch fans. On IPF the majority of the people say it takes 2-3hrs to back up. Here the majority of the people say it takes less then 5mins. So I'm guessing having a little more info would be nice...I have 665 songs and about 19 or so apps and it takes less then 30secs now to backup.

seeny
Aug 9, 2008, 11:37 AM
it takes my ipod touch 32gb 10sec's - 15sec's

Blakely028
Aug 9, 2008, 11:55 AM
My 8GB iPod touch with 450 songs, 5 movies and 20 apps takes around 10 minutes to do the backup. Then it takes another 5 minutes to sync :eek:

Ivan P
Aug 10, 2008, 01:55 AM
15 minutes and counting for my current backup...

iParis
Aug 10, 2008, 02:05 AM
Like... really ********** long!
I have a 6Gen 80GB iPod and it acts like how a Windows 98 on crack would after a curious little 12 year old boy who just did his first porn search that lasted 3 hours, especially when I try to sync it.
Well... depending on how much music I'm putting on that wasn't there before.
If I sync all my music and it has nothing on it, it then takes about... hmmm... I have never tried that but I think it will take a really long time considering I have 60GB of music.
BUT I JUST PLUGGED IT IN AND IT WON'T EVEN SHOW UP IN iTUNES, AND IT'S BEEN PLUGGED IN FOR LIKE 30 MINUTES!
Ugh, >.<

Eric Isaacson
Aug 10, 2008, 07:14 AM
10-20 minutes, but a couple of my backups have taken over 1 hour.

scotty96LSC
Aug 10, 2008, 07:45 AM
Never had a problem. Less than a minute to backup from the beginning.

Renator
Aug 10, 2008, 08:08 AM
I've a 16 gig Touch with about 14 gig of "stuff" on it. Backup takes 5-10 secs, with the whole sync taking far under a min. I never timed it. Can't understand why people have these huge times.

JML42691
Aug 10, 2008, 08:13 AM
I have an 8 GB iPod touch, usually, with the first syncing of the day, it will take my iPod about 2-3 minutes to back it up, but last night when I synced it, it took over 50 minutes just to do the backup, yet alone the sync. And the only difference was that I installed 2 free apps on the iPod and downloaded a song (also on the iPod), hardly anything that should make it that long. Apple should make a way for this to go faster or optional.

Mikey-
Aug 10, 2008, 08:34 AM
Only takes my iPod Touch about 10-15 seconds.

mavis
Aug 10, 2008, 09:36 AM
Both my Touch and my iPhone 3G take about 30-45 minutes. I've got about 50 apps installed on the phone, 40 on the Touch. I've disabled backups in iTunes because the delay is just not worth it to me.

PMB
Aug 10, 2008, 10:15 AM
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about 30 minutes before it is done, and thats only 10 apps, and 6 gig of assorted stuff

Heraklitus
Aug 10, 2008, 12:06 PM
Like... really ********** long!
I have a 6Gen 80GB iPod and it acts like how a Windows 98 on crack would after a curious little 12 year old boy who just did his first porn search that lasted 3 hours, especially when I try to sync it.
Well... depending on how much music I'm putting on that wasn't there before.
If I sync all my music and it has nothing on it, it then takes about... hmmm... I have never tried that but I think it will take a really long time considering I have 60GB of music.
BUT I JUST PLUGGED IT IN AND IT WON'T EVEN SHOW UP IN iTUNES, AND IT'S BEEN PLUGGED IN FOR LIKE 30 MINUTES!
Ugh, >.<

lol, good ol Windows 98

Khryz
Aug 10, 2008, 12:09 PM
WTF? I have 28 GB of the 30 GB available on my Touch and it only takes me about 30 seconds to back-up my Touch when I plug it in.

What's wrong with all your chit?

EDIT: I take that back. Now that I installed 3 "pages" worth of apps on my iPod Touch this most recent back-up is taking me 10-15 minutes. The one previous to this only took a minute. What gives?

illusiveninja
Aug 10, 2008, 12:49 PM
my 8gig touch takes anywhere between 15-30 mins usually. it sucks

BucketsTouch
Aug 13, 2008, 07:47 PM
my question is also where is it backing up too ... HD ? :rolleyes:
Mark

SnowLeopard2008
Aug 13, 2008, 07:54 PM
my question is also where is it backing up too ... HD ? :rolleyes:
Mark

yes... essentially a folder/location known to itunes. anyways, my backups take less than a minute. just do the backup the first time and unless you totally change a bunch of things, the next backup should be quick.

Master Debater
Aug 14, 2008, 02:10 AM
My 8GB iPod touch with 450 songs, 5 movies and 20 apps ...

Jeez, how full is that 8GB iPod?

iParis
Aug 14, 2008, 07:28 AM
Jeez, how full is that 8GB iPod?

I'd say maybe halfway full.
450 songs would only take up about 2GBs.
And the 5 movies don't take much if you convert them for a smaller quality which takes up less space.
It he bought them off of iTunes then they're going to take up plenty of room.
And most apps are only a few mbs.

JML42691
Aug 14, 2008, 10:32 AM
Lately I have been doing pretty well, with syncs taking about 5-10 minutes max for a few days, well this morning it took about 70 minutes total to sync, 50 for the backup and 20 to update contacts and apps and stuff (which was BS as the only difference was an update to one app and I downloaded another, both to the computer). This is unacceptable!

atticus18244fsa
Aug 14, 2008, 11:19 AM
I have a pretty awesome comp so this is not the issue. I have about 7 screens of apps and it's filled with vids and music (32GB) and it takes over an hour. It's ridiculous but I like the fact that it backs it up.

Master Debater
Aug 15, 2008, 04:52 PM
Jeez, how full is that 8GB iPod?

I'd say maybe halfway full.
450 songs would only take up about 2GBs.
And the 5 movies don't take much if you convert them for a smaller quality which takes up less space.
It he bought them off of iTunes then they're going to take up plenty of room.
And most apps are only a few mbs.

5 movies bought from iTunes would be around 8GB, so I'm wondering how you convert them to such a small space and how the quality is.

iParis
Aug 15, 2008, 05:22 PM
5 movies bought from iTunes would be around 8GB, so I'm wondering how you convert them to such a small space and how the quality is.

Well you can't convert videos bought off of iTunes.
What you do is download a video from a torrent and then convert it for the right format.
You can also download it from LimeWire but I don't support it.
There are many types of video converters.
The one I use is called Jodix Video Converter, google it.

NelloWare
Aug 20, 2008, 06:02 PM
WTF? I have 28 GB of the 30 GB available on my Touch and it only takes me about 30 seconds to back-up my Touch when I plug it in.

What's wrong with all your chit?

EDIT: I take that back. Now that I installed 3 "pages" worth of apps on my iPod Touch this most recent back-up is taking me 10-15 minutes. The one previous to this only took a minute. What gives?

:cool:

I have the 16gb Touch. This is my 5th iPod. With each iPod, I've used, there have been some problems that Apple finally fixed with updates.

We know that it wouldn't make sense to back up your music, videos, podcasts, pictures, games, and programs as they are always on your PC in iTunes.

So what is being backed up?:confused:
Unique data!:rolleyes:
The unique data the programs store, they create, they cache, you create, along with emails you downloaded to your device are being backed up and that's the problem along with the size of the data.

I bought my iPod Touch to replace my Palm T3 and use it as a PDA. Allot of the programs I downloaded are to help me get out of the office. Unfortunately, they generate allot of data baggage. My backups takes about 2.5 hours. I am willing to bet if I remove my emails, my downloaded pictures and the baggage programs, I could get quicker backups. What to look for to reduce data baggage is any program that downloads unique data from the internet and stores it on your device to use offline, i.e. RSS data, emails, databases, web saved pictures, ftp file storage to your device, etc.

Some of the "clairvoyant" programmers have added options to turn off backing up this unique data during the backup process. They should be written into my will!:) Apple must be encrypting this data to your PC and that may need to be tweaked. A better transfer protocol might help as well. Right now an option to turn off this unique data backup would be Apple's best "quick fix" solution.

:apple:Things to help:apple::
- Clear your old emails.
- Clear your Safari cache.
- Only carry those ftp transferred files you really need.
- Set NYTimes to only save 1 days worth of news. :D
- Limit the amount of items stored in Pocketpedia. :D
- After downloading your web pictures or pictures from your camera to your PC/Mac, delete them from your device and let iTunes manage them.

These are only a few suggestions to try instead of canceling your backup for the unique data you really need backed up. Remember, if it's in iTunes it doesn't need to be backed up during the backup process. If you have a few tips, please share.


:apple:My last backup stats:apple::
Time - Fell asleep waiting.:D
Number of files - 6,193
Smallest file size - 117b
Largest file size - 174.4mb
Total size - 1,197,439,579 bytes = 1.2gb

I found this information on my Windows PC in "C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\". On a Mac, someone will need to look this up. As you can also see, these backup can take allot of hard drive space.

If this helps you, reply back to this post and let me know.

Daniel

wbeasley
Aug 20, 2008, 06:17 PM
Hi,

New-ish to Mac and have tried searching to find the location where my iPod Touch is backing up to as I get an error message "3.2G required, 800 meg available".

My system hard drive has 62 gig available. My external drive, where I store/consolidated my iTunes library, has 40 gig available. So I'm struggling no only with the amount of time it is taking to "backup" but why it doesn't think there is enough room.

Hope someone can point me in the right direction.

(I have 4 pages of apps, quite a few movies and a few albums of music on the iPod, in case this helps). My 4G and 5G iPods never seem to have this problem.

Cheers!
Wayne

NelloWare
Aug 20, 2008, 07:01 PM
Hi,

New-ish to Mac and have tried searching to find the location where my iPod Touch is backing up to as I get an error message "3.2G required, 800 meg available".

My system hard drive has 62 gig available. My external drive, where I store/consolidated my iTunes library, has 40 gig available. So I'm struggling no only with the amount of time it is taking to "backup" but why it doesn't think there is enough room.

Hope someone can point me in the right direction.

(I have 4 pages of apps, quite a few movies and a few albums of music on the iPod, in case this helps). My 4G and 5G iPods never seem to have this problem.

Cheers!
Wayne

Wayne,

The problem you are having is the new items you want to add to your Touch is greater than the space available. I had the same problem before. I had to remove items to make room for the new content.

One trick is to create a folder in iTunes for your iPod Touch, create and/or drag your playlists to this folder. When you click on the main folder, look at the bottom of your screen for the items, hours, and size. Make sure that it won't be larger than you available space on your iPod. The next time you want to sync, select the folder and all of it's content from the "Music" tab of the iPod Touch and check "Include music videos".

Hope this helps,

Daniel

isethx
Aug 20, 2008, 09:01 PM
i have over 12 gigs free and it takes 20-30 min! ridiculous!

iamabigbanana
Aug 17, 2011, 07:27 PM
I plugged in my iPod 30 minutes ago and it's only 10% completion, but I think the reason that is is that I have over 5000 songs on my iPod and only have less than a GB left of space.

wngster
Aug 17, 2011, 07:57 PM
WOW LUCKIES my ipod 32gb take over two hours in fact its still doing it now and i started 30 minutes ago and the memory is less then half full!!!!:eek:

bearsalley34
Aug 17, 2011, 08:40 PM
My 2G iPod Touch (not jailbroken) literally takes no more than 20 seconds to backup.

tablo13
Aug 18, 2011, 12:11 PM
Few minutes, less than 5 minutes. (Realized it didn't say "restore from backup")

mlmwalt
Aug 18, 2011, 12:14 PM
Less than 5 min for my Gen3 64gb Touch. It only has 45gb of stuff but that's still pretty good in my book. My crackberry takes 20min to backup. Bring on the iPhone5, stat!!!! Chop! Chop!!!

glenthompson
Aug 29, 2011, 03:38 PM
2nd gen 32 gb Touch that's about 1/2 full with mixture of music, apps, podcasts, and video. Takes about 30 seconds to a minute to backup. If I'm updating a lot of podcasts, those updates take longer than the backup.

Glen

happy.hats
Jan 23, 2012, 11:43 PM
I put my iPod on 5 hours ago, and it's still going. LITTERALLY! i'm very angry >:U