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Old Jun 26, 2010, 08:49 AM   #1
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iTunes error 3014 when restoring iPhone 4 (and your previous iPhone was JB)-Solution

OK, maybe this is posted somewhere, or it's common knowledge, but I've been pulling my hair out for hours trying to restore my iPhone 4 as new after initially restoring it from a backup (3GS jailbroken). I needed some data from my apps on my iPhone 4, so I first activated the phone with the backup--no problem. But then I wanted to start 'fresh', so I restored as new, and so began multiple hours of frustrating troubleshooting.

I kept getting iTunes error 3014 right at the end of the firmware installation on the phone, so I spent hours troubleshooting using what I found on Apple's site and on the web. The last thing I tried, and the ultimate solution for me was to go into the hosts file (C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts-open with Notepad) and delete the IP address-Saurik's server (IIRC, added to enable restore of 3GS after jailbreaking). I thought I'd have to hunt down another IP address and write it in place of Saurik's IP address, or that iTunes would write it, but neither occurred, and my iPhone 4 restored to new without a problem after deleting that IP address and saving the file.

I hope this helps, and saves someone else the frustrating time I had.
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