Backing up iPad 2 before installing iOS 5 GM?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Imola Ghost, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Imola Ghost macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    I'm wanting to know how I should go about backing up my wife's iPad 2 before I install iOS 5 GM? The reason I ask is that I recently did a clean install of my iMac and this would be the first time I've plugged/synced it since the clean install, so it want's to erase and delete everything.

    I've got PhoneView so I can manually backup her photos and books. However the applications are being a little tricky. I don't see a way to get a copy/backup her applications.

    I'm going to be in the same situation on her iPhone 3GS also so I want to address this. I don't have to worry about her Contacts and email because we use MobileMe for syncing those.

  2. darkfiber macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    Columbus, OH USA
    I'm not sure I follow you. Do you mean another way to back it up other than connecting it to iTunes and syncing it? That will back everything it up. As a matter of fact I was in the process of installing iOS 5 GM on my iPad 2 but my Windows 7 PC is complaining about an unknown USB device just before it was going to restore using the iOS 5 GM. So I ended up having to restore from my backup of the 4.x.x version I was running.
  3. Imola Ghost thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009

    Just imagine that you have synced/backed up your iPad 2 on another computer so when you plug it in and try to sync it with the other computer iTunes wants to delete/erase it.
  4. Rubo Draco macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2011
    Related Q

    I have another related questions about backing up...

    - What if I don't want to backup my iPad before updating to iOS 5?
    I remember when I hit the "don't backup" option from the update, the process cancels itself.

    - will I have to delete all data from the iPad using iTunes and then perform the iOS update?
    cause my PC has just 8GB left, so I won't be able tu backup.

    - is it possible to backup everything to iCloud, including the non-bought from iTunes things?
  5. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Plug in iPad
    Cancel sync
    Right click iPad and select backup
  6. iKIKO macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2011
    yeah do a back up before, i personally make 2 back ups just in case before doing anything with restores or updates ;)

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