Backing up an iPhone back-up to an external hardrive

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by griffmeister, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. griffmeister macrumors newbie

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    Hello all,

    I have backed up the actual iPhone backup file on my Windows, to an external hardrive.

    Question is this - I am going to wipe my computer and reinstall everything. Computer is playing up so want to clear any potential virus' etc. So once I reinstall iTunes and plug in a new iPhone - can I restore from back-up, the very copy I backed up to the hardrive? Which I would of course paste back in to the relevant file directory on my Windows computer. Will it contain all the data I had previously synced from my iphone to itunes? SMS'/Apps/Photos etc?

    I am aware of iCloud, but I just wanted to know if the above method would work. If I didn't back-up the backup file externally, and wiped my computer, I assumed I'd lose the iTunes back-up completely. This is all with the instance of having a blank iPhone btw.

    The file directory on Windows is:

    AppData > Roaming > Apple Computer > MobileSync > Backup
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

    Shirasaki

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  3. griffmeister thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But that's the thing. ITunes cannot do a job if and when I wipe my hardrive.
     
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 603

    Shirasaki

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    However BEFORE you wipe your hard drive iTunes can do their jobs nicely. Copy paste is risky because you have no idea which file is missing or corrupted during the process, let alone having the risk of losing your data. There are so many cases which backing up data generated by an application by copy paste related folder does not Actually help.
     

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