Backing up iPad to iTunes to external drive?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Mojer, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Mojer macrumors member

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    I am new to iPad 2. I am guessing that backing up iPad to iTunes is the best method of backup. Once iPad is backed up to iTunes how do I save that to an external drive in the event of a PC crash? Thanks
     
  2. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Locate your MobileSync folder and the back-up folder should be there.

    Mac: Macintosh HD> User> (User name)> Library> Application Support> Mobile Sync

    Windows: ? (though it should be a similar path, just locate the MobileSync Folder).

    In the event that your computer does crash, its actually very simple to create a new back-up of your device without syncing it, so it might be a little unnecessary to save your back-up to an external drive.
     
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    I have a D-Link ReadyNAS+. This allows me to setup an automatic backup with either Time Machine or an automatic backup script.

    Since everything is automatic and everything is saved to two hard drives, I should always have a copy (unless, god forbid, both hard drives die at the same time).
     
  4. Mojer thread starter macrumors member

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    How can I do a backup via a USB ext hard drive? What do I have to copy in itunes? Thanks
     
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  7. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    music and apps certainly as they're in the iTunes library, difficult to say regarding documents.

    see here about where the actual ipad backups are stored: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4079

    Are you not regularly backing up your PC anyway? That should get everything and specifically backing up your itunes library would be sort of redundant.
     

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