Backing up iPhone 3G

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  1. AnDi86 macrumors 6502

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    Does the backup of your iPhone 3G whenever you plug it into the PC/Mac take a long time?

    I am using a Mac running 7.7 itunes and it seems to take quite a while to back up!
     
  2. ubersalad macrumors 6502a

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    Syncing has been taking a long while...I think you are syncing.
     
  3. AnDi86 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i am not syncing i just got the sync done... i then restarted the phone and its saying backing up iphone and its just over half way through and i have been sitting 5 mins
     
  4. zaney macrumors regular

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    I've been having the same problem with my original iPhone, after upgrading to the new firmware.
    The backup before it syncs used to take a second or two, now it takes 10 minutes or so. Something weird is going on.
     
  5. Auzburner macrumors 65816

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    Yes, this problem appears to be the biggest issue thus far (was discussed yesterday). For those, including me who used the leaked version - we have noticed that it back's up every time one plugs the iPhone into the computer. Hopefully we will see a fix, because it is EXTREMELY SLOW!!!
     
  6. ph0rce macrumors 6502

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    anyone know if downloading the official software released today cancels out this issue of long backup times?
     
  7. zaney macrumors regular

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    Hasn't solved it for me, still takes an age. Also, when I changed to the official firmware, iTunes told me my iPhone backup was "Corrupt or incompatible with the current software," and I lost all my messages (not a big deal for me, but it may be for some people, so just a heads up)

    I can't understand why the back up is taking so long. It takes longer to do the backup than it does to sync. I shall be relying on the MobileMe over-the-air sync from now on, until this issue is resolved, the backup is making docking my iPhone impractical.
     
  8. greenmymac macrumors 6502a

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    Im stuck at 2 hours
     
  9. byron_hinson macrumors 6502

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    Probably backs up the Apps each time as each apps saves settings and games etc.
     
  10. zaney macrumors regular

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    That's a good point, and probably why it's taking so long. But even so, the average app is only a few meg, most of the ones I have installed are less than a meg. Actual data stored by the app isn't going to amount to much more than login details, and possibly cached content, along with scores and saves for games, so it's doing it all extremely slowly.
     
  11. beergeek macrumors newbie

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    For me it's taking just over 2 hours. If I look in the backup directory

    /Users/.../Application Support/MobileSync/{GUID}

    it's only 250 MB total and 3,400 files. (large, but shouldn't take 2+ hours to back up)

    Hate the thought of it doing this every time I hook up to sync!

    Something isn't right.
     
  12. drainyoo macrumors newbie

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    Same here. Backup is taking much longer. Is this happening to anyone who didn't install the leaked 2.0 software? I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it.
     
  13. zaney macrumors regular

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    I checked mine, it came out as 38.3 Mb, 1,564 files. Certainly shouldn't take 15-20 minutes to back up.
    I'm assuming this is a side effect of a new backup system, possibly of backing up App settings like was said earlier. I've restored to the official firmware and still have the problem.
    I wonder if Apple will fix this, or if it's something we're just going to have to put up with.
     
  14. tjleeland macrumors newbie

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    iPhone 3G is doing it too

    It's not just the pre-release firmware, or even the official firmware on the original phones. I have the 3G, and I'm forced to backup everytime I connect my phone as well. I really hope this gets fixed. It's extremely annoying!:mad:
     
  15. Lexoticstylez02 macrumors 6502a

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    My initial backup lasted around 5-10 minutes but now it's done within 10 seconds and my phone syncs like it should.
     
  16. Cudadown macrumors regular

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    Mine don't. Added 2 ringtones to itunes since last backup this morning and I needed a new full 15+ minute backup from just doing that.
     
  17. ChazDaSpaz macrumors regular

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    Personally I don't think it's worth backing up, if it says backing up and it's taking too long and you can't be bothered just press the small X button next to it, it'll stop backing up but will continue to sync your music and videos etc.
     
  18. digduggler macrumors regular

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    Hmm, same here on original iPhone. Every time I connect it backs up for 10+ minutes. Highly annoying. Only installed officially released firmware.
     
  19. distortedloop macrumors 6502

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    Yep, same here. Horribly long time to backup a 3G iPhone.
     
  20. drainyoo macrumors newbie

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    For what it's worth my most recent backup didn't take as long as the first few.
     
  21. tjleeland macrumors newbie

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    That might work with music, but not with apps. It loads the app after it backs up. I'm assuming that this whole backup thing is to protect us from bad apps. It sucks though. I guess the up side is that after I play with all the free apps I won't be installing apps very often.

    Still, you'd think they could set it up just to backup the files that have changed, but based on the times I'm experiencing, they're not doing that. I've been on this backup for 20 min. on a brand new (two weeks old) computer! It's not even half done.
     
  22. beergeek macrumors newbie

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    And now here is even more bad news.

    I waited for over 2 hours for my iPhone 3G to backup the 20+ apps I had downloaded.

    Then one of those apps decided to restart my phone -- and when it restarted it didn't come back up. Just stuck on the Apple logo. Tried a reset, still nothing.

    Had to try and restore the phone. And then, even after waiting for hours for the backup, the backup failed to restore.

    So I had to start over with a fresh, clean phone. All prefs gone.

    It's doing another backup now (going on 1.5 hours now). I don't know why I don't just kill it.
     
  23. DiamondMac macrumors 68040

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    Yes but the backup has gotten faster the more I sync

    It still takes a little while but I am just dealing with it
     
  24. Xenious macrumors 6502a

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    Original iphone, my backup wasn't slow at all until I bought some applications. Installing Super Monkey Ball has slowed it down more than YP and Remote.
     
  25. drainyoo macrumors newbie

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    Seems like it's an app thing. My syncs were getting faster until I added new apps. Now it's slow again.
     

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