Backing up the iPhone backup..?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by StinkyDonk, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. StinkyDonk macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2012
    I'm undecided between replacing my iPhone 3GS with an iPhone 4S or a Galaxy S3, but that's by-the-by.

    I'm looking at either totally formatting my HD and/or replacing it with a new, bigger HD. It's likely though that i'll have replaced the phone before i get a new HD.

    What i want is to backup the iPhone backup & put it back in whatever directory it's supposed to be in once Windows has been fresdhly installed again.
    This is so that if i get a 4S or even if i get an S3 but replace it with an iPhone in the future, then i can restore from the backup & have all my old settings, text messages, apps etc etc on the new iPhone.

    Hopefully what i've said has made sense. If so, how do you do it? Thanks.
  2. FoxFifth, Oct 21, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012

    FoxFifth macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    In Windows 7 the iPhone backup is located at: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

    There is more information (including Windows XP info) at:

    I tracked that down a while ago (before I switched to a MacBook Air) so that I could insure that my iPhone backup was backed up to Mozy online. Another alternative for you would be to backup the iPhone to iCloud.
  3. StinkyDonk thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2012
    I had a look at backing up to iCloud today, but it didn't seem to work. Just didn't seem to do anything at all.

    That aside, it said there was only 5GB available. There was more if i was willing to pay, which i'm not. My iPhone is a 16GB & i only have about 2GB left.
    I have iFunBox which i've discovered lately which lets me drop in apps. Very helpful it's been. Don't know how helpful in this case though.

    If i copy that entire directory, will it also copy my text messages & all the rest too?
  4. DefBref macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Apps and itunes bought media don't count against your 5Gb allowance. They are already on Apples servers so no need to make a individual copy for everyone. I'm willing to bet the majority of your space is itunes media/apps and you won't come anywhere near using your 5Gb.
  5. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    The vast majority of things are not backed up:

    -Recoverable/replaceable App content*

    *Basically, any data that an App stores which can easily be recreated or re-downloaded will not be backed up.

    e.g. a Book in the Kindle Store will not be backed up

    A presentation made in Keynote should be backed up

    Your progress in Angry Birds should be backed up (but not the game itself)

    My iPhone has about 16GB of content, but the backup is only 400MB or so.

    Yes, the entire backup will be copied.

    If you ever want to use that backup, you can just copy it back to the same directory on the same or a different computer and restore from it.

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