Copy iPhone backup to a new computer, then restore to a new iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by boatingcow, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. boatingcow macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2011
    Not the ideal situation but here goes!

    In preparation to upgrade from an iPhone 3GS to an iPhone 4s, I backed-up the old iPhone using iTunes in the normal way. Now, before the new phone arrived, the computer holding the backup crashed and wont boot up! I have been able to access the hard disc as a slave device and I can see various files, including where the iPhone backup files were kept.

    Does anyone know the best way to copy the backup files from the iPhone 3GS on the old hard disc to a new computer and restore that to a new iPhone? Is it a simple case of copying the files from the MobileSync folder???

    (the backup computer was Windows XP if that makes a difference - the new computer will probably be Windows 7)

  2. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    I don't use iTunes on Windows. But give this a try.
    - install iTunes in new pc,
    - copy the entire fold from old pc to new
    - copy the iPhone backup file over
    - connect and sync phone to itunes in new pc
  3. lhnguyen macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2013
    Same problem!

    I need assistance on this as well. I have moved the back up from my computer to my laptop, in the same file where the back up was stored; but when I try to restore my iPhone on iTunes, my file doesn't show up.

    Please help! :(
  4. MrMacMack macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2012
    That's my thoughts too. Reply back OP and let me know if that worked.
  5. lhnguyen macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2013
    I have done all these steps and placed the back up file to the file location where it should be; but when I open iTunes and try to restore it, it doesn't show up
  6. aj.ilover04 macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2011
    You can just backup again on the new PC and use that backup to restore to the new iPhone. But mind you, your 3GS should have same iOS version when the file is being backed up to the 4S iOS version when it gets the files.

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