Doing fresh install of OSX...need to save iPhone backup.

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by scull20, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. scull20 macrumors newbie

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    Greetings,

    A little background:

    I have a first gen Mac Mini with Mac OS 10.5.8 installed on it. Needless to say its painfully slow. I have nothing else installed on the machine other than the OS and iTunes and I literally only use it to sync my iPhone on. However, its really just too slow for me to tolerate so I want to do a fresh install of OSX using the discs that I have that came with it hoping it will run faster.

    That being said:

    I was wondering if someone familiar with this process would be able to provide some insight on where I need to go to save the iTunes backup, my pictures, apps, songs, etc. so that after I do the install I can just put everything back where it came from and plug my phone in like nothing ever happened.

    Thanks for the help in advance, I greatly appreciate it!

    -Ryan
     
  2. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    The iphone backup file is located in "/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup"

    You probably also want to grab your itunes folder which is located in "/Users/USER_NAME/Music"

    if you have pics syncing to iPhoto grab that at "/Users/USER_NAME/Pictures"
     
  3. scull20 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the response!

    So if I back those folders up onto a flash drive, reinstall the old OSX, then put them back in the same places after the install I will sync normally?

    -Ryan
     
  4. RafaelT macrumors 65816

    RafaelT

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    Yes, I believe that should cover everything you mentioned.
     
  5. scull20 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great, thanks again!

    -Ryan
     

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