How does one make a Mirror image backup of everything?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by MacieMcMacFace, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. MacieMcMacFace macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2016
    What tools can I download or buy to make exact replica images of everything including the OS. Sort of looking for a ISO style exact image tool. That could be restored to a phone or looked at in detail on a computer. Or maybe a program can save all the operating system files. I guess they would be forensic in nature. What is possible?

    Thank you.
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    iTunes does it for free just connect it to a Mac or PC and create a backup.
    Alternatively use iCloud back up (but I always keep my own data secure).
  3. MacieMcMacFace thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2016
    I was not sure if the iTunes pc backup also saves the OS files. I was under the impression it only backed up ehat was needed to replicate what was there before but excluded unnecessary OS files that are never changed etc.
  4. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2012
    The Left Coast
    There isn't really a way to create a binary image of an iOS device, at least not officially.

    You don't really want one anyways. If you ever have problems, you often DON'T want to restore the OS itself, just your content.

    It seems to me that you are trying to solve a problem that you haven't really explained. What is it, exactly, that you are trying to be able to do?
  5. MacieMcMacFace thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2016
    I guess I'll have to google search this a little harder. There has to be a way but the tools may be expensive. but I DO want to be able to restore the OS files. I want an exact replica. It is not for normal restore purposes. More for future forensic purposes.
  6. RobertBosworth macrumors newbie


    Apr 29, 2016
    I'd also would like to try the iCloud back up, but not sure it will save all the os settings.. Here is the official information about the backup and storage, but here is n info about the saving settings:
    anyone who'll find write me to private messages or reply here. thank you
  7. Mascots, Jul 20, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2016

    Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    After you make this mirror image, are you planning on looking into it?
    iOS makes this very hard to do because the filesystem is wrapped in an encryption (disk encryption) that requires the physical device's hardware to interpret. User facing information will be wrapped with File Data Protection independently as well, and will be impossible to decrypt without the physical device and passcode.

    Good luck on your searches, though!

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