iPad Backup Takes Hours!?!

Trapped Wind

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Jul 27, 2010
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I'm new here and not sure if this has been discussed before but backing up my iPad before it sync's takes HOURS. Does anybody have a fix? Is it possible to do an incremental or do you have to do a full back up every time?
 

3lionsbecks

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Jul 19, 2010
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I'm new here and not sure if this has been discussed before but backing up my iPad before it sync's takes HOURS. Does anybody have a fix? Is it possible to do an incremental or do you have to do a full back up every time?
I think you may need a new computer? My 7yr old Dell would take "forever" to back up, sync, update etc in iTunes for my Touch but my MBP and iMac get it done 'lickity split'

might be time to update your system.....those new iMacs look pretty sweeeet
:D
 

saberahul

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Nov 6, 2008
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Are you using USB 1.1 or 2.0? If you don't know what they are just wiki them and then reply.
Possibly your computer is too old (as mentioned) or iTunes is crashing and getting stuck. It would also help to state the amount of memory being used on iPad (if 60Gb then it'll take longer than 20GB - common sense).
I have about 10GB on my iPad and it takes less than 1 minute for a full backup.

To answer your other question:
No, a full backup isn't required everytime and I believe under Options you can uncheck something to not do auto backup. Play around with it.
If you do not do a full backup every time, I'd suggest doing it once a week - however if you happen to find out the problem and do a backup in shorter amount of time, you may wish to keep it at instant backup.
 

mklnk

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Apr 14, 2010
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Every file on your ipad has to get backed up once, and then again any time it's changed. If you downloaded a lot of files to good reader, downloaded a lot of apps, downloaded a lot of anything, all of that stuff needs to get backed up.

The upside to this is that if you cancel the backup while it's in progress, the files that were backed up won't need to be backed up again, so you may notice the progress bar filling up faster the next time you back up.

I had this same problem when I first got mine. I would let the back up go for about 30 minutes each time before giving up and cancelling it. Once I noticed the bar moving faster each time and figured out what was going on, I let the back up finish overnight and since then backups are taking a few minutes each time to update my pages and numbers files.
 

mklnk

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Apr 14, 2010
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Ok, I have a Win7 64bit quad processor QX9650 with 4GB of RAM. USB 2.0. My backup takes HOURS.
Have you ever completely finished a backup? Have subsequent backups taken longer than the first?
 

pooryou

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I think you may need a new computer? My 7yr old Dell would take "forever" to back up, sync, update etc in iTunes for my Touch but my MBP and iMac get it done 'lickity split'

Nope does the same thing on my 2009 octocore Mac Pro.

This is the same bug that used to exist for the iPhone and then was fixed.
Hope the iPad gets a fix soon because it is a PITA.
 

3lionsbecks

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Nope does the same thing on my 2009 octocore Mac Pro.

This is the same bug that used to exist for the iPhone and then was fixed.
Hope the iPad gets a fix soon because it is a PITA.
Not sure why you'd be having that issue when backing up. I just synced and backed up my iPad and it took no more than a couple minutes. I have about 45gb of data on my 64gb iPad.
 

pooryou

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Not sure why you'd be having that issue when backing up. I just synced and backed up my iPad and it took no more than a couple minutes. I have about 45gb of data on my 64gb iPad.
Don't know, but everything is updated to latest versions.

Perhaps due to having a lot of content in apps such as Goodreader and ComicZeal? Dunno but it happens.
 

Ricardo ayala

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Aug 11, 2010
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I had the same problem and the solution was to disable all the network conections (no wifi, no ethernet)...after that the sync on the iphone and the ipad it's really fast...Hope this can help
Regards from Mexico!
 

miamijim

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May 26, 2010
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I found it was ComicZeal that slowed mine.

I reduced the amount of files I had on it and it sped right up.

It is a great app but just sync one collection of comics at a time.

My update went from 14 hours to 9 mins after I removed 700 comics from the app.
 

arctic

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Jun 18, 2008
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No need to delete your files in Comic Zeal. Follow mklnk's instructions (post #5) and you'll be fine. After a complete backup, your subsequent ones will only last a couple minutes or so (unless you add a new bulk of comics again).
 
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