Keeping Data on iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Reddkryten, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Reddkryten macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009

    I was wondering, does anyone know a way to keep data constantly stored on the iPad, without having it being deleted when space runs low?

    I recently added a few new films to my iPad, updated Arkham Asylum etc. and didn't realise how full my iPad was getting. Then today I went to read a document in pages, only to find it was no longer on my device, it had been quietly deleted.

    It was backed-up to iCloud, so getting it back was not a worry in this situation, I'm just not so sure about next time. What if this happens again, only next time it happens when I am nowhere near wifi? If I'm filming in the middle of nowhere, or during the interview I had last week? If this were to happen in either of those situations it could be a disaster.

    So is there any way to tell my iPad or iCloud what data it can and cannot erase? My angry birds save game is expendable, my documents are not.

    Thanks for your help, all the best.
  2. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    How could you iPad know what is important to you and what is not.

    What size memory are you talking about. 64GB is a lot of room and if it is filled up, not much to say except make some choices.
  3. Reddkryten thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    Easy, a little "do not delete" slider in the settings for Pages. Or an option in iCloud that, when the iPad runs low on space it can either quietly delete, or inform me that I am out of room.

    I have made some choices and cleared out 9GB of space, but that's the thing I made the choices, I don't like my iPad making choices for me, especially when they could go so badly.

    I didn't even know the iPad could delete data until today, I'm glad it happened today and not on wednesday, because if it had happened then I would have shown up and been unable to do my job.
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Store your Pages documents in iCloud or Dropbox.

    My iPad has never deleted anything I didn't specifically ask it to. Seems like a glitch.
  5. Reddkryten thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    I already do, but that's the issue, what happens when I am nowhere near wifi when I realise the data is gone?
  6. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    iPads, iPhones and most other smart phone WILL delete data to preserve system operation.

    If you do not want them to make choices for you then YOU need to clean out what you do not need/want.
  7. Reddkryten thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    Arkham Asylum is hardly a system operation.

    My issue is not that the iPad deleted data, it's actually quite an intelligent way of
    managing space, the issue is my machine did not ask.

    If when I downloaded Arkham Asylum a little popup saying "hey, this file is a bit big, if you download it we will delete some of your other stuff, do you want to proceed?" that way I would have known of the issue and been able to deal with it.

    The iPad deleted documents I need to work, behind my back without informing or consulting me, I feel more than a little betrayed.
  8. Stealthipad, Feb 27, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012

    Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Get over it as it is the way it is!

    If you are getting low on memory, it will do it again, TAKE IT AS A HINT:p
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I totally agree with what you are saying, but unfortunately at the moment there is no way to tell the iPad not to delete data. As I understand it, not all apps do this, only ones that know their data is backed up somewhere and can be redownloaded. So paradoxically, Pages might not have deleted your data if you hadn't been using iCloud sync. However, to have this happen in the background without informing the user, and to have this "feature" not be well-publicized, is, as you say, very problematic. I suggest you leave feedback to Apple, and let them know why you have a problem with the way this is implemented.

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