Port iPhone backups to new computer

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  1. awadeee macrumors 68020

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    Tomorrow I'll be installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 on my PC and I would like to port all of my iPhone backups to the new installation. I would like to stress that I am not using two different computers; I am hoping to be able to save the files to an external hard disk and then put the files back on after Windows has been re-installed. If anyone could help me with this I'd be eternally grateful. :)

    I don't want to just sync my iPhone with iTunes to create a new backup, because my iPhone 4 is currently jailbroken and I have a backup of it from before it was jbed that I would like to keep available.
     
  2. Cooolpenner macrumors regular

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    The backups are stored in C:/Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup

    Just copy the content to an external drive and after installing Windows7 move them back into this location.
     
  3. awadeee thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'll try this. Thanks!
     
  4. awadeee, Jul 21, 2011
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    awadeee thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This directory doesn't exist in Windows 7. Anyone have any other ideas?

    EDIT: It seems to exist as I've found files in the App Data folder by doing a search but when I go into the "USERNAME" folder I don't see App Data.

    Obviously with "USERNAME" being replaced with my actual name. :p

    EDIT: I found out how to get it. The AppData folder is hidden by default (even if you're Admin :confused:). You have to create a shortcut on the desktop and specify the location as %AppData% and you're good. Just in case anyone was wondering. :)
     
  5. circusbass macrumors regular

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    Mac to PC

    How would I port backups from osx to a new win 7 PC??
     
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Copy them from ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync.
     
  7. circusbass macrumors regular

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    So just to be clear. If I copy those files from the Mac folder specified to the PC folder specified I should be able to start using the PC to sync instead of the Mac?
     
  8. gilesybaby macrumors member

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    Yes, I'm interested in moving from OSX to new Win7 too!

    Harder than I'd have ever thought possible...
     
  9. circusbass macrumors regular

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    I finally got it to work. Here is what I did.

    1. Plug iPhone into Win7 machine
    2. Right click on the phone and select backup
    3. Right click transfer purchases
    4. Restore the phone using the backup you just made
    5. At this point all your saved data is back (contacts, texts, game saves)
    6. Click on the apps tab and then click sync apps
    7. The apps are all back on your phone now, however, you have to reorganize them into folders.

    That was how I moved my iPhone 4 from a Powerbook G4 to a new Windows 7 machine.
     

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